Category Archives: Articles on Film

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

My Top 20 Films of 2012


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


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.

What Batman Says About Us

Before the release of The Dark Knight Rises, I wrote an article on Christopher Nolan’s popular Batman series, specifically what the films say about us as a culture.

Read the article at Relevant.

Yes, We Need Critics

A few years ago I wrote a piece for Relevant Magazine that argued why we need film critics. If I wrote the article today, I’m convinced it would look drastically different (for many reasons), but despite my dissatisfaction with the piece, I’d still like to archive it here on the blog.

Read the article at Relevant.

Beasts of the Southern Wild Review and Interview

Like the world it so carefully constructs, Beasts of the Southern Wild is both broken and transcendent—a magical revelation overflowing with misplaced hope.

Read my review at Christianity Today.

Read my interview with writer-director Benh Zeitlin at RELEVANT.

Dallas International Film Festival Coverage

At least, my DIFF coverage is online. I reviewed the following films:

Alps, Cinema Six, Cowgirls n’ Angels, The Elect, Elena, Faith, Love and Whiskey, Father’s Chair, I Wish, Maya, My Way, Punch and Qwerty.

Kirsten Dunst’s 15 Best Performances

I must admit that I’m already feeling apprehensive about these lists I’m doing for Paste. As someone serious about film criticism, I want to be cautious in regards to the line between fan and critic. Sure, as a cinephile, I’ll always have favorite filmmakers, but I don’t want that to affect or distort the integrity of my work.

Anyway, I’ll continue to ponder the situation and scrutinize my intentions and actions. For now, enjoy a list I made of Kirsten Dunst’s 15 Best Performances for Paste.

Eight Must-See Silent Films

In lieu of Singin’ in the Rain‘s 60th anniversary, I made a list of eight must-see silent films (plus eight extras) since the classic musical depicts the transition from silent films to talkies.

Read the list at Paste.

The Top 25 Gangster Films of the Last 40 Years

In celebration of The Godfather‘s 40th birthday, I made a list of the top 25 gangster films of the last 40 years. Eventually, I lost count of how many times I wrote the names Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro.

Check out the list at Paste.