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The Repentance World: The End of Denver

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Back in November, I wrote about the developing friendship between two Christians on The Real World: Denver—Davis the Southern Baptist homosexual and Stephen the conservative Christian. Their discord was due to Davis’ homosexuality which Stephen deemed reprehensible for a Christian. […]

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After Imus: Rap Deserves a Slap in the Face

posted by jmcgee

We’ve all waxed poetic about Imus, his apology and his punishment, but now it’s time to get down to business. This isn’t about the shocking nature of Imus’s comment–whether it is racist or sexist–it is about morality. During one of […]

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Mr. Imus: Apology Not Accepted

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On the April 4th edition of MSNBC’s “Imus In the Morning,” Don Imus fired the shot heard ’round the world when he called the Rutger’s women’s basketball team “Nappy-Headed Ho’s.” He laughed after he said it, and if you listen […]

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‘The Reaping': Ten Plagues, No God

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I always dreamed of the day when a Hollywood director would have the courage to transform a biblical disaster story into a big screen blockbuster. I thought my dream had come true when I saw the posters for “The Reaping,” […]

Holy Ghost High Fashion: I Think Not

posted by jmcgee

Tongues. Some are given the gift of speaking, some of interpreting, and others have only heard the gift. Having heard the gift, I count it a blessing to witness the Holy Spirit fall upon someone in such a manner that […]

‘Premonition': Déjà Vu Or Curse of the Faithless?

posted by jmcgee

In “Premonition,” creaky stairs, dramatic music, and strange spiritual overtones try to create scares where there are none. This technique proves particularly weary in a church scene that has Sandra Bullock’s Linda Hansen seeking advice from a priest who, huddled […]

Praying For, Not Preying On Celebrities

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“Dear father, I pray that you would bless and protect Britney Spears wherever she may be. May you lead her back into a right relationship with you. And help her to remember that you are the friend that sticks closer […]

‘Daddy’s Little Girls': A Breath of Fresh Air

posted by jmcgee

Finally, Madea goes on vacation and we get to see what kind of work Tyler Perry does when he stays behind the scenes. The results are magical, as depicted in his latest film, “Daddy’s Little Girls.” The story follows Monty […]

‘Amazing Grace': Giving Vision to the Blind

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Before seeing the movie “Amazing Grace,” I didn’t know who William Wilberforce was. I had no idea that the namesake of Wilberforce University, the nation’s first historically black college, was a British man who fought long and hard for the […]

LIVE FROM SUNDANCE: Who is “Thy Neighbor?”

posted by jmcgee

Philip Yancey, author of “Where Is God When It Hurts?”, once said that if the church was more present in this world and attending to its pain, people would be asking the question that is the title of his book […]

LIVE FROM SUNDANCE: What is a Sundance Film?

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What is a Sundance Film? This was one of the writing prompts for an article review I wrote for a class in conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival. I said it was simply the absence of a studio backed film […]

LIVE FROM SUNDANCE: Sex Trafficking in the U.S.?

posted by jmcgee

Upon viewing the film “Trade” (2007) by Marco Kreuzpainter, the scales have been removed from my eyes by this frightening film, which portrays the horror that goes on with in the world of sex trade. Jorge (Cesar Ramos Ceballos) is […]

LIVE FROM SUNDANCE: A Look at “Slipstream”

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Do we have a purpose? Can we control our life, or do we utterly lose control as we realize our helplessness? The movie “Slipstream” by Anthony Hopkins deals with these questions in a slipstream of so many flashbacks and sequences […]

LIVE FROM SUNDANCE: God at Sundance?

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Looking for God at the Sundance Film Festival is an intriguing enterprise. The Festival is certainly short on Focus on the Family style films. That doesn’t mean, however, that God can’t be found lurking in shadows, alleyways and in other […]

LIVE FROM SUNDANCE: Save Who?

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It’s not often that you finish off a film at two o’clock in the morning only to find yourself sitting in the same theater 6 hours later to begin the next. Well, at Sundance – what else are you there […]

Faith Is More Than Skin Deep: The Failure of “Color of the Cross”

posted by jmcgee

This is how they touted “Color of the Cross”: a film that will completely change the way we view Jesus and the crucifixion. But, instead of changing my heart, it hardened it for every second of the movie’s hour-and-29-minute runtime. […]

“Stomp the Yard”: The Real Feel-Good Movie

posted by jmcgee

Critics often throw around the term “feel-good movie” to describe a film that warms your heart to the very core, but “Stomp the Yard” was forgotten in that lot. The story follows DJ (Columbus Short), a troubled youth who witnesses […]

