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Muppets Now (Disney+): Past and Present

By Jacob Sahms Created by Jim and Jane Henson in 1955, The Muppets have seen several iterations throughout the last sixty-plus years. Short-form episodes early on led to late-night show appearances and spots on Sesame Street; from 1976-1981, The Muppet Show launched the furry creatures into homes during prime time, netting