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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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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  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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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  • 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 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...