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Movie Weekend Preview: March 24

No plans for this weekend?  Well, there’s always the movies . . . if you don’t have terribly high expectations.

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Moana: A Polynesian Version of The Fall

Like previous Disney musicals, Moana is a gorgeous film, with beautiful animation, cultural diversity, and phenomenal music.  But underneath that story, there’s a subversion that catches the attention of those with an eye on theology, using Polynesian mythology in a way that is very reminiscent of The Fall itself.

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Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Contrary to what is often believed, Belle is not the “Beauty” of Beauty and the Beast. Gaston is.

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Music

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Ed Sheeran: ÷ (or Divide)

Everyone’s favorite guitar plucking ginger is back and slaying it with yet his latest line of mathematically titled albums.
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Nadia Reid: Preservation

You probably haven’t heard of Nadia Reid.  But this indie New Zealander has crafted a folk album that is simple and low-key, with an optimistic tone.  That trio could be an insult in rock or pop, but in folk music, it makes for one of my favorite albums so far this year.

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Train: A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat

Train’s newest release is as upbeat as ever, but it’s nothing more or less than another shallow pop/rock indulgence.

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TV Shows

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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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Z: The Beginning of Everything

Amazon Studios’ Z: The Beginning of Everything wants to be an insightful biopic series of the most famous couple of the roaring twenties. Instead, it betrays how little our culture has learned from the era.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

“Look away, look away.  This show will wreck your evening, your whole life, and your day.  Every single episode is nothing but dismay.”

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Books

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Bone Gap and True Beauty

Laura Ruby’s novel Bone Gap is a compelling and thrilling portrait of Midwestern America, and a fascinating mixture of mystery and magical realism. But even more to the point, it has very real characters that portray very real truths about beauty, love, and desire.

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That Hideous Strength: Bad Philosophy Answered

Having visited both Mars and Venus, Dr. Ransom’s battle with evil spirits now turns to Tellus – that is, Earth.

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Will the Real Faramir Please Stand Up?

This isn’t really a movie or book review as much as it is a character analysis. However, we’re not just putting one character under the microscope – we’ll be examining two.

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Comics

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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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Hulk (2016) #1

Comic books aren’t always shallow.  In the case of Hulk, Christians have a great deal to learn about how we approach emotional trauma and Christians that struggle with it.

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Attack on Titan: Vol. 4

The terrifying nature of mankind’s struggle has been well defined by the first three volumes of Attack on Titan.  Now, the story takes a step back to look at the training they’ve all gone through, which unfortunately costs the narrative a good deal of momentum.

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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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