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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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contrasting view on Katniss Everdeen

Some are frustrated with how Katniss seems to remain a pawn of others throughout, never making any true decisions of her own, not even the decision of whom to love. Moreover, some would argue, she never really rises above the … Continue reading

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Barbara Nicolosi on “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Barbara Nicolosi, and her blog, Church of the Masses, is one of the reasons why I started the current iteration of this site. Her writings on pointing to God by creating art in pop culture are amazing, and her reviews … Continue reading

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Wreck-It Ralph Overcomes Being Born That Way

I just got back from seeing Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph”. It was excellent; not just fun but moving and meaningful. I think that Disney buying Pixar and putting John Lasseter in charge of all animation may have been the best thing … Continue reading

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“30 Days of Night” and the Hopelessness of a Life Devoid of God

30 Days of Night is a 2007 horror film. On one level it is the horrific story of an isolated Alaskan town besieged by vampires during a month-long darkness; on another level it is a sad story of a man, … Continue reading

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Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus”

Prometheus is a brilliant, and largely misunderstood, film. It is the story of an android, David, his anger towards his creators, and his curiosity about their creators. David is the protagonist and humanity is the antagonist. We are meant to … Continue reading

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Families of Intent and Becoming Your True Self

As long as I’m on the subject of Twilight again, a short note: I’m surprised that the series hasn’t, so far as I can tell, been more embraced by alternative lifestyle communities. Point One :: In the Cullens, we have … Continue reading

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Bella Swan vs. Katniss Everdeen: agency, strength, and what we value in female protagonists

The Twilight Saga’s Bella Swan has been accused of being a passive protagonist lacking agency. This claim is easily refuted by the text. Stranger, to me, is the fact that the other reigning young, female, YA protagonist, The Hunger Games’ … 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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