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  1. winter shaker

    Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    I've seen Solo twice. It's proven to be my favourite of the new films (and my favourite after Return of the Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back). One of my friends commented that she didn't like it because it felt cliched, but perhaps that is exactly why I enjoyed it. I think it's because I was disappointed with The Last Jedi - it doesn't offer us the answers we expected (who is Snoke? who are Rey's parents?) but instead departs into new territory. But Solo felt like visiting old friends because we already know Han, Chewbacca, and Lando (and as a "Star Wars Story" movie this familiarity is only accentuated when compared to Rogue One where we are introduced to a cast of characters who we don't have time to connect with). I enjoyed the nods to the past (when Han shoots first at the end people cheered in the theatre). I was impressed with Alden Ehrenreich's performance as a smug smuggler and Donald Glover was terrific.
  2. Pure Flix and Chill A documentary on David A.R. White, actor and founder of Pure Flix. I never knew the pastor from the God's Not Dead franchise was also the "Hey Scotty - Jesus, man!" guy. This was a good chaser to the last book I read, "Celluloid Sermons" by Terry Lindvall and Andrew Quicke.
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    2018 Reading Journals

    January Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel - Kate Bowler, 4.5/5 Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste: Aesthetics in Religious Life - Frank Burch Brown, 4/5 Anarchy and Christianity - Jacques Ellul, 3/5 Animal Farm - George Orwell, 5/5 The Girl I Left Behind - Shusaku Endo, 4/5 Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion - Dana L. Robert, 5/5 The Missionary Movement in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission of Faith - Andrew F. Walls, 4/5 Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology - James K.A. Smith, 3.5/5 Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life - Rowan Williams, 4.5/5 To the Ends of the Earth: Pentecostalism and the Transformation of World Christianity - Allan Heaton Anderson, 5/5 Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish - David Martin, 4/5 Anglican Evangelical Identity: Yesterday and Today - J.I. Packer and N.T. Wright, 3/5 February Born Again in Brazil: The Pentecostal Boom and the Pathogens of Poverty - Andrew R. Chesnut, 3.5/5 Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose - Flannery O'Connor, 3.5/5 The True and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics - Christopher Lasch, 3.5/5 On the Abolition of All Political Parties - Simone Weil, 3/5 Blessed Anastacia: Women, Race, and Popular Christianity in Brazil - John Burdick, 3/5 With the Grain of the Universe: The Church's Witness and Natural Theology - Stanley Hauerwas, 2/5 Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved - Kate Bowler, 4/5 Mr. Blue - Myles Connolly, 2/5 Pentecostalism in Brazil: Emotion of the Poor and Theological Romanticism - Andre Corten, 2/5 March Translating the Message: The Missionary Impact on Culture - Lamin Sanneh, 5/5 G.K. Chesterton: Radical Populist - Margaret Canovan, 4/5 To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism - Ross Douthat, 5/5 Religion and the Politics of Ethnic Identity in Bahia, Brazil - Stephen Selka, 4/5 Fire Sermon - Jamie Quatro, 4/5 How God Became African: African Spirituality and Secular Thought - Gerrie Ter Haar, 4/5 Whose Religion is Christianity?: The Gospel Beyond the West - Lamin Sanneh, 3/5 Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture - Grant Wacker, 4/5 April The Personal Heresy: A Controversy - C.S. Lewis, & E.M.W. Tillyard, 1/5 Celluloid Sermons: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986 - Terry Lindvall & Andrew Quicke, 4/5 Consider Your Calling: Six Questions for Discerning Your Vocation - Gordon T. Smith, 3/5 Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?: Larry Norman and the Perils of Christian Rock - Gregory Alan Thornbury, 5/5 Where Do Broken Hearts Go?: An Integrative, Participational Theology of Grief - W. Ross Hastings, 4/5 The Second Baptism of Albert Simmel - Rodney Clapp, 4/5 May The Devil's Music: How Christians Inspired, Condemned, and Embraced Rock'n'Roll - Randall J. Stephens, 3.5/5 Reason and Revelation in the Middle Ages - Etienne Gilson, 4/5 Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived - Rob Bell, 2/5 Jayber Crow - Wendell Berry, 4/5 The Rise and Fall of the Complementarian Doctrine of the Trinity - Kevin Giles, 2/5 Protestantism and Progress: The Significance of Protestantism for the Rise of the Modern World - Ernest Troeltsch, 4/5
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    Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    Saw it last night. Some thoughts. I forget who it was who pointed it out in The Force Awakens thread, but again, John Williams does not contribute any signature score to this film. There is a lot of recovery and insertion of traditional Star Wars music into The Last Jedi, but nothing new. Every time Hux appeared on screen I sighed and whispered to myself, "I miss you, Tarkin."
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    The Disaster Artist

    Trailer #3
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    Fargo

    I just watched the first two seasons which were recently added to (Canadian) Netflix.
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    New Stuff Worth Hearing

    I usually don't like lyric videos, but this new Derek Webb song is worth watching.
  8. Alice McDermott (my favourite living novelist) has a new novel out, The Ninth Hour, and I am excited to read it, though I do find a lot of her novels pretty much cover the same ground of mid-20th century Catholic families.
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    The Disaster Artist

    Trailer #2
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    Star Wars: Episode IX

  11. winter shaker

    Star Trek: Discovery

    New trailer from Comic-Con.
  12. winter shaker

    TWIN PEAKS

    That what - excuse me - a damn fine premiere. My favourite moments were I watched Twin Peaks for the first time only about 4-5 years ago so it does feel nostalgic in some sense, but not nearly as nostalgic for those who watched it when it first appeared in 1990 (I was born that year, but before it premiered) or for those who perhaps watched it while in high school and who could connect with characters like James, Donna, Laura, Bobby, etc...in fact, since I didn't rewatch the original two seasons I had trouble remembering who was a returning character and who was new (e.g. Bobby).
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    TWIN PEAKS

    Genuinely curious (and genuinely lazy) - does anyone know if some of the major actors from the original series who are not set to reprise their roles have commented on the revival? I'm thinking of folks like Richard Beymer (79!), Michael Ontkean, Michael J. Anderson (though I see now Anderson apparently made some serious accusations against David Lynch?), etc...
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    Marvel's Netflix Shows

    I hope The Defenders turns out to be good - Luke Cage and Iron Fist were both rather disappointing.
  15. winter shaker

    2017 Reading Journals

    How was that one?
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