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.
If you’ve never heard of Earthsea, don’t let that deter you from checking it out. It wasn’t too long ago that I heard of the Earthsea series for the first time myself, but after reading the first installment, A Wizard of Earthsea, I plan to continue exploring the fictional world that Ursula K. Le Guin has created.
Scarlet Witch better make some room because another magician has made his debut in the MCU. Doctor Strange has arrived. This film is unique and colorful. A visual stunner. But does it suffer from moral ambiguity?
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.
As I watched the movie Hook for about the umpteenth time, I was struck with a surprising revelation: whether intended or not, this film issues a challenge to all fathers to really step up to the plate for their families and be men. In a politically correct culture that attempts (and in many ways succeeds) to emasculate its males at every turn, that is something truly worth cherishing.
Over the past few years, nerd fandom has become the undeniable victor of the culture war. With two films based on fantasy video games coming out in the next year, not to mention six comic book films and a half dozen more Star Wars films to come, fantasy and science fiction are doing quite well. But that success doesn’t necessarily stretch to, say, the failed-film-turned-television-show that is Shadowhunters.
This book has made quite the splash over the past several years, and has even heavily influenced the ideology of some Christians when discussing societal issues. But is it the kind of influence we want?