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Faithfully Magazine: Everything Everywhere All At Once & the Absurdity of Love as Resistance

Evelyn Wang is a chef at a hibachi restaurant, locked in a constant rivalry with her co-worker. Evelyn Wang is a sign twirler, drawing eyes by spinning an advertisement around her back and neck. Evelyn Wang is a singing sensation, star of the Chinese stage and screen. Evelyn Wang is a woman with hot dogs …

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‘The Forever Purge’ Envisions the Wages of Racist Sin

On the surface, the “Purge” movies are pretty ridiculous. The five-film franchise that began with 2013’s “The Purge” takes place in a near-future America, which allows an annual 12-hour period in which all crimes are legal. According to the conservative New Founding Fathers party, the Purge helped the country recover from near-economic ruin by allowing Americans to …

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NBC’s Rutherford Falls Reveals the Joke of White Identity Politics

Nathan Rutherford is a nice guy. Affably played by comedy veteran Ed Helms, Nathan holds tours for school groups in his house/museum, treats his teenage personal assistant Bobby Yang (Jesse Leigh) with kindness, and supports his best friend Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding, Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux), a member of the fictional Minishonka tribe. He’s even …

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Lets White People Off the Hook for Systemic Racism

For a show about masked villains, the Disney+ series “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” is surprisingly frank in depicting American racism. In the first episode, a White bank manager thrills when he meets Sam Wilson, aka the Black superhero the Falcon (Anthony Mackie), but will not grant his loan request. In episode two, White …

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How WandaVision’s Monica Rambeau Teaches Us to Love Our Neighbors

As a TV series that mixes the spectacle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with homages to classic sitcoms, the Disney+ series “WandaVision” seems like a perfect escapist fantasy. Each of the seven episodes aired thus far has placed Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and her husband Vision (Paul Bettany) from the “Avengers” films in comedic farces …

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Faithfully Magazine: What Can Superheroes Teach Us About Biblical Justice?

For Faithfully Magazine, I wrote about the possibility of Biblical Justice — a justice that welcomes others and restores the weak and downtrodden — in superhero movies. “[Superman: The Movie] captures so much of what we love about superhero movies: the fantasy that some inexplicable power will rescue us from certain calamity, that miracles arrive …

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