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The Use of Reveals

The Use of Reveals

You’re crafting a story, trying to figure out what will take it to “the next level,” and assuming you have great characters, an engaging plot, a resonating theme, and wide audience appeal, you may dig deep into the toolbox and…

The Hunger Pains of Hunger Games

The Hunger Pains of Hunger Games

Remember when Hollywood sold us movies about teens getting a day off, chasing girls and getting drunk? Today Hollywood is selling teens getting in the arena, hunting others and getting famous. What happened? The Hunger Games is set in a…

Chronicle Analysis

Chronicle Analysis

This “found footage” / buddy teen / superhero origins Chronicle movie effectively packages the issues of friendship, identity and personal responsibility into an entertaining thrill-ride.  On a budget. The Chronicle The three teen boys – Matt (the loner philosophical guy)…

Pretentious Like Jazz

Pretentious Like Jazz

I wanted to like Blue Like Jazz (BLJ).  I want to like every movie I pay to see, and since so many Christians lose their faith while in college, it’s a topic worth exploring. But they really should have consulted…

Brave Analysis

Brave Analysis

While not among the best of the Pixar canon, Brave is a tightly (and familiarly) structured work that panders to the worst Scottish stereotypes while creating an endearingly flawed, realistic character struggling with mom’s expectations. See it, especially mothers and…

A Christian Primer for Hollywood

A Christian Primer for Hollywood

(UPDATED from 2005)… The buzz is out: there’s a Christian movie market, and Hollywood is selling. Many are now seeking to cash in on the “Jesus dollars” Mel Gibson found with Passion of the Christ ($370M) in 2004.  That gold…

Kony 2012 and the Politics of Do-Gooders

Kony 2012 and the Politics of Do-Gooders

In the wake of the original Invisible Children video, I wrote a thriller called Rock Star Rescue, the story of Ugandan children who kidnap a visiting American pop star in the hope that when US troops come to rescue her,…

Act of Valor (or Why Hollywood supposedly Hates America)

Act of Valor (or Why Hollywood supposedly Hates America)

As of this post, Act of Valor, the movie about Seal Team 7 tracking down Jihadi-terrorists, has a Rotten Tomato score of 29%.  Comparatively, Green Zone, Matt Damon’s non-Jason Bourne “America-is-evil”, war on terror actioner, was 53%.  Bourne Identity, 83%….