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  • Can we caputre the joy of a wedding without the marriage?
    Can we caputre the joy of a wedding without the marriage? The article in the stately Paris Review begins this way: “As Kim Kardashian recently reminded us, marriage is no… Read More...
  • Who makes the good art?
    Who makes the good art? In addition to co-hosting Troy and Abed in the Morning, Donald Glover (aka Troy from NBC’s Community) has also… Read More...
  • Can I be fixed?
    Can I be fixed? Let’s be honest. Martin Scorsese and “family friendly” have never gone hand in hand. But what Scorsese forgoes in… Read More...
  • Where will your curiosity lead you?
    Where will your curiosity lead you? In 2006 The National Science Foundation sent documentarian Werner Herzog to the South Pole with some doubt as to… Read More...
  • Should you tell?
    Should you tell? In the wake of the scandals at Penn State and now Syracuse, it’s easy to say yes, but whistleblowers… Read More...
  • “How often do we tell our own life story? How often do we adjust, embellish, make sly cuts? .… Read More...
  • What can music make us feel.... and buy?
    What can music make us feel.... and buy? Step one: find an awesome song that isn’t widely known (yet). It can be old or new, just make… Read More...
  • What does it mean to be human?
    What does it mean to be human? For a book that attempts to move beyond the highbrow theory of the 20th century, After Theory seems so…ordinary.… Read More...
  • What if we were not alone, really?
    What if we were not alone, really? Let’s play the “What if?” game for a minute. What if there was life on another planet? (Seen this… Read More...
  • Where’s the twist?
    Where’s the twist? I was about a third of the way through The 39 Steps when my wife, Kate, walked into the… Read More...
  • Is there a better way?
    Is there a better way? You may have already read his sister’s eulogy that was released this weekend. In it we learn that… Read More...
  • What’s the best ending to a movie you’ve ever seen?
    What’s the best ending to a movie you’ve ever seen? The usual suspects (now there is a movie with a great surprise ending) are the world blowing up in… Read More...
  • Where do decisions come from?
    Where do decisions come from? Most of us will never face the spectacular decision which confronted the monks of Tibhirine. Based on events… Read More...
  • What does it mean to create something "new"?
    What does it mean to create something "new"? Remember when we all thought this "electric invasion" of auto-tune and sampling the same old beats was going to… Read More...
  • What makes a good story?
    What makes a good story? What makes a good story? Robert McKee’s aptly titled book, Story, is at first glance a how-to guide for screenwriters.… Read More...
  • What would it feel like to be famous?
    What would it feel like to be famous? Come on, admit it, you’ve fantasized about the idea. Wouldn’t it be fun and exhilarating as well as… Read More...
  • Is change possible?
    Is change possible? Remember how you thought it would be terrible? Remember how you were wrong? Well, it’s happening to you again. Read More...
  • What, no where, is love?
    What, no where, is love? For better or worse, there is a predominant standard in feature films. They are typically anywhere from 80 to… Read More...
  • How is man made?
    How is man made? One of the most relentless and intense movies of recent years, There Will be Blood remains in our collective… Read More...
  • What do you see?
    What do you see? Walking through the streets of your city, what do you see? If you're Bill Cunningham you have an eye… Read More...
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  • Is agony innate and can it lead us to something better?
    Is agony innate and can it lead us to something better? we are reminded that faith is less about belief and more about centering your life on something, that agony… Read More...
  • How many times does it take to make art?
    How many times does it take to make art? We like to think of our art as spontaneous. Movies about writers either show them angst-ridden and wondering what… Read More...
  • Who decides whether or not you are loved?
    Who decides whether or not you are loved? HappyThanksYouMorePlease, the 2011 Indie Film by Josh Radnor, takes a stab at answering this question with just the right… Read More...
  • What does it mean to be human?
    What does it mean to be human? The Human Experience is a documentary about two young brothers, Jeff and Cliff, who emerge from troubled pasts, setting… Read More...
  • Where is the beauty?
