Showing posts from December, 2012

Best TV of 2012 (That I've Seen)

It is no secret I'm a TV person. Some families do the "family table" thing, but my mom, sister and I always ate all our meals bathed in the warm glow of a television set. Now this deep-seated affinity for TV has developed into full-fledged obsession. Well, maybe not obsession persay (I don't spend any more time watching TV than my peers spend playing video games), but it is certainly a passion of mine. Not only do I watch a substantial number of shows with some regularity, I also read online reviews and message boards to get a deeper sense of what's going on with my favorites. It has gotten to the point where I fancy myself to be an amateur critic of sorts, so I figured I ought to flex those muscles a little and do some... critiquing.

With this post comes the ENORMOUS caveat that I am not qualified to rank all of the television shows from this year for a number of reasons, not the least of them being I have only seen a fraction of the vast number of the shows on …

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Many who recognize the title of this blog will no doubt skip it, and of those who read long enough to figure out what it's about, most will in all likelihood stop reading. This is because I am going to admit, shamelessly, that this blog is inspired by one of my favorite albums of all time, Owl City's "All Things Bright and Beautiful."

That's right, the jig is up. I love Owl City and I don't care who knows it! I also don't care how many people think the music of Mr. Adam Young is cutesy and naive, which I have discovered seems to be a rather wide swath of the population. Honestly, it's disarming how much negative energy is directed his way; I've seldom heard such enmity as when I listen to Young's detractors talk about why they hate his work. It seems to strike a raw nerve in them. They do not simply dislike his music, they are offended by it, by its pep and optimism, and I wonder why that might be. Why not leave well-enough alone? Why not leave…

Movie-ology Part 3 (Community)

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.


Sometimes it is only in retrospect that we can see …

Where Are You Christmas?

It's the most wonderful time of the year, or so they tell me. I've said it too, sang it, and I believe it mostly. To be perfectly frank, though, I'm not sure what it means anymore. Why is it the most wonderful time of the year? Peace on earth, good will toward men and all that? But I'm afraid those things don't seem terribly true right now.

No, the Christmas spirit has been kept at bay by the cold specter of tragedy as the television screen paints a picture of hell on earth and ill will toward all. Americans taste and see all is not right with the world as each image from the Newtown massacre flits before our eyes: lives taken by the hands of a deranged killer, the most innocent among us (young children) as well as some of the noblest (teachers). It is maddening, and sickening, and unbelievable yet tragically true. Newtown is only the epicenter of these tremors, however, as unfathomable loss and unshakable terror ripple across the country. Bomb threats, multiple sc…