Category: Culture Watch

Hollywood’s higher power

Proving that seeking success doesn’t have to mean relinquishing what you believe, Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman is relieved to have carved a path that has...

A stronger connection

Through playing real-life bomb survivor Jeff Bauman in the upcoming story of his ordeal and recovery, Jake Gyllenhaal has found a greater appreciation of life and love,...

Tom Hanks and the pursuit of truth

Unsurprisingly, Hollywood gentleman and all-round Mr Nice Guy, Tom Hanks, doesn’t take kindly to those in power tinkering with the truth. Which is why his latest film,...

Kendrick Lamar, Weinstein Reporters Win Pulitzer Prizes

Kendrick Lamar and the journalists who reported on the sexual harassment scandal ensnaring Hollywood are among the winners from the 2018 Pulitzer prizes. Lamar, who...

Spandex and Sacrament: Pro-Wrestling and the Church

I don’t know the level of overlap between fans of pro-wrestling and Christians (let alone Uniting Church members), but Jonathan Foye and myself sit snuggly in the...

How The Last Jedi burns the past for a brighter future

Spoiler: If you haven’t seen The Last Jedi yet, please bookmark this post and come back after you have seen it. The rabid fan base of the Star Wars franchise are...

Far Cry 5 Confronts Fundamentalism

Beginning as a fairly random videogame involving killing mutants in a tropical island paradise, the Far Cry franchise since changed into a Heart of Darkness-esque...

Black Panther smashes box office and challenges white privilege

With recent openings in China and Japan, Marvel’s Black Panther recently passed a big box office milestone, earning $1 billion worldwide. The film is now the...

Should Christians watch popular films?

As a Christian film critic, a regular question posed by well-meaning people of faith pertains to the support of an industry that regularly rails against the religions of...

Jessica’s game defies female stereotypes

Golden Globe winner and two time Academy Award nominee, Jessica Chastain, is in Sydney promoting her latest film Molly’s Game. On Tuesday night (30 January ahead of...