Friday, May 17, 2013
I've got two high-profile reviews for you today. First is the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, the follow-up to the acclaimed series reboot from director J.J. Abrams (Super 8). The second is The Great Gatsby, a visually-stunning adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel by director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge). Are they appropriate for you and/or your teenagers? What Gospel truths do these films teach? Are they any good? Read on to find out! If you like the site, please share it with your friends and consider supporting it by purchasing from the ads below.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
WHAT IS A "TYPE OF CHRIST?"
When we speak of "types of Christ," we're usually referring to prophets and others who, according to Elder Bruce R. McConkie, "lived in special situations or did particular things that singled them out as types and patterns and shadows of that which was to be in the life of our Lord" (The Promised Messiah, p.448).
Friday, May 3, 2013
IRON MAN 3 REVIEW (GRADE: A-)
The first Iron Man will forever be the film that took us all by surprise and laid the foundation for everything that followed. The Avengers inspired geeky-joy by skillfully uniting, balancing, and utilizing so many heroes on the screen at once. But Iron Man 3 is, in my opinion, the strongest standalone (read: non-Avengers) superhero film yet from Marvel Studios, though others may disagree. Don't let the trailers fool you: while there's doom and gloom and action galore, this is an uproariously funny film. Speaking of the trailers: stop watching them. Don't talk to friends who've seen the film unless they can zip their lip about spoilers. I'd recommend heading out this weekend so the twists and turns aren't revealed to you beforehand.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
REVIEW (GRADE: A)
Several years ago while attending Auburn University I visited the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery Alabama, which is dedicated to those who gave their lives fighting for equality. I read story after story and poured over photographs and videos of African-American heroes who were hung, unjustly imprisoned, and beaten to death (or to the point of lifelong disability) because they had the courage to stand up for what was right. As a white man, my stomach turned as I learned in greater detail about the brutality committed by other white people.
Friday, April 26, 2013
For some it's Christmas. For others it's college football season. For me, summer is the most wonderful time of the year, largely because of the high-profile blockbusters Hollywood cranks out week after week. Of course, I'll be right there at the megaplex, breaking them all down for you into artistic reviews, content overviews, and gospel parallels to discuss. Summer 2013 is shaping up to look very promising indeed. What's coming out and when? What are the films about? What are they rated? Read on, and feel free to share!
Friday, April 19, 2013
With Oblivion, Tom Cruise returns to the sci-fi adventure genre, having take a sabbatical for several years following Minority Report and War of the Worlds. How does the latest effort stack up to those two? Is this PG-13 film appropriate for you or your teens? If you see it, what Gospel themes can you discuss afterwards? All of this after the jump!