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Essays & Film Reviews

The New Arrested Development

May 30, 2013 |

The New Arrested Development Is Dark, Uneven and Frustrating. Can We Have Another?

James Poniewozik – TIME Entertainment

If you marathoned old AD before watching this, turning on the first episode (focused on a falling-out between …

Stepping Back: The Key to Star Wars

May 25, 2013 |

“One of the things that I’m doing in these films, to give it a little bit of a reality, is to give the shots a kind of documentary feel, where things float off the shot. I …

Scholars on "The Great Gatsby"

May 19, 2013 |

Over at The Millions, five English scholars weigh in on Baz Luhrmann’s new film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, including HBU’s own Doni Wilson:

Doni M. Wilson, Houston Baptist University

The Forgotten Virtue of Star Trek

May 17, 2013 | 3

Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that …

Why Star Trek Endures

May 17, 2013 |

In the realm of science fiction, there is a big divide between Trekkers and Star Wars fans. I consider myself the latter, and always enjoyed the more mystical, quasi-religious elements of Star Wars to the technical …

Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance

May 14, 2013 |

Nate Marshall writes on Koyaanisqatsi (1982) over at The Examined Life:

It isn’t a narrative drama, it isn’t a fiction, and it’s only reluctantly categorized as a documentary (because it’s not at all a documentary, …

Grace and Modernism in "Journey to Italy"

May 9, 2013 |

Take it for what it’s worth, but speaking as a bachelor, if there is a greater movie about marriage than Roberto Rossellini’s Journey to Italy (1954) floating around out there in filmdom, then I haven’t seen …

The Warmth of “Parks & Rec”

May 2, 2013 |

Matt Zoller Seitz at Vulture on Parks & Recreation:

More than any network sitcom since The Andy Griffith Show, Parks and Rec catches the spirit of Preston Sturges’s small-town comedies (Hail the Conquering Hero, The Miracle …

John Huston's "Wise Blood"

April 28, 2013 |

Periodically at my church, St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church, I host an evening in which I show a film and then lead a discussion afterwards focusing on the finer points of film artistry and …

Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder”

April 26, 2013 | 1

In The Tree of Life, director Terrence Malick crafted a grandiose yet personal theodicy through a family story against the cosmic backdrop of creation and redemption. His new film To the Wonder is equally existential …