The Incredibles was practically perfect. Gorgeous animation blended with a deft plot; escalating tension melded with heart-warming family dynamics; an adorable yet realistically high-stakes romance between a husband and wife strode alongside the every-man struggle of a middle-aged father to find his place in life again; and weaving through it all was a truly diabolical yet savory villain.
Well, perfect is understandably hard to top…even for a writer and director of Brad Bird’s impressive story skills.
So……did the sequel pull it off?
That’s a question each viewer must answer for themselves—but here is my take. Continue reading
It’s a rare sequel that can match, let alone surpass, its predecessor. As controversial as God’s Not Dead was – an unabashedly Christian movie with steps and missteps – I think the sequel is an improvement.
The story: when popular public school teacher Grace gets a question in her history class about Jesus, she well-meaningly answers it in the historical context, quoting from the historical texts that establish Jesus’s actions and teachings.
Shortly after, she finds herself being sued by the ACLU for “preaching” to her students and trying to spread her Christian faith, with a non-believing young lawyer to advise her. Continue reading
Many people in my circle are “bookworms”. But some people out there are non-bookworms.
Some people love everything to do with books, and you could make a placemat from a doctoral thesis and they’ll pretty much swoon.
Other people would look at your word-covered gloves and go, “Huh?”
But Christmas is coming, and in ritual celebration of the gift of God’s Own Son (Jesus) EVERYONE deserves a gift!
This list is for those people…those dear ones in your lives that don’t share quite your enthusiasm for all things paper and folded-in-half: Continue reading
Movie For Christians, Not the Unchurched
A Christian freshman sits down in his Intro to Philosophy class, to find the professor insisting that every student write “God is dead” on a piece of paper and sign their own name.
This one student decides this act violates his conscience, and refuses.
The professor challenges him to prove to the class that God actually exists – or lose 1/3 of his semester grade right off the bat.
While “Christian” films have gotten their share of grief over the years for sappy plotting or lazy writing, my personal reaction to this film was mostly positive. Continue reading
Last month, I joined the rest of the world who have seen The Matrix – sci-fi staple and movie icon.
While I have my disagreements with the minds behind it, there’s no denying the lasting entertainment of this piece. Continue reading
More Powerful In His Death
Ratatouille‘s Gusteau, though dead, still towers over the movie. Arguably, he’s a more powerful figure than he might have been had the moviemakers kept their original plan of keeping him alive. Warning: thematic spoilers. Continue reading