Category Archives: Movie “Reviews”

The Philosophical Anthropology of Pixar’s Inside Out

Everyone seems rather excited about the new Pixar movie Inside Out, and rightly so. Unlike some of Pixar’s recent efforts since being acquired by Disney, Inside Out is a film that charts new ground; it is not a sequel. Moreover, … Continue reading

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Cinderella and the Magic of Virtue

As I think you can gather from the movie posters, Kenneth Branagh’s new adaptation of Cinderella is live-action–with, of course, a good measure of CGI thrown it. It is Cinderella, after all; did you really want her to show up … Continue reading

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The Lego Movie, with a little (okay, a lot of) G.K. Chesterton

In my finest tradition of after-the-fact, nearly irrelevant movie reviews, I would like to present: SOME THOUGHTS ON THE LEGO MOVIE I was prepared to dislike it. I had somehow run across a comment or two online about the movie’s being … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games, and Conditional Necessity

My wife and I are in agreement that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was somehow better than the first Hunger Games movie. I am still trying to figure out why. There were many things wrong with it, both cinematically and … Continue reading

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Better than the book? A review of Ender’s Game, UPDATED

Because this not my dissertation, allow me to inflict upon you a needless biographical aside: I was ready–so very, very ready–to be annoyed by the recent film interpretation of Ender’s Game. First of all, it stars (albeit in a supporting … Continue reading

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Star Trek: different sorts of darkness

As I am told by Wikipedia, the subtitle of the latest Star Trek film (“Into Darkness”) reflects the “indecision” and “crisis of leadership” of the young Captain James T. Kirk. But I would here like to briefly highlight two other … Continue reading

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Monsters University: the power of labels

Words, as Walker Percy liked to say, have a “discovering power” for us as humans. This lesson is nicely displayed in, of all places, the new children’s movie Monsters University. Monsters University is a prequel to an earlier Pixar film, … Continue reading

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