Film Review: Silence


Silence written by Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese, directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount Pictures, Cappa DeFina Productions, CatchPlay, EFO Films, R, 161 min) Starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, Issei Ogata, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, and Yôsuke Kubozuka. Searching for Rootedness Is there a way for a tree to find roots in a swamp? And if not, is there a way to discover meaning and life without the particular landscaping strategy that includes this tree? Martin Scorsese raises this question in his divine masterwork, Silence. The central challenge to the Christian faith emerges in its application, like an arborist planting trees everywhere. If Christianity is true, should it not apply to all people and all… Read More →

5 Questions about MaddAddam and HBO

MaddAddam HBO

On Believability Two of my favorites look to be joining forces. HBO announced a partnership between Margaret Atwood and Darren Aronofsky to bring the MaddAddam Trilogy to television. Atwood, best known for The Handmaid’s Tale, writes poetic yet horrifying speculative fiction. Perhaps the most accessible works in her catalogue, the MaddAddam Trilogy imagines a post-apocalyptic world drowned by the hubris of multi-national corporations. Aronofsky has made a name for himself directing movies that sit on the fence between auteur and the blockbuster. Fresh off his hit, Noah, will MaddAddam be the next canvas for his dark and brooding vision of humanity? I truly hope this series comes to fruition. But while we wait, there are a few questions that linger…. Read More →

Film Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street written by Terence Winter, directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount Pictures, Red Granite Pictures, Appian Way, R, 180 min) Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, and Kyle Chandler. Gratuitous Look. I’m not the kind of person that writes off a story, or art more broadly speaking, if it offends me. Even more, I can withstand morally objectionable depictions provided the support a greater theme. I wouldn’t search the Internet to figure out how many f-bombs are dropped in a film, or how many sex scenes occur. Even when I heard the deluge of complaints around the excess of The Wolf of Wall Street, I laughed it off. I thought to myself, “Hasn’t everyone… Read More →