Exodus: Pundits and Iconoclasts (Pt II–The Rant)

•December 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

As I discussed in my previous post, I was blown away by Exodus: Gods and Kings and gave it one of the highest ratings I think I would ever give a film.  This would seem to be shocking considering that Metacritic, Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB are all working hard to slaughter it right now (52%, 27%, and 6.4/10, respectively), and the Christian reviewers certainly aren’t helping (PluggedIn: 2.5/5.  ChristianAnswers.net: 3/5 “Very offensive” moral rating,  Crosswalk: “Psychotic Moses, Scientific miracles ‘Doom’ Ridley Scott’s Exodus”, CBN: “Read the book…worth watching”).  In fact, the only mostly positive review to be found (oddly enough) is Movieguide (3/4, minus one on content due to violence).  This all begs a serious question… why did my experience differ so much from everyone else’s?   Continue reading ‘Exodus: Pundits and Iconoclasts (Pt II–The Rant)’

Exodus: Pundits and Iconoclasts (Pt I–The Review)

•December 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

((author’s note, white text denotes a link for helpful information — TO AVOID POTENTIAL SPOILERS, SKIP TO FINAL PARAGRAPH))
It’s a safe guess that I just saw another controversial movie. If the headline wasn’t enough of a clue, I went and saw Ridley Scott’s new film Exodus: Gods and Kings and thought I would give a review of it… and quite possibly some additional commentary on the controversy. Like with my previous review on Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, I’m going to be dealing with three separate areas of filmmaking: The technical expertise, the Entertainment value, and the ultimate literary value. Continue reading ‘Exodus: Pundits and Iconoclasts (Pt I–The Review)’

Setting the Record Straight.

•September 22, 2014 • 2 Comments

There are certain topics that I don’t usually talk about, or try to shy away from. The reasons for that are varied — sometimes it’s a topic that I just don’t care enough about to fight over (Organic vs. GMO), sometimes it’s a topic that I know I’m one of the few people who care about (Benghazi, anyone?), and sometimes it’s a topic that my opinion on is just too nuanced for the internet. This is one of the latter. Continue reading ‘Setting the Record Straight.’

Critically Handling Information

•July 14, 2014 • 1 Comment

In our culture today, we are an information-heavy society.  Knowledge is power.  The Information Superhighway; the internet; Wikipedia; Siri and Google; pretty much everything you would ever want to know is an app click or a search bar away.  However, it is a double-edged sword.  As I’ve written about previously, there is always a mixture of information and misinformation, and I want to continue on that theme… the theme of sorting out what to believe and what not to.   Continue reading ‘Critically Handling Information’

Donald Sterling and What is Wrong With America.

•April 29, 2014 • 1 Comment

There is so much about all of this that can and needs to be said.  However, I want to preface this by saying that I don’t give a hoot about basketball.  Nothing that you are about to read is even slightly tainted by “but itz da Clips!”   Continue reading ‘Donald Sterling and What is Wrong With America.’

Aronofsky’s Noah (Spoiler Alert: There’s a Flood)

•March 31, 2014 • 4 Comments

There has been a lot of controversy around Aronofsky’s Noah adaptation.  As a wise man once said, however, there is no such thing as bad publicity.  While that isn’t always accurate, in showbusiness it is true far more often than not.  Conservative commentators from Focus on the Family all the way to Glenn Beck have lambasted it as just another attempt to make the Bible irrelevant; while a lot of the extreme left has criticized it for being just another squish of a film to attempt to make the religious types happy.  After having actually, you know, seen the film, I feel I have a little bit better ground to issue some thoughts on the matter.  Working in media myself (including a couple film sets), I am going to be reviewing this film from three different perspectives: the technical side, the entertainment value, and the literary value (or lack thereof).  While I pretty much watch films the same way, it bears a little more weight when it comes to a “Bible film”.

(If you want to avoid spoilers, jump to the last paragraph)  Continue reading ‘Aronofsky’s Noah (Spoiler Alert: There’s a Flood)’

Biblical Ethics

•October 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

There is a basic flaw in the Western understanding of ethics.  Namely, ethics attempts to clarify the moral gray areas through philosophical answers — the calculus of life, if you will.  Is it okay to kill someone if you are saving the life of a 10 year old with polio who will grow up to be the next Hitler but also discovers the cure for cancer?  Continue reading ‘Biblical Ethics’