The Sacred, the Secular, and Lecrae


It boggles my mind and, yet, it's the primary example that it can be done with hard work, faithfulness, and, most importantly, the grace of God. It boggles my mind because I first met Lecrae back in the early days of college when he performed a concert at Christ United Read more

Memo to the NFL: Clean it up or Close it down


Two weeks ago before a video emerged of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice brutally hitting his wife in a hotel elevator, I gave my students an assignment as a writing prompt. “NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said if a player is accused of domestic abuse moving forward, the punishment Read more

What to do if You Just Got Laid Off or Fired


To me, other than the loss of a loved one, I cannot think of an event more disheartening, more unnerving, more earth-shattering than being laid off or fired from what provides you and your family with basic necessities--food, clothing, and shelter. It seems to me, as of late, that everyone I know Read more

Is Ghostbusters the Perfect Comedy? Quite Possibly.


When my colleagues recently organized a matinee viewing of the remastered re-release of the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters, to kickstart Labor Day weekend, I was all in. I've always loved the movie, Ghostbusters, but admitted that I hadn't seen it from beginning to end in over a decade. Sure, I'd seen clips here Read more

A (Video) Wake-Up Call


We’re all guilty of it at one time or another. Our favorite actor, sports star or politician finds himself or herself in a bad place. Perhaps it’s an affair that stuns, domestic abuse that horrifies or – worst of all – murder to another human being. We, the fans, Read more

Joan Rivers: An American Institution


“Think positive. Make a list. “One, I don’t live in Bosnia. Two, I never dated O. J.” I started to write a memorial for Joan Rivers and found the task more difficult than I expected it to be. Why? Celebrity deaths hurt, especially when we feel like we’ve known the Read more

The Ten

The Ten: Most Anticipated Upcoming Movies of 2012

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New Dark Knight Rises Poster Arrives Online 1337636698 The Ten: Most Anticipated Upcoming Movies of 2012

This week for The Ten I’ve decided to lay out all the movies I’m looking forward to for the remainder of the year. And there are lots. I’m damn near giddy for The Dark Knight Rises to grace us with its presence and so I thought this was the perfect time to share all the movies I’m pumped for closing out the year.

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The Ten: Best Years For Summer Movies

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Ferris Bueller The Ten: Best Years For Summer Movies

“Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.” -Charlie Chaplin

Ok so Charlie was a little off. Not only have movies proven to not be a fad, they have evolved into these grand events in society. The summer movie season has been king since the late 1970’s and today I’m going to examine what I would consider to be the top 10 years for summer movies. As this year’s crop of summer movies is entering full swing I thought it was an appropriate time to do these rankings. I think the biggest deciding factor I used in evaluating them was the longevity of the movies that were released that summer. The other main factor I used was the impact the specific movies had on the times in which they were released. Read more

The Ten: Movies About Movies

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Singin in the Rain The Ten: Movies About Movies

A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.

-Orson Welles

I’m going to be kicking off a new movie ranking series and I thought the most appropriate start would be to review movies about the movies. These are films that take on an aspect of Hollywood, whether it’s a struggling actor or actress, a psychotic screenwriter or quirky director. As a lover of film, I’ve always been fascinated by these sorts of movies because I always sense a very personal touch to the writing. I think these movies tend to most commonly embody the Orson Welles quote from above. Read more