10 Reasons You Should Still Care About the Mavs

vinceThough the Mavericks may not make the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, the season is not over yet. There are plenty of reasons to care about your hometown team.

Read the article at Pegasus News.

2013 Oscar Nominees: Best Picture

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Like all who care about the state of cinema, I have my frustrations and reservations about the Academy Awards, from the politics involved to the ridiculous voting system. And, well, the best picture of the year didn’t even get nominated for Best Picture this year (don’t get me started on that snub). Continue reading

Dallas Mavericks’ Beards

dirkJust when things couldn’t look bleaker, just when a playoff spot seemed more like a pipe dream than a realistic team goal, there came … the Beard.

Read my first official sports piece at Pegasus News.

The Gospel in the Tree of Life

pennIn his 1977 book Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale, author and theologian Frederick Buechner describes preaching the gospel as telling the truth—the “presenting of life itself so that we can see it for not at what various times we call it Continue reading

Gangster Squad Review

gangster squadThere’s little to glean from Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad except for maybe a few modest laughs, whether the comedy be intentional or not, and some charm from Ryan Gosling.

Read my review at Paste.

My Top 20 Films of 2012

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As much as I love me some lists, especially as they relate to all things film, I also kind of despise lists—well, making lists that is. It may sound strange, but the process can be pretty frustrating and stressful. Plus, by the end of the year, there are usually 15-20 films that I have to catch up on within like a two-week window. Continue reading

The (Other) Best Movie of 2012

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In early 2012 Michael Dunaway, one of the editors and founders of Paste Magazine, and I exchanged a few emails about the 2011 film Margaret. We never really finished the conversation, but Michael went ahead and posted the discussion.

Read the article at Paste.

Django Unchained Review

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Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained from the get-go appears to boast noble aspirations, namely to be romantic. But given the gluts of its director, it, alas, proves to be anything but that.

Read my review at Relevant.

This Is 40 Review

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Judd Apatow might just be the dirtiest moralizer in all of Hollywood. His comedies boast some of the foulest language and humor of their genre, but, at the same time, they celebrate traditional religious values.

Read my review at Paste.

Zero Dark Thirty Review

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Given the ambiguities and a range of opinions, it should be no surprise that Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s smart and exciting thriller about the hunt for—and killing of—bin Laden appears to offer no concrete answers to such questions. But if one looks closely enough, the film’s realistic, almost journalistic, aesthetic actually does provide some answers.

Read my review at Christianity Today.

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