100 Years Later, Nosferatu Still Casts a Long Shadow

Nosferatu is a relic of a day when people were not afraid to make moral judgments and make their monsters monstrous.

Spider-Man: Not Just a Man, but a Just Man

Spider-Man: No Way Home is about a boy becoming a man — and a just one at that.

Don’t Throw Away Your Nativity Sets: Why Jesus May Not Have Been Born in a “Lower Room”

Jesus’s birth is a breach of human hospitality, not an example of it.

Shang-Chi and the Porous Self

Shang-Chi moved away from the modern “buffered” self toward a recognition of the enchanted “porous” self.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Recap: You Are Seen (Episode 8)

In a variety of ways, The Mysterious Benedict Society series is more emotive and less disciplined than its print counterpart.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Recap: Go! (Episode 7)

In The Mysterious Benedict Society,“going” isn’t intrinsically good or bad: it depends on how you are going…and whom you are going with.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Recap: Truth Be Told (Episode 6)

The Mysterious Benedict Society poses deep, perhaps insoluble, questions related to the subject of truthfulness.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Recap: Unity, Not Uniformity (Episode 5)

The Mysterious Benedict Society insists that true unity proceeds through difference, not in spite or in opposition to difference.

“That’s Just What the Hebrews Thought”: On Sacred and Secular Relics in Film

Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the best Indiana Jones installments present viewers with truly sacred relics.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Recap: It’s the Little Things (Episode 4)

The Mysterious Benedict Society episode “A Whisper, Not a Shout” shares with its source material an emphasis on the importance of small, seemingly insignificant acts.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Recap: Oh Brother! (Episode 3)

Mr. Curtain in The Mysterious Benedict Society series differs from his counterpart in the novel but nicely satirizes the quintessential twenty-first-century tech baron.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Recap: Truth, Empathy (and Virtue?) (Episodes 1 and 2)

Can The Mysterious Benedict Society, a book that skewers screen-based media culture, be fully realized on just such a screen?

The Utopian Peccadilloes of Star Trek: Lower Decks

The darker subtexts of Star Trek: Lower Decks point to the reality that, in a very real and metaphysical sense, there are no “little” sins.

Mexican Gothic: Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Dark Fairy Tale

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic functions as both a weird Gothic horror and a fairy tale.

CBS All Access’s Spiritless Twilight Zone

Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone could contend for human worth on the basis of a shared imago Dei, a spiritual aspect that provides an inherent value to each individual, while the reboot seems content to regard men and women materialistically.

Returning to the Darkness: Following David Lindsay on A Voyage to Arcturus, 100 Years Later

David Lindsay sought after truth, and he believed the way to truth passed through pain, denial, and sacrifice.