“Minari”: Searching for Eden in Arkansas
Lee Isaac Chung’s new film reminds us that we are “strangers and exiles on [this] earth...seeking a homeland.”
Every human is a gardener at heart, haunted by a longing for Eden, as Minari masterfully shows. Yet no earthly place we’ve settled in—or migrated from—will ever satisfy our desire for a better country, the “heavenly one” where God’s people will dwell forever with Christ (Heb. 11:16). When I first saw the trailer for Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari, I was... Continue Reading
‘Hillbilly Elegy’—A Threat to Critical Race Theory
‘Hillbilly Elegy’ is really not so much a book or movie about Appalachia and its culture, but more about the consequences of sin in any culture.
The major controversy that surrounds the book is that it contradicts the narrative of identity politics presently dominant in this country. We are told that racial injustice is only a problem with minority groups who are non-white. White men are, by definition, oppressors. That is the standard presupposition of identity politics. Because the book portrays... Continue Reading
How Could an Oxford Professor of Mathematics Think Christianity is True?
"Against the Tide: Finding God in an Age of Science," a new documentary.
In the film, Lennox doesn’t go too deeply into any one argument for the truth of Christianity. Instead, it’s more of a conversational overview of many basic arguments (the cosmological argument, fine tuning, the resurrection, etc.). How could an Oxford professor of mathematics think Christianity is true? That’s the question addressed by a new... Continue Reading
How Abortion Lies Mimic the Movie “The Island”
It’s ironic that a Hollywood flick holds a more accurate view of human value than most abortion-choice advocates.
I’ve had conversations with abortion-choice advocates for two decades, and they often deny the unborn are bona fide human beings. Instead, they refer to them as an “it,” a “fetus,” a “clump of cells,” an “unwanted pregnancy,” or—if they’re generous—a “potential human.” All their language, however, is the same. It’s dehumanizing. It’s also a lie. Maybe... Continue Reading
1917 is co-written and directed by Sam Mendes, and it’s based on his grandfather’s experiences at World War 1.
1917 isn’t a complex film. It’s a simple film about a day—or a couple of hours—into the lives of two young, insignificant British soldiers. But its simplicity is what makes the film so good. The film doesn’t try to impress its audience. It doesn’t use a hyper-stylized filter to make the setting bleaker, and it doesn’t... Continue Reading
‘The Rise of Jordan Peterson’—A Review
What makes “The Rise of Jordan Peterson” particularly notable is that it neither shies away from the political controversies surrounding Peterson, nor allows itself to be defined or limited by them.
The Rise of Jordan Peterson constructs a kaleidoscopic narrative that enables the viewer to look at the same sequence of events in several different ways. Engaging with the film fully demands a willingness to listen to a wide and often conflicting range of perspectives. Those who insist on placing Peterson in an airtight box, and... Continue Reading
PURITAN: All of Life to the Glory of God
It was their firm commitment to the Word of God that distinguishes them from other groups throughout church history.
In the documentary, PURITAN: All of Life to the Glory of God, you will walk through the hallways of history to discover this group of people who sought to purify the Church of England and would eventually flee for religious freedom. You will learn names like John Bunyan, Thomas Goodwin, Richard Sibbes, John Owen, Richard... Continue Reading
A Subversive Netflix Documentary Titled “The Family”
This film mainstreams blatant anti-Christian propaganda.
What troubled me most about this film is how it mainstreams blatant anti-Christian propaganda. This film could not have been made fifteen years ago. It would have provoked massive blowback. But a lot has changed in the last fifteen years, and it is now okay to caricature Christians and publicly denounce them for their beliefs.... Continue Reading
American Mythology’s Endgame
The largest cultural event of 2019 is the release of “Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame.”
Endgame is the mythology of America’s young. Earlier generations looked to John Wayne, but today it is Marvel; and Endgame’s official message paraphrased is “be who you are, not who you are supposed to be.” That has ramifications, so don’t be the last to know. The largest cultural event of 2019 is the release... Continue Reading
Killing a Legend
"The Highwaymen" takes aim at the wrongheaded heroizing of Bonnie and Clyde.
It probably shouldn’t be surprising that mainstream reviews of The Highwaymenhave been tepid, given how hard it pushes back against a film Hollywood has long hailed as one of its greatest works. And there’s no question it indicts the media for heroizing the wrong people. But that would be just another us vs. them movie,... Continue Reading