    Where is the beauty? Contrast is often a gateway to experiences in wonder. When beauty is placed alongside grit. When compassion is juxtaposed… Read More...
  • How does story change our treatment of people?
    How does story change our treatment of people? Stories are vehicles for vision. They are dust rags and power-washers for the silt that settles in our souls.… Read More...
  • How do you fix what's been broken?
    How do you fix what's been broken? What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is a captivating story about a family whose lives, roles, and interactions are drenched in… Read More...
  • How do images and atmosphere shape how we think?
    How do images and atmosphere shape how we think? Of course beauty won’t save the world. That’s preposterous. Except, when we hear Dostoevsky initially dropped the phrase, then… Read More...
  • How do you deal with your Old Man?
    How do you deal with your Old Man? Cool Hand Luke is a film filled with the presence and absence of Old Men. Luke [Paul Newman] is… Read More...
  • Are our stories separate or one?
    Are our stories separate or one? My eldest daughter (an avid reader and advocate of good story) continues to offer “free” commentary during my weekend… Read More...
  • Is there reconciliation in the story?
    Is there reconciliation in the story? We live in an era where Pixar rules the animated box office. In many ways, rightly so. However, Pixar’s… Read More...
  • A noose for the news?
    A noose for the news? Unsurprisingly, the headquarters of our nation’s third most read newspaper, the New York Times, is a tense place. Read More...
  • What inspires wonder?
    What inspires wonder? JJ Abrams’ life has been filled with wonder boxes. There are few people making films these days that put… Read More...
  • Why do the innocent suffer?
    Why do the innocent suffer? The Tree of Life resurrects the era when Hollywood still aspired to greatness. Not since 2001: A… Read More...
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  • Can we see past our own reality?
    Can we see past our own reality? We all grow up and at some point dream of becoming a prince or princess, right?  At the very… Read More...
  • Can the real me be loved?
    Can the real me be loved? The transformative moments of our lives always begin somewhere. And in the case of Juno MacGuff, it all begins… Read More...
  • Can reality shift when we choose to see a little differently?
    Can reality shift when we choose to see a little differently? As of late, there has been a resurgence of sorts for the “let’s-mess-with-realities-and-sub-realities” genre that was popularized via The… Read More...
  • Why is it that families fascinate and entertain us?
    Why is it that families fascinate and entertain us? This isn’t just a recent phenomena. Over 30 years ago, Kramer vs. Kramer, a film about a mom… Read More...
  • How do our hopes and fears playout in our lives?
    How do our hopes and fears playout in our lives? I have long had a theory that some of the best documentary films exits because the filmmakers we’re smart… Read More...
  • What are you searching for?
    What are you searching for? Away We Go (directed by Sam Mendes who also directed American Beauty and Revolutionary Road) is a sweet and… Read More...
  • Where is beauty found?
    Where is beauty found? Creating art out of trash is not a new idea; however, creating art from trash of people, with people,who… Read More...
  • How can we change?
    How can we change? I am surprised how many people have not seen this and I’m betting you are one of them. I… Read More...
  • Are you afraid of being known?
    Are you afraid of being known? It is somewhat shocking to look at Paul Giamatti’s work and realize he’s only been nominated for an Oscar… Read More...
  • Is imagination part of our everyday sight?
    Is imagination part of our everyday sight? One wonders what types of thoughts and ideas would be discovered during a woodland hike through the forest of… Read More...
  • What is reality?
    What is reality? Suddenly awakened from a deep sleep, I rolled over to reach for a sip of water and saw that… Read More...
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  • What is art?
    What is art? This is not the question I expected to be addressed by the world's most renown and elusive street artist,… Read More...
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  • What’s behind the scenes and the lives we paint for ourselves?
    What’s behind the scenes and the lives we paint for ourselves? I remember first learning about Plato’s Allegory of the Cave in junior year English class. I hadn’t thought much… Read More...
  • Is beauty lost in a digital world?
    Is beauty lost in a digital world? In today's over-digitized-auto-tuned-world, the expansive sound of analog is not only becoming a lost practice, but a forgotten commodity.… Read More...
