Spider-Man & Slavery

The latest Hollywood blockbuster about the insect-bitten adolescent wearing a mask and red tights while climbing tall buildings includes a reference to slavery. As Peter, I mean Spider-Man, attempts a physics-defying rescue at the Washington Monument, doing all he can to enter the building, a student stands below refusing to go in because the monument was built by slaves. This article in Slate Magazine does a little fact checking on the Spider-Man slavery reference.

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Jaws: The Middle-Aged Shark & the Difference Between Man & Beast

Jaws turns forty-two today. I was born a couple years after the debut of the shark epic. I guess we’re both middle-aged. The continued popularity of this film highlights our fascination with the animal world in contrast to the premium value we place on human life.

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Five Lessons from Cars 3 About Transition & Legacy

For Father’s Day my children took me to see Cars 3. It’s a coming of age, old age that is, story about the last lap of Lightning McQueen. Spoiler alert. I think there are some leadership lessons worth considering from the film.

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What To Expect From Captain Underpants

This weekend I decided to take my kids to see Captain Underpants. Some of the comedic elements in the movie were entirely predictable given the target demographic and that it’s from the creators of the Shrek and Madagascar franchises. But there were a few themes that I think are powerfully redemptive and worth considering should you make a theater visit in the near future.

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A Dog’s Purpose

After a busy few weeks of weekend travel, evening events at the university, and writing deadlines, I decided to take some time out to just hang out with my twins yesterday afternoon. I surprised them by picking them up from school to talk them to a matinee. We went to see a Dog’s Purpose. Here are a few thoughts about how Christians can leverage the message of this film.

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The Worldview of Moana

A new movie from Disney is causing a tsunami of ticket sales this Thanksgiving weekend. Moana is a beautiful production about a young girl trying to save her people. It’s produced by the same genius team that brought us “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid.”

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Storks & Planned Parenthood

Storks, the recent animated film by SonyPictures tells the story of the commercialization of the birds known for delivering babies. They’ve been repurposed as the cartoon equivalent of Amazon’s drones. Want a product quick? Order it online with guaranteed Stork delivery within minutes.

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Will Narnia Reboot Get Lewis Right?

Last week, Deadline reported that a new installment of the Chronicles of Narnia franchise will take a different direction from the earlier, Disney-influenced films. TriStar studios now wants to reboot the Narnia films, starting with the next adaptation, The Silver Chair. The first question I had when I read the news was, “Will they finally get C.S. Lewis right?”

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Ben-Hur: How a Debate With an Agnostic Inspired a Bestselling Novel About Christ

What’s called the “most influential book of the nineteenth century” is the result of a debate between two military leaders. It happened on a train ride to Indianapolis on a late summer day in 1876. Colonel Robert G. Ingersoll, whose nickname was “The Great Agnostic,” bumped into author General Lew Wallace. The two spent the trip debating religion.

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