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winter shaker

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  1. This new movie has reminded me of a conversation a co-worker and I had a few years back. Granted, I haven't deeply researched this, but it seems as if J.R.R. Tolkien lacks a "magisterial" biography that Newman, Chesterton (I am thinking of Ian Ker here) or even Lewis (every week a new Lewis-related book is released) have. Maybe I'm wrong? I know there's a Carpenter biography and then a bunch of collective biographies of the Inklings. But even Charles Williams has the recent massive biography by Grevel Lindop.
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    Neil Breen

    Last night my friend Kyle and I were watching a random YouTube video featuring a bunch of the worst acting ever splashed on the silver screen. Along with the usual suspects like The Room and Trolls 2, we came across a clip from a Neil Breen movie. This guy is apparently a real estate agent who self-finances or crowd-funds his own movies which he writes, directs, produces, and stars in. We watched his first movie, Double Down, on YouTube (where it is available in its entirety). It was essentially 90 minutes of Breen monotone monologuing about how amazing he is. I've only seen trailers of the ot
  3. January Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History - Brian Stanley, 4.5/5 100 Great Leading Well Ideas - Peter Shaw, 3/5 Rome, Constantinople, Moscow: Historical and Theological Studies - John Meyendorff, 5/5 BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google - John Palfrey, 3/5 The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis - Alan Jacobs, 4/5 The Cross and the Lynching Tree - James H. Cone, 5/5
  4. I plan on watching it because they filmed it at my old high school.
  5. 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 a
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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."
  9. I just watched the first two seasons which were recently added to (Canadian) Netflix.
  10. I usually don't like lyric videos, but this new Derek Webb song is worth watching.
  11. 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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