About the Author
I’m an avid reader and movie lover. There’s not much I like better than reading a book and then seeing the movie version, or watching a movie and then reading the novelization. I have a degree in English literature, which means that at some point in my life I actually received grades for discussing and writing essays about literature. Can’t get much better than that, right? Well, it can. Who needs to pull apart the deep inner workings of dusty old classics when there’s such wonderful fodder in the mass media that people watch (and read) everyday? Above all, I believe that I can’t do much better in this life than in pointing my friends toward a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Everything makes perfect sense when viewed from a Christian worldview. Even when the intent of the writer was something entirely different, everything can point to our Creator God. He is the foundation for every logical thought, the judge of all evil, and the author of all beauty.

The Monuments Men (2014) – AYJW046

Are people’s lives more important than art? Tim and Eve explore the themes of The Monuments Men from a Christian worldview.

After Earth (2013) – AYJW045

After Earth invites discussion on parenting, fear, and environmentalism from a Christian worldview.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) – AYJW044

Guest host Tim Martin joins in a discussion on what should make Christians happy based on The Pursuit of Happyness.

Bicentennial Man (1999) – AYJW043

Bicentennial Man contains much to discuss from a Christian worldview about what it means to be human.

Divergent (2014)—AYJW042

Divergent is an interesting young-adult adaptation with a surprisingly biblical hidden theme.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) – AYJW041 – Crossover Event

Dr. Jayce O’Neal from The Strangers and Aliens podcast joins Eve to discuss The Hunger Games: Catching Fire from a Christian worldview.

Source Code (2011) and Deja Vu (2006) – AYJW040

Source Code and Deja Vu have the same plot with different stories that ask and answer the question: Can we change the past?

Ender’s Game (2013) – AYJW039

Ender’s Game is a complex story, and both media versions cover themes from bullying and group psychology to the price of both victory and defeat and the justification for war.

Save the Last Dance (2001) – AYJW038

There’s more to Save the Last Dance than hip hop dancing. It is a ripe field for discussion on teen pregnancy, interracial relationships, prejudice, and fatherhood.

Iron Man 3 (AYJW037) Superhero Theme Week

It’s Superhero Theme Week, and Iron Man 3 fits right in with a not-so-super hero ready to save the girl and the country with a full repertoire of tricks and cheesy one liners.

42 (2013) and Red Tails (2012) – AYJW036

Eve Franklin explores racism in the historical context of 42 (still in theaters) and last year’s almost overlooked gem Red Tails, and the Christian content in both movies.

42 and Red Tails, Iron Man 3—Upcoming Reviews

Last night I had the pleasure of previewing 42 before its release in theaters tomorrow. I encourage you to go see it and then stay tuned for my critical thinking review combining an in-depth exploration of the real life valor of African Americans in the movie Red Tails (2012) with a heart-felt analysis of a post-war story of guts in the face of adversity in this new portrayal of Jackie Robinson’s first year in Major League baseball.

I will also, Lord willing, be releasing a critical review of Iron Man 3 during the week of May 12-18 for a theme week in conjunction with other terrific Christian worldview podcasts. Stay tuned for more details.

And if any of you are waiting with bated breath for my review of Hunger Games, it’s still in the queue.

Did you see that?

I’m still needing submissions for my new segment “Did you see that?” Prove to me that you aren’t just watching, but thinking critically about the things you entertain yourself with.

Just write or record 90 seconds worth of a critical insight you caught while watching a TV show, commercial, movie trailer, or reading a book or public news item. Submit your reviews via phone (903) 231-2221 or by emailing (put “Did you see that?” in the subject line), or by clicking on the handy “Send a voice mail message” at the right of this blog post.

I want to know you are out there and not just watching!