Andres: Retelling the Gospels

Sep 30, 2019 by

Earlier this year, the family-friendly streaming service Vidangel and Christian filmmaker Dallas Jenkins made Hollywood history after raising more than $10 million dollars in a crowdfunding campaign to fund...

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Andres: No pawns here

Aug 19, 2019 by

Last month, Netflix released The Great Hack, a fascinating documentary focusing on the scandal that resulted after the revelation that British company Cambridge Analytica harvested the personal data of an...

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Andres: The power of a single word

Jul 8, 2019 by

When I rewatch films, I often pick up on something new. Occasionally, I notice something that changes the way I see the film. That was the case with Field of Dreams, which turns 30 this year. The film opens...

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Andres: Not your typical biblical movie

May 27, 2019 by

After being released overseas last year, Mary Magdalene made it to U.S. theaters in early April and began streaming this month on Amazon. Directed by Garth Davis (who also directed Lion, one of my favorite...

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Andres: When faith gets stale

Apr 15, 2019 by

Every so often, a television show will surprise me and touch on church life in a thought-provoking way — like a recent episode of Last Man Standing, which portrayed some typical church settings and...

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Andres: Rules to live by

Mar 4, 2019 by

I recently started watching NCIS, a television drama now in its 16th season. In the series, a team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigate crimes involving the U.S. Navy and...

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Andres: Windows to truth

Jan 21, 2019 by

Someone asked me what books have shaped my thinking or best represent the way I see reality. This got me thinking about how these books are like glimpses through windows that help me see the way the world...

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Andres: Mister Rogers’ example

Dec 3, 2018 by

Captivating might not be the first word to come to mind regarding a documentary about Fred Rogers — creator and host of the long-running children’s show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood — but Won’t You Be...

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Andres: Our filtered selves

Sep 10, 2018 by

I ran across an article about a disturbing trend in plastic surgery in which people alter their faces to look like filtered selfies taken with apps like Facetune or Snapchat, which modify appearance by...

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Andres: Love weighs what’s best

Jun 18, 2018 by

Infinity Wars, the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, brings together multiple threads woven through many of the previous 19 films. It’s fun to watch the Avengers finally meet up with...

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Andres: Plug into the real world

Mar 26, 2018 by

I’m looking forward to Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Ready Player One — especially after reading the novel, which centers on a high school boy who battles to save a virtual world called Oasis. I am...

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Andres: Longing for rescue

Jan 1, 2018 by

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond is a fascinating documentary that alternates between a contemporary interview with actor Jim Carrey and behind-the-scenes footage from the 1999 film Man on the Moon, in which...

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Andres: Terrible and beautiful

Oct 9, 2017 by

Netflix has released First They Killed My Father, based on the experience of Loung Ung, who as a child survived the Pol Pot regime during the Khmer Rouge years in Cambodia. It is a compelling story of...

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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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