Category Archives: Movies I can’t stop thinking about

In Praise of “Bad” Movies

One of the most ridiculous things to ever happen in the world of film criticism is the Roger and Ebert “thumbs up/thumbs down” approach to watching movies. That’s a good movie, or that’s a bad movie, is too quick an … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Carrie Fisher

  Dear Carrie Fisher, I’ve decided to write you this letter, after watching The Force Awakens, because I think the event of this film is significant. And I’ll be honest, my first comment after hearing you would be in a … Continue reading

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Why This Christian Film Prof Hated God’s Not Dead

I didn’t want to. I thought I would just have a couple of issues with it I could point out to my film classes, like I do with Facing the Giants. You know, it needs some screenwriting and acting help, … Continue reading

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Wrestling with Spectators

This week I finally saw The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei. I was prepared for good performances, and I agree with much of the critical praise. From the opening, we as spectators are aligned with Rourke’s Randy “the Ram” point of view. Throughout the film the camera travels behind him, linking his life “on stage” in the ring to his “real” life at work and with other people. It is an very touching film, and like another film that really impressed me this year, Frozen River, it highlights people who seem very familiar to me.

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