It's Oscars time. The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony this Sunday, March 7th, showcase the best of film from 2009. In this film vlog, we break down the Oscar nominees and predict winners in all the biggest categories.
This three-part conversation focuses on the importance of film as art and the importance of art as a window into the human experience.
The concept of intelligence has been around for a long time. It has always been controversial with a recognition, for many years now, that the standard measurement of one's intelligence quotient (IQ) is inadequate. Since Howard Gardner's work around the idea of multiple intelligences, the whole field of intelligence has continually shifted and been debated.
How do you unseat a violent and implacable dictator who is wantonly killing his own people? By prayer. Really! Once again a lesson of peacemaking in the face of seemingly impossible odds comes out of Africa, this time from the small West African country of Liberia, founded in 1847 by freed African slaves, and whose capital is named after an American president.
Charles Scriven has offered his vision for what it means to be an Adventist, and I am feeling rather uncertain about it. In the opening chapter of his book, The Promise of Peace,1 Scriven acknowledges that the place from which he writes is not a neutral one, but that his writing reflects his life story.
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism is a rich work that reflects author Timothy Keller’s erudite teaching style as a pastor; tackling some heady issues, the book is full of references to contemporary historians, sociologists, philosophers, literature, theologians, etc. Yet, like his teaching, the book is surprisingly accessible to a general audience (considering the issues being addressed), rewarding those put in the effort to grapple with it.
It is dicey business suggesting potentially great films from any age or genre as tastes vary so much. And to move back toward cinematic beginnings also means that many younger readers will have no idea what is being discussed – it is ancient history.
I make this attempt in hopes of enticing some to discover new and wonderful cinematic experiences--enjoyment and value that you might not otherwise have encountered.
Disney’s new animated film, The Princess and the Frog, has proved a modest success at the box office and a lightning rod in the blogosphere. The film, which portrays Disney’s first African-American heroine in the company’s eighty five-year history, has received heavy criticism for what many perceive as denigrating ethnic stereotypes. The Disney film is not alone in raising issues of race. Several of 2009’s top films deal with the topic directly or indirectly.