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  • If it doesn't match our "truth" do we still want honesty?
    If it doesn't match our "truth" do we still want honesty? Every track on Sigh No More has a line worth pondering. Songs that at first listen sound like love/relationship… Read More...
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  • What does he know?
    What does he know? This is, throughout the ravaged landscape of The Book of Eli, the unavoidable question we ask of the title… Read More...
  • Where do we find happiness?
    Where do we find happiness? More often than not commentaries and interpretations tend to direct one to think about specific ideas and messages being… Read More...
  • Can the power of words be lost?
    Can the power of words be lost? In the routine of our daily life, it is doubtful there is anything more powerful than our words. By… Read More...
  • Do our sacrifices actually cost us something?
    Do our sacrifices actually cost us something? I have heard it said that a sacrifice it is not a sacrifice if it does not hurt. If… Read More...
  • Is there tension in hope?
    Is there tension in hope? Who would have thought that Charles Darwin, the bearded Englishmen so universally admired and reviled, would make such a… Read More...
  • What does the design say about the designer?
    What does the design say about the designer? What Apple product do you first remember seeing? Or using? Was it a MacBook? An iPhone? What is it… Read More...
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  • Do you need a prophet?
    Do you need a prophet? When my son loaded up in his cousin’s little powered Jeep and started driving around their lawn he declared… Read More...
  • What happens when our narrative falls apart?
    What happens when our narrative falls apart? Bazan question's God's role in "the fall." If God is as powerful as we have been told over and… Read More...
  • Who or what is to blame for our messed up world?
    Who or what is to blame for our messed up world? Well... he did it. For all of you Pedro-Christians out there, if you were confused where David Bazan stood… Read More...
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  • Are we numb?
    Are we numb? According to recent statistics, approximately 5.4 million people have died over the last decade as a result of the… Read More...
  • Is music to be understood or experienced?
    Is music to be understood or experienced? The difficult part of writing on, or discussing, a meaningful experience is that we run the risk of diminishing… Read More...
  • Why do we blog?
    Why do we blog? I walked into the theater to see Julie & Julia knowing I was in for a good evening. I… Read More...
  • What is love?
    What is love? Really... What is love? Some mysterious "thing" that we spend our lives avoiding and/or seeking? How does one fall… Read More...
  • Is there meaning in the typeface?
    Is there meaning in the typeface? Helvetica surprised me. That is, the 2007 documentary about the ubiquitous typeface surprised me. Read More...
  • How does life SOUND when it's being lived anew?
    How does life SOUND when it's being lived anew? I have this small, black, fits-in-your-pocket, piece of technology that I currently refer to as my Gregory Alan Isakov… Read More...
  • What does religion do to people? To bands? To song writing? To music?
    What does religion do to people? To bands? To song writing? To music? One of the sources of wonder with Engik is his own story. Back in the mid/late-nineties his new found… Read More...
  • What makes something art? Is it the intent of the creator?
    What makes something art? Is it the intent of the creator? What makes something art? Is it the intent of the creator? Is it the judgment of those experiencing it?… Read More...
  • What does grace look like?
    What does grace look like? The tension surrounding the immigration debate has been the launching point for many filmmakers in recent years. Read More...
  • How do we find beauty in a rusting world?
    How do we find beauty in a rusting world? The release of Kingdom of Rust is another fine example of Doves ability to blend rock and the human… Read More...
  • What lies at our core? Good or Evil?
    What lies at our core? Good or Evil? Coffee shops are quite misleading. What appears to be a small and innocent space setup to enjoy your favorite… Read More...
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  • Is the story true because it happened or because it happens?
    Is the story true because it happened or because it happens? No one creates films quite like Charlie Kaufman. Best known for his screenplay for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless… Read More...
  • This weekend rednoW will be hanging out at Calvin College's Festival of Faith & Music. We're pumped for… Read More...
  • Can we recall & experience beauty and pain in the same moments?
    Can we recall & experience beauty and pain in the same moments? This may be the perfect time for an Irish singer like Hannigan to make her American debut. We… Read More...
