"Gone Girl” – the Book, Movie, and Future of Marriages in the Media. The Kindlings Muse at Hale's Ales

Gillian Flynn’s 2012 best-seller “Gone Girl” has captured the book clubs of the world with its fast paced, plot twisting tale of romance, marriage and revenge in modern life. With the film version directed by David Fincher starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike selling out theaters around the world, the story of seemingly star crossed […]

Knowing Their Place: Women as Heroes – Lisbeth Salander, Katniss and the Virgin Mary

With the increasing popularity of books and films giving a starring role to women as the ones who save the day, are these new heroines of contemporary culture a clash with Christianity?  with host Jennie Spohr and panel Lauri Evans Deason, Dr. Christine Chaney and Bill Hogg Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()

The Theology of The 2014 Oscar Best Picture Nominees – Live at Hales

This year's Oscar Nominated Films are less about the blockbuster and more about the human story: "American Hustle," "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Gravity," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena," "12 Years a Slave," and "The Wolf of Wall Street." What do these films say about God, us, and our darkness as well as our potential for light? With […]

"Gravity" and the Isolation of the Soul Live at Hales

If you have you ever felt alone, lost, or like you are floating untethered, then listen to this exploration of isolation as it is portrayed in film. Alfonso Cuaron's (Children of Men) newest film "Gravity" starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney plumbs the depths of human frailty and what can be reborn out of extreme adversity. […]

The New Masculinity and the Changing Face of Action Flicks

What is in today's culture that makes a man? How does our culture understand masculinity? How is it portrayed in the increase of Comic Book hero and Action films? Is it accurate? Overzealous? Absurd? All the above? Host Jennie Spohr, Dr. Jeff Keuss, Jeffrey Overstreet, and Dr. Christine Chaney dig into the action films that shape our understanding of Masculinity. Podcast: Play […]

Stuart Hazeldine to Adapt Michael Mann's next Film – "Agincourt"

Deadline reports that Stuart Hazeldine has been brought aboard to adapt the tome…

Sometimes There’s a Man: Who’s the World’s Most Masculine Guy?

In preparation for our next show at Hale's. by Jeffrey Overstreet

How Do We Feel about the Film "Touchy Feely?" Live from Sundance Film Festival

The synopsis for "Touchy Feely" starts with: "What happens when a family’s delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels?" Our three film critics – Dick Staub, Josh Staub (Director of Look and Light at Disney Animation) and Jason Valles (Founder, Third Floor Inc.) – have an intricate discussion about a film that they wanted to give a 5 […]

Review: "Breath In" – Live from Sundance Film Festival

The film "Breathe In" explores the tensions of music, intimacy, responsibility and fidelity. In short, "When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family's relationships and alters their lives forever." It has been picked up for distribution and so will be coming to a […]

"The Kings of Summer" – A Five Minute Review – Live from Sundance

A short review on "The Kings of Summer" (formerly titled "Toys house")a film by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Dick Staub, Josh Staub (Director of Look and Light at Disney Animation) and Jason Valles (Founder, Third Floor Inc.) share their thoughts on a film that Dick describes as a combination of "Animal House meets Lord of the Flies." Podcast: […]