Category: Movies and TV

First They Killed My Father: Beauty and Suffering

Last month, Netflix released First They Killed My Father, based on the experience of Loung Ung who is a childhood survivor of the Pol Pot regime during the Khmer Rouge years in Cambodia. It is not only a compelling story of individual suffering and the personal toll of a horrific period in history but also a story with galvanizing relevance today. Director Angelina Jolie, who co-wrote

Last Ship: Family and mission

“One ship against the three of us? They are outnumbered.” ~Sergeant Azima Kandie in the “Detect, Deceive, Destroy” episode of The Last Ship If you read this blog, you know I’m a fan of disaster and sci-fi stories, so it will come as no surprise that The Last Ship is part of my regular summer viewing.

Last Ship: Family and mission

Screenshot Copyright TNT “One ship against the three of us? They are outnumbered.” ~Sergeant Azima Kandie in the “Detect, Deceive, Destroy” episode of The Last Ship If you read this blog, you know I’m a fan of disaster and sci-fi stories, so it will come as no surprise that The Last Ship is part of my regular summer viewing. The TNT action-drama, which wrapped up its fourth season

Blade Runner 2049: Beautiful but flawed

Blade Runner is one of my favorite films. It is layered with meaning and questions and themes that take you in all sorts of directions. And I found Director Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival one of the most thought-provoking and moving science fiction films I’ve ever seen. So, I really, really wanted to love Blade Runner 2049. But I just couldn't. Perhaps if I'd never seen the original film, this

Starting in the middle

Lynch/Frost Productions In May, Showtime released a limited series revival of Twin Peaks, a 1990 quirky two-season television crime drama set in a small town in Washington and centered on FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper’s investigation of the murder of a teenager named Laura Palmer.  I hadn’t watched the original series, so when I ran across it on Netflix, I thought I’d try to give it a go

Bugs, politics and the church

If you are looking for something to binge watch on Amazon Prime, consider the one-season CBS comedy-thriller BrainDead, a political satire set in a present-day Washington, D.C. that’s been invaded by extraterrestrial insects which both feed on the brains of and take control of people, including congress members and staffers.  

The scope and nature of suffering in ‘Lion’ and life

Recently, I finally got around to watching Lion, the Oscar-nominated film based on the true story of Saroo Brierley who, as a five-year-old boy, is accidentally separated from his older brother while scavenging in trains in India. After falling asleep on a bench at one of the stations, Saroo (played by Sunny Pawar) boards another train hoping to find his brother but ends up 1600 kilometers

Shalom Sistas’ Night Out Group Discussion Guide

Tonight, I’m meeting up with two lovely Shalom Sistas to watch the new movie, “Everything, Everything” a movie adaption of the book of the same name by Nicola Yoon. As you may remember, The Shalom Book Club discussed “The Sun is Also a Star” by Yoon on the podcast and IT WAS AMAZING. Both the book and the discussion generated so much energy, the co-hosts and I thought it would be fun to encourage y’all to plan a girls’ night out to the movie and then maybe have a discussion afterwards of the ways we saw shalom in the movie. [...]

Metro cars and church

photo by Carmen Andres The other day, I took the Metro into DC. The station was at the beginning of the line, so the car was only a quarter full. I grabbed a seat, took out my phone and started scrolling through email and social media apps. By the time I put away my phone 10 minutes later, the car was packed.  

The ghosts that haunt us

Last month, the live-action remake of the 1995 anime film Ghost in the Shell hit theaters. Set in a future when many humans are augmented with cybernetic enhancements, the story follows Major Mira Killian, whose body was mortally injured in a terrorist attack. Her brain is experimentally integrated into a robotic body called a “shell.”  With no memory of her life before the attack, Killian

Hiring a refugee

Besides being a fascinating story about creating a business, 60 Minutes' interview with Chobani's billionaire founder last month gets at the benefits of employing refugees. Several churches in our region are encouraging their members who are employers to consider hiring refugees. It makes such a difference in their lives. They got here legally. They’ve gone through a most dangerous journey.

Bringing God-talk back to open spaces

Some of you have noticed that I took a break from blogging for about a year. It was less intentional than due to an influx of responsibilities and pursuits—from settling into a new job with a local social services agency to going through the college application process for my oldest child and getting my youngest prepared for high school.  
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