Star Wars Turns the Big 4-0, and It’s as Influential as Ever

By Paul Asay on May 25, 2017

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far—no, wait, in our galaxy—there was a little boy who saw Star Wars. And then he saw it again. And again. And again. He couldn’t afford any Kenner Star Wars playsets,…

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Great Scott! Three Fascinating Religious Characters in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant

By Paul Asay on May 22, 2017

Director Ridley Scott hates religion, or so he says. He told Esquire Magazine that it was “the biggest source of evil.” He loves his rebels—men and women who push against authoritarianism be it government, business or church. Individualism, not faith,…

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Alien: Covenant is Super-Spiritual. Just Look at the Poster

By Paul Asay on May 18, 2017

Ridley Scott’s latest Alien movie, Alien: Covenant, is officially hitting American theaters tomorrow. And it has religion on its mind. Don’t take my word for it. Well, do take my word, actually: I’ve seen the film, and I’ll be talking…

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God Save the King: 5 Nods to Religion in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

By Paul Asay on May 15, 2017

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword isn’t exactly Oscarbait. Director Guy Ritchie is known for two things: His visual flourishes and his narrative indifference. From his relatively gritty early crime films to the silly Sherlock Holmes franchise (with Robert Downey…

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I Have a Question About Gender-Neutral Acting Categories: Why?

By Paul Asay on May 8, 2017

MTV doled out its annual MTV Movie and TV Awards last night, and Beauty and the Beast’s Emma Watson accepted the award for “Best Actor in a Movie”—the first major gender-neutral acting award. “MTV’s move to create a genderless award…

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7 Hungry Sins to Watch For in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

By Paul Asay on May 4, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 doesn’t dilly dally. The film opens with an action sequence, our heroes battling a massive, mouthy interdimensional creature with a taste for expensive batteries. They shoot and stab at the thing while the beast…

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Three Reasons to Be (Tentatively) Excited About The Silver Chair Movie

By Paul Asay on April 27, 2017

The Silver Chair is getting a movie. And I’m … cautiously optimistic? I know, I know. Foolish, right? Previous films based on C.S. Lewis’ beloved Chronicles of Narnia haven’t given me a lot of reason for optimism. The Lion, the…

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NatGeo’s Genius Showcases Einstein’s Heart and Mind. What About His Soul?

By Paul Asay on April 22, 2017

The biggest revelation from National Geographic’s Genius: Albert Einstein could be kind of a jerk. Oh, he was certainly a genius too, as NatGeo’s original series makes quite clear from the title on. Most everyone knew it the moment he…

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‘They Don’t Make These Movies Anymore.’ Producer Ralph Winter Talks About The Promise

By Paul Asay on April 20, 2017

You could call Ralph Winter one of the fathers of the modern cinematic superhero. Before Spider-Man made a mint in 2002 and Iron Man put an Arc reactor into the genre in 2008, the Hollywood producer shepherded X-Men to theaters…

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He is Risen Indeed

By Paul Asay on April 16, 2017

On Easter, my second father was actually dying.

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