Rogue One: An Advent Story

Advent is a season to reflect on the hope of Christ’s coming, a season to practice how not to be complacent, the very thing we see in Rogue One.

Steven Spielberg’s Cinema of the Sublime

Spiritual longing typifies Spielberg’s approach as a storyteller and may account for at least some of his blockbuster appeal.

A Supernatural Neighbor

The benevolence of the spirits in My Neighbor Totoro serves as a reminder that the spiritual realm—though mysterious and unlike our own—is not something to fear.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is Risky, Explosive, and Beautifully Brazen

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is not only what many audiences need, but how they need it.

Sin Demands a Reckoning in Thor: Ragnarok

On whose graves, and whose suffering, is our greatness built?

Drawn to the Things That Frighten Us

There is something deeper that lingers in the human psyche—something more than the experience, or a twisted desire for evil—something that horror taps into and awakens.

God’s Hand in Bill Paxton’s Frailty

It’s shockingly awful and shockingly compelling as horror because Paxton’s character remains so upsettingly loving and so fatherly throughout, clearly, sincerely believing in the killing he’s doing.

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.