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  • Blog Post: New Documentary 'Irreplaceable' Reclaims Conversation About the Family

    If I ever joined Netflix, it's possible I would become a documentary junkie overnight. I enjoy learning about an interesting topic in just a couple hours — whether it's the fast food industry , the danger of killer whales or Taylor Swift's rise to fame . Maybe someday I'll see Word...
  • Blog Post: Lipgloss and Jesus

    Dear (former) friends. I am writing to inform you that I have joined a network marketing company. I realize that this decision may cause you to terminate our friendship. I apologize for the inconvenience. That was the e-mail I felt like writing when I decided to begin selling beauty products. My trepidation...
  • Blog Post: Aslan's Identity, and Ours

    First, hear C.S. Lewis on his Chronicles of Narnia books. "The Whole Narnian story is about Christ," he wrote. Aslan the lion “is an invention giving an imaginary answer to the question: ‘What might Christ become like if there really were a world like Narnia?’ ” Now, hear Liam Neeson , the...
  • Blog Post: Dylan and His Latest Video

    OK, a break from my typical research and "serious" blog posts to something genuinely serious. No doubt, nearly every Boundless reader is all ramped up over the release this month of Bob Dylan's remarkable 35th studio album Tempest . This new disc is just another offering...
  • Blog Post: Redeeming Culture

    Have you ever believed that Christians must be fully “in” the world in order to redeem it? On the surface, it makes sense: How can you reach people if you know nothing about their culture or how they live? But I'm learning that this line of thinking can often stems from a desire to justify poor entertainment...
  • Blog Post: A Violent Reality

    I saw The Dark Knight Rises this past weekend. I like to stay up on all the current trends. Actually, I was out of the country when the movie came out this summer, and then the aftermath of the Aurora shooting made me a bit wary of going. But some friends wanted to hang out, and the movie was...
  • Blog Post: 'Blue Like Jazz' on the Big Screen

    Donald Miller is a friendly guy. He's also incredibly mellow — almost aloof — which I'm sure he knows. He's an introvert and dreamer, and strikes me as a bit melancholy. He's the type of guy who thinks deeply and writes books about his thoughts. Actually, that's how he makes a...
  • Blog Post: What I Saw at the Show

    Not too long ago I took my son, Joshua, Grand Maven of All Things Star Wars, to the Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando. As you probably know, many an artifact of popular culture has an enthusiastic following that sometimes comes together at huge conventions such as for Star Trek or ComicCon . This, however...
  • Blog Post: Real Heroes at 'The Dark Knight' Shootings

    "I pray that in the days to come, we might also catch some small glimmer of God’s redemptive hand at work, as impossible as that may seem in this horrible moment," Adam Holz wrote on this site a few days ago in " Prayer and Mourning After 'The Dark Knight .' " Well, thankfully...
  • Blog Post: And the Award for Best Fatuous Hypocrite Goes to …

    I've made a habit of not watching the Oscar telecast. The touching moments of genuine surprise or gratitude are almost invariably overshadowed by the more-usual fatuous statements by self-important actors who think their celebrity status automatically confers upon them infinite wisdom. Watching...
  • Blog Post: Great Expectations

    How much do you think television and movies influence what we expect out of our romantic relationships? On one hand, I suspect most reasonable people would probably (or perhaps I should say hopefully ) recognize that the way love gets presented in entertainment isn't necessarily realistic...
  • Blog Post: The King's (Cleaned-Up) Speech

    The King's Speech has gone through a bit of a rewrite. This weekend, a PG-13 version comes out in theaters, replacing the R-rated version. What's changed is the language. Originally there were a couple of scenes where Prince Albert, later King George VI, spills forth a stream of obscenities....
  • Blog Post: Captain America and the Art of the Old-Fashioned Movie

    Though I'm an old comic book geek, it's not automatic that I'll enjoy a comic book movie: They, shall we say, vary widely in quality. But I loved Captain America ; it's the most I've enjoyed a comic book movie in several years. The reason, besides the fact that it faithfully captured...
  • Blog Post: A Night on the Wild Side

    During my first semester in college, I was invited by some friends to go on a cross-Michigan road trip from the UP's Marquette to Detroit. On a whim, I went. The night of our arrival we all went to see "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." I may have brought a newspaper and squirt gun....
  • Blog Post: Painful Silence

      Do something! Show me something! I need it now, not later. Now! I’m calling on You! That’s the G-rated version of a line from the movie The Grey in which the main character screams to God, asking for help. The line seems partly based in the present situation he finds himself in, but almost...
  • Blog Post: Christian Speed Dating Parody

    The idea of speed dating has always given me the shivers. I’ve never placed myself in that situation (and I hope I never have to!), but whenever I’ve seen it portrayed on television, it looks like the most awkward thing in the world. How can you get to know someone – beyond an assessment of their physical...
  • Blog Post: Does Violence in Movies Matter?

    A few weeks ago I wrote a post about James Bond's womanizing. One reader asked why I hadn't raised the issue of violence, too. I said that while it wasn't my topic of the moment, I'd take it up soon in a future post. Which brings us to this post. So how about it? Is violence in movies...
  • Blog Post: The Kindness of Christ

    The last four Sunday nights, my family has been watching History Channel’s presentation of The Bible . As I wrote about for Plugged In a couple of weeks ago, that’s involved covering our kids' eyes quite a bit, as many of the stories presented in the miniseries have been pretty violent...
  • Blog Post: Not Just a Movie: Super Story Power

    In a sense, I am my stories. And because we're all brimming with stories of our own, we love to hear other people's, too. They entertain. They inspire. They teach -- even if we don't always realize what they're teaching. Jesuit psychotherapist Anthony de Mello wrote that "the...
  • Blog Post: Watch Your Eyeline

    This year I started a certificate course in digital video production at New York University. My career is moving in that direction, and my self-taught skill in digital video production is in need of some formal training. Last week my professor talked about the theory of video editing. It was fascinating...
  • Blog Post: Christianity in Sci-Fi

    In a reply to Lisa's post on leading ladies, Kelly-1 writes : "What fascinates me about this topic is how many fellow SF geeks there are who read this blog." Me, too. I have at least one foot in the geek camp myself, so this, naturally, gave me an idea: Let's talk about Christian...
  • Blog Post: Want a Quick Way to Ruin Your Relationship? Watch a Movie

    Just last week, I was sitting with the object of my affection. I silently reached across the table and took her hand. I looked into her eyes, and I somehow knew -- I just knew -- exactly what she was thinking. You see, earlier that day I boarded a plane and flew halfway across the country for a suprise...
  • Blog Post: Hanging in Hobbitland

    Dazzling visuals, but much too long. That's what a local movie reviewer said about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey . The length (170 minutes) made it a "chore" to sit through, he said. I didn't think so at all. I liked the length just fine. If I'm going to step into another...
  • Blog Post: Watchmen: A Tale of Two Reviews

    It looked like a cool movie, the kind of dark action flick to which I find myself drawn. So, as a matter of course, I looked up the review on Plugged In Online . The plot seems intriguing, the characters seem multi-dimensional, the film itself (director, actors, cinematography, etc.) is no doubt of...
  • Blog Post: A Superhero's Life

    It's tough being an average guy today with the onslaught of superhero movies. I say that partially in jest, but for all the perfection with which the media bombards women regarding their bodies, men take it on the chin for our capabilities and charisma. Take Iron Man, for example. When he's not...