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  • Do we need a moral framework?
    Do we need a moral framework? For Matthew Weiner, the creator of AMC's Mad Men, ours is the golden age of television. Quickly it has… Read More...
  • When does wonder happen?
    When does wonder happen? “Holy shit... I didn’t know how to handle it.” This was producer Rick Rubin's commentary after seeing the Johnny Cash… Read More...
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  • Now that the holiday season is behind us and New Year resolutions are looming about, maybe already stalking us… Read More...
  • How do you convey experience?
    How do you convey experience? Our experiences are never objective; that’s what makes them wonderful, idealized, less than credible, more credible than mere facts,… Read More...
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  • Is love a choice?
    Is love a choice? I was first introduced to the work of Terrence Malick by an Art Professor and mentor a little over… Read More...
  • What makes change?
    What makes change? But what if we're missing it? What would happen if our fascination with change shifted to an obsession of… Read More...
  • Are you enough?
    Are you enough? Is there such a thing as solitary spirituality? Documentary filmmaker Vikram Gandhi seems to think so and he goes… Read More...
  • What is redemption?
    What is redemption? Redemption is messy. It’s not a smooth liner process. This is part of what makes it such a profound… Read More...
  • Where is the fun in wonder?
    Where is the fun in wonder? I know it’s not the hip thing to say, but I love pop music… at least in the right… Read More...
  • How alike are we?
    How alike are we? I’ve always shied away from R&B, telling myself I didn't have enough rhythm, or blues for that matter, to… Read More...
  • How do you achieve simplicity?
    How do you achieve simplicity? There is something truly magical—or, more appropriately, wonder-filled—when art pushes us to see the world differently. I love it… Read More...
  • What logos define your story?
    What logos define your story? There are stories all around us, and brands fighting for our attention. Are you aware of their story—and more… Read More...
  • What's this really about?
    What's this really about? Shane Carruth took the independent film world by storm with his first film, Primer. Premiering at Sundance in 2004,… Read More...
  • What does the good life look like?
    What does the good life look like? No Impact Man is a surprisingly “no bows” story about one man, Colin, who decides to live just one… Read More...
  • Why do we need the absurd?
    Why do we need the absurd? The absurd is a powerful platform for self-realization, an almost gentle way of condemnation, and a subversive call to… Read More...
  • How deeply have you loved and been loved?
    How deeply have you loved and been loved? Amour is a visually stunning and emotionally challenging film in which Director Michael Haneke dissects the darker points of… Read More...
  • What's real about our crazy?
    What's real about our crazy? Silver Linings Playbook is the first film in 31 years to receive Academy Award nominations in all four acting… Read More...
  • Where do we see the face of God?
    Where do we see the face of God? The power of both the 1998 film and 2012 film musical goes beyond all the things it does well… Read More...
  • What is the power of the unexpected?
    What is the power of the unexpected? Posters. We walk by them all the time. In schools, in coffeehouses, and on street corners, the poster is… Read More...
  • Is there beauty in your everyday?
    Is there beauty in your everyday? In a world where we provide a minute-by-minute account of what we are eating or share our latest vacation… Read More...
  • Who can we blame?
    Who can we blame? Early on April 20, 1989, a white woman was raped and badly beaten in Central Park. Five Latino and… Read More...
  • What makes us human?
    What makes us human? There is a simple question that constantly floats to the top of of my viewing experience whenever I finish… Read More...
  • What are you supposed to be?
    What are you supposed to be? Do you remember when your cool friend made you watch Lost in Translation for the first time? Was it… Read More...
  • Is there something spiritual to how we spend?
    Is there something spiritual to how we spend? Is Thanksgiving about being thankful? Or is the turkey dinner with all the trimmings becoming less about being… Read More...
  • What is good?
    What is good? C.S. Lewis writes that evil is not the opposite of good, but rather the perversion of good. The Green… Read More...
  • Is there another way to live?
    Is there another way to live? When a filmmaker decides to cut together an almost six minute trailer, you can safely assume that they are… Read More...
  • What's between faith and doubt?
    What's between faith and doubt? This is a film that echoes the God of the Old Testament and its stories of plagues and great… Read More...
  • What does it feel like to be different?
    What does it feel like to be different? Mr. Fox is a husband and father just like any of you dads out there. He wonders about who… Read More...
  • What stories do we want to hear?
    What stories do we want to hear? Whenever a film puts out the descriptor "Based on True Events," I'm in. It's as if Hollywood, for a… Read More...
  • Does life have a metaphor?
    Does life have a metaphor? Every now and then, like maybe when the summer movie blockbuster season is over, and before the holiday movies… Read More...
  • Are you willing to look closer?
    Are you willing to look closer? There is no single film that more aggressively beckons viewers to look more closely than American Beauty. This film… Read More...
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  • Why do you sing?
    Why do you sing? How could Vincent Van Gogh, an artist of such originality and vision, sell almost no paintings during his lifetime?… Read More...
  • What makes good story?
    What makes good story? Today was like most days. I pull up to my office, but can't bring myself to get out of… Read More...
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  • What does it mean to live well?
