Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sundance Film Festival Round-Up #3

Fruitvale Fruitvale was the winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and audience award this year at the Sundance Film Festival. It is easy to understand why. Fruitvale (based the tragedy of Oscar Grant) is an emotionally wrought journey that gives the viewer a look into the life of Oscar on the final day of […]

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ROUND-UP #2

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer  If one cares about performance art, freedom of speech, or feminism Pussy Riot is a must-see documentary. Combining footage from Pussy Riot members, the trial, civilian protests, and their own shooting filmmakers Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin craft a superb film that fully grasps the depth of the situation. When […]

Sundance Film Festival Round-up #1

Blue Caprice Following in the footsteps of last years controversial Compliance, Blue Caprice also dramatizes a horrifying event in recent American crime history. This time around the focus is on the lives of the perpetrators of the 2007 sniper shootings that terrorized Washington DC. It is an unsettling and dark film that unfortunately looses some […]

Best Books I Read in 2012

So begins my year in review. Starting off with the best books I read this year. Personally this year was unique in that I read just about as many (actually more) non-fiction books as I did fiction. A couple years ago I wouldn’t find myself picking up a book about theology or gender, but alas […]

The Silence

11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a […]

Django Unchained & The Male Gaze

“The magic of Hollywood is its skilled and satisfying manipulation of visual pleasure…in a world ordered by sexual imbalance, pleasure in looking has been split between active/male and passive/female.” -Laura Mulvey Quentin Tarantino is a master of the cinematic art form. For the past twenty-two years he has surprised, challenged, and entertained audiences and critics […]