  • Should art draw conclusions or simply "show"?
    Should art draw conclusions or simply "show"? Here, Bono continues his hymn-like obsession (i.e. "Yahweh") and wraps his anti-war protest song in the melodic roots of… Read More...
  • Do some emotions (pain, anger, joy, etc.) create better art than others?
    Do some emotions (pain, anger, joy, etc.) create better art than others? What happened to the pissed-off punksters from Dublin who were writing songs with titles like "I Threw a Brick… Read More...
  • How do we give up control?
    How do we give up control? Bono used to be the subject. "I still haven't found what I'm looking for." But for the track "Moment… Read More...
  • What gives us real freedom?
    What gives us real freedom? Shock value in art is generally something I frown upon because, if for no other reason, it is a… Read More...
  • Can foolishness humble wisedom?
    Can foolishness humble wisedom? What if Conan O'Brien landed a series of interviews with former President George W. Bush?  And what if, towards… Read More...
  • Can doubt be as powerful as certainty?
    Can doubt be as powerful as certainty? Over the years, Hollywood has managed to condition the viewer with particular movie-going expectations. We expect to be entertained.… Read More...
  • Do we have the courage to become who we really are?
    Do we have the courage to become who we really are? James Marsh's documentary Man On Wire is captivating on many fronts. The film tells the story of the French,… Read More...
  • Do we have to "understand" in order to experience?
    Do we have to "understand" in order to experience? Still Vernon solidifies himself, not as a Springsteen or Dylan-like story teller, but as an experience maker. Blood Bank… Read More...
  • Can we love eachother's imperfections?
    Can we love eachother's imperfections? I love moments in films. The bus scene in Almost Famous. John Cusack holding up the boombox. "Falling Slowly"… Read More...
  • Can we fully know and fully love?
    Can we fully know and fully love? In a world where to run for office or interview for a job or find a mate seems to… Read More...
  • What practices in our society are "normal" and never questioned?
    What practices in our society are "normal" and never questioned? Pat, who gained weight in his marriage before he was committed, works out religiously. He keeps referring to… Read More...
  • Do we have a destiney?
    Do we have a destiney? Slumdog Millionaire, a story with the power to move an audience, has received nearly unanimous praise from critics, perhaps… Read More...
  • Why do stories last?
    Why do stories last? In the early 1990's, Greg Mortenson failed in his attempt to climb K2, considered the most menacing and difficult… Read More...
  • Is it possible to believe in something indispensably good?
    Is it possible to believe in something indispensably good? In 1960 Disney Studios adapted a well-known children's novel by Eleanor H. Porter into a film by the same… Read More...
  • Can pop culture capture transcendence?
    Can pop culture capture transcendence? It’s not often that you can pinpoint the exact month and year of a transient moment of ecstatic, even… Read More...
  • If it is mortality that gives life its beauty, what about eternal things?
    If it is mortality that gives life its beauty, what about eternal things? I recently heard a discussion about the connection between beauty and death. The example used was seeing a vase… Read More...
  • What would you do?
    What would you do? Once upon a time while in college, I found myself on an elevator when the cable broke. It may… Read More...
  • How do our "things" create us?
    How do our "things" create us? After watching this video and thinking of how I sleep so comfortably most night, it's hard not to wonder… Read More...
  • How is it that we sit in a question?
    How is it that we sit in a question? The questions we are asking in America (and in the world for that matter) seem to be large abstract… Read More...
  • Does seeing the "greater" narrative impact individual ones?
    Does seeing the "greater" narrative impact individual ones? I have been in a few conversations recently around the topic of "shared space". Can we? Should… Read More...
  • How can experience lead us to understanding?
    How can experience lead us to understanding? Maybe we need more experiences and fewer debates. Maybe that is the role that art has to play in… Read More...
  • Where does darkness reside?
    Where does darkness reside? With The Dark Knight's claims to box-office pre-eminence secured, the spin cycle begins. What does this hugely popular, amazingly… Read More...