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Is Genesis History 2

Is Genesis History? (Purifoy, 2017)

February 21, 2017 – 11:54 am

Spoiler Alert: The answer is “yes.”

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3 Screenshots: La La Land

January 7, 2017 – 11:48 am
La La Land 2

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2016 Top 10

January 1, 2017 – 5:33 pm
2016 Top Ten

My favorite films of 2016 depicted a lot of suffering. The characters in them faced that suffering with courage, determination, compassion, and introspection.

Lion (Davis, 2016)

December 23, 2016 – 4:45 pm
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Lion is a movie that grapples with physical geography but not human geography. We get no real sense of what being Indian might mean to Saroo or whether his home has any pull independent of his childhood memories.

Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong, 2015)

December 19, 2016 – 10:28 am

From the order of the title cards, the film appears to be providing a commentary that states Cheonsoo’s actions in the second half are much more laudable than his actions in the first, even though some later scenes demonstrate how inconsiderate he still can be, and his inflated opinion of himself never vanishes.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Edwards, 2016)

December 13, 2016 – 12:01 pm

Star Wars is a brand now, not a cultural touchstone.

“Don’t Worry, It’s Just a Movie…”

December 3, 2016 – 6:37 pm

Allegations that Maria Schneider was sexually assaulted–perhaps even raped–while filming Last Tango in Paris aren’t new. But now Bernardo Bertolucci has admitted he did not get the actress’ consent to film an infamous scene in the movie.

The Fight Within (Gordon, 2016)

November 24, 2016 – 7:33 pm
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The Fight Within, a Christian-themed movie about a reluctant Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, begins with Logan Chandler (John Major Davis) honing his skills working out at the punching bag. With each jab and thrust he flashes back to his father angrily admonishing him for some error in form or perceived error in character.

O.J. and Amanda: Will Television Productions Revitalize the Documentary?

November 20, 2016 – 1:13 pm

You know awards season is approach (or well underway), when people start making short lists of documentaries. What critics groups have to say about Fantastic Beasts, Doctor Strange, or Rogue One is unlikely to make much difference to these films’ bottom lines. But for films that move from festival circuit almost directly to the long tail, every bit of recognition counts.

3 Screenshots: The Martian

November 5, 2016 – 6:14 pm

I enjoy films that reward close scrutiny, and I felt I could pause the movie at any point and mediate on the elements of composition.

New Life (Waters, 2016)

October 25, 2016 – 1:47 pm

New Life is one of those Christian movies that is so earnest and so sweet that one almost feels guilty about being indifferent towards it.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Zwick, 2016)

October 20, 2016 – 8:34 pm

Tom Cruise is not my ideal choice to play Jack Reacher; let’s just get that out of the way.