Star Trek: The Menagerie

Star Trek beamed on to the big screen in a major way on Monday night for a special screening of the classic original series episode, The Menagerie. This year is the 40th anniversary of the creation of Star Trek and to celebrate, both this milestone anniversary and the launch of the Star Trek Remastered DVDs,… Continue reading Star Trek: The Menagerie

American Gangster

Oscar-winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe turn in powerhouse performances in the searing Ridley Scott-directed crime drama, American Gangster. Set in the late 1960s and early 1970s, American Gangster tells the true story of Frank Lucas, small-time hustler, a minor player in the Harlem underworld and the driver and body guard for Harlem crime boss… Continue reading American Gangster

A Life Apart

A Life Apart, directed by Menachem Daum and Orem Rudavsky, is a thought provoking and insightful glimpse into the history and culture of the Hasidic movement within the wider Jewish community. The documentary touches on all aspects of Hasidic life, from religion and education to marriage and social structure. Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and Sarah… Continue reading A Life Apart

Religion and Pop Culture

Religion and popular culture. The words conjure up seemingly irreconcilable images of Jesus and compromising photos of Britney Spears. Rev. Gary Thorne, the Chaplain of the University of King’s College believes that popular culture actually stems from religious belief. “Popular culture is religion,” he says and how we relate to each and the basic values… Continue reading Religion and Pop Culture

Rendition

Rendition is a powerful and subtle drama that explores what happens when democratic governments keep secrets-not only from the people who vote them into power-but also from themselves. The title of the movie refers to a practice of “extraordinary rendition” in which a suspected terrorist can be apprehended, held and questioned without an arrest warrant,… Continue reading Rendition

Movies feed Ancient Human Needs

One of the defining characteristics of twentieth and twenty-first century popular culture has been the movie. For more than a hundred years people has been attracted to the flickering images on the screen like moths to a light. What is it about movies that people have found so consistently fascinating? Dr. Michael Cross is a… Continue reading Movies feed Ancient Human Needs

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Elizabeth: The Golden Age is the sequel to Shekhar Kapur’s 1998 Oscar-winning historical drama, Elizabeth. In this film, Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Geoffery Rush return to their roles as Queen Elizabeth I and the head of her royal court, the devious, but loyal Sir Francis Walsingham. They are joined in this film by Clive… Continue reading Elizabeth: The Golden Age