Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan dueling Darth Maul

Sci-Fi Film Fest: Talking The Phantom Menace with Mike Beidler (Pt 1)

Welcome to the first Emerging Scholars Network Sci-Fi Film Festival! I’ll be having a conversation here on the blog on various classic and current science fiction movies. Feel free to watch along and join the conversation. This week’s film is 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.Read more…

Film frame of Ultron in church

Science in Review: Playing God

There is much to enjoy about Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it touches on a number of themes worthy of further exploration. Astonishing visuals do a lot of narrative heavy lifting; the action choreography reveals a lot about the characters and their relationships. Consequently, the film has plenty of opportunities to share what’s on its mind. And apparently, that’s God.Read more…

When the Lights Go Down: Movie Review as Christian Practice

Early in my teaching vocation, I began to train students how to watch movies and how to write movie reviews. Since the early 1990s, classes have watched full-length feature films; interactive responses followed. . . . If you asked my former students now what they remember about my classes then, they would smile and say, “He ruined watching movies for me forever.”Read more…