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Batman: The Killing Joke

“To what degree” you ask? Good question. Is it only partially, or is it absolute obsession? I can’t say for certain. But in my view…I love Batman.
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The Unsung Magic of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Disney has cranked out loads of great films through the decades, many critically acclaimed not to mention gushed over by the general public, and deservedly so in most cases. However, while many of their films receive unending praise, once in a while it seems there is a gem or two overlooked or dismissed amid the clamor. One such jewel which comes to my mind is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

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Weekend Movie Guide, 9/15-17

Take a look at what’s coming out this weekend.

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Music

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A Day to Remember: Bad Vibrations

The punk-metalcore band is back, and with an album that has several bright spots, even if it is a tad uneven.

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Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough

2016 has been a good year for great albums.  But so far, only one has drawn me into listening again up to a dozen times: Lindsey Stirling’s Brave Enough.

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Young The Giant: Home of the Strange

What happens when you find yourself living in the Home of the Strange?
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TV Shows

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How Stranger Things Endorses a Christian Worldview

The horror genre is all too often a canvas for graphic depictions of evil with no redeeming qualities.  But the horror-influenced Netflix original Stranger Things uses those frightening elements to a greater purpose.  Few stories with these elements use them to such great effect, in a way that makes it not only a fantastic story, but also in a way that, implicitly, leads us closer to a Christian worldview.

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The Tick: A Promising but Uneven Superhero Parody

Superhero movies and TV shows are at an all-time high.  We’re approaching a regular output of six to eight major blockbusters in the genre per year, with no sign of slowing down.  So logically, it’s the perfect time for a ridiculous, over-the-top parody of the superhero genre.  This, in a nutshell, is The Tick.

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War & Peace (2016)

BBC has a thing for adapting classical stories.  British culture generally speaking does too, and understandably so – Jane Austen’s wit sounds much more refined with an English accent.  But beyond the curious oddity of English actors playing Russian characters who speak French, this adaptation, perhaps like its source material, is something of a mixed bag.

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Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth

Antiheroes are all the rage, and the Suicide Squad property has certainly ridden that wave.  The New 52 reboot, unlike the film, does have its moments, even if overall it’s little more than a superfluous indulgence.

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Batgirl Vol. 1: Batgirl of Burnside

The greatest test of the secondary characters of the Batman mythos has always been how to stand apart.  Sure, people like Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, etc., but is that just an extension of the Dark Knight? And if so, are these characters actually good, or are they just a knock-off stand-in similar to shoddy fan fiction?

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Spider-Verse, Part 2: The Right Side Doesn’t Make You a Good Man

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If you browse the superhero genre casually, you might think that anyone with superpowers qualifies as a superhero.  For that matter, you may not even need powers; all you need is a suit, a name, and something cool that gives you the ability to fight baddies, and then people adore you, right?  Well, it’s not all that simple.  Just because you’re the one fighting bad guys, that doesn’t necessarily make you any better than them.

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News Roundup, 9/7

Take a look at news and developments from the past few weeks!

Movies

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Silence, an upcoming film about missionaries to Japan in a time of persecution, is already being rumored as an Oscar contender.  Martin Scorsese, the film’s director, told The Independent that he’s working to get it released in time for the 2017 Oscars.  This is a film he’s been trying to do since the early nineties.  That plus Liam Neeson in the leading role sets a promising stage for a film about the Christian faith and persecution, and could be a great follow-up to Risen in the Christian faith being effectively communicated to a general audience through the medium of film.

Pure Flix is releasing a movie about Rachel Joy Scott, Christian and victim of the Columbine shooting.  The movie releases in October. While Christian films in general have been too sanitized to have meaningful stories of triumph, this one has an inherent advantage, in that a Christian actually dies a tragic death in this story.  Time will tell, but this could be a story that moves Christian film forward, if done effectively.

TV

Star Wars Expanded Universe fan favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn has been re-introduced to the official Star Wars canon.  The Empire strategist will be featured as a villain in season three of Star Wars: Rebels, and was announced in a very ominous trailer.

Games

Pokemon Go will implement a new buddy system in an upcoming update of the game.  The new feature will allow users to travel with one specific pokemon out of its pokeball, earning more candy (what users use to upgrade pokemon) as a result.  This is an exciting upgrade, since previously rare pokemon (including your starter) were essentially useless.  Check out the link above for more specifics.

Related: Why You Should Play Pokemon Go with Your Kids

Nintendo will be releasing a new version of the original NES system that hooks up to your TV via HDMI.  The new/old console will come preloaded with classic games, rather than requiring you to head to the nearest pawn shop for old cartridges.

A new Sonic game, but with the classic graphics and gameplay, will be coming to new systems in 2017.  IGN gave the game a very positive review, and it looks like the Sonic games might finally return to their former glory.

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Five Reasons Video Games are not the Devil

Media can be used for great good.  But, as we all know, it can do great harm as well.  That’s really in the message more than the medium, but there are certain forms of media that have gotten a really bad rap.  Video Games is one of them.  But, contrary to what many may think, video games are not inherently harmful.  Here are five reasons why.

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Why You Should Play ‘Pokemon Go’ with Your Kids

2016 is the Year of the Nerd.

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