There is an interesting essay by Britton Peele at GuideLive that connects dots between the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and contemporary dissatisfaction with institutional religion. The piece is titled "How Luke's words in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' mimic real-world disillusionment with religion." In the trailer Luke can be heard saying, "I […]
James McGrath and I share common interests in theology, religion, and science fiction. When these things merge together it's even better. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, has a new book out, Theology and Science Fiction, and he shares his thoughts about this subject […]
Two forthcoming science fiction movies look very intelligent, and interestingly, both incorporate a female emphasis. Take a look at the trailers for Morgan and Arrival below.
Regular readers of this blog may recall that in a previous post I recently I drew attention to an interesting article by William Astore in The Nation titled "Can You Spot the American Military in Your Favorite Sci-Fi Film?." I thought the topic was worth taking a closer look at, so I got in touch […]
There is a very interesting article over at The Nation online titled "Can You Spot the American Military in Your Favorite Sci-Fi Film?" by William Astore. The author bring his experience a retired Air Force officer and lifelong science fiction fan to his analysis, and discusses his changing perceptions of the military over the years […]
I recently came across two items that made me give new attention to Island of Lost Souls (1932). The first was a commentary on the film that involved John Landis, Rick Baker, and Bob Burns. Their discussion makes for an interesting take on a neglected classic horror film. The second was a series of news […]
CALL FOR PAPERS An area of multiple panels for the 2016 Film & History Conference: Gods and Heretics: Figures of Power and Subversion in Film and Television October 26-October 30, 2016 The Milwaukee Hilton Milwaukee, WI (USA) DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2016 AREA: From Infinity to the Abyss: Gods and Monsters in Science Fiction […]
Next Wednesday, November 11, I will present a guest lecture at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. I was invited by Professor Alan Lenzi to present on "Religion and Transcendence in Horror and Science Fiction." My presentation will involve a PowerPoint that incorporates film clips and commentary, not only on Abrahamic religions, but also […]