The Violence and Nonviolent Resistance of Peter Weir’s Witness

Witness is intelligent enough to trust the audience with ambivalence and uncertainty.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa: Foreign Yet Familiar

By taking foundational points from two cultures, Hokusai provided access for both societies to feel comfortable while exploring the foreign.

Revisiting Hatchet: The Idolization of Self-Sufficiency and the Truth of the Gospel

Hatchet shows the downside of extreme self-reliance, and teaches us to value the companionship and help of others.

“It’s an Old Song, and We’re Gonna Sing It Again”: Hadestown, Sir Orfeo, and Music for the End of Time

There is indeed an affinity to the classical pagan tale in Hadestown, one that tells us much about our own day—especially when compared to the medieval poem Sir Orfeo.

Seeing and Believing 344 | Bullet Train & Dog Day Afternoon

Kevin and Sarah return from vacation to review a high-octane action movie, Bullet Train and then in the Watch list, Dog Day Afternoon

When Violence Is Not the Answer but Certainly the Question: Bruce Cockburn’s “If I Had a Rocket Launcher”

The question of the dissemination of dangerous ideas through art is always a contentious one.

How Nichelle Nichols Made Uhura the Life of the Party

Star Trek’s Lieutenant Uhura was a generous person, a hospitable person, one who extended the hand of fellowship to those around her.

Tiny Space Vikings and the Upside Down Horror of Child Warriors

Children should be free to be children; it’s the job of adults to protect and preserve innocent life.

Russian Doll: Why Do We Get Stuck Obsessing Over the Rightness of Every Choice?

Sometimes there is no way to tell which course of action is right, certainly not before the fact and likely not afterwards either.