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Jenny & Tyler – Christmas Stories (Residence Music)

Jenny & Tyler have been working quietly away on their uniquely crafted acoustic based folk for several years until last year they signed with Residence Music for the release of Of This I'm Sure. This year Christmas Stories sees the couple capturing... Continue Reading →

Of This I’m Sure – Jenny & Tyler (Residence Music) // Quick review #newmusic

The most beautiful, heart stirring album you'll hear this year. As I listened to Of This I'm Sure on my commute this morning, the day ahead was oh so far away. Picturesque images and rich textures in this beautiful new album transported... Continue Reading →

Not exactly a silent night: Children of Men (2006)

Holy Night? Yes. Silent Night? Not exactly. If all you knew about the birth of Jesus was from department store Christmas carols, you might be tempted to think it was a serenely peaceful event - clean, pure, magical and not a trace... Continue Reading →

Noah #4 – Tying up some threads

In the last few posts, I've commented on several resonances of the film - God as creator, religious experience and revelation, and the problem with humanity. There was heaps of interesting stuff in the film to highlight and think about, but... Continue Reading →

Noah #3 – Kindness and the kind God

I've been thinking about how to wrap up this series, and while a lot more could be said on the film, I'm going to have to limit myself. The problem with going off notes I took a few months ago is that... Continue Reading →

Noah #2 – Great expectations and a better revelation

At various times in Noah, both Noah and Tubal-Cain (TC) cry out to Movie God but they seem to hear nothing. They see nothing but grey storm clouds. It would be easy to conclude from this that Movie God is...indifferent. For example, the lengthy... Continue Reading →

Priest (2011)

Paul Bettany plays Priest, a vampire hunter who learns his niece has been captured by vampires. The problem is the Church, which fully controls his city, believes that vampires have been completely eradicated. They warn him that "to go against the Church... Continue Reading →

Oblivion (2013) and the new atheism

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGpjlfCfe2Y Part Wall-E, part The Truman Show and part 2001: A Space Odyssey, Tom Cruise's latest sci-fi outing Oblivion faces an oblivion of its own. This review contains spoilers. Jack (Tom Cruise) is a technician who maintains drones protecting the... Continue Reading →

Despicable Me (2010): Part 2

In part 1, we met Gru, the disappointed dreamer who turns to selfishness. Today, we look at how the orphan girls' story ultimately leads to Gru's redemption. Three orphans - Margo, Edith and Agnes - live at an orphanage. They... Continue Reading →

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