Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Media "Reviews", Movies
My wife and I went to our local art house theater today and watched the Mr. Rodgers documentary. It was brilliantly slow and exactly what someone would want in a Mr. Rodgers documentary. Really in our crazy messed up time where everyone seems to be trying to out yell everyone else it is just refreshing to watch a life lived deciding to be quite, a life dedicated to listening to others and to proclaim a message of love. I think for me the biggest takeaway as someone who works with students and children is to remember to listen to them. To remember that their feelings are valid and important, which of course I knew, but sometimes when you look at things through adult eyes you forget about things from a…
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Beastmaster is on Amazon Prime

Beastmaster is on Amazon Prime

Modern Culture, Movies, Random Thoughts
So I am watching this movie again and I have a few thoughts: I watched this a whole bunch as a child. It must have been on HBO or something, but I know I watched it quite a few times Watching it again I can't believe I am not warped even more than I am from watching this thing. It is pretty dark. In the first 3 minutes a witch like sucks the baby out of a woman by magic and makes it go into the belly of a cow, and people keep watching this movie. How cool would it be to have the little ferret people as friends! I have to admit I probably cried the first time I saw one of them die (come to think of it,…
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The Song Movie Review

The Song Movie Review

Media "Reviews", Movies
As a pastor from time to time I get emails inviting me to some new faith based (or faith near or want a church audience based) movie preview event. Most of the time they are in other cities, but The Song was playing in my town and it was free movie that I could take my wife to see so I jumped at the chance. Overview The best way to explain the movie would be that it is a cross between Walk the Line (the movie about Johnny Cash) and the Biblical story of Solomon. Yeah, I know, but that is really what it is. The idea is that Song of Solomon is this amazing passionate poem that shows some real feeling and yet the same guy wrote "meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless"…
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“Easy A” and the failure of evangelism

“Easy A” and the failure of evangelism

Devotional Thoughts, Media "Reviews", Movies
Just finished watching "Easy A." If you haven't seen it, let me just say that it is a pretty good flick, a throwback to the 80s teenage movies of my youth (and even references them in a fairly witty way). It is worth watching, even though it is somewhat suggestive at time and it earns its PG-13 rating on language alone. But the witty dialog and absolutely charming lead actress are not why you should see this movie. You should see it for the portrayal of Christians. Most movies portray Christians as either dim witted or hate filled and judgmental. This movie manages to do both. The blatant stereotyping of the Christian characters in this movie would be reasons for boycotts if they were so obvious about any other group…
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The Last Airbender

Media "Reviews", Movies
You would think that 12 teenage guys who grew up watching the show would be the target audience for this movie. We had a blend of hardcore, seen every episode, fans and people like me who had watched the little arrow head dude fly around on his "luck dragon" and liked it well enough to check out the movie, but The Last Airbender was so bad that by the end the theater was laughing incredulously at the attempts at drama. After church last night I thought it would be fun to grab some youth and go watch a midnight show. Airbender seemed perfect. It looked like a fun summer movie with visual effects and nothing I would be embarrassed to see with guys from my church. I have to say that as a youth…
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