Cuties Isn’t the Problem: Our Cultural Addiction to the Sexualization of Minors 

Cuties is the product of perverse people who are perverse consumers who drive a capitalistic structure to give us what we want.

Skyfall and Spectre: The Bonds of Family

It took Sam Mendes making Skyfall and Spectre to give us a Bond to whom we could all relate.

COVID-19 Is Our Monster and Our Mirror

COVID-19 has become our society’s most recent real-life monster.

The Performers We’ve Lost and the Stories They Carried

The deaths of young celebrities lead to collective shock and grief because of the unique roles performers hold in society.

Chadwick Boseman Lived on Purpose—and We Will Never Be the Same

Choosing to play Thurgood Marshall and Black Panther while facing multiple surgeries and going through chemotherapy could not have been easy. But Chadwick Boseman understood his purpose. 

Deliver Us: What the Prince of Egypt Has to Say about Suffering

If Exodus voices our collective hunger for deliverance, it also calls us to work for deliverance, toward liberatory action.

History Is Written by the Losers

The lesson is that if we don’t tell the true stories, if we fail to pass them down to future generations, the lies will rush into the vacuum and take over.

How to Train Your Dragon: Revision, Restoration, and Edenic Longing

Even though How to Train Your Dragon should be a very silly story, sometimes very silly stories manage to say the very best things.

Hamilton Invites Us to Imagine the Power of Forgiveness

Alexander is redeemed, not because he deserves it, but because Eliza grants redemption to him.

“I Am Not the One Who Can Forgive”: The Quarry and the Hopefulness of Violent Grace

The Quarry suggests that the awareness of our own sinfulness violently awakens us to our need for a new life.

Don’t Wait to Engage with Black Stories

We must also educate ourselves, immersing ourselves in the stories and experiences of the Black communities and individuals in America.

Seeing and Believing 248 | Josh Trank’s Capone

Wade and Kevin get back to basics with a review of Josh Trank’s unconventional small-budget film examining the last year of the infamous gangster’s life.

Seeing and Believing 247 | 2020 Auteur Series – Wes Anderson

Wade and Kevin wrap up their auteur series with a look at the work of America’s foremost purveyor of immaculately framed family dysfunction: Wes Anderson.

Seeing and Believing 246 | 2020 Auteur Series – David Fincher

Wade and Kevin continue their auteur study with David Fincher as they rank their Top 10 David Fincher films and see the common elements in his work.

Seeing and Believing 245 | 2020 Auteur Series – Kelly Reichardt

Kelly Reichardt is the next subject of our 2020 Auteur series. A major figure in film, Kelly Reichardt’s quiet, understaded style has left a large impact.

Whispers of Hope: Apocalyptic Comfort in Mad Max: Fury Road

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Fury Road offers a glimpse of coming renewal, of rebirth.