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all my friends are heathens

The song, “Heathens”, by twenty one pilots, is nearly ubiquitous on the radio at the moment. The opening of the song makes me laugh a little inside each time. All my friends are heathens, take it slow… Just about all … Continue reading

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11:15, restate my assumptions

All creativity reflects the Creator. All art points to the divine. Pop culture is successful in proportion to how well it sates human longings.

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The Faith of Fury Road

These religious symbols and rituals are essential: the plot of Fury Road could not proceed without them, and they also make these wasteland religions feel real. – The Faith of Fury Road

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The Most Pro-Life “Doctor Who” Ever—10 Points You Missed This Weekend | CatholicVote.org

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Maleficent? Magnificent!

I approached “Maleficent” with some trepidation. It would be, it seemed to me, so easy to go wrong attempting to re-tell a story from the villain’s point of view. Maleficent could have been an anti-hero. The film could have tried … Continue reading

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Les Miserables

I saw the latest film a few nights ago. I am ashamed to say that, while I had previously understood the story on a narrative level, I had never grokked the moral story underpinning the proceedings. (I had only seen … Continue reading

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Wisdom from the Hogwarts Professor

Human beings know things in four ways — sense, opinion, science (deduction), and wisdom — hence every text of value, especially works of intentional artistry or divine inspiration, has traditionally been read at four levels rather than cricized eclusively at … Continue reading

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and you thought I read a lot into Twilight!

This analysis is completely delicious! If we stop looking for meaning when we acknowledge the superficial Mary Sue story contained in Twilight, we will miss the particular twist that Meyer gives her version: the deeper spiritual transformation and apotheosis aspects, … Continue reading

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2: Breaking the Book

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2” is, unfortunately, the worst of the five films. Unfortunately primarily because its source material is the best of the four books. Overall, it suffers from the same faults as the previous four films, … Continue reading

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apropos of my rap post the other day

Both sets of artists showed lower activity in part of their frontal lobes called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex during improvisation, and increased activity in another area, called the medial prefrontal cortex. The areas that were found to be ‘deactivated’ are … Continue reading

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