movies

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    The Religion of the Cosmos

    “Big cosmology has become our secular religion, a church even atheists can join.” – Jeffrey Kluger, Time Magazine I cannot stop thinking about Interstellar. In the interest of full-disclosure, my husband and I named our son Nolan (after the film’s director, Christopher Nolan), so I am predisposed to think...
  • Austenland: When You’re Living in an Austen Novel

    I saw Austenland recently. For those of you who haven’t heard of it—it’s a movie about a woman obsessed with all things Jane Austen, who’s been unlucky in love and decides to spend her life’s savings to attend an immersive Austen experience in England complete with manor house, Regency...
  • Movies, Sex, and Gore, Oh My! Morality and Objectivity in Art

    Last time I wrote on this blog, I argued that art should be viewed subjectively and objectively. Art has absolute qualities that must be acknowledged to give it existence, and yet, it still must be experienced to call it art. But what is art in the scope of ethics?...
  • Prometheus: A Summer Movie That Asks The Right Questions

    Have you seen Prometheus yet? If you haven’t you may want to stop reading. However, if you’ve decided you don’t want to see Prometheus, then consider this blog post an invitation. I was able to see Prometheus on June 1 since it had an early release in the UK....
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    How I Watch Sports Movies

    The Replacements is on TV when I walk into the living room. I suffer through the last ten minutes, not because I’m particularly interested in character development (if you can call it that), but because of the score. Not the scoreboard—the musical score. It’s the fourth quarter of the...
  • Video: Best Bible Movies Ever! (Guest Post)

    Near the top of my New Earth wish list is that God will set up a 3D IMAX theater where we can watch the real-life Bible movie. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see Moses part the actual Red Sea instead of Charlton Heston part a tray of jello? I...
  • God, Art & The Oscars (Guest Post)

    Imagine the vast nothingness of a formless and void universe spread out before the Triune Godhead like a blank canvas on which to create the greatest work of art in all of eternity. It would be a work of art that was visual, tactile, auditory, and alive. This work...
  • Thinking Inside The Box: Theodicy & The Tree of Life

    This upcoming Sunday is Oscar Sunday. The 84th annual Academy Awards ceremony will announce the best efforts in the film industry from 2011. Perhaps the most coveted award, Best Picture, will be decided among 9 nominees. The only film from 2011 to be nominated that I saw was The Tree of Life (I...
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    Musings Upon Musings: Roger Ebert, Me, and Capital Punishment

    A few years ago I was searching for a movie review.  I knew Rotten Tomatoes would provide me with a database of dozens of reviews so I began my search there.  While scanning through the Top Critics reviews I recognized very few names.  One name I did recognize: Roger...
  • Yearly Round-Up

    2011 has come to a close. It has been a great year and there are a lot of fun things to look forward to in 2012 (who isn’t excited for The Dark Knight Rises or The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey?). Here at The Two Cities we are very excited for...
  • Of Halloween & Horror Movies: What the Hell?

    On Halloween it’s good to ask, why are people drawn to what horrifies and terrifies them?  Robert California, played by James Spader, has this sobering nugget to say from the most recent episode of The Office (Episode 5 of Season 8: Spooked): Fear plays an interesting role in our...
  • Sweeney Todd & Total Depravity

    When I originally saw Sweeney Todd at the theatres in December 2007 my first thought was, “I need to preach a sermon on this.” So in this season leading up to Halloween I thought I’d relive some of those original thoughts and share them with you. Also, if you...
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    The Help in Contemporary Context

    I watched The Help this past weekend.  It was a wonderful film and I think it has to be the early favorite for best picture.  In fact, I find it nearly unfathomable that another movie would be able to beat it.  If you have not already seen it, you should...