Orientalism: Greek Wedding 2

Elena Kampouris rocked the role of Paris, Toula and Ian’s angst-filled teenage daughter, in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016). Her father Alexander hails from the island of Kasos, in southeastern Greece. [Her mother is French American.] With a Greek name and a Greek dad, one would think that Elena is truly Greek, right?…

Crescendo: Choosing Life

I recently reviewed Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s The Trial of Phillis Wheatley (2003). In one part, I discussed Thomas Jefferson’s racist rejection of Phillis Wheatley as an African-American poet. Gates’ book is an excellent analysis on Wheatley’s mission and legacy, but it misses the point. The root of Jefferson’s “blind spots” was not racism but…

War Room

War Room (2015), the first Kendrick Brothers Productions film, will premiere in theaters on August 28. Tony Jordan (T. C. Stallings from Courageous) keeps arguing with his wife Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer); their daughter suffers as a result. But a client named Miss Clara teaches Elizabeth to make a prayer closet, or “war room,” so that she can…

Christian Entertainment and Piracy

Six months ago, I legally downloaded “Great I Am (Remix)” from The Action Bible Remixed soundtrack. I uploaded the song to my YouTube channel last month but later deleted it. Why? Anyone could have used KeepVid.com or another site to download my video for free. This is piracy and it’s illegal. Integrity Music and legal distributors would…

The “Christmas Candle” Delusion

I’d wanted to watch The Christmas Candle (2013) ever since I saw the trailer. The film’s high-quality production impressed me. So did its cast: Samantha Barks from Les Miserables (2012), British singer Susan Boyle, James Cosmo from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005), Barbara Flynn, Hans Matheson, and others. When a local library…

Christ and Culture

“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” – 1 Corinthians 10:23 (NKJV) Interpreting Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 10 used to be difficult for me. My Christian world was black and white. If something was bad for me, then…

High Noon

In the film High Noon (1952), Frank Miller returns home from prison with some outlaw friends. At noon they intend to take revenge against retiring Marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper), who lawfully sent Miller there after a fair trial. Fowler’s Quaker bride Amy (Grace Kelly) wants him to retire as planned. However, after the fearful…