Living Lutheran

Living Lutheran: Privilege and Participation in The Batman

Protected by the night, a gang of street toughs bully a young initiate into attacking an innocent bystander. But as the boy hesitates and the bystander pleads for help, heavy footsteps echo from a nearby tunnel. With every step punctuated by composer Michael Giacchino’s thundering score, Batman emerges from the shadows, slowly, menacingly. “Who [are] …

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Dignity, Details, and In the Heights

Early in the screen musical In the Heights, matriarch Abuela Claudia (Olga Merediz) describes the velvet gloves her mother purchased when she immigrated from Cuba to the Manhattan barrio Washington Heights. What some might see as an unnecessary extravagance for a family struggling to make ends meet, Abuela Claudia sees as a necessary remembrance. “We had to assert …

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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 some …

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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 some …

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Living Lutheran: “What Incredibles 2 teaches about heroism”

There\’s been a lot written about the Randian undertones in Brad Bird\’s movies, particularly The Incredibles. The sequel Incredibles 2 is a bit more blurry in its messaging, but one thing is clear: the movie worries that everyday people too quickly live vicariously through famous or \”great\” people. From Screenslaver\’s monologue to Mr. Incredible\’s storyline …

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2017 in Film: Breaking the Rod of the Oppressor

For Living Lutheran, I wrote about what I saw as the prominent trend in 2017 movies: a focus on those who are dejected, powerless, and (financially, politically) weak.The films that resonated most with critics and audiences were about the monstrosity of systematic racism (Get Out), the poor outside of Disneyland (The Florida Project), the mute …

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