Category Archives: Art

1.10.14 January 10

Macklemore, Lorde, and the Protest against Excess

I’m a big fan of a lot of current hip-hop and pop music. Like huge. Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Lorde, you get the picture. Some of it is pretty ridiculous (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” comes to mind). But I have noticed a sort of subversive, anti-materialistic attitude in some of the […]

92 August 27

The World’s End is High End Ridiculousness

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have experienced a great run with their director pal Edgar Wright. Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are intertwined into our movie conscious and there’s no getting them out. This is quite surprising given that the plot to either one of these films could also double as the synopsis […]

707 August 12

Mud Shows Us What’s Clean

I don’t know if I can trust Matthew McConaughey. He’ll star in a movie like Amistad and I’m ready to join the fan club. Then Failure to Launch will come along and I’m on the verge of throwing him overboard. When I heard rave reviews about his performance in Mud, I quietly wondered if this […]

111 July 08

World War Z: It Could Happen

To set the record straight, I didn’t expect much to come out of World War Z. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but from the looks of the early trailers, the movie didn’t seem anything like it. Not to mention all of the conflict surrounding the production of the film, pushing producers to re-shoot an entirely […]

102 June 22

Man of Steel is the Perfect Father’s Day Film

I don’t know if it’s because I’m about to be a father or what, but there’s one scene from Man of Steel that gets me every time. Young Clark Kent is standing in a rickety Kansas barn speaking with the man he just found out is not his biological father. Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner): You’re […]

624 May 10

Tony Stark’s Identity Crisis

It’s hard to believe that just five years ago making an Iron Man film was risky business. 2008 was such a simpler place, wasn’t it? Before the days when Robert Downey Jr. was an A-list actor. Before the idea of an Avengers movie was anything more than a fanciful dream to only the most faithful […]

22 April 25

In Defense of Mindless Movies: Olympus Has Fallen

Last week, I watched Olympus Has Fallen with my wife. From the beginning, Olympus sounded exactly like any purebred action flick should. A group of armed men storm the White House and take the President (Aaron Eckhart) hostage. Now, it’s up to a disgraced Secret Service agent (played by Gerard Butler) to single-handedly save the […]

03 March 12

The God That Failed: Metallica, Suffering, and the Consequence of Theology

Suffering is a universal part of being human. Death, terminal illness, and even heartbreak are all elements of suffering. Music is one place where this common human experience is expressd most clearly. Now I love music. I have favorite artists in almost every genre and have been a musician since I was a little kid. […]

733 March 08

Argo Drops B Movies, Not Bombs

Sometimes, the best stories are the stories no one is allowed to tell. When those stories come to the surface, it’s a beautiful and fantastic thing. During the height of World War II, the United States government instituted what became known as the “Ghost Army.” This 1,100 man unit (formally dubbed the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops) was […]

401 February 25

Why We Love the Oscars So Much

My favorite part of this year’s Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t when Jennifer Lawrence tripped over the stairs after her best actress win. It was actually when Hugh Jackman, in a flash, raced to her aid. He was like lighting. After seeing his reflexes, it’s hard for me to believe that Wolverine is just a character […]

807 February 22

The Disadvantages of Being a Wallflower: Why It’s So Hard to Accept Grace

I’ll be honest, as a child God scared the mess out of me. At times I pictured God with electricity in his fingertips, waiting to zap me the moment I did something wrong. He was the police officer and I was the driver speeding past him in a red sports car. What if I sinned […]

303 February 15

Catfished Emotions: Thoughts on The Imposter

Odds are you’ve probably heard someone use the term “catfishing” recently. For those of you still wondering how it’s possible for someone to catch fish with a computer, let me provide a working definition. Catfishing: The act of luring someone into an online relationship by fabricating your true identity. This is usually done through social […]

5523 February 15

The Arts & Theology: The Conclusion

Here we are at the conclusion of Theology and the Arts. Whereas these are very summarized versions of much that has been thought greatly on the arts I hope this has caused you to think more deeply about the Arts and their importance. I would suggest for more study readings by Francis Schaeffer, Tim Keller, […]

7742 February 08

Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?

Sometimes when I reflect on the impending zombie apocalypse, I have to stop myself from getting too excited. If everyone were honest with each other, I think we’d all agree that it’s going to be pretty sweet. In the end though, I probably won’t survive. And no, it wouldn’t be because of my physical abilities or […]

7422 February 05

The Arts & Theology: Part 2

One could perhaps read my previous post about the arts and assume that there is nothing at all wrong in the ways we currently view them. That we are living in this perfect world glorifying God with no sense of creativity being used for evil. This is clearly a lie right? We all know that […]

844 January 31

The Arts & Theology: Part 1

“One cannot keep on evangelizing the world without interfering with the world’s culture…In Christ man is restored to God as cultural creature to serve his Maker in the world and as ruler over the world for God’s sake.” -Henry R. Van Til, The Calvinistic Concept of Culture Art is something that leaves an indelible mark […]

88444 January 30

The Tweets of Zero Dark Thirty

I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news about Osama Bin Laden’s death. Odds are you do too. Ironically, I was reading President Bush’s book Decisions Points, finishing up the chapter detailing 9/11. Another thing I remember is that Twitter blew up like a Michael Bay movie that night. People were generally […]

Thinking January 09

Machines, James Bond, and the Resurrection of Christian Intellectualism

2012 saw its fair share of apocalypses. The Mayan Calendar. The Fiscal Cliff. Lindsay Lohan. If we examine each of these separate events, we’ll discover that they all ended up being nothing more than magnanimous publicity stunts. I think we all know deep down what will eventually be our demise: the MACHINE UPRISING. Stop and […]

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