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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Invaluable Gift: Revealing Our Humanity
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Hoffman gave us an invaluable gift. He revealed to us the humanity of our scapegoats. We couldn’t unite in hatred against his characters because they were complicated; indeed, because they were human. ...

The Prophets of Sundance
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 5:48pm | Type: Blog

In days of old, God used a burning bush to get Moses’ attention. Today’s prophets are often the truth-telling artists, singers, songwriters, and filmmakers whose modern version of “Thus sayeth the Lord” bursts ...

Sojo Authors Have the Right Stuff for Under Your Tree
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Consider these 2013 books from Sojourners magazine staff and contributors.   Bible & Theology Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation ,  by Reta Halteman F ...

Gareth Higgins on Peace, Politics, and Our Nation's 'Cinematic States'
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Lots of people like movies; Gareth Higgins loves movies. But the founding director of the Wild Goose Festival and long-time peace activist engages popular culture with a different eye than most of us. I asked ...

‘Gravity’ and the Unanswered Questions of Unbelief
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Reviews of the new hit movie Gravity note that it’s an unusually fine science fiction film. What they don’t mention is that the main character represents an increasingly common theme in American religion: The ...

Apocalypse Redux
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Kathryn Reklis Why are blockbuster movies so bad at imagining life after the end of the world? EVERY SUMMER b ...

'You've Got Mail,' A Swedish Movie About Death, Kissing Dating Goodbye, and Finding Love Despite Pride and Prejudice
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Even for the awkward girl who is afraid of the sound of her own voice and of the possibility of finding someone attractive, there’s the possibility of love, and that, however improbably, changes everything. ...

The Accidental Moral Mirror of Monsters University
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

It struck me that the movie presents – probably quite by accident – an opportunity to talk about a deep moral reality. So what follows will only begin obliquely by talking about cute monsters ...

Superman: Jesus Figure or ‘Anti-Christ?'
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

Superman has always had a bit of a messiah complex, born as a modern-day Moses in the imagination of two Jewish guys during the Depression and over the years developing and amplifying his Christlike characteri ...

God Won’t Mind If We Laugh at Ourselves
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

Shadyac is not Catalyst’s usual fare of trying-to-be-hip pastors. But that didn’t seem to bother the zany director in the slightest. He moved from quick-witted one-liners to deep discussions of faith and God’s ...

Time to Start Talking
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins There is an overwhelming need for publicly compelling conversation about violence, guns, and the role of entertainment med ...

Oscars and the Big Picture
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins We shouldn't really expect the Oscars to grasp the point of history, though this year the films nominated for Best Pi ...

Filmmaker Spike Lee Focuses on Faith in 'Red Hook Summer'
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Spike Lee is not about to give up filmmaking but – at least for a moment or two – he sounded a bit like an expert on the challenges facing the church as he promoted his new movie Red Hook Summer. ...

Atheists Find a New Venue for the Godless: On Film
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

There were no red carpets, no paparazzi, no celebrities, and definitely no God at the recent annual Atheist Film Festival. SAN FRANCISCO — There were no red carpets, no paparazzi, ...

10 For Home Viewing
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins A perfect time to catch up on the 10 best Blu-ray releases of the past year. STUDIOS TYPICALLY ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Jan. 30, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

Ferris Bueller is back and ready for the Super Bowl. Kermit and Piggy strike back (at FoxNews), a dad covers Depeche Mode songs with his kids. Animals acting out scenes from Star Wars, the case of the missing ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Jan. 20, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/20/2012 - 6:01pm | Type: Blog

President Obama wishes Betty Wh ite a happy 90 th birthday – and asks to see her long-form birth certificate. See video below. [ Mediate ] ...

Two Thumbs Up for Ebert and "Life Itself"
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"The conditions of my life are precarious," film critic Roger Ebert wrote last week in a posting on his online journal titled, "Fall from Grace." Ebert, 69, perhaps the pre-eminent film cr ...

Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When evang ...

Ashley Judd: 'My Christian Faith Demands I Work for Social Justice'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It's noon on the West Coast, and Ashley Judd is scurrying to make a live on-air interview with a National Public Radio local affiliate in Berkeley. It's noon on the West ...

The Moral of "Toy Story 3"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100630-toy-story31.jpg"></a>It's been awhile since Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the gang have been on the big screen, but they've lost ...

Packaging the Voice of the Other
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>After the <a href="http://julieclawson.com/2010/04/19/what-is-emerging/" target="_blank">synchroblog</a> last week and all the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag ...

The Balancing Act of a Successful Woman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Hollywood isn't real life, but when real life (mine and the lives of the actors) and Hollywood converge it is great fodder for thinking and conversation. Peter and I can't stop talking about ...

Michael Steele and Racially Insensitive or Racist Comments
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I am writing to educate Michael Steele and those whose understanding of Native Americans are as superficial as his. On Jan. 4, 2010, Steele, the leader of the Republican Party, held up his hand in the ...

Avatar and The Blind Side: The Never-ending Messianic Complex Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The last two movies that my wife and I had the chance to watch were Avatar and The Blind Side. Not sure how that happened, but both movies had very rich missiological and race themes to them. Or maybe ...

Whip It: What a Girl Power Movie Should Be
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This is what a girl power movie should be. I went to see Whip It because it looked fun and was a totally Austin film (there's something fun about sitting in the Alamo Drafthouse watching a movie ...

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: A Visual Feast with a Side of Social Commentary
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much when I first took my seat in the theater to preview Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a 3-D animated comedy based on the popular <a href="http:// ...

The Hurt Locker and the Cause of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Let's get one thing straight: I have no idea what war is really like. Let's get one thing straight: I have no idea what war is really like. I've seen 'Saving ...

Sojourners Magazine: We've Got a New Look!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Sojourners</em> magazine just had its first redesign in my seven years of working here, and all I can say is "wow," because I have a limited graphic-design vocabulary.</p> ...

Overcoming John Wayne Syndrome with New Stories
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Peace actions often evoke disgust, anger, and fear from the uninvolved bystander. Epithets are hurled at the demonstrators, with coward and traitor perhaps the favorites. Why should advocating peace e ...

Audio: Gearing up for the Oscars with Great Films from 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

With the bad economy leaving people without a lot of extra money, many of us have been hunkering down at home with a movie and homemade popcorn. With the bad economy leaving peopl ...

The Futility of Violence: Eastwood's Gran Torino
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The other day I heard a 78-year-old man sing, through a cracked voice, one of the most moving and gentle jazz melodies, as the iconic image of a fetishized sports car being driven into the sunset was ...