Film essays · Religion

Why a religious film like Menashe is superior to the usual propagandist bullshit.

We get them seemingly every year. You know, those sweet inoffensive films full of smiling characters, played by bad actors, in unrealistic settings who go on predictable journeys of realising Christianity is undoubtedly 100% true. Even typing it makes me want to throw up a little bit. Yet this has almost nothing to do with… Continue reading Why a religious film like Menashe is superior to the usual propagandist bullshit.

Film essays

The Pleasantly Surprising Greatness of Blade Runner.

“Replicants are like any other machine; they’re either a benefit or a hazard.” When 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) recently experienced another brief theatrical run I jumped at the chance to see what is probably my favourite sci-fi movie on the big screen for the first time. It was glorious, exceeding my expectations, and… Continue reading The Pleasantly Surprising Greatness of Blade Runner.

Film essays · Religion

A balanced perspective on Fifty Shades of Grey.

Judging from some of the outraged reactions Christians have been having towards the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, released on Valentine’s Day, you’d be forgiven for thinking it signals the end of wholesome cinema (such a thing never existed) and/ or will somehow lead all females everywhere to actively seek out abusive relationships (just as… Continue reading A balanced perspective on Fifty Shades of Grey.