Movie Reviews and Essays
- The ultimate antihero messiah for the post-9/11 "War on Terror" era can apparently be found in The Chronicles of Riddick, the sequel to Pitch Black. Overcoming evil with evil, unfortunately, seems to be the spirit of the times. Read "Fighting Evil with Another Kind of Evil?"
- Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 offer surprisingly profound spiritual lessons when unmasked from their comic-book disguise. No other films have so evocatively explored the downside of being a superhero. Peter Parker, the reluctant everyman messiah, must constantly choose between self-interest and self-sacrifice, choose between his own needs and those of others, choose between his own social life and social obligation, and make all these choices while being misunderstood and unappreciated. Being a superhero never seemed so difficult.
Read "Unmasking the Spirituality of Spider-Man."
- Superman, the original superhero, is a culmination of the great mythic heroes of the past. The hero's journey, a recurring cycle of events in mythology, is described by Joseph Campbell. The three acts in Superman: The Movie portray a complex calling to the superhero's role, consisting of three distinct calls and journeys. Each of the three stages includes the death of someone close to him, different symbols of his own death and resurrection, and different experiences of atonement with a father figure. Analyzing these mythic cycles bestows the viewer with a heroic "elixir." Read "The Superhero's Mythic Journey: Death and the Heroic Cycle in Superman." (This article is published on the Journal of Religion and Film.)
- The mysterious Shroud of Turin has provoked controversy for centuries. Many believe it is the authentic burial cloth of Christ. Many believe it is a forgery. What if, however, there could be a final proof beyond any doubt that it was genuine? What if that proof went terribly, horribly wrong for us all? If you were told such a story by a barely glimpsed stranger, would you, should you, believe it? (Download "Ghostslinger." This article is published on Smashwords.com.)
- In 2013, the Doomsday Virus loose on the Internet causes all nuclear weapons to launch.
Darn those military contractors for not keeping their virus checkers up to date! Although
the post-civilization job market leaves much to be desired, with a little ingenuity,
writers in "The Word Warrior: A Post-Apocalyptic Parody"
can still earn a buck (well, old cans of food).
- If you were Jewish physicists who had discovered time travel, would you want to see the
fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70? Would you want to stop it from happening? Read "Apocalypse of Amaziah."
- Is the end of the world really the end? Can there be an astronomical sequel to the book
of Revelation? Read "Revelation II."
- Suppose you invented a space-time machine with the potential to reveal many secrets of
the universe--but also to transform renegade nations and terrorist groups into dangerous
superpowers. What would you do? Should you concentrate on the glory and ignore the shadow
side of your life's work? Or should you destroy it all to prevent an apocalypse? Go to "Time Shadows" page.
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