Andres: Starting in the middle

Jul 17, 2017 by

In May, Showtime released a limited series revival of Twin Peaks, a 1990 quirky two-season television crime drama set in a small town in Washington and centered on FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper’s...

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Andres: The ghosts that haunt us

Apr 24, 2017 by

Last month, the live-action remake of the 1995 anime film Ghost in the Shell hit theaters. Set in a future when many humans are augmented with cybernetic enhancements, the story follows Major Mira Killian,...

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Andres: Netflixing the story

Jan 30, 2017 by

Friends of mine who are software developers told me about online video provider Netflix’s data collection, which not only tracks everything its users watch but also every time they fast-forward, rewind,...

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Andres: Bugs, politics, church

Nov 7, 2016 by

As the political climate degraded this fall, I found a bit of relief in the CBS comedy-thriller BrainDead, a satire set in a Washington that’s been invaded by extraterrestrial insects feeding on the brains...

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Virtually real church

Aug 15, 2016 by

This summer, my family acquired one of the latest revolutions in virtual reality — a headset that uses a smartphone as a display. It looks like a giant visor, and once you hold it up to your eyes and strap...

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What makes our faith different from others?

May 23, 2016 by

It’s not often that a television show puts faith and religion front and center, but that’s what Hulu’s The Path has done — albeit with a few twists. The series follows the members of a fictional cult,...

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Leave vengeance to God

Feb 29, 2016 by

Writer and director Scott Derrickson recently posted on Twitter: “I believe that in future history the revenge ethic will be seen as the great cinematic signature of American mental [and] spiritual...

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Polarizing fallout

Jan 18, 2016 by

Kyle Hinckley made a stir in the video-game world by successfully completing the hardest mode of Fallout 4 with zero kills. In this popular series of video games set in a post-apocalyptic United States, gamers...

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Real or not?

Dec 7, 2015 by

Last month, Mockingjay: Part 2 concluded the film version of The Hunger Games series, a dystopian story in which children are forced to fight to the death in a televised Survivor-like arena. President Snow...

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Divine instinct to help

Oct 26, 2015 by

Last spring, I read Andy Weir’s sci-fi novel, The Martian, in less than 24 hours. It doesn’t disappoint, and neither does the recent film adaption. The tale centers on the crew of the Hermes during a...

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Immortal horrors or everlasting splendors

Sep 14, 2015 by

Stories about artificial intelligence and robots can be good opportunities to explore what it means to be human. That’s the case in AMC’s Humans, a series set in present-day London where human-looking...

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The law is not enough

Aug 3, 2015 by

One of the reasons I love comic book stories is because I often see something of our own story in them. Daredevil is a Netflix series based on Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who dons a mask and uses his...

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Our ‘Tomorrowland’ today

Jun 22, 2015 by

Imagine experiencing a future of such beauty and possibility that it transforms the way you think about reality and the choices you make in the present. That’s what happens to Casey Newton — an optimistic...

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‘Fast’ family

May 11, 2015 by

Sometimes, images echoing the kingdom of God show up in unexpected places. Furious 7, the latest in the Fast & Furious franchise, took in an astounding $1 billion in 17 days. In the Washington Post,...

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How do you see it?

Mar 30, 2015 by

Last month on the Internet, a particular dress went viral when people couldn’t agree on whether the dress was blue and black or white and gold. When my daughter showed me the photo, I saw a blue dress with...

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Too safe for faith?

Feb 16, 2015 by

I ran across an article exploring why the era of kids’ adventure movies like E.T. and The Goonies is over. Similar modern films “just haven’t caught fire the way they once did,” writes Lisa Risra at...

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Narcissism in ‘Exodus’

Jan 5, 2015 by

Last month, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods & Kings capped off a year of biblical films. Like Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, it is a Bible epic made by a director who has identified himself both as agnostic and...

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Beyond physical science to the soul

Nov 24, 2014 by

Something about space exploration invites us to ponder our place in the universe. From the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey to last summer’s Europa Report, storytellers have explored the mystery of human...

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Background noise

Oct 13, 2014 by

When I work, I often play music in the background. Recently I noticed that I was gravitating toward playlists I’d made from film soundtracks. I enjoyed the music itself, but I was also experiencing something...

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Syrian stories need to be told

Sep 24, 2014 by

Hadija is 10 years old. She wakes up at 6 a.m., climbs in the back of a truck full of children, and drives to a potato field in the Bekaa Valley where she will work for at least seven hours. And Rami is 12...

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