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The Bleak Morality of ‘Blade Runner 2049’

I went to see Blade Runner 2049, last weekend, and three hours after I walked into the theater—yeah, you read that right, THREE hours—I walked out a bit deafer thanks to the gratuitously loud soundtrack and slightly unsettled from what I’d just seen. If the year 2049 is even remotely like the film, then we … Continued

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The N-Word and the Triumph of Vulgarity

For the second time in the past month, a video of a group of white girls shouting the N-word made the rounds on the internet. The first was uploaded a few weeks ago, and showed a sorority at the University of New Hampshire singing along to a rather obscene rap song which included the slur … Continued

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Why Celebrities Have a Problem With Monogamy

If I were Dax Shepard I might be a bit worried right now. His wife, Kristen Bell, of Frozen fame, recently said in an interview, “I’m quite positive we are not meant to be monogamous.” Yikes. She went on to say that her point was that monogamous relationships are hard because they require “a lot … Continued

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‘Seinfeld’ Reminds Us that Clothes Make the Man

There have been a lot of great lines about fashion over the years. Designers, actors, and even stylish athletes have offered aphoristic advice on how to dress well. Edith Head, who with eight Academy Awards for Best Costume Design knows a thing or two about fashion, remarked, “You can have anything you want if you … Continued

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What ‘Willy Wonka’ Taught Me About Being Well-Read

Many of my fellow college students enjoyed one last wild beach trip over Labor Day weekend. My holiday weekend, on the other hand, consisted of a bit less beach—ok, no beach—fewer parties—fine, zero parties—but much more Gene Wilder. So who really had the better time? Between U.S. Open tennis matches, I was able to re-watch … Continued

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‘The Defenders’ and the Challenge of a Christian Superhero

Like millions of others, I eagerly devoured Marvel’s latest Netflix miniseries, The Defenders. It was…ok, but certainly not on the level we’ve come to expect from Marvel. It set the bar pretty high with its previous Netflix shows—well, except Iron Fist—and I couldn’t wait to see my favorite part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or … Continued

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Why Campus Ministries Don’t Appeal to College Students

College is, in general, a time of challenges, but it is even more so for Christians than their secular peers. Without parents to hold them accountable, and with the broadly accepted view that college is the time to sow wild oats, even the goodiest of goody-two-shoes can fall prey to the Bacchanalian social life that … Continued

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New Study Debunks ‘Friends-With-Benefits’ Relationships

Since the Sexual Revolution of the 1970s—well, probably since before then, but especially since then—humans have been trying to figure out how to separate sex from commitment. It’s an idea that’s captivated many, especially men, and has been explored in film (Friends with Benefits, No Strings Attached, When Harry Met Sally) and television (How I … Continued

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