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  1. Does anyone know anything about the upcoming film of the same title staring Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield? Apparently it's set to release in September 2021 but I haven't seen a trailer for it yet and I am curious to know the film's status.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?



  4. 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

  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. 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



    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 



    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



    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



    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

  7. 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."

    I haven't followed any of the new Star War novels since Disney's acquisition and decision to make new Star Wars novels canonical, so I don't know if this is in fact the case, but I didn't feel all that drawn or compelled by some of the characters and I wonder if it's because now that the new novels are canonical, we are expected to read those books and follow the characters there too. I had this problem with Saw Gerrara in 

    Rogue One (though that was more to do with The Clone Wars TV series than novels). But the set up to Amilyn Holdo, when Poe was marvelling at his her exploits, it made me wonder if we were supposed to already have some familiarity with Holdo through the novels. 

    I don't really know what to make about Yoda destroying the sanctuary on Ahch-To. The way Yoda seemed entirely dismissive of the sacred Jedi books doesn't fit in with how I have been accustomed to regarding his character.

    I don't understand why Luke dies, especially when he goes through the effort to confront Kyle Ren on Crait. I'm with Buckeye Jones, I think I have too much nostalgia for the original trilogy to see all three of the main leads die (I wonder how the Star Wars fans who hated The New Jedi Order series for killing off Chewbacca feel about this new trilogy?). When the bridge of the Resistance cruiser is blown up and Leia is sucked into space I thought maybe that was their way of finishing her character until I remembered that Carrie Fisher had passed away well after filming for The Last Jedi was completed. I appreciate that The Last Jedi is supposed to be like The Empire Strikes Back, leaving the characters with heavy losses, but still...

    Ultimately, I think I finished watching The Last Jedi feeling unsatisfied because of the plots or questions that are raised and then unanswered or at least ignored or casually dismissed, like Rey's parents and especially Snoke's origins and identity. The scenes in Snoke's throne room on his ship was so lamely like that those in Return of the Jedi that I wondered if Snoke was Palpatine and that that would explain the wound. I'm sure other folks will talk about it, but I find it interesting that Star Wars, largely influenced and based on myth (see Joseph Campbell), has it's own mythology (e.g. Rey, like Luke, is a future Jedi hailing from a backwater world). The Battle of Crait was also reminiscent of the Battle of Hoth.

  8. I just watched the first two seasons which were recently added to (Canadian) Netflix.

    In the second season finale, Hanzee Dent is sitting on some bleachers watching two boys play catch as he's talking to another criminal. You find out that the two boys communicate in sign language but immediately after this they are bullied by two larger kids. Do the two boys communicating in sign language grow up to be Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench?

  9. That what - excuse me - a damn fine premiere.

    My favourite moments were


    when the show first returns to the Bang Bang Bar and James is looking towards Shelly and then Shelly says "James is still cool. He's

    always been cool." to her friends. That just felt good somehow, seeing characters we left as high school students age and come back (and I found James totally annoying during the original run), but even that line sounds like some vague high school cliche. But my favourite fun scene was with Andy, Lucy, and Hawk looking at the evidence and wondering "Does the bunny have to do with my heritage?"

    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).

  10. 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...

  11. 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

    when Teddy breaks the news of the divorce to his father and both Ted Sr. and Janet pledge to support both Teddy and Tawney. Given that earlier in the season, Daniel had "released" his mother from caring for him, it felt like a transference - part of the show's dynamic is how the concern for Daniel, especially by his mother, leads to neglect of the other children. Now that Daniel has released his mother from obsessively concerning herself with him, it felt like finally some of the other children will receive the attention that they have needed (also the scene between Janet and Amantha in the beginning of the finale.

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