Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Kryptonite Kid by Joseph Torchia

…And that Joseph Torchia’s heartbreaking novel of a boy’s letters to Superman, The Kryptonite Kid, is still out of print… I first heard of The Kryptonite Kid from Neil Gaiman, in a post on his blog in which he was … Continue reading

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Badly Broken

I’ve been watching Breaking Bad on AMC since the first episode. I am a huge fan of Bryan Cranston and expected great things from him, and ultimately I have not been disappointed. After the first few episodes, there came a … Continue reading

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Michael Jordan as God: idolatry and all-giving love

Five For Fighting is primarily known for its single “Superman (It’s Not Easy)”. I love a good take on Superman. FFF’s “Superman” is, I think, my favorite use of Superman in a song. I’m sure I’ll write about it some … Continue reading

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Love and Forgiveness in the Fallen Worlds of Paul Thomas Anderson

There are films that are not the least bit concerned with the profound, but from which some profundity might be teased out, and films that openly grapple with profound matters.  While my idea of this site is to deal primary … Continue reading

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Why Movies Matter

[Pope] John Paul II, in his 1995 message, wrote about the duty of parents to educate their children “in an accurate reading and understanding of the films that enter their homes each day” through television and video players. With platforms … Continue reading

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“Kids” by MGMT

The song “Kids” by MGMT is about the sad trend of people regarding children as life accessories. They wanted a child, liked the idea of a happy baby crawling around among them, but the reality was something different. The child … Continue reading

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Philip Pullman Fails At Being Wicked

I am familiar with Philip Pullman only within the context of his His Dark Materials trilogy, and the interviews that he has given surrounding it. Based on his statements about C.S. Lewis, he seems to be a strange, hateful man. … Continue reading

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Finding God in a Kia Soul commercial

As the video opens a terrible war is raging between two unknown parties. A-Flat is in loud evidence. In fact, if you have a good Bose woofer, the pounding A-Flat explosions shake the floor. The whole landscape and almost everything … Continue reading

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Evanescence and the Golem

Okay, so this one goes back a few years, but it was on the radio as I was driving home tonight so I got to thinking about it once more. “It” being the song Bring Me To Life by Evanescence. … Continue reading

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Twilight addendum

Lest someone misunderstand, my defense of the Twilight series should not be taken to mean that I think that there are no questionable aspects to them or that, given the wealth of literature available one should choose to read the … Continue reading

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