Blade Runner 2049: Exploring Creation, Subcreation, Procreation, & Personhood

As we move forward into a “brave new world,” we have to wrestle with the questions posed in Blade Runner 2049.

Local Ghosts

Even in the Hudson Valley, I think the larger appeal of Halloween is that our local ghosts can scare us, but we can, ultimately, domesticate them.

Harvey Weinstein and Sexualized Pop Culture Call for Prophetic Engagement

Harvey Weinstein’s scandals unearth the exploitation of women in movies and TV, hidden in plain sight.

The Christological Vision of Pirates of the Caribbean

They made Pirates a supernatural story set in the “real world” that helps us to grasp the spiritual realities that those drowning in the real tend to deny.

The Horrendous Beauty of Daria Argento’s Suspiria

A fallen world displays a prodigal beauty, even a horrendous beauty at times.

Do Humans Dream of Empathic Robots? What a Blade Runner Can Teach Us about the Image of God

In the Philip K. Dick novel that inspired Blade Runner, empathy is what sets humans apart from androids.

Cultural Crucibles and Stories That Help Us See

Crucibles like the hurricanes, mass shootings, and white supremacist rallies rocking our soil tend to define the cultural identity of a people.

‘Sit with Me’: Currents of Grief in Wind River

When systems have failed and injustice abounds, will I turn away from those left in the wake of grief, unable to abide their pain if I cannot fix it, or will I offer them my presence, quiet and alongside?

What The Sound of Music Reveals about Our Flawed Character(s)

Engaging stories as a Christian means I don’t just cheer for the hero, but I consider what the flawed characters—and even the villains—reveal about myself.

Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! Gives Us the Weak, Ineffectual God We Think We Want

The most heartbreaking part of this deeply disturbing film is that Aronofsky’s vision of God hardly varies from that of most Christians.

Roses from Concrete: The Irrepressible Spirit of the Ladies of Step

How do we make music during the difficult seasons of life and have joy and hope amid injustice, chaos, and brokenness? Step shows us.

Stand by Me and the Magic of Summertime Questing

Stand by Me takes viewers along on a quest that encapsulates coming of age; deep, transforming friendship; and the possibilities of a “summertime kind of life.”

Nobody Speak Presents a Media Narrative Bought by Billionaires

​The most compelling ​places​ ​in​ ​Nobody Speak ​are​ ​those​ ​that reveal the deep vulnerabilities of ​powerful people.

The Trip to Spain Serves Up Laughter with a Side of Mortality

Brydon and Coogan carry with them the burden of personal significance, both on their trip and at home.

No Wrong Men: Alfred Hitchcock on Our Shared Sin Nature

For Hitchcock, innocence and guilt were perhaps not always as far apart as they might appear.

Jim Carrey’s I Needed Color Offers a Hopeful Challenge to 2017’s Despair

What if we followed Carrey’s lead and aimed to celebrate certain aspects of our common human experience for the sake of love?