I recently posted a review of Martin Scorsese’s Silence that was written by a high school student who took my online film course called “Viewer Discussion Advised.” Today, I’m sharing another review by a first-time film critic who took that class with me over seventeen weeks. Her name is Martha-Grace
It’s the post-Oscar-season slump, when studios typically dump their trash into theaters. If I have an itch to go to the movies, what’s actually worth seeing?
I’ve been teaching a 17-week online film course for high school students. My students read Through a Screen Darkly, keep reading journals where they respond to what they read, participate in a private Facebook group discussion about film interpretation, watch a wide variety of movies, and write reviews of them. One
Perhaps you’ve been around long enough to remember when, in the late ’80s, Leslie Phillips released an album called The Turning. It was a life-changing experience for me, hearing her bravely sing about how she couldn’t reconcile her faith-born questions with the judgmental certainties of Christian fundamentalism. The Turning was the prelude
David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike make A United Kingdom worth seeing.
On January 19, The Washington Post published an article by Tyler Huckabee called “Christians say Hollywood ignores them. But they ignore great films about faith.” This was no surprise to me. I’ve been writing about films that fit this description for decades now. And one of those films — a movie
Here’s a perfect post for Valentine’s Day. Over at Movie Mezzanine, Kristen O’Neal talks with David Oyelowo, who played Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s film Selma, about the interracial love story in A United Kingdom. It caught my attention because I have plans to see the film next week.
I was lucky enough to start reading work by Lauren Wilford when she was still an undergraduate at Seattle Pacific University. Just a few years later, here she is — the senior editor at an extraordinary film journal called Bright Wall Dark Room, where she’s quickly becoming one of the most
When, during an early scene of The LEGO Batman Movie, my opening-weekend audience was surprised by a Jerry Maguire joke and laughed appreciatively, a little girl sitting next to me — she might have been six years old — scowled, shook her head, stood up, and announced to her mother, “This
“Whaaaat? You didn’t love La La Land?” I liked La La Land. It reminded me of musicals that I love. I just liked other musicals better this year. (And I think I enjoyed Emma Stone’s lip-synch contest with Jimmy Fallon just as much or more than her performance here. It just