May 16, 2012
The culture wars are back. Truthfully, they never really went away but as Tea Party Republicans swept into state and federal legislatures in 2010 the presumption by the mainstream press had been that they would ignore cultural issues like abortion or civil rights and focus on the economy.
April 19, 2012
I have published an essay about the documentary PoliWood on the Sounds of Cinema blog. Here is an excerpt:
April 11, 2012
Remember that PoliWood will be screened tonight at 7:00pm in the Science Lab Auditorium at Winona State University. The event is free and open to the public.
April 8, 2012
Here is a video of Christopher Hitchens discussing the shortcomings of vicarious redemption. Hitchens argues that a blood sacrifice, however perfect, cannot erase personal responsibility. This conception of redemption cannot be morally or ethically defended and has no basis in reason. In short, Jesus died for nothing. Happy Easter.
April 1, 2012
Sounds of Cinema has joined with the Winona State University English, Mass Communication, and Political Science Departments to present the documentary PoliWood on Wednesday, April 11th at 7pm in the Science Lab Auditorium on the Winona State campus. A panel discussion featuring Winona State faculty will follow.
March 18, 2012
Over on the Sounds of Cinema blog I have posted an editorial about the comedy genre, inspired by my review of the recent film Project X. Here is an excerpt:
My primary complaint about Project X isn’t about sex or even the film’s homophobia and misogyny, although the filmmakers regard for women and for masculinity is horrific. The complaint isn’t even really about this particular film. Project X is awful but it represents the end point of a ...
March 8, 2012
Almost a year ago I sponsored a public screening of Lake of Fire, a documentary about the abortion debate. Here is the trailer:
After the screening I wrote an essay about the film. With the recent resurgence of interest in the abortion issue, I encourage you to take another look at the film and the essay. Here is an excerpt:
February 26, 2012
On today's episode of Sounds of Cinema I read an editorial about the (ir)relevance and (il)legitimacy of the Academy Awards. Here is an excerpt:
February 20, 2012
One of the major stories dominating headlines and newsfeeds for the past week has been the death of pop singer Whitney Houston. With all the publicity surrounding her death, we might be led to believe that Houston was a major artist or that her body of work is culturally significant. But that is simply not the case and her death, which occurred on the eve of this year’s Grammy ceremony, should be a reminder that much of what constitutes ...
February 13, 2012
Check out this discussion from Up with Chris Hayes in which the host and his panel discuss the recent brouhaha over health care reform, birth control, and Catholicism with Reverend William Dailey of Notre Dame Law School. The clip runs long but its one of the most intelligent exchanges about the topic that I've come across.