Arts & Leisure

Why I’m OK with the boy Yahweh in Exodus: Gods and Kings

If you’re making a big-budget Moses movie, with all of Hollywood’s resources at your disposal, you can do better than a burning bush. And so, although the bush of the Bible does make an appearance, Exodus: Gods and Kings offers an additional visual representation of God. And that choice has…  [more]

Discussing Kieslowski’s Decalogue IX

This is part of a joint series with Elijah Davidson of Reel Spirituality, in which we’re considering each installment of The Decalogue. Krzysztof Kieslowski's landmark collection of short films was first released on Polish television in 1989 and is based on each of the Ten Commandments. Please join our conversation…  [more]

Katniss Everdeen and symbolic values

True to its dour, dismal self, The Hunger Games series offers a penultimate installment – Mockingjay Part I – that mostly mourns things: the loss of loved ones, the destruction of a community, the psychological fallout of combat. The movie also mourns its heroine, Katniss Everdeen, whose personhood is once…  [more]

Interstellar and a theology of Imax

Interstellar left me wanting in many respects, but the movie does come through in one big way. Very big. The use of large-screen Imax imagery not only nearly saves the picture, it also reveals some of the theological implications at the heart of this particular piece of movie technology. Co-written…  [more]

Discussing Kieslowski’s Decalogue VII

This is part of a joint series with Elijah Davidson of Reel Spirituality, in which we’re considering each installment of The Decalogue. Krzysztof Kieslowski's landmark collection of short films was first released on Polish television in 1989 and is based on each of the Ten Commandments. Links to our other…  [more]

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