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Batman V Superman: The death of god

Batman V Superman: The death of god

*This post contains spoilers straight away Let’s start at the end of the film. The camera pans out from a funeral scene and then zooms in to a coffin, supposedly containing Superman – the god of this world. Dead. The scene pauses slightly and then […]

Westworld and Our Inner Darkness

Westworld and Our Inner Darkness

*Contains spoilers* In the new TV show Westworld, we are plunged into a fantasy world of infinite possibilities. We are quickly introduced to the hosts (androids/robots) who are characters in a story chosen for them by their creators (gods). Those hosts are also subject to […]

GCP Post: Helping your kids engage with stories

GCP Post: Helping your kids engage with stories

I’ve written a blog post over at Gospel-Centred Parenting about helping your kids engage with stories. Here is a little snippet of it: “…from an early age we can begin to help our children ask good questions about what they watch, revealing the places where […]

What kind of world do we want to live in?

What kind of world do we want to live in?

In the film Gattaca, we see a futuristic world of advance science and technology. It’s a world striving for perfection, which is manifested through the powerful science of eugenics; where controlled breeding enables a society to run at its best, without any imperfections. We see […]

5 Resources for hosting a film discussion

5 Resources for hosting a film discussion

The first film discussion I ever went to was while I was involved in student ministry. It was during the Christian Union Events week, where a group of us gathered together in a small room and watched an arty short film from Kieslowski’s Dekalog series. […]

Interstellar: The Story of Love

Interstellar: The Story of Love

I think Interstellar might be one of my favourite films of all time. I’ve seen it three or four times now and each time I find it enriching to watch. This film is coated in physics and chemistry with tons of sci-fi goodness, yet at […]

The Economy of Time

The Economy of Time

“We are food for worms, lads! Because we’re only going to experience a limited number of springs, summers, and falls. One day, hard as it is to believe, each and every one of us is going to stop breathing, turn cold, and die!”  –  John Keating […]

Ex Machina: A different kind of Eden

Ex Machina: A different kind of Eden

This post contains some spoilers. Ex Machina is a fascinating film that plunges its viewers into the world of man & machine, creator & creation. The dynamic between the two is rather intriguing and echoes a version of Eden that feels familiar and also slightly alien […]

Traces of Hope in Game of Thrones

Traces of Hope in Game of Thrones

The world of Game of Thrones is a bleak, cold, dark arena. Most likeable characters are killed off too quickly and the ones that have cruelty in their veins seem to keep death at arm’s length. As a fan of this series, I do wonder […]

The Martian, The Moon and Loneliness

The Martian, The Moon and Loneliness

I recently watched the film “The Martian” which is about a man being stranded on Mars, all alone, for a really long time. He faced the prospect of never having human contact again, never being touched, never having a face to face conversation and never […]