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Movie-ology Part 1 (Home)

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I'm a movie guy. I will shamelessly confess I love the escape one finds on the other side of a movie screen. Can you blame me though? In movies we can fly, traverse space, wave wands, save entire worlds from evil forces and buckle swash with the best of them! There's really no feeling like it. As I read Craig Detweiler's Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century I am confronted by the notion that God might be speaking to me, and you as well, through the characters and stories of film, and I have resolved to take a closer look at some of my favorite movies in order to see what elements of God's truth may be thinly veiled beneath their Hollywood exteriors. I will address a particular "theological" theme for each film I review, themes vital to the films discussed but also close to my own heart, and I'd thank you to come along on the ride with me.

HOME AWAY WE GO
What a gem Away We Go is. It was probably one of my first forays into t…

The Gospel of Kitsch

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Let's play a word association game. I say Katy Perry, you say...

Awful?
Inspiring?
Putrescent?
God's gift to the tweenage fangirl?

Emotions run high when we talk about musical taste. In this world, and particularly in this country, if you don't agree with me and my tastes, you must be either a snooty elitist hipster who only likes music that hasn't been written yet or a mob-following lemming who doesn't deserve to keep his or her own ears. It's amazing really, how we will defend our music faster and more ferociously than even our political or religious beliefs. Truly awe-inspiring. Tempers flare all the more blisteringly when one introduces pop radio to the discussion. Take, for instance, Miss Perry, (nearly) as controversial a figure as I can think of as far as this discussion goes. On the one hand, many adore her, even to odd and probably unhealthy degrees. One only need watch her concert film/documentary Part of Me to see her fans all but accuse her of being th…