Mark Ryan

Mark Ryan, together with his wife Terri, served with L'Abri Fellowship for many years (first at Southborough, MA, then on Bowen Island, BC). Presently, Mark serves the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theological Seminary, St.Louis, MO.

The New Copernicans: An Interview with Author John Seel

Books / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

In his The New Copernicans: Millennials and the Survival of the Church, cultural analyst, social-impact consultant, and author, John Seel, draws attention to a…

Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017)


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…

The Way, Way Back (Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, 2013)


Trivia The writer-director team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash play ‘Roddy’ and ‘Lewis’ who work at the Water Wizz pool-park In an interview,…

Another Year (Mike Leigh, 2010)


Features & First Impressions 1. Over at the San Francisco Chronicle, Mick Laselle writes about Another Year that it “is not for Mike Leigh…

The Emperor’s Club (Ethan Canin & Neil Tolkin, 2002)


Features & First Impressions The ‘inspirational-teacher’ genre has proven attractive to Hollywood: think Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939),

Henry Poole is Here (Albert Torres, 2008)


1. What was your first impression? What lines of dialogue, visual settings or aspects of the soundtrack stood out to you? 2. What genre…

Lars and the Real Girl (Craig Gillespie, 1997)


Features & First Impressions 1. Reviewer Louise Keller (Urban Cinefile) writes, “This charmer of a film is one you will never forget. The elements…

Seducing Doctor Lewis (Jean-Francois Pouliot, 2004)

Culture / Movies

Features & First Impressions 1. Despite winning 14 awards at various Canadian and U.S. film festivals in 2003 and 2004 (including the audience award…

What Dreams May Come (Vincent Ward, 1998)


Features & First Impressions 1. Reviewer James Berardinelli says, “What Dreams May Come has the sensibilities of an art film placed into a big-budget…

Noah (Darren Aronofsky, 2014)


Discussion questions for Noah 1. What was your first impression? What lines of dialogue, what visual effects, or what plot twists stood out to…