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    Tolkien (2019)

    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 other films, but they all seem the same...he seems like a moralistic, paranoid libertarian obsessed with the government, hacking, and technology. Has anyone watched any of his movies?
  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 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.
  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 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
  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.
  12. 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).
  13. 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...
  14. I hope The Defenders turns out to be good - Luke Cage and Iron Fist were both rather disappointing.
  15. Not so much what I'm reading but this was my recent Powell's haul.
  16. I finished watching this half a week ago and really enjoyed it, although the last season felt very different from the previous three. Even though I didn't like it as much, it contained a couple of my favourite scenes - the one where Daniel, after being called out by his group home roommates for not being social, joins them as they play cards. When they ask if he wants to play too he says he will just observe but then the roommates share a knowing exchange and encourage him to play cards with them. The second scene is
  17. Just got back from watching this. Really enjoyed it - a fitting end to Hugh Jackman's role as Wolverine.
  18. Given that the role I always associate M├Ądchen E. Amick with is Shelly Johnson on Twin Peaks, it's kind of weird now seeing her play a mother on Riverdale, another teenage mystery-drama set in a small town.
  19. January Lila - Marilynne Robinson, 4/5 Waiting on the Word - Malcolm Guite, 3/5 The Glory of Preaching: Participating in God's Transformation of the World - Darrell W. Johnson, 5/5 Whatever Happened to Worship?: A Call to True Worship - A.W. Tozer, 2/5 Understanding Jacques Ellul - Jeffrey Greenman et al., 4/5 Murder in the Cathedral - T.S. Eliot, 2/5 The Givenness of Things: Essays - Marilynne Robinson, 3.5/5 Pastoral Theology: Essentials for Ministry - Thomas C. Oden, 5/5 February An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land - William Stringfellow,3.5/5 When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God - T.M. Luhrmann, 4/5 Ninety-Nine Stories of God - Joy Williams, 1.5/5 Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ: The Renewal of Evangelicalism in Postwar America - John G. Turner, 5/5 Preaching to a Post-Everything World: Crafting Biblical Sermons that Connect to Our Culture - Zack Eswine, 4/5 Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism - Timothy Keller, 4/5 Who Killed Canadian History? - J.L. Granatstein, 4/5 March On Human Nature - Roger Scruton, 3/5 Finding Peace - Jean Vanier, 3/5 The Secular Northwest: Religion and Irreligion in Everyday Postwar Life - Tina Block, 4/5 Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2/5 Holy the Firm - Annie Dillard, 2/5 The Jesus People Movement: A Story of Spiritual Revolution Among the Hippies - Richard Bustraan, 3/5 City of Love and Revolution: Vancouver in the Sixties - Lawrence Aronsen, 3.5/5 The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation - Rod Dreher, 4/5 The Doctrine of Repentance - Thomas Watson, 4/5 That New-Time Religion: The Jesus Revival in America - Erling Jorstad, 3/5 April Jesus People - Duane Pederson, 2/5 The Shepherding Movement: Controversy and Charismatic Ecclesiology - S. David Moore, 3.5/5 A Tale of Three Kings: A Study in Brokenness - Gene Edwards, 2/5 Martin Luther: Visionary Reformer - Scott H. Hendrix, 4/5 The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender, and the Quest for God - Sarah Coakley, 2/5 Christianity and the Crisis of Cultures - Pope Benedict XVI, 4/5 Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issue in a Changing Culture - Mark A. Yarhouse, 3.5/5 Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right - Arlie Russell Hochschild, 4/5 The Triumph of the Therapeutic: Use of Faith After Freud - Philip Rieff, 3/5 Submission - Michel Houellebecq, 