Pop Theology contributor Richard Lindsay reviews the new release, Kick-Ass, after the jump. I ought to kick his for seeing it before me.
Archive for April, 2010
Like many of you, my Netflix Queue is a mile long. Some films have been at the top of that list or hovering around it since the beginning, often being over-taken by other films that I need to watch for research or just for fun. Unfortunately, Hero (2002) was one of those films that I [...]
What is the meaning of life? What if I told you you could find out for only $9.99? Too good to be true? In the animated film $9.99, a young man buys a book for the titular price that promises to provide him with such information, while all around him life spins out a wealth [...]
When most of us think of religious toys and games, we probably go straight to the satirical…the Looking Good for Jesus makeup kit, the Buddy Christ, or even the controversial Left Behind video game. The authors of Toying With God: The World of Religious Games and Dolls, Nikki Bado-Fralick and Rebecca Sachs Norris, address these [...]
Exploitation films of the ’60s and ’70s are a fascinating study. Are they exploitative, as the genre asserts? Are they liberating? Both? A recent indie film, Bitch Slap (2009) attempts to parody (s)exploitation films like Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Last woman on Earth, etc. While its actresses might have similar dimensions to their predecessors, the [...]
From cultural, theological, and moral perspectives, the Studio Era of Hollywood is a fascinating study. On one hand, conservative viewers might praise the absence of overtly offensive images on screen. On the other hand, more liberal viewers might bemoan the limited worldview (white, heterosexual, and decidedly middle to upper class…mostly) that these films often set [...]
If anything, the mechanical owl in the original Clash of the Titans signaled a level of fun and playfulness. These filmmakers weren’t taking themselves too seriously. We can’t say the same thing about the re-make, which releases today, even though the owl makes a cameo appearance.
As would be expected, Pedro Almodovar‘s latest film, Broken Embraces, is an alluring mix of beautiful filmmaking and captivating storytelling. The ways in which this film comment on filmmaking itself and themes of family, love, obsession, and secrecy demand repeated viewings.