About this author:
Paul Asay is an author, journalist and entertainment critic who now serves as a senior associate editor for the popular Christian entertainment review site Plugged In (pluggedin.com). He has been published in a variety of other secular and Christian publications, including The Washington Post, The Gazette in Colorado Springs, YouthWorker Journal and Beliefnet.com. He has a love of old movies, a disturbing affinity for bad ones and an appreciation for all things geek.
All articles by Paul Asay
Star Wars Turns the Big 4-0, and It’s as Influential as Ever
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,… Read More
Great Scott! Three Fascinating Religious Characters in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant
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,… Read More
Alien: Covenant is Super-Spiritual. Just Look at the Poster
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… Read More
God Save the King: 5 Nods to Religion in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
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… Read More
I Have a Question About Gender-Neutral Acting Categories: Why?
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… Read More
7 Hungry Sins to Watch For in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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… Read More
Three Reasons to Be (Tentatively) Excited About The Silver Chair Movie
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… Read More
NatGeo’s Genius Showcases Einstein’s Heart and Mind. What About His Soul?
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… Read More
‘They Don’t Make These Movies Anymore.’ Producer Ralph Winter Talks About The Promise
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… Read More
He is Risen Indeed
On Easter, my second father was actually dying. Read More