The Informant! A Review


This movie could be called a dark comedy, but it evades capture by any known genre; it runs the gamut of emotions as demonstrated by protagonist Mark Whitacre, whom Matt Damon plays most convincingly. Based on a true story, it illustrates what can occur to whistle-blowers when confronted with the overwhelming power of both global corporations and the U.S. government.

District 9 - An Alien Movie Backward


I detest you, I pity you, I …need you?

Alien invasion makes for absorbing, sometimes terrifying stories. Aliens are creepy. They’re unpredictable. And they are almost always hostile. In good alien films, the kind we’re used to, extra-terrestrial assaults threaten humanity with captivity, even annihilation. Think Independence Day or War of the Worlds.

What if the story were reversed? What if the aliens were threatened with captivity and ruin at the hands of humankind?



A review of GODencounters by A. Allan Martin, Shayna Bailey and Lynell LaMountain

Peace in the Middle East: Will It Ever Be Achieved?


Since that fateful day on September 11, 2001, significant news reporting has been dedicated to the Middle East and Islam. Such media attention is to be expected, for the old advertiser’s adage "If it bleeds, it leads" still rules news cycles. President Obama’s recent speech in Cairo is a case in point; it had to compete for coverage with a contemporaneous suicide bombing in rural Pakistan — as if those two events were of equally historic significance.

Julie & Julia


"I could write a blog. I have thoughts"

The premise? This tasty movie parallels the lives of famous cook, Julia Child, and a wanna-be blogger, Julie Powell, chronologically alternating between their two stories.

"Beyond Common Ground: Why Liberals and Conservatives Need Each Other"


You can also read Spectrum's interview with author Alden Thompson.

Trust and Obey, for There’s No Other Way… Or, is There? A Review of Defiance


Earlier today, I heard a sermon entitled “Trust and Obey,” encouraging us to trust in God more than we trust in others, indeed more than we trust in ourselves. We were left with the assurance that if we trust in God, everything will work out.

What We're Reading: Insights from the Editors


The editorial team members at Spectrum typically have our noses in a vast variety of books, including some in the style of those reviewed on the site (some of them are the ones reviewed on the site), but also including many other genres, styles, and topics.

The Stoning of Soraya M. - A Review


Freidoune Sahebjam (James Caviezel), French-Iranian journalist, is on his way out of Iran with all his notes and cassettes from his investigations, interviews, and observations when his car breaks down in a remote village.

Bruno - Very Good; Very Very Bad


Bruno is a difficult movie to review. When it is good it is very good. But when it is bad it is very very bad.

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Sat, 10/25/2014 | Los Angeles Adventist Forum
October Adventist Forum
Ronald E. Osborn, Ph.D., A 2014-2016 Mellon Postdoctoral Fell ow in the Peace and Justice Program at Wellesley College (Boston), and a 2 015 Fullbright Scholar to Burma/Myanmar, Formerly an Adjunct Faculty Membe r in the Dept. of International Relations at USC, and in the Honors Progra m at UCLA. Topic: "Death Before the Fall?: A Conversation with Ronald Osbor n."

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