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Apocalypse, Later

We don’t always celebrate the anniversaries of non-events, but here at KtB we thought we’d call your attention to the fact that we have now survived Harold Camping’s non-end-of-the-world, predicted for May 21, 2011, for exactly three years. Congratulations! The infamously inaccurate Family Radio pastor’s apocalypse was fascinating for Camping’s utter conviction in its reality,…

Mass in Latin, yes, but outdoors? Hmm.

That’s Not the Priest From Rome, Surely?

Rugged scenery, Martin Sheen’s resplendent sideburns, inquiries into the nature of faith, Catholics has it all.

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Our Nixon?

As I recounted in Jesus Died for This?, “I joined in my parent’s artistic anarchy by writing a one act play that pretty much crucified Tricky Dick while setting up Ted Kennedy as the next Messiah. (This was before I taught myself how to spell Chapaquidick.) Whenever Richard Milhous Nixon’s mug would appear on the…


Many Sour Saints

Pope Francis has made some statements regarding Catholic moods lately—admonishing clergy for having “sad, long faces”  and saying “Buenos dias” to religious who may have psychiatric problems. Pope Francis has also said that “melancholy Christian faces have more in common with pickled peppers than the joy of having a beautiful life.” He added “Christian joy is…

Chuck Lorre productions 126, Two And A Half Men

SxSW: Tell-A-Vision

South by Southwest (SXSW) Armed with a gold (film/interactive) press badge, Becky Garrison set out to explore the evolution of storytelling in this ever-evolving digital world. This week we’ll share some of her discoveries from her stay in Austin earlier this month. March 8, 2014 Signs of Spirituality from Chuck Lorre Pictures taken at WB…

by _cheryl, via flickr

The Eye of the Tiger

Life of Pi and the Orientalist mystique.

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From Iran With Love

The live-action film adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Chicken with Plums opens today  in New York (showtimes here) and August 31st in LA. The film may be set in Tehran circa 1958, with flashbacks back to the 1930s and ahead to 1990. But the casting of French, Italian, and other European actors to portray Iranians,…

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Out of the Box with Two Spirits

I caught a screening of the documentary Two Spirits while covering the 2012 Philadelphia TransHealth Conference. While the film focuses on the all too common story of yet another teen killed due to gender identity, this story also highlights that time when Native Americans held places of honor for people of integrated genders. According to…


Crazy Wisdom

For those of you in New York City, our friends over at the ever-incredible Rubin Museum of Art are partnering with the Shambhala Meditation Center to present Crazy Wisdom, a film about the life and times of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Allen Ginsberg made him his guru. Joni Mitchell wrote a song about him. It was 1970 and…

H. P. Lovecraft. Image from The Los Angeles Times archives.

Dark Mysticism

H. P. Lovecraft as soulcraft.

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Following the Gospel of George

In talking about his new documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World, director Martin Scorsese reflected on his personal encounter with George Harrison’s music: “I will never forget the first time I heard ‘All Things Must Pass,’ the overwhelming feeling of taking in that all glorious music for the first time. It was like walking into…

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Egypt For Everybody

Immediately following the Egyptian revolution, my friend Greg Berger, a filmmaker, and journalist Al Giordano, of Narco News, went to Cairo to make a series of short videos with the activists who made it happen, “A Video Manual on How a Civil Resistance Was Built to Win.” Some of you are probably ready to click…

"New Spirits"

Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

Apparently it still sucks to be gay and evangelical.

From S. Brent Plate's essay, "Visualizing the Cosmos."

Malick’s Cosmos, Revisited

I love writing on Terrence Malick almost as much as I love his movies. As S. Brent Plate’s essay this week at KtB demonstrates, much can be gained by tapping at the cultural and religious roots of The Tree of Life. Perhaps owing to his training as a philosopher, Malick’s work opens more readily, and more…

Still from The Tree of Life

Visualizing the Cosmos

Terrence Malick and an imaginary history of the universe.

Screening Room.

Mobilize and Contemplate

What’s spiritually at stake in The Tree of Life?

Loki from the movie "Thor."

The Trouble with Loki

Watching your gods become action heroes in the movie Thor.

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Hollywood Messes with Christianity, Too

In another letter about Eric Scott’s “Valhal-Mart,” Alexandra Erin writes: I really have to disagree with the contention near the end of Eric Scott’s posting “Valhal-Mart”. While it must be remembered that Christianity enjoys a very privileged position in our culture and thus can’t claim to be injured by off-target pop culture depictions, the fact…