    What does it mean to live well? When I tell people I love the show Parenthood, I get one of three reactions. The first is a… Read More...
  • Are we really what we eat?
    Are we really what we eat? No Reservations isn’t just another travel or cooking show. It's more than an experience in watching someone else visit… Read More...
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  • Is hope a reality?
    Is hope a reality? I’ve been listening to Mumford & Son's much-anticipated, newly released album Babel a lot over the last few weeks.… Read More...
  • What can we create?
    What can we create? A compelling example of our ability to conjure and design new and truly beautiful works of art is the… Read More...
  • Can design effect experience?
    Can design effect experience? In 2003, Myspace was obviously one of the early juggernauts of the social media explosion. But once thought to… Read More...
  • Are you anxious?
    Are you anxious? Sleepwalk with Me is the fictionalized, but true story of stand-up comedian, Mike Birbiglia. (Yes, that guy from This… Read More...
  • Where is brokenness revealed?
    Where is brokenness revealed? Crash is 112 minutes of interwoven stories that expose the racial complexity of Los Angeles and in many ways,… Read More...
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  • Where does saving come from?
    Where does saving come from? On the (rather respectable) Image Journal/Arts & Faith Top 100, you will find P.T. Anderson's Magnolia sitting at #16.… Read More...
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  • How does music change when you hear it live?
    How does music change when you hear it live? As the buzz of the crowd overfills an already crowded theater, we wait for the lights to drop and… Read More...
  • Where does your truth come from?
    Where does your truth come from? When it comes to beginning with the end in mind, nobody took Steven Covey more literally than Christopher Nolan… Read More...
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  • Why do we need relationship?
    Why do we need relationship? This is more than a film about the intricacies of taking - or not taking - the moral high… Read More...
  • What makes us human?
    What makes us human? This is a commercial for an expensive TV, a commercial made by launching hundreds of thousands of rubber bouncy… Read More...
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  • What kind of news do we want?
    What kind of news do we want? I don't really watch much television news anymore, but who could blame me? With FOX news attacking MSNBC and… Read More...
  • Are we made to be known?
    Are we made to be known? Given how much time I, you, all of us spend hiding things from each other (those pounds I’ve added… Read More...
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  • What are you missing?
    What are you missing? By the time you've finished reading this sentence, numerous little "moments" will have occurred. Your eyes have followed the… Read More...
  • What keeps you awake at night?
    What keeps you awake at night? The growth in (widely available) documentary films in recent years has provided a window into a number of worlds… Read More...
  • Can the Internet promote connectedness?
    Can the Internet promote connectedness? In August 2005, Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar started a project called We Feel Fine. With the growth of… Read More...
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  • Can you control love?
    Can you control love? There is a lot we can control in life, and while some of it may be more challenging to… Read More...
  • Do we need numbness?
    Do we need numbness? Life hurts. We’ve all heard it before. “Life is pain.” When you diverge away from what is safe and… Read More...
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  • What does power do to the soul?
    What does power do to the soul? It is a considerable task to take an epic story like Lord of the Rings from paper to screen.… Read More...
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  • What have I done?
    What have I done? This is a quirky film by the Cohen Brothers, one of ten Best Picture nominations in 2010. Slow-paced and… Read More...
  • What makes us human?
    What makes us human? It’s a gutsy move to put the word redemption into the title of your movie; there better be a… Read More...
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  • Is it more than a cheap escape?
    Is it more than a cheap escape? Lacing his violence with comedy, Tarantino produced the quintessential post-modern movie. Rather than delivering us funny detached from… Read More...
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  • What does it mean to be healthy?
    What does it mean to be healthy? If I told you that Lars and the Real Girl, is a film about how a wounded and fragile… Read More...
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  • Why are we drawn to schemes when the stakes are high?
    Why are we drawn to schemes when the stakes are high? And there are few higher than the inheritance of a kingdom. The Lion in Winter is that rare movie… Read More...
  • Did I really just find my soul at a Coldplay show?
    Did I really just find my soul at a Coldplay show? Upon entering, we’re communally wristbanded with rainbows of personal accessories-as-props; we’re all part of the show we’re told. Sounds… Read More...
  • Where do we become transformed?
    Where do we become transformed? When we consider wonder in its purest form, it is often attached to that of a child's imagination, which… Read More...
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  • What happens when we aren’t looking?
    What happens when we aren’t looking? Amelie is a film about a young woman who sees things that others don’t - simply because she notices… Read More...
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  • Do you want to be lied to?
    Do you want to be lied to? If Batman Begins is about Bruce Wayne becoming Batman, it might be fair to say that The Dark Knight… Read More...
  • Where do you discover your own story?
    Where do you discover your own story? Let’s call it what it is. Toy Story has become a “classic." It represents not only the birthplace of… Read More...
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  • What's missing with iTunes?
    What's missing with iTunes? The relationship between design and music is vast. One of my favorite elements – and from a pop culture… Read More...
  • Who decides what’s real?
    Who decides what’s real? In their Campaign for Real Beauty, Dove wisely refuses to dismiss, ignore, or attack our desires for beauty and… Read More...
