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Are You Good Enough for the Good Place?

[Spoiler Alert: This article discusses major plot points from the TV Show The Good Place] Winner of the 2018 TCA Outstanding Achievement in Comedy award, NBC’s The Good Place stars Kristen Bell (of Frozen fame) as Eleanor Shellstrop, a heartless person who couldn’t care less about anyone besides herself. Eleanor earns a living as top-salesperson for a fraudulent pharmaceutical company where she daily takes advantage of elderly people by selling them fake medicine, and even… Read More →Are You Good Enough for the Good Place?

Lex Luthor’s Problem of Evil

Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is the second installment in the DC Extended Universe film franchise. Though it performed fairly well at the box-office, the film has been critically panned. What with a brooding Superman and a Lex Luthor who appears too much like a Joker character, the film hasn’t exactly been received with excitement by all superhero fans either. Nonetheless, the film manages to be entertaining and raises some good questions about God.… Read More →Lex Luthor’s Problem of Evil

The Invisible Walls of Injustice

Marvel’s cinematic universe has been smashing the box-office since its inception. Almost eleven years later, their films are still going strong. Black Panther, nominated for seven academy awards and winner of three, has been one of their most successful entries so far, bringing in over $700,000,000 domestically for a total gross of over $1,346,000,000 worldwide. This makes it the ninth highest grossing movie of all time. “You were all wrong!”[Spoiler Alert] The story centers around… Read More →The Invisible Walls of Injustice

The Rubble or Our Sins?

From his early days of hiding his music and being afraid to perform in front of an audience, Dan Smith and his band, Bastille, have left their mark on the music world. Their most famous song, “Pompeii,” peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. It’s hard to believe that it is already five years old. The song and its accompanying music video offer us a chance to take a hard look… Read More →The Rubble or Our Sins?

Free Will or Fate?

Following the shocking anthology series, Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker and team have produced an interactive film called Bandersnatch. Bouncing off of a concept that has been used in the video game world for some time, the movie allows you to make choices about how the story will turn out as you go along. Every five to ten minutes you are presented with a choice of two ways the story can go. There are multiple pathways… Read More →Free Will or Fate?

Blocked in the Black Mirror

An Unsettling “Black Mirror”First airing on Netflix in 2011, Black Mirror is one of the most disturbing shows ever. Each stand-alone episode is set in the uncomfortably near future, exploring the ever-increasing (and often unsettling) role of technology in everyday life. As technology advances at a faster and faster pace in our world, the show raises questions about the ethical use of technology and what happens when technology gets out of control—or rather, when humans… Read More →Blocked in the Black Mirror

Fact vs. Faith?

With an average viewership of over 18,000,000 people, CBS’s hit show The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular sitcoms on television. Now in its twelfth, and final season, The Big Bang Theory will be the longest-running multi-camera sitcom in television history with 279 episodes. The show also boasts some of the highest-paid actors on TV, with some characters making around one million dollars per episode.¹ Christianity and The Big Bang Theory The… Read More →Fact vs. Faith?

“You will die. I will not.”

[Spoiler Alert: This article discusses major plot points from the films Prometheus and Alien: Covenant] What does it mean to be human? There seems to be no better avenue for exploring this question than through the realm of science fiction. Something about artificial intelligence causes us to question who we are. Countless books and movies have explored this theme. One film director who frequently broaches this topic is Ridley Scott. One of Scott’s most famous… Read More →“You will die. I will not.”

Caretakers or Pioneers?

Christopher Nolan is no small name in Hollywood. Known for blockbuster hits like The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, and Dunkirk, the director never fails to deliver thought-provoking, intense movies. Given this record, many were disappointed by his 2014 space adventure, Interstellar. The time-bending story received mixed reviews from fans and critics. However, the film raises interesting questions about human ingenuity, love, the environment, and social progress. In the film, the earth is in the midst… Read More →Caretakers or Pioneers?

When You Love Someone . . . and when You Don’t

According to one source, every 13 seconds someone in the United States files for divorce.1 Though the divorce rate has been declining for years, about 50% of children will still see their parents getting divorced in their lifetime.2 These statistics are devastating and should be cause for lament. Of course, the effect on the man and woman is terrible, but children also experience great pain, confusion, and heartache when their parents separate. While giving music… Read More →When You Love Someone . . . and when You Don’t

Are You a ‘Natural’?

When people think of modern rock music, the band Imagine Dragons probably comes to mind. Since 2012 they’ve been releasing music that has been topping the charts. With singles like “Demons,” “I Bet My Life,” “Thunder,” “Believer,” “Whatever it Takes,” and “Radioactive” (which holds the record for the most weeks spent on the Billboard Hot 100), Imagine Dragons has become one of the most popular rock bands of the decade. Part of the appeal of… Read More →Are You a ‘Natural’?

Alive, Like Me

[Spoiler Alert: This article discusses major plot points from the film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom]   Messing with Genetics Fourteen years after the disastrous Jurassic Park 3, Colin Trevorrow resurrected the Jurassic Park franchise with Jurassic World. True, the plot was a little predictable, but people loved it. And it’s not hard to see why, after all, dinosaurs are pretty cool. Raking in over $650,000,000, the film rocketed to the sixth highest grossing movie of… Read More →Alive, Like Me