Mercy Me: Three Lessons From the Season Premiere of The Walking Dead

By Paul Asay on October 23, 2017

The Walking Dead kicked off its eighth season with a war—or, at least, the start of one. Rick (Andrew Lincoln), the show’s flawed protagonist, and his cadre of followers has allied with a couple of other factions (Hilltop and the…

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Don’t Pooh-Pooh This Bear

By Paul Asay on October 11, 2017

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?” “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?”…

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NatGeo’s The Story of Us Misses the Full Story

By Paul Asay on October 9, 2017

Morgan Freeman is one of the United States’ most beloved entertainment figures. He’s appeared in dozens of movies as everyone from a dutiful chauffer (Driving Miss Daisy) to God Himself (Bruce Almighty). His honeyed, earthy voice has graced countless products…

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Getting to Blade Runner 2049’s Soul (Without Getting Into Spoilers)

By Paul Asay on October 6, 2017

“When do you get your soul?” An agnostic friend of mine asked me that in college: Not what or how or why or even if, but when—a question that neatly asks all the other questions too, hinting at the incredible…

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Forget CGI: ‘I’ll Push You’ is a Movie With Just Two Friends, a Wheelchair and a Whale of a Story

By Paul Asay on September 15, 2017

Suffering is a gift. It’s difficult for us to grasp that truth in 21st century America. For us, gifts are sweaters and PlayStation 4’s, maybe colorfully wrapped under a Christmas tree. Gifts are fun. Entertaining. They give us comfort. Joy.…

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Stephen King: ‘Faith Makes it Possible to Battle the Monsters’

By Paul Asay on September 13, 2017

Stephen King and I go way back. I think IT was actually the first book of his that I read, way back in high school, and for years I kept coming back for more. But I didn’t keep reading King…

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Nothing but the Blood: 3 Fascinating Spiritual Themes in ‘IT’

By Paul Asay on September 11, 2017

IT made an estimated $123 million this weekend, setting a record for highest debut ever for a horror movie. Based on Stephen King’s uber-creepy (and even more demented) novel of the same name, IT refers to the fearsome evil embodied…

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‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Coming to Christmas Future (and It Looks Pretty Good)

By Paul Asay on September 7, 2017

We all know ‘A Christmas Carol.’ We’ve seen Ebenezer Scrooge played by Alastair Sim, George C. Scott, Mr. Magoo and Sam the Eagle. He’s as much a part of Christmas as Santa Claus. Kind of weird to think that, before Charles…

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Why Don’t Christians Like Good Movies?

By Paul Asay on August 28, 2017

Sometimes, I don’t get us. We Christian moviegoers can sound oh-so-superior when we critique Christian movies. We whine a lot. We complain about the scripting, the acting, the hokey dialogue, the maudlin sentimentality. And what happens when we’re given a…

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Is God in the Movies? A New Book Shows Us How to Find Him There

By Paul Asay on August 23, 2017

They would come without question. They’d gather in the sanctuary, light streaming in red and green and gold through stained glass windows, music from the choir spilling and flowing through the space. They’d sing and greet one another and listen…

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