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On Judging Movies

People have very strong opinions about movies, opinions that rival, in passionate fervor, those of politics and religion. For example, many middle-aged Star Wars fans take personal offense to The Phantom Menace (‘99); and SW fans, a few years older, complain about Return of the Jedi (‘83); a number of my acquaintances feel “violated” by […]

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With the onset of Spring, it dawned on me that not only did Lewis have a fair amount to say about new life and Spring, he also had quite a bit to say about all the seasons at one point or another. Using some of Lewis’s own words, usually poetic enough on their own unmetered […]

The Value of Smuggled Theology in Music

 “If you want to make a Christian work, then be Christian, and simply try to make a beautiful work, into which your heart will pass; do not try to ‘make Christian.’” Jacques Maritain Popular music is incredibly influential in children and young adults, especially in the United States. Much of the music being released today […]

C. S. Lewis, Myth, and Filmmaking

Long before history began recording them, man has communicated through stories. Stories of wonder. Stories of courage. Stories of power. Stories of gods. In today’s age, stories are released from every corner of the globe through YouTube, self-publishing sites, mobile apps, or personal blogs. The world is flooded with stories in whatever genre or format […]

Analyzing the Fact/Value Dichotomy in Ready Player One: The Movie: A Social Commentary and Cautionary Tale

In The Art of Ready Player One, Gina McIntyre describes Ready Player One as, “many things… [including] a sophisticated social commentary, and a cautionary tale.”[1] As a social commentary, Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s best seller, Ready Player One mirrors the decline of significant interpersonal interaction found in the world in 2018. As […]

Comedy-Drama in Film: Caught Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Comedy-Drama—known by the neologism “dramedy”—is a subgenre of comedy that presents one of life’s most prevalent incongruities: sorrow and joy intermingling and wrestling. Dramedy has received mixed reactions from film critics and audiences. Modern culture seems obsessed with films that have either uplifting light transcendence or dark neo-Gothic themes,[1] but when light and dark are […]