5/5 May On the Song of Songs I - Bernard of Clairvaux, 3/5 Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works - James K.A. Smith, 4/5 That Night - Alice McDermott, 4/5 Biblical Authority After Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity - Kevin J. Vanhoozer, 4/5 Confessions and Catechisms of the Reformation - Mark Noll, ed., 2/5 Discerning the Body: Searching For Jesus in the World - Jason Byassee, 4.25/5 Reformation and the Culture of Persuasion - Andrew Pettegree, 4/5 Inventing Authority: The Use of the Church Fathers in Reformation Debates Over the Eucharist - Esther Chung-Kim, 3/5 A Long Faithfulness: The Case for Christian Perseverance - Scot McKnight, 4/5 June The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien, 5/5 Loves Me, Loves Me Not: The Ethics of Unrequited Love - Laura Smit, 5/5 July The Change of Conversion and the Origin of Christendom - Alan Kreider, 5/5 The Essex Serpent - Sarah Perry, 5/5 Lament for a Son - Nicholas Wolterstorff, 5.5 Making All Things New: An Invitation to the Spiritual Life - Henri Nouwen, 4/5 The Crucifixion of Ministry: Surrendering Our Ambitions to the Service of Christ - Alan Purves, 2/5 Who Is Jesus? - Darrell Johnson, 4/5 The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society - Brad Gregory, 5/5 August Accompany Them With Singing: The Christian Funeral - Thomas G. Long, 3/5 War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin - Carlos M.N. Eire, 4/5 Pious and Secular America - Reinhold Niebuhr, 2/5 The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict - William T. Cavanaugh, 5/5 Open Secrets: A Memoir of Faith and Discovery - Richard Lischer, 5/5 Jesus and the Disinherited - Howard Thurman, 2/5 Twentieth Century Catholic Theologians: From Neoscholasticism to Nuptial Mysticism - Fergus Kerr, 4/5 The Scandal of the Incarnation - Irenaeus/ed. by Hans Urs Von Balthasar, 4/5 The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics - Mark Lilla, 4/5 Lion Country - Frederick Buechner, 2.5/5 Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction - Jens Zimmermann, 4/5 September How To Be A Conservative - Roger Scruton, 4/5 God's Province: Evangelical Christianity, Political Thought, and Conservatism in Albera - Clark Banack, 2/5 Narratives of a Vulnerable God: Christ, Theology, and Scripture - William C. Placher, 3.5/5 The Christian Tradition I: The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600) - Jaroslav Pelikan, 5/5 The Prophetic Imagination - Walter Brueggemann, 2/5 The End of Protestantism: Pursuing Unity in a Fragmented Church - Peter Leithart, 3/5 From Glory to Glory: Texts From Gregory of Nyssa's Mystical Writings - Gregory of Nyssa/ed. & intro. by Jean Danielou, 3/5 Open Heart - Frederick Buechner, 2.5/5 The Enchiridion on Faith, Hope, and Love - St. Augustine, 4/5 October The Pastor: A Memoir - Eugene Peterson, 3.5/5 The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity - W. Bradford Littlejohn, 4/5 The Late, Great Planet Earth - Hal Lindsey, 1/5 The Christian Tradition II: The Spirit of Eastern Christendom (600-1700) - Jaroslav Pelikan, 5/5 Jacob Arminius: The Man From Oudewater - Rustin E. Brian, 3/5 Arminius and His Declaration of Sentiments - edited and translated by W. Stephen Gunter, 4/5 November The Christian Tradition III: The Growth of Medieval Theology (600-1300) - Jaroslav Pelikan, 4/5 I Kissed Dating Goodbye - Joshua Harris, 2/5 The Christian Tradition IV: Reformation of Church and Dogma (1300-1700) - Jaroslav Pelikan, 5/5 The Christian Tradition V: Christian Doctrine and Modern Culture Since 1700 - Jaroslav Pelikan, 4/5 The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho, 1/5 Love Feast - Frederick Buechner, 2/5 December Treasure Hunt - Frederick Buechner, 2.5/5 The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth-Century Philosophers - Carl Becker, 4/5 On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century - Timothy Snyder, 4/5 Contend With Horses - Grace Irwin, 3.5/5 People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture - David Lyle Jeffrey, 2/5 Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional - Martin Luther, 5/5
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