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Gran Torino Revisited
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I had starting writing this post last night, before receiving <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/30/why-clint-eastwood-can-be-trusted-with-mandela-and-why-glenn-beck-cant-be-trusted-with-mlk/"& ...

Why Clint Eastwood Can be Trusted with Mandela (and Why Glenn Beck Can't be Trusted with MLK)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's that time of year again -- you know, when Clint Eastwood releases a trailer for a movie that looks fascinating and completely different from the last thing he did, and your trio of reactions ...

Whip It: What a Girl Power Movie Should Be
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This is what a girl power movie should be. I went to see Whip It because it looked fun and was a totally Austin film (there's something fun about sitting in the Alamo Drafthouse watching a movie ...

Chris Rock's 'Good Hair': A Humorous Deconstruction of Stubborn Beauty Standards
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

that this It boggles my mind that this is still an issue in the 21st century. People in various parts of the world have ... that this It boggles my mind that this is still an issue in the 21st century. People in various parts of the world have ...

War as Seen by Those Trapped Inside It
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When covering film festivals, I find I have to be careful not to see too many war-themed flicks in rapid succession. When covering film festivals, I find I have to be careful not ...

David vs. Oil-iath
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I just saw a really good movie in which an overweight, pasty-looking guy makes outrageous statements related to capitalism. I just saw a really good movie in which an overweight, ...

The Coen Brothers Get 'Serious'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Recenly, I had a bad day. Epically bad.</p> <p>I ran out of cash.</p> <p>I lost my credit card.</p> <p>I missed my flight.</p> ...

Roman Polanski and the Politics of Remembering
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm reluctant to comment regarding film-maker Roman Polanski's arrest and the attempt to extradite him to the U.S. I'm reluctant to comment regarding film-maker Rom ...

The Yes Men: Corporate Pranksters on a Mission
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Fans of gonzo political activism may remember the Yes Men's infamous stunt in which Andy Bichlbaum posed as a Dow Chemical spokesperson named Jude (patron saint of the impossible) Finisterra (ear ...

How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

(September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary <em><a ... (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary Pray the Devil Back ... (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary Pray the Devil Bac ...

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: A Visual Feast with a Side of Social Commentary
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much when I first took my seat in the theater to preview Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a 3-D animated comedy based on the popular <a href="http:// ...

The Hurt Locker and the Cause of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Let's get one thing straight: I have no idea what war is really like. Let's get one thing straight: I have no idea what war is really like. I've seen 'Saving ...

A Necessary Film for Anyone Who Eats Food
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

in the desert, the Israelites lived on manna (Nehemiah 9:15,21). The apocryphal Wisdom of Solomon (16:20) calls ... of the heathens." Some biblical passages denounce animal sacrifice (Isaiah 1:11,15; Amos 5:21-25). Other ... 15:22; Jeremiah 7:21-22; Hosea 6:6; Hosea 8:13; Micah 6:6-8; Psalm 50:1-14; Psalm 40:6; Proverbs 21 ...

Do a New Thing: 20 Years After Spike Lee's Groundbreaking Film on Race in America
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0024EWP6W?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0024EWP6W">&l ...

Rethink Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

An interview with a man and his children in an Internally Displaced Person (refugee) camp quickly devolves into a father desperately trying to sell his smallest child to the cameraman. ...

The Mosque in Morgantown: Finding Our Religion within American Pluralism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In March, I had lunch with Asra Nomani at Sticky Fingers, the vegan bakery across from the Sojourners office. In March, I had lunch with Asra Nomani at Sticky Fingers, the vegan b ...

Listen to it Loud
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Listen to it loud!" That was the advice that came with a disc of the new film, <em>I Bring What I Love,</em> about Youssou N'Dour, a Senegalese singer who has worked for social jus ...

In the Footsteps of Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

tailored for 21 st -century America, where the most important religious trend is neither swelling ... of Christ, ie, a 'Christian,' than Crossan. '"John Dominic Crossan asserts, (21 ... million in the U.S.) in only its second wee 21 st century,America,american religion,angels ...

Eschatology or Bigotry?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A couple of weeks ago on Glenn Beck's talk radio show, a woman called in to suggest that because President Obama appears to be raising the tax rate to around the same as what it was under President ...

Travels with Bruce Cockburn: Into the Soul of this World of Wonders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There's roads and there's roads And they call, can't you hear it? Roads of the earth And roads of the spirit . . .</p> <p>- Bruce Cockburn's "Child of the Wind&quo ...

Made in L.A.: Putting a Human Face on the Immigrant Experience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Seven years ago, I set out to make a little film that would put a human face on the struggles of immigrant workers in L.A. Seven years ago, I set out to make a little film that wo ...

American Violet and the Idolatry of Law
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>NPR's Wade Goodwyn has been working on <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103056359">this story </a>ever since he attended the premier of the film ...

American Violet: Drug War Injustice Hits the Big Screen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.americanviolet.com/"><em>American Violet</em></a>, a Hollywood blockbuster that opens in theaters next week, tells the story of Regina Kelly, one of the pe ...

Witchhunt: I Was in Prison and You Visited Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Twenty-seven years ago this month, Brenda and Scott Kniffen, a homemaker and an inventory manager of a diesel shop, were arrested and charged with sexually abusing their two young sons, Brian and B ...

