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 www.godisnotelsewhere.wordpress.com and co-presents “The Film Talk” podcast with Jett Loe at www.thefilmtalk.com. 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 3 years 2 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 3 years 31 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 3 years 32 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 39 weeks 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 41 weeks ago

Articles by Gareth Higgins

If the purpose of art is to help us live better, then to have integrity, storytellers who feature characters who behave badly have a responsibility to illunminate their motivation and context. 

These films create new benchmarks for the mainstream depiction of black history, black struggle, and wider perceptions. 

Here's my list of the 10 best films of 2014 (many more are worthy, but 10 are all that will fit). 

A cisgender straight character dressing up has little or nothing to do with the real stories of the "T" in LGBTQ. 

They think that what they're doing is changing the world for the better, but that's doubtful.