We wanted to compile a list of movies that get at the real heart of the Advent season. Some take place in a Christmas setting but the majority are probably the most un-Christmassy Christmas movies you’ve ever heard of. So toss a yule log on the fire, grab the popcorn, and snuggle up under a blanket – here are our top picks.
Buster Scruggs forces us to look at ourselves and state the facts: the relationships you have, break, and start, the journey you’re on, the goals you’ve set, the places you’ve been, the home you’ve built and the plans you make have no bearing on the fact that you’re going to die. At the end of the movie, it’s like the directors chuckle as they peer into the hearts of their viewers and smugly say, “What? We’re just being honest.”
In a digital age driven by likes and "authentic posts,” the Avett Brothers offer their contributions toward different ends. Rather than posting something reaching for comfort and solace for self, their exposed emotions create a bridge between them and their audience. they do the hard work so that we can feel comforted. It is a bridge supported by empathy where audiences can relate and say “you feel like that too?”
Saroo’s struggle to find his way home is beyond imagining. And yet there’s something about his story that resonates on a deeper level in which Percy’s imagery helps elucidate; it’s natural to long for news from across the seas.
“To sacrifice ourselves for a cause, isn’t that the most human thing we can do?” Sacrifice is what makes us human. Or put another way, our capacity for sacrifice is what reveals the image of God in us.
Thankful for Eli Brown and his terrific review and reflection on the 2016 breakout TV show Atlanta. Here it is: I am hard-pressed to think of ways to describe Atlanta, Donald Glover’s newest creation for the small screen, which debuted in September of 2016 on FX. Lauded by critics everywhere as one of the freshest and... Continue Reading →
When the gang from Hawkins Middle School gets together for Season Two of Stranger Things, it doesn’t take long in the show (or trailer) to realize the evil from the upside-down is still reeking havoc on their small, quiet Indiana town. The show’s creativity and authenticity are pure gold, and it’s been a blast watching... Continue Reading →
I first stumbled across The Little Prince because my wife chose it among all the movies on Netflix. Like a supportive and loving spouse, I teased her for picking a cartoon to watch. However, about 15 minutes in, I was captivated.
There's no point in killing a bad priest. Killing a good one? That would be a shock! They wouldn't know what to make of that. I'm going to kill you, Father. I'm going to kill you 'cause you've done nothing wrong! I'm going to kill you because you're innocent. These startling lines come from the... Continue Reading →