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Transpositions – Truly Unconventional Christmas Films for the Bleak Midwinter

I’m an associate editor for Transpositions, the online journal for ITIA, where I recently wrote on four very unconventional Christmas films from a theological perspective: The traditional popular Christmas film is typically full of holiday joy and good cheer, as exemplified by enduring classics like the musical White Christmas, the madcap silliness of Elf, or the syrupy […]

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Transpositions – Motion Pictures, Mary Magdalene, and #MeToo

For Transpositions, I recently wrote on Garth Davis’ 2018 film Mary Magdalene, the #MeToo movement, and the filmic depictions of Mary Magdalene throughout cinematic history: I find it sadly ironic that Garth Davis’s exquisite 2018 film Mary Magdalene became an unexpected victim in the #MeToo movement which emerged following the New York Times article on movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s […]

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The 2018 Cinemayward Oscars

Every year, the Academy Awards get some things wonderfully right (La La Land! Moonlight!) and some things horribly wrong (La La Land? No, Moonlight!). Though Crash beating Brokeback Mountain in 2006 is often the most cited Worst Best Picture win of recent years, I am still reeling from Terrence Malick and The Tree of Life losing […]

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Book Review: Movies Are Prayers

Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings (IVP) achieves something rather remarkable: author Josh Larsen is open and sincere about his Christian faith and examines the films in this volume through an overtly religious lens, yet the book’s tone and tenor are accessible and beneficial for all audiences interested in film criticism, religious or otherwise. This […]

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