This site celebrates cinema (ok, "movies" to most people), spirituality, and science fiction through movie reviews, essays, short stories, and other information on these topics. Why these three topics? These are three main themes I most enjoy writing about--especially when the areas overlap such as in a science fiction movie with spiritual themes. (A mythic core that these topics share is discussed in A Prince, Machines, and Stillness.)
Although atheists with no imagination may want to look elsewhere, other viewers are invited to surf among the following sections:
Cinema (Films, Movies, Flicks)
Reviews, essays, and more on the Cinema page
Poetry, humor, articles, and stories about spiritual things found in surprising places, from the apocalyptic to the zany on the Spirituality page
Poetry, stories, articles, and movie reviews on the Science Fiction page
Here are some highlighted items among the sections of this site:
- Unmasking the
Spirituality of Spider-Man (essay and resources)
Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 offer surprisingly profound spiritual lessons when unmasked from their comic-book disguise. No other films have so evocatively explored the downside of being a superhero. Peter Parker, the reluctant everyman messiah, must constantly choose between self-interest and self-sacrifice while being misunderstood and unappreciated. Being a superhero never seemed so difficult.
- Middle Earth's Messianic Mythology Remixed:
Death and Resurrection in Novel and Film (essay)
In the mythology of The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien employed several Christ figures, the most obvious being the wizard Gandalf. In Tolkien's "fundamentally religious and Catholic" novel, the symbolism of Gandalf's "death and resurrection" scenes was implicit, but Peter Jackson's film versions visually made Gandalf's Christ-figure symbolism more explicit.
- He is the One: The Matrix
Trilogy's Postmodern Movie Messiah (essay)
Many films have used Christ figures to enrich their stories. In The Matrix trilogy, however, the Christ figure motif goes beyond superficial plot enhancements and forms the fundamental core of the three-part story. Neo's messianic growth and his eventual bringing of peace and salvation to humanity form the essential plot of the trilogy.
- The Word
Warrior: A Post-Apocalyptic
Parody (humorous sci-fi short story)
A Doomsday Virus loose on the Internet causes all nuclear weapons to launch. Darn those military contractors for not keeping their virus checkers up to date! Although the post-civilization job market leaves much to be desired, with a little ingenuity, writers can still earn a buck (well, old cans of food).
- Immaculate Misconception (dark sci-fi short story)
The mysterious Shroud of Turin has provoked controversy for centuries. Many believe it is the authentic burial cloth of Christ. Many believe it is a forgery. What if, however, there could be a final proof beyond any doubt that it was genuine? What if that proof went terribly, horribly wrong for us all? (This article is published on Smashwords.com.)