January 2014

Duke Ellington and American Hustle

January 28, 2014

Yesterday I shared some brief thoughts on American Hustle and noted the use of Duke Ellington’s music in that film. I’ve been thinking a bit more about that connection and it seems to me that the use of his music intentionally references the larger narrative of the movie.

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Her Hustle

January 27, 2014
Her Hustle

I unintentionally took in an Amy Adams double-feature this weekend: Her followed by American Hustle. The former gets a solid thumbs down, the latter, an equally solid thumbs up.

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Reflections on “Inside Llewyn Davis”

January 13, 2014

Rather than write a review of the Cohen brothers’ newest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, I’m merely going to offer some general thoughts in response to it. They likely won’t mean much to you if you haven’t seen the movie, and they necessarily contain some plot spoilers. So if you haven’t yet seen it, please move […]

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Me and Mr. Ham

January 11, 2014

I recently caused a bit of a dustup with my Patheos post about Ken Ham: “Creationist Ken Ham versus the Truth.”

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Why doesn’t rap get respect?

January 9, 2014

I recently re-watched the 2012 documentary Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap. Though far from a comprehensive and critical examination of rap, it’s nevertheless an intriguing and enjoyable overview of the major hip hop artists and their reflections on their craft. Near the beginning of the film, Ice-T opines: Rap has introduced poetry to […]

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Christianity, Homosexuality and 1 Corinthians 6.9-10

January 6, 2014

1 Corinthians 6.9-10 is often cited as the final word on the Christian understanding of homosexuality. It’s trotted out as definitive proof that not only is homosexuality inherently sinful, but also that homosexuals cannot be Christians. But it’s crucial to read these verses in their wider context and to carefully consider what Paul is and […]

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Free Ebook: “Russian Wonder Tales”

January 3, 2014

In 1912 Post Wheeler, an American diplomat stationed in St. Petersberg, collected and translated twelve Russian folktales along with their accompanying illustrations by Ivan Bilibin.

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