Our Planet (David Attenborough; 2019)

Creation / Movies

Wonder and stewardship Each episode of Our Planet (2019) opens with the same dazzling image. The camera is in space, hovering above the surface of…

Russian Doll (Leslye Headland, Jamie Babbit, Natasha Lyonne, 2019)

Movies

Playing with time, reality and death Russian Dollis not a movie. It’s a Netflix (2019) series of eight half hour programs that I binge…

Indivisible (David G. Evans, 2018)

Movies

Living with War: A Job-like wondering met with silence Making their way to Panama in late 1989 to overthrow the drug-running regime of Manuel…

First Reformed (Paul Schrader, 2018)

Movies

The Sickness unto Death First Reformed is a film about depression and despair. While the two may go hand in hand, they are not…

An Inspector Calls (Aisling Walsh, 2015)

Movies

I am responsible for what I know The story of An Inspector Calls occurs in April 1912, and the action takes place in a…

The Post (Steven Spielberg, 2018)

Movies

The free press in a democracy In 1971 the United States was at war in Viet Nam, and I was eligible for the draft.…

Silence (Martin Scorcese, 2016)

Movies

The silence beyond all enduring I read Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence a few years after it was first published in English in 1969. I…

Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017)

Movies

A Discussion Guide Backstory: the Creation of Wonder Woman Wonder Woman was originally the brainchild of Dr. William Moulon Marston (1893-1947), a Harvard educated…

Light in a Darkened Room

Books / Movies

When I teach on film and have the chance to recommend books I always include the ones written by Roy Anker. In fact, I…