The Common Good

Gareth Higgins

Gareth Higgins is a writer and broadcaster from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who has worked as an academic and activist. He is the author of Cinematic States: America in 50 Movies and How Movies Helped Save My Soul: Finding Spiritual Fingerprints in Culturally Significant Films. He blogs at and co-presents “The Film Talk” podcast with Jett Loe at He is also a Sojourners contributing editor. Originally from Northern Ireland, he lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Blog Posts by Gareth Higgins

Posted by Gareth Higgins 2 years 16 weeks ago
Fifteen-hundred years ago, a Dublin-based shepherd made his mark on history by turning the Chicago River green, staggering inebriated through the city, and inventing the "Kiss Me I’m Irish" hat....
Posted by Gareth Higgins 2 years 45 weeks ago
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a surprising addition to the typical summer blockbuster canon -- for one thing, it manages to entertain and challenge, without resorting to gratuitous violence to...
Posted by Gareth Higgins 2 years 47 weeks ago
It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. There are images in the great Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris, recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, that are so...
Posted by Gareth Higgins 3 years 1 week ago
Ah the joy of watching movies in the summer! Of course, there are a number of summer blockbusters coming out that will woo crowds to the theaters, but with the sky-high prices of theater tickets...
Posted by Gareth Higgins 4 years 3 weeks ago

Articles by Gareth Higgins

At film festivals, because we're all living together for a few days, people let their guard down.

To build a new world, sometimes you have to tear the old one down.

James Patterson has pioneered something beautiful in the world of books and will be remembered for it.

Without conscious resistance, the flattened culture of entertainment globalization is going to continue to dominate.

The Coens realize that sometimes, of course, comedy is bleak. But the point of gargoyles is to remind us that sacred and profane coexist.