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Art Recession (Lai, 2011)
April 15, 2014 – 10:43 pm | No Comment

Ming Lai’s Art Recession is comprised of a series of testimonials, relentless in their focus. The thesis? Art education is devalued (and hence vulnerable) in our culture despite helping students excel in other disciplines and …

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10 Years Later

A second look a decade later.

Best Picture Winners

Thoughts on films that won the big prize.

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Reviews or essays covering topics not specific to one particular film.

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News and reviews from film festivals.

Top 10s and Other Lists

Top 10, Favorite Discoveries, and Other Lists.

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Dolphin Tale 2 — Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Bethany Hamilton
April 10, 2014 – 11:16 pm | No Comment
Cozi Zuehlsdorff  (Picture from IMDB.com)

Cozi Zuehlsdorff
(Picture from IMDB.com)

There are hardly two more pervasive stereotypes in Hollywood than that of the child actor scarred by too early fame and that of the female performer who feels pressure to conform to unattainable and unhealthy social standards of size and weight.

Cozi Zuehlsdorff deftly torpedoed both stereotypes Read the full story »

Ukraine is Not a Brothel (Green, 2013)
March 21, 2014 – 5:16 pm | No Comment
Ukraine is Not a Brothel (Green, 2013)

When I first heard of Femen, a group of “feminists” who protest…something (everything?) by baring their breasts in public and selling images of topless members, I assumed it was a front group for selling porn. …

Veronica Mars Giveaway — Win a Free DVD
March 19, 2014 – 10:31 pm | 6 Comments
Veronica Mars Giveaway — Win a Free DVD

Hey readers, were you as excited about the Veronica Mars movie as I was? Have you seen the film yet? Check out my review at Christianity Today for my take on the film.
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The Incredibles (Bird, 2004) — 10 Years Later
March 3, 2014 – 11:28 pm | 2 Comments
The Incredibles (Bird, 2004) — 10 Years Later

When The Incredibles opened in 2004, the Pixar canon included only one sequel, 1999’s Toy Story 2. That number remained unchanged until 2010, when, under Disney ownership, the age of Pixar sequels commenced with Toy …

Cement Suitcase (Castañeda, 2013)
February 26, 2014 – 12:25 pm | No Comment
Cement Suitcase (Castañeda, 2013)

A bit too much happens in Cement Suitcase for me to toss it on the Mumblecore heap.

Sing Over Me (Kindberg, 2014)
February 19, 2014 – 11:38 am | No Comment
Sing Over Me (Kindberg, 2014)

Fewer subjects at the intersection of faith and culture are more inflammatory than that of changing sexual orientation.

The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (Fiennes, 2012)
February 14, 2014 – 4:00 pm | No Comment
The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (Fiennes, 2012)

It’s possible, I suppose, to like movies and not like Slavoj Žižek, who I usually describe as the lunatic genius from another dimension.