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  • Why do you create?
    Why do you create? “I think as a child you’re always drawing, coloring, doing crafts and this is totally normal and seems to… Read More...
  • How do you heal?
    How do you heal? Healing doesn’t happen in isolation and it isn’t a prerequisite or even a result of relationship. Rather, healing only… Read More...
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  • What is bad?
    What is bad? Like the most interesting crime dramas of the last 10 years, Breaking Bad flips our typical calculus of right… Read More...
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  • Where are you coming from?
    Where are you coming from? If you have ever met the parents of a friend and suddenly felt like you knew him or her… Read More...
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  • How do our responses to the past affect the present?
    How do our responses to the past affect the present? “Surely we are being punished because of our brother.” These are the resigned words uttered by Jacob’s sons in… Read More...
  • Can't we all just dance along?
    Can't we all just dance along? One of our hopes here at rednow is simply to point people to various opportunities in wonder. The more… Read More...
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  • Who shall overcome?
    Who shall overcome? First-time director Behn Zeitlin leads this unassuming cast in a tale of survival within one of America's poorest communities,… Read More...
  • What’s behind the most famous puppet in the world?
    What’s behind the most famous puppet in the world? Normally, when someone continually speaks in the third person it’s makes you want to smack them. For some reason,… Read More...
  • How do you capture the sincerity of hope and loss?
    How do you capture the sincerity of hope and loss? You love Iceland and you might not even know it. And now you love it even more. Remember when… Read More...
  • Do you ever get that feeling?
    Do you ever get that feeling? “The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you're afraid and you don't know what you're afraid of. Do you ever… Read More...
  • How do we stand in uncertainty?
    How do we stand in uncertainty? The album is saturated with lyrical complexity with more instrumentation and catchy melodies than we've seen before. But as… Read More...
  • Is there hope in this life?
    Is there hope in this life? That corpse you planted last year in your garden, / Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this… Read More...
  • How will you live into death?
    How will you live into death? There have been some memorable, intense, and eye-catching opening scenes in several recent films: Hugo, A Serious Man, Girl… Read More...
  • How far is too far?
    How far is too far? The world is both enchanted by, and wary of, the other. From the homeless man on the street corner… Read More...
  • Where to begin?
    Where to begin? Ask a graphic designer for a definition of the type of work they do, and the answer will most… Read More...
  • What is real?
    What is real? Let’s start with the irony. No film genre employs the power of technology more fiercely than science fiction does… Read More...
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  • How does music move us?
    How does music move us? What do post-modern sensibilities, shortwave radio static, September 11th, and alt-country-pop-rock have in common? The correct answer is Wilco’s album Yankee… Read More...
  • Can brokenness be too familiar?
    Can brokenness be too familiar? If Iran is known for anything (in America), it's not film. Rather, our common assumptions are derived from the numerous… Read More...
  • What is it that connects us?
    What is it that connects us? The plot is hopelessly simple. Antonio needs a bicycle. His endearing wife pawns their sheets so Antonio can get… Read More...
  • Who am I in the context of what came before me?
    Who am I in the context of what came before me? Not often enough do films emerge from the Sundance Film Festival to receive even one nod from the Academy,… Read More...
  • What, if anything, pre-exists culture?
    What, if anything, pre-exists culture? The question of what is “innate” in us as humans and what is simply the effect of our unique cultural… Read More...
  • What do we hunger for?
    What do we hunger for? Something was missing from the recent novel-turned-film, The Hunger Games. Training montage? Check. Close, heartfelt shots of the protagonist? Check.… Read More...
  • What warms your heart?
    What warms your heart? A lot of talk this year was about how Martin Scorsese showed amazing range by directing Hugo. But… Read More...
  • What if life was censored?
    What if life was censored? The Oscars will be awarded in a couple of weeks and The Artist (fortunately) has a decent shot at… Read More...
  • Does death give rise to living?
    Does death give rise to living? As Harold Crick [Will Ferrell] realizes he’s not just living life, he’s actually living a story, things start to… Read More...
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  • What is the worth of ignorance?
    What is the worth of ignorance? Most people are paid for their experience.  Charles and Ray Eames were paid for their naiveté. Eames: The Architect and… Read More...
  • Who can resist Philip Seymour Hoffman on screen?
    Who can resist Philip Seymour Hoffman on screen? The answer - I'm confident - is not you. And in the film, Capote, Philip Seymour Hoffman emerges… Read More...
  • Is it time to wake up?
    Is it time to wake up? As I received the opening images of The Descendants, I leaned over, looked at Kate (my wife) and spoke… Read More...
  • How do we experience?
    How do we experience? Honestly, I have been trying to think of a clever way to write this piece without words. But it… Read More...
  • Does your life make good art?
    Does your life make good art? American playwright Tennessee Williams said that, “if the writing is honest, it cannot be separated from the man who… Read More...
  • Who knew that anarchy could be so much fun?
    Who knew that anarchy could be so much fun? The next time you find yourself overwhelmed with the tragic sense of life, when you just need to watch… Read More...