The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance can be thought of as a turning point film. It depicts the waning years of the wild west, when gun toting outlaws were being driven out by the wayside in favour of a more civilized way of life. It’s a political movie and a very progressive one at that, […]Read More The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
This is part of a religion in film series, concerning spirituality in its many forms through the cinematic lens. In this article I will be exploring Monty Python’s 1979 satire “The Life of Brian”. The film was written and performed by the famed British comedy troupe and I will focus on how it uses comedy […]Read More Religion in Film: Finding the Truth in Comedy/ The Life of Brian, 1979
This is part of a religion in film series, concerning spirituality in its many forms through a cinematic lens. In this article, I will be exploring Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 film “The Ten Commandments”, a touchstone in the historical epic of the 1950s. The film stars Charlton Heston, Yul Breynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson […]Read More Religion in Film: Revisiting My Childhood Trauma The Ten Commandments, 1956
This is part of a Religion in Film series, concerning spirituality and its many forms through the cinematic lens. In this article, I take a deep dive into the rather obscure 1944 wartime fantasy film “Between Two Worlds” starring Paul Heinried, Eleanor Parker, and John Garfield. This was a first viewing for me and I […]Read More Religion On Film: Faith During Wartime/Between Two Worlds, 1944.
This is part of a Religion in Film series, concerning spirituality and its many forms as told through a cinematic frame. In this article I want to focus on the idea of music as a spiritual tool as exemplified by the seminal Jonathon Demme/Talking Heads concert film “Stop Making Sense” “The band in heaven They […]Read More Religion in Film: The Community of the Concert/ Stop Making Sense, 1984.
Since Easter is right around the corner, I wanted to present a new feature on my blog for this month, and it’s a subject that has interested me for quite a while, so much so, I wanted to see if I could do a deep dive into it. I grew up in a somewhat religious […]Read More A New Series: Religion in Film
Jim: You live here don’t you? Judy: Who lives? We remember Rebel Without a Cause now because of James Dean. His Jim Stark has become synonymous with 50s cinema perhaps more than any other character. We remember the white t-shirt and red jacket he wore as the essence of 50s cool. Even if you haven’t […]Read More Rebel Without A Cause
Usually around this time of year, I say goodbye to the year that was in terms of movies. I was able to see much more films than usual this year which actually made this list of my favourite films very difficult. In fact I saw so many great films, many of which did not make […]Read More Top 20 Favorite Films of 2018
Well we offer cheers once again to the end of another year. I like to think of 2018 as a pretty good year for me in the long run, both personally and professionally. I’m hesitant to focus too much on the personal aspects of my life in this blog, suffice it to say, I’ve had […]Read More 2018: A Few of my Favorite Things
I sometimes wonder how a film like “Playtime” can exist. Imagine being Jacques Tati going to a studio asking for financing to basically create your own city. The exteriors would be buildings big enough to pass for skyscrapers, while the interiors would be functional looking offices, restaurants, apartments and airports. All the while it would […]Read More Playtime