Video: Documentary on the Failed Drug War in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In July 2007, Teresa Ortega stood solemnly in a field of wilting corn and pineapple crops in southern Colombia's farm land as tears streamed down her cheeks. In July 2007, Te ...

They Killed Sister Dorothy: HBO's Book of Martyrs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

of the 21st Century . I don't have a subscription I don't have a subscription to HBO ...

Sin Nombre: Immigrants as Sojourners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

President Obama recently addressed the crying need for comprehensive immigration reform. He reminded us that we are a nation of immigrants. President Obama recently addressed the ...

Watchmen: A Clone without a Soul
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Imagine a world in which a human being developed godlike powers and put them to military use. War might soon be a thing of the past. Imagine this world also tolerating people who dress up in costume ...

There's Just Something About Madea
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The first three screenings of Tyler Perry's new film, Madea Goes to Jail, that I tried to go to last week were sold out. When I finally did get a ticket, I had one of the last single seats in the ...

Vote in the M2EP FilmMaker Challenge
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.M2EP&amp;item=M2EP-filmmaker"></a>In preparation for the upcoming <a title="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization" ...

Waltz with Bashir: Drawing a Massacre from Memory
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://waltzwithbashir.com"></a>Each time I write about the Middle East, I feel compelled to repeat three concepts.</p> Each ti ...

The 'War on Drugs' in Tulia, Texas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

On July 23, 1999, undercover narcotics agent Tom Coleman executed one of the <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/26/60minutes/main575291.shtml">biggest drug busts in Texas history&l ...

Lord, Save Us From Your Followers: Neo-Apologetics and a Return to Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001O9CCRU?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001O9CCRU">&l ...

Audio: Gearing up for the Oscars with Great Films from 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

With the bad economy leaving people without a lot of extra money, many of us have been hunkering down at home with a movie and homemade popcorn. With the bad economy leaving peopl ...

Slumdog Millionaire's India: My Sobering Reality
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The movie <a href="http://www.foxsearchlight.com/slumdogmillionaire/" target="_blank"><em>Slumdog Millionair</em>e</a> and the Booker Prize-winning novel <em>& ...

The Futility of Violence: Eastwood's Gran Torino
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The other day I heard a 78-year-old man sing, through a cracked voice, one of the most moving and gentle jazz melodies, as the iconic image of a fetishized sports car being driven into the sunset was ...

Slumdog Millionaire: In the Midst of Spiritual Winnowing, Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_T46kEyyVU_k/SWcvJWDIbkI/AAAAAAAACVA/7rIpikN1SWY/s1600-h/slumdog.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}">&l ...

Cinema Review 2008: The Top Ten
Originally Posted: 07/15/2011 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

I'm always somewhat suspicious of "top 10" lists, despite the fact that I've written one. I'm always somewhat suspicious of "top 10" lists, desp ...

2008: Cinema in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

Looking back on the year's movies, I'm struck by how many of my favorites featured the theme of family and community -- perhaps this reflects only my current personal concerns, or maybe there's ...

Favorite Books and Movies of 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

Here are some books I read this past year that gave me considerable food for thought:</p> Here are some books I read this past year that gave me considerable food for though ...

The Myth of Redemptive Violence: The Day the Earth Stood Still
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

In the spirit of peace on earth and goodwill toward all, I went to see the remake of the 1951 movie <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043456/">The Day the Earth Stood Still</a& ...

Win a Trip to Africa in the Sojourners and World Vision Filmmaker Challenge
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/filmmaker"></a>Sojourners and World Vision need your help to promote the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;it ...

Soldiers of Conscience: The War Within Those Trained to Kill
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Life is easier in black and white, when things are clearly right or clearly wrong. We tend not to like the gray very much. It was certainly easier for me to hard-headedly disapprove of all war, includ ...

Fireproof Marriages?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

to the previous verse (verse 21) to find the applying verb. Verse 21 says: "submit yourselves to one ... mistakenly shored up the notion of unilateral wifely submission by placing verse 21 and 22 in seperate paragraphs. Verse 21 and verse 22 must be in the same paragraph together because they share the same verb ...

Why Does God Need a Starship?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

[Editor's Note: In <em>Sojourners</em>' newest issue there's an <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0811&amp;article=a-hardhe ...

The Other Meltdown
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 9 p.m. EST. With bailouts and buyouts hogging the front pages, it may seem ...

Changeling and the Spirituality of Activism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/uploads/081015-changeling.jpg"></a>Clint Eastwood's latest feature <a href="http://changelingmovie.net/">Chang ...

Bill Maher's Religulous: Polemic Based on Cynical Preconceptions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Bill Maher is that rare thing: a media figure unafraid to say what he really thinks. Bill Maher is that rare thing: a media figure unafraid to say what he really thinks. When he ...

A 'Call and Response' to End Modern Slavery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.callandresponse.com"></a></p> Last week two films were released that present propagandized visions of the Unite ...

The Legacy of Wartime Slurs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I thought our culture had no more use for wartime curses. Granted, my sophisticated analysis is nothing more than noticing if people are calling <em>me</em> any names, until I realized ...