1917’s “One-Shot” Narrative and the “Wayfaring Stranger”

In locking us into the perspective of one of these characters, 1917 ends up being a story that, through the artistry, reminds us that one life has value in the midst of millions.

Transcending Evolution: Love and Death in Spring

Spring suggests that to be truly human is to love in a manner that transcends any evolutionary roots.

Cracks in the Foundation: Lack of Narrative Vision in the Final Trilogy of the Skywalker Saga

Formulas are not the problem with The Rise of Skywalker, but we might say lack of formulaic vision for the whole trilogy.

Happenings: Favorites of the Decade from CAPC Staff

The Christ and Pop Culture team highlights some of their personal favorite pop culture artifacts of the past 10 years in the Faves of the Decade series.

Into the Unknown with Elsa, Queen of Arendelle, and Mary, Mother of God

In Elsa’s story, I see a path that Mary might also have taken as she learned to lean into the delicate whisper of God’s voice. In her humanity, Mary had to learn to say “yes” over and over again in the small things.

Singing into the Darkness: How The Sound of Music Teaches Us to Rebuke Fear

How The Sound of Music can prepare us for Christmas.

TV & Film Favorites of the Decade from CAPC Staff

The Christ and Pop Culture team highlights some of their personal favorite pop culture artifacts of the past 10 years in the Faves of the Decade series.

A Hidden Life: Terrence Malick Helps Us See the Invisible

In A Hidden Life, Terrence Malick has painted a true Christ.

The Advent of Holiday RomComs

Holiday RomComs may not be literary classics or tackling the harsh realities of the world, but they are telling stories and offering rest.

Droids, Docents, and Advent: Cultural Storytelling as Remembrance

Through stories and storytelling, we ask and examine the most basic questions about our humanity—about our loves, history, religion, philosophies, and more.

The Definable and Indefinable Nature of Art

All these struggles to define what art is really boil down to fear—a fear that elitism will strangle joy out of what it is we all enjoy consuming.

From Signs to A Quiet Place: Perspective in Apocalyptic Horror

The claustrophobic feeling of the not-knowing forces us inside ourselves to examine our own reactions to the scenarios presented in the stories and—in the case of movies—on the screen.

Toy Story 4: Lost Toys and the Most Noble Thing

Toy Story 4 models the fact that while farewells may be bittersweet, they can also be hopeful and filled with fondness.

Following in the Footsteps of Sophie Scholl’s Misfit Messiah

The film’s intentional depiction of an all too real history invites reflection on the nature of the conscience and urgency of becoming a misfit.

On First Reformed, Narcissism, and Being a Beautiful Soul

After all, to turn inward, to turn away from the world, is that not also a type of violence?

A Perfect Movie: The Enduring Legacy of The Princess Bride

When the grandfather reads the story to his grandson, he invites us all to sit at his knee and listen. He invites us to be children again.