Age of Ultron: A Review

Age of Ultron: A Review

“They put the building in the middle of the city, so that everyone could be equally close to God.  I like that, the symmetry, the geometry of belief.”  – Ultron Did you even need to ask? After looking forward to the eleventh installment of the Marvel...

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Ever Wonder?

Ever Wonder?

I owe my wife a lot. A few years ago, we had a conversation that basically went like this: Wife: “That new movie ‘Hunger Games’ is listed on Netflix now.  I ordered it for us, and it should be coming this week.” Me: “The teen movie?  Why’d you do that? ...

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Man of Steel, Man of Faith? Part 5: “And the American Way”

Man of Steel, Man of Faith? Part 5: “And the American Way”

How does one define “Americana?” Anything that represents American culture? Baseball, apple pie, and the Fourth of July? Whatever’s decorating the walls at Applebee’s? No doubt, there are images, music, and movies that everyone would agree are considered “Americana.” Elvis Presley. Norman Rockwell. Gone with the Wind. That famous black-and-white...

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Man of Steel, Part 4: Messiah from Krypton?

Man of Steel, Part 4: Messiah from Krypton?

Let it be known that at the time of this writing, I own no less than three Superman statues, about four or five coffee table books, and 300 Superman comics, a few even autographed by creators. The entire collection has been purchased in my adulthood, honest (see part 1)! I...

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Man of Steel, Part 3: Rockets and Hebrew Baskets

Man of Steel, Part 3: Rockets and Hebrew Baskets

Have you heard the story of a newborn babe placed in a protected container and sent away to escape destruction, after which he is adopted by a people not his own?  You got it.  It’s the story of Superman… and Moses. The baby Moses was put in a basket and...

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Man of Steel, Part 2: Heaven is (Not) a Place on Earth

Man of Steel, Part 2: Heaven is (Not) a Place on Earth

Above: “Richard Donner’s Krypton from Superman: The Movie, 1978.” “Man of Steel” was released to huge box office last year, but received mixed reviews, admittedly, and yet, every indication from Warner Bros. was that the Zack Snyder/Henry Cavill team’s entry successfully realized the studio’s goals for the film – revitalize...

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“Man of Steel, Man of Faith?” – Part 1

“Man of Steel, Man of Faith?” – Part 1

I was never that kid. I was never that kid who wore Superman pajamas to bed or a big red cape draped over his shoulders when he went with his mom to the grocery store. I never jumped off the top bunk in an effort to fly, never tried punching my...

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