Real World Denver: The Christian Face-Off

posted by jmcgee

Every season, The Real World lets us into the lives of seven strangers “picked to live in a house, work together and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real.” […]

Pedro Almodóvar’s “Volver”: Supernatural Cinema, No Special Effects Needed

posted by jmcgee

Pedro Almodóvar doesn’t see dead people, but if you tell him that you do, he’ll probably believe it. “I don’t believe that people come from [the afterlife] in a physical way,” the director said when he met with press last […]

Jon Bon Jesuits

posted by jmcgee

For anyone raised Catholic, this video of Jesuit priests lip-syncing Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” is a special blessing. And yes, wacky wigs notwithstanding, all the men are real priests: here’s the very buttoned-down bio of one. Ad Majorem […]

“The Office” Celebrates Diwali

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American Hindus can rejoice that their most important festival, Diwali, has finally gotten a nod from pop culture. Last night on NBC’s “The Office,” chatty Kelly invited her colleagues to a party for Diwali, which she described as a festival […]

Spiritual or Theatrical? A Chat with Laura Linney

posted by jmcgee

Laura Marshall (Laura Linney), an extreme religious fundamentalist, is the villain in “Driving Lessons,” a semi-autobiographical comedy written and directed by Jeremy Brock. But is Brock, who also incorporated spirituality into his adaptation of “The Last King of Scotland” (co-written […]

“Deliver Us From Evil”: Chilling Story, Wasted Opportunity

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Amy Berg’s documentary “Deliver Us From Evil” has powerful and horrifying material to work with: a Catholic priest, the Irish-born Fr. Oliver O’Grady, who admits–right on film–that he molested at least 25 children during his 20-odd years in parishes during […]

Finding the Spirit of a Dictator

posted by jmcgee

Say “Idi Amin,” and the response will almost certainly be vehement, a furious reference to the thousands killed or a whole-hearted endorsement of the changes he wrought on Uganda in the 1970s and ’80s. You’ll find a more balanced point […]

Forget MySpace: Join the Real World

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The other day, a good friend of mine was creating herself a MySpace account as we were talking on the phone. She was joining the MySpace bandwagon, she said, in order to talk to only one person–a guy friend who […]

Slicing and Dicing VeggieTales?

posted by jmcgee

Anyone familiar with VeggieTales, the popular Christian children’s videos, knows the stunning operatic oeuvre of Larry the Cucumber. LarryBoy’s “Silly Songs” are masterpieces of drama and kitsch, boasting such lyrics as, “Oh where is my hairbrush?… Not fair, no hair, […]

This Season, “Weeds” Is High on Religion

posted by jmcgee

As if its premise isn’t shocking enough–suburban mom selling marijuana to maintain her privileged lifestyle–Showtime’s “Weeds” (airing 10 p.m. Mondays) seems set on pushing the envelope on just how raunchy a show can be on cable television. With such a […]

Colbert on the Jewish High Holidays

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“7th Heaven” Returns

posted by jmcgee

The best TV family dramas, in my opinion, are the ones that leave us feeling like we knew a family from the beginning to the end of a particularly intense period in their lives. The best of these were “Wonder […]

Forgive Us Our User-Generated Trespasses

posted by jmcgee

In the age of user-generated videos distributed to your computer via youtube.com, stupidvideos.com, and ifilm.com, employers might want to consider adding “forgiveness” to their list of hiring pre-requisites. Melanie Martinez is the perfect example of what the future will look […]

TomKat Owes Us

posted by jmcgee

I have to disagree with Michael, my fellow Idol Chatterer, who fails to see the importance of Joe Public getting a glimpse of little Suri Cruise. Since the beginning of this so-called love affair (I mean relationship) between Tom Cruise […]

God Is the Word, Word, Word

posted by jmcgee

Intrigued is how I would describe myself the moment I learned that a “hip hop mass” would be held at St. Paul’s Chapel, an Episcopal church in the heart of Manhattan’s financial district. How can liturgical Protestantism and hip hop […]

Pat Robertson’s Perplexing Protein Pancakes

posted by jmcgee

It may be old news, but in light of his recent statement regarding the health of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Pat Robertson’s moral compass is an open target for scrutiny. Although not as attention-grabbing as his verbal forays into […]

Whole Foods Grows More Metrospiritual With Each Passing Day

posted by jmcgee

In yet another step aimed at enhancing its image as an eco-friendly grocer to the world, Whole Foods is set to have its energy needs met by Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy, a purveyor of wind-generated energy. This leap into “green” […]

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