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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 …

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 …

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 …

Oblivion: Obliviously Obvious

April 19, 2013 |

Near the beginning of Oblivion, Tom Cruise stands in the middle of a destroyed stadium and eagerly recounts the climactic moments of a big football game to his colleague. Despite his enthusiasm, she doesn’t seem …

Sikora to Lead Cinema & New Media

April 10, 2013 | 1

Houston Baptist University’s Cinema & New Media Arts major will debut on campus in August 2013. HBU has recruited California-based independent filmmaker and new media entrepreneur Joshua Sikora to develop and head up its new program.…

Why Now Is Different Than Before

April 10, 2013 |

“To me, the great hope is that now these little 8mm video recorders and stuff will come out and some people who normally wouldn’t make movies will be making them and suddenly one day, some little …

Spielberg’s “Lincoln”

March 15, 2013 |

Lincoln brings together one of the greatest directors of our time with one of the most important US Presidents of all time. Years ago, when news broke that Steven Spielberg was developing this film I was …