Don’t Look Up—Prophetic or Pathetic?
Hollywood is not-so-subtly preaching to us.
Don’t Look Up is a good old fashioned, modernist film—with a clear moralistic message. The trouble is that it is the wrong message. *Spoiler alert: This article contains details of the plot and ending to the movie “Don’t Look Up.” There was a time when comedians got lots of laughs mocking the religious eccentrics... Continue Reading
Cry Macho, Shake Hollywoke: At 91, Clint Eastwood is Still the Man
If Cry Macho is to be Clint’s final screen appearance, it’s a worthy swan song that will make your day.
The film’s introduction to Eastwood — bent and slow — is jolting, even though he’s been aging before our eyes for six decades. But that actually works as his character, Mike Milo, starts to rediscover his self-worth to become gradually stouter and tougher. Milo only agrees to bring back the 13-year-old son of his rancher... Continue Reading
Misunderstood, Misrepresented, Maligned, Ridiculed, and Rejected
Followers of Christ are in the best of company — Jesus himself!
Learn enough about the new Netflix movie Pray Away to stay away from its overall message. Jesus really does change people from the inside out, and no amount of distortion or propaganda ever will change that. Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators,... Continue Reading
Netflix’s “Pray Away” Seethes with Contempt for Christianity
It’s not surprising that Netflix would seize on a false gospel to surreptitiously proffer a hit piece on Christianity
Misunderstanding and mischaracterizing the Christian life is a favorite pastime of Hollywood…Faithful Christians are consistently portrayed as buffoons while, in this particular film, the ex-ex-gays are beacons of enlightenment. Netflix’s latest original documentary, Pray Away—about the reparative therapy organization Exodus International—is yet another thinly veiled attack on Christianity by Hollywood. It’s not surprising that Netflix... Continue Reading
“Minari”: Searching for Eden in Arkansas
Lee Isaac Chung’s new film reminds us that we are “strangers and exiles on [this] earth...seeking a homeland.”
Every human is a gardener at heart, haunted by a longing for Eden, as Minari masterfully shows. Yet no earthly place we’ve settled in—or migrated from—will ever satisfy our desire for a better country, the “heavenly one” where God’s people will dwell forever with Christ (Heb. 11:16). When I first saw the trailer for Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari, I was... Continue Reading
‘Hillbilly Elegy’—A Threat to Critical Race Theory
‘Hillbilly Elegy’ is really not so much a book or movie about Appalachia and its culture, but more about the consequences of sin in any culture.
The major controversy that surrounds the book is that it contradicts the narrative of identity politics presently dominant in this country. We are told that racial injustice is only a problem with minority groups who are non-white. White men are, by definition, oppressors. That is the standard presupposition of identity politics. Because the book portrays... Continue Reading
How Could an Oxford Professor of Mathematics Think Christianity is True?
"Against the Tide: Finding God in an Age of Science," a new documentary.
In the film, Lennox doesn’t go too deeply into any one argument for the truth of Christianity. Instead, it’s more of a conversational overview of many basic arguments (the cosmological argument, fine tuning, the resurrection, etc.). How could an Oxford professor of mathematics think Christianity is true? That’s the question addressed by a new... Continue Reading
How Abortion Lies Mimic the Movie “The Island”
It’s ironic that a Hollywood flick holds a more accurate view of human value than most abortion-choice advocates.
I’ve had conversations with abortion-choice advocates for two decades, and they often deny the unborn are bona fide human beings. Instead, they refer to them as an “it,” a “fetus,” a “clump of cells,” an “unwanted pregnancy,” or—if they’re generous—a “potential human.” All their language, however, is the same. It’s dehumanizing. It’s also a lie. Maybe... Continue Reading
1917 is co-written and directed by Sam Mendes, and it’s based on his grandfather’s experiences at World War 1.
1917 isn’t a complex film. It’s a simple film about a day—or a couple of hours—into the lives of two young, insignificant British soldiers. But its simplicity is what makes the film so good. The film doesn’t try to impress its audience. It doesn’t use a hyper-stylized filter to make the setting bleaker, and it doesn’t... Continue Reading
‘The Rise of Jordan Peterson’—A Review
What makes “The Rise of Jordan Peterson” particularly notable is that it neither shies away from the political controversies surrounding Peterson, nor allows itself to be defined or limited by them.
The Rise of Jordan Peterson constructs a kaleidoscopic narrative that enables the viewer to look at the same sequence of events in several different ways. Engaging with the film fully demands a willingness to listen to a wide and often conflicting range of perspectives. Those who insist on placing Peterson in an airtight box, and... Continue Reading