Every summer, while everyone is out romping around in the sunshine, eating hot dogs or something, I spend hours in dark rooms, staring at brightly lit screens and scrawling blindly into notebooks. Vitamin D deficiency: an occupational hazard for critics.
But I’m not complaining. I get to watch a lot of movies and TV shows before they’re publicly available—many more than I can reasonably write long essays about. I get to dip my toes into the vast ocean of provocative, imaginative stories being told on our screens of all sizes. For Christianity Today readers, this is terrific news. There are so many ways to explore culture, directing our attention toward both beautiful and broken parts of our world, moving and reshaping and challenging us. It's a gift.
And yet not everyone has time to see everything that’s out there—especially now in the age of great television. Nor should everyone. You’ve got better things to do.
So to free you up for eating hot dogs and going on picnics—and, more broadly, cultivating a broad palette for great art and well-made entertainment—I’ll be writing our weekly newsletter from now on, starting next week. I’ll try to touch on the big releases and the small ones, and sometimes direct your attention away from the buzz and toward things you might otherwise overlook. This week you’ll get a sneak peek.
I don't know about you, but I'm especially fascinated by how religion shows up on screen—in obvious ways, through characters of faith or depictions of church, but in less obvious ways, too. So sometimes I'll write about that here when I see it as well. Sometimes I'll link to other voices and articles that can help us make ...1