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War for the Planet of the Apes: Weta’s Triumph

Hearts can officially break for computerized protagonists as we cheer for the triumphant conclusion that is War for the Planet of the Apes.

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Baby Driver (2017)

Thank goodness for Edgar Wright. After penning one of the more interesting and enjoyable MCU films (Ant-Man), Wright is back from his four year directorial hiatus to give us Baby Driver- a high octane satire on heist films with a killer soundtrack.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

In an age dominated by antiheroes, Spider-Man: Homecoming shines bright, with its colorful optimism and truly heroic sensibilities.

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Music

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Khalid: American Teen

Dubbed the audio aesthetic of 2017 by his very dedicated followers, and my mission here is hardly to argue with that assessment…
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The Maine: Lovely Little Lonely

3 quick adjectives that summarize it all rather brilliantly.
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Creeper: Eternity, In Your Arms

One ought to tread with caution when entering the world of hard rock band, Creeper. Though one ought not consider this to be entirely a warning…
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TV Shows

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Doctor Who, S10: Redemption Overshadowed by Identity Politics

The beloved British television show Doctor Who is approaching a landmark era of change.  It’s the last season for lead Peter Capaldi, as well as the last season for showrunner Steven Moffat.  But even as Capaldi’s Doctor becomes comfortable with viewing himself as the good guy, and produces some great commentary on true heroism, the show also devolves into socially progressive virtue signaling, and box checking.

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Iron Fist: Vengeance and Martial Arts in Eastern Mysticism

Marvel’s latest Netflix endeavor continues the superhero craze, but introduces martial arts and elements of Buddhism.  The question is, are those elements theologically significant?

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FX’s Legion

When I heard that Fox and Marvel were adapting Chris Claremont’s X-Men character Legion for TV, I had many thoughts of what that TV show might look like.  Coincidentally, an eclectic and fascinating psychological thriller was not one of those thoughts.

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Books

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Star Wars: Thrawn Begins

Thrawn is back. His presence in the Star Wars: Rebels animated series has made quite a splash. It’s been fun seeing him on the the show and Rebels has done a great job with the character’s onscreen appearances, but now comes the moment we’ve been waiting for. It’s time for the Grand Admiral to return to his roots: the literary wing of the Star Wars franchise. There is no one more qualified to usher him in than Timothy Zahn. Fortunately for us, that’s exactly who got the job. Thrawn, the most anticipated novel in the new Star Wars canon, is here.

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American Gods: An Atheist Theology

Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel has made some significant cultural waves in its more than ten years of publication, now resulting in a comic book series and an upcoming cable television series.  Unfortunately, that influence is patently negative, propagating a distinctly atheist approach to religion, theology, and culture.

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Tolkien’s LOTR: Reasons To Love It

For over ten years, I have been in love with Lord of the Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary prowess is legendary, and each time I read his brilliant epic, I find myself loving it even more.

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Comics

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Attack on Titan: Vol. 6

The Attack on Titan series had, in its inception, a great deal of thematic depth.  The titans can be seen to represent sin, and particularly with Eren’s ability to become a titan, the idea of mankind as being the very monsters they fight has a lot to say about morality and humanity.  Unfortunately, by volume six, the series has started to rely on that initial setup as a crutch, and fails to add new intrigue to the story.

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Old Man Logan

Since its release, the film Logan has been widely considered among consideration for the best film in the X-Men franchise.  The Mark Millar comic that it was based on, Old Man Logan, deserves similar consideration.

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Attack on Titan: Vol. 5

As Attack on Titan‘s plot develops, the story becomes increasingly political, with social commentary galore.  Much of that is positive, but not all of it; especially when the series touches on religion.

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Video Games

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Skyrim: The Ethics of Player Choice in Open World RPG

From “Arrow in the Knee” memes to sidequest distractions, Skyrim has created a gaming subculture that is all its own.  For better or for worse, the game (and the Elder Scrolls series) has had an impact on the culture.  But which is it?

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News Roundup, 9/7

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

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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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