Category Archives: Movies

The Unexpected Pastor’s Best Picture Countdown 2017

Every year I rank the films nominated for Best Picture. As always, these are not predictions nor is the order based on films I “liked” the most, but rather my opinion of which films are most worthy to win the … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Pastor’s Best Picture Countdown 2016

It’s time for my annual ranking of the films nominated for Best Picture.  As in the past, these are not predictions,  but rather my opinion of which films are most worthy to win the Best Picture Oscar. (In fact my #8 … Continue reading

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The Women of Winter

Winter, 2015 films mentioned in this post: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part2; Brooklyn; The Danish Girl; Suffragette; Star Wars: The Force Awakens Almost four years ago I encountered Katniss Everdeen for the first time. My daughter (then 14) talked me … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Pastor’s Best Picture Countdown 2015

Here’s my annual ranking of the  films that are vying for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. As in the past, the films are ranked not by prediction of who will win, nor by which ones I “liked the best,” … Continue reading

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Review and Reflection: “Birdman”

“Birdman,” and this post, are rated “R” for adult language and themes. When we think of “breathtaking” films what usually come to mind are epic spectacles of sound and fury. But “Birdman” is a film that takes one’s breath away … Continue reading

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Heaven Is For Realz #feelgoodism

How did I end up going to see “Heaven Is For Real” last Saturday afternoon? I’m teaching a Bible Study on the afterlife, and the movie (and book) about four-year old Colton Burpo’s visit to “heaven” is inevitably a topic of conversation. … Continue reading

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Noah, the Film: A Rant, a Review, and a Recommendation

Justice and mercy. Those are the big themes of the new Darren Aronofsky version of Noah that opened to huge ticket sales and significant controversy this weekend. In the midst of big-budget CGI effects – supposedly the most complex ever produced … Continue reading

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