Think Christian: The Parable of Parasite

Parasite may not have been my favorite 2019 movie, but it was far and away my favorite of the Best Picture nominees. I’m particularly excited about Parasite‘s success because Bong Joon-Ho is a director fiercely devoted to illustrating the horrors of capitalism, the dehumanizing effects of a social structure built around competition. Some have argued…

Review: The Gloriously Violent Uplift of Birds of Prey

Few titles set expectations for the movie that follows better than the full title of the new DCEU movie, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). It’s an excessive title, one that puts the ridiculous made-up word “Fantabulous” next to the incredibly important word “Emancipation.” It’s a title that gestures at a…

Living Lutheran: “Valuing the Unvalued in the Movies of 2019”

Like most film snobs, I’m annoyed with this year’s Oscar picks. Not only did the Academy choose to nominate some mediocre (if not outright bad) work, but they ignored some of the most exciting films and performances in an outstanding cinematic year. Fortunately, Living Lutheran assuaged my irritation a little by letting me write about…

Think Christian: A Christian Defense of Horror

If you spend enough time on this site, you’ll see that I’m a Christian who loves horror movies. Not everyone gets that, which I understand — horror movies are all about evoking fear, and the basic message of Christianity can be boiled down to “fear not.” But I also believe that learning to move past…