On Interstellar — and Super-humanity Jan20

On Interstellar — an...

*Spoilers ahead* ‘We are the bridge!’ ~ Cooper I had been reading Nietzsche for my Christmas/New Year ‘holiday’ reading this year, and when I heard the above line when I caught the last showing of Interstellar (as highly recommended by Jamie Smith earlier on this blog) in the cinema, I...

Exodus: Gods and Kin...

Warning: This post contains spoilers. If you want to see Exodus: Gods and Kings (E:GK) for its surprises and twists, best to go see and read this later. Ridley Scott’s latest epic is definitely that. There are plenty of scenes filled with stunning special effects, powerful storm clouds, and...

Why I Don’t Say the Pledge of Allegiance Jan09

Why I Don’t Sa...

I’ve debated writing this post for months out of fear of being misunderstood. So before I get into the gist of it all, and before you write me off completely, hear what I’m NOT saying in writing this post. I’m not saying that America is evil or that it is the worst country in...

On Movies of 2014 — and Humanity Jan06

On Movies of 2014 — ...

Much could be said about the movies of 2014: from talking about the Biblical adaptions (or from the book of Enoch) of Russell Crowe’s Noah in Noah and Christian Bale’s Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings, to musing about Scarlett Johansson’s becoming super-human in Under the Skin and Lucy,...

Christmas Presence Dec25

Christmas Presence

We just finished watching Home Alone, a Christmas tradition. If you haven’t seen it in a while, please allow me to refresh your memory. Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, is a pint-sized troublemaker, the youngest of five children in a house teeming with relatives all preparing to...

Carol Singing as ‘Weapon’ Dec23

Carol Singing as ...

I landed in Hong Kong last week — just hours after the clearing of the last remaining pro-democracy protest camp. I think I’d have joined in the protest sites for a bit had the timing worked out — but I am not sure I approve of the latest mutation of the pro-democracy movement in Hong...

Anxiously Advent-ly Waiting Dec22

Anxiously Advent-ly ...

I appreciate the season of Advent – not just for the joy of Christmas parties, decorations, carols, eggnog, gift-giving and receiving, and celebrating the holiday with family and friends, but also for the longing and anticipation that comes with the Advent season. I’m grateful being...

Torture and the Culture of Pragmatism Dec18

Torture and the Cult...

A couple of weeks ago a US senate committee released a report confirming what has already been old news for a while: the CIA tortured terrorist suspects in its (on-going) attempt to win the “war on terror” and protect American lives from terrorist attacks. On this side of the pond,...

Don’t Kill the Baby Jesus Dec12

Don’t Kill the...

My uncle is a pastor. A few years ago, on Christmas day after sharing an enormous meal and opening all our presents, I asked him what he had thought of our Christmas service.  His reply stuck with me.  “It was good, other than the fact that they crucified the baby Jesus. You...

There Are Some Things I Just Can’t Tell You About Dec05

There Are Some Thing...

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Ferguson, Racism, and Advent Nov28

Ferguson, Racism, an...

I feel very unqualified to even write on Ferguson and racism and yet I think to remain silent would be even worse. As I wrote in an earlier post, I do not have the best track record when it comes to awareness about issues of race and privilege. And in that blog, I noted that I wanted to...