An Open Letter to Charlie Sheen

Greetings, Mr. Sheen. You don’t know me, and you probably have never heard of our blog site here, but if I could have a few minutes of your time, I’d appreciate it. I have followed your career’on and off’since your early days working with Oliver Stone. I have a vivid memory of being deeply moved […]

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“Jurassic World:” A Sequel That Knows It’s a Sequel

One of my vivid movie-going memories comes from June 1993 when I saw Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park on opening night. 22 years ago, nobody had ever seen aAi?? computer-generated dinosaur, much less a whole mess of them. They were vivid and life-like. They convincingly interacted with human actors. They even seamlessly melded with full-scale animatronic […]

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“Tomorrowland:” Disney Goes Postmillennial

The Hunger Games. Mad Max: Fury Road. Left Behind. Wait, Left Behind? What’s a Christian work of fiction doing among those secular entertainments? Well, they all have one overriding theme: Pessimism. In The Hunger Games the world ends and afterward we all end up hunting and killing each other. In Mad Max: Fury Road the […]

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“Avengers: Age of Ultron” Keeps The Marvel Engine Running Smoothly

Writer/Director Joss Whedon has said in an interview that making Avengers: Age of Ultron almost killed him. From the director of one of the most expensive and most popular comic book films of all time, that’s saying something. Exactly how does one top the immense popularity and critical acclaim of The Avengers? Whedon may have […]

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Focus on the Fantasy: How “Plugged In” Has Become Unplugged

Have you heard? Focus on the Family is now reviewing’pornography. A pornographic film based upon a pornographic book is about to be released to theaters nationwide, and Focus on the Family is reviewing it so that you’dear Christian’can know whether or not you should go and watch pornography. That’s right, a popular evangelical Christian ministry […]

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How To Love The Fool: “Debating Dillahunty”

There’s a principle present in the new documentary Debating Dillahunty that can be encapsulated in the famous song from the Disney classic Mary Poppins: A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. In Debating Dillahunty, the medicine is the gospel of Jesus Christ and the sugar is Sye Ten Bruggencate. Anybody who is even […]

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“The Battle of the Five Armies” Ends The Hobbit With An Exclamation Point

Peter Jackson so placed his indelible artistic stamp on his Lord of the Rings trilogy that when he decided to film the first Middle-Earth book, The Hobbit, comparisons were inevitable. The books themselves don’t invite such comparisons; J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit before The Lord of the Rings. However, in Movie-Land, prequels are the new […]

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“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1:” An Excellent Half-Movie

When adapting a trilogy of books, it probably doesn’t make much sense to make four movies. The final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was split up into two movies, and both movies taken together are much more successful than their individual parts. Since Mockingjay, Part 2 is still […]

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‘Interstellar’ Is An Engaging But Imperfect Star Trek

There’s space opera, there’s fantasy, and then there’s science fiction. Interstellar definitely falls into the latter category. The film involves huge sequences involving spaceships, wormholes, alien planets, and hair-breath escapes’but everything is kept grounded in something resembling reality. The setting is in the future, but everything looks pretty much familiar. There’s public schools. There’s corn […]

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An Open Letter to Shia LaBeouf

Hey, Shia’can I call you Shia? You don’t know me and you’ve probably never heard of our blog here, but given your recent statements about converting to Christianity, I wanted to offer you some counsel. There are and will be many more who doubt your professed conversion to Christianity. I have my own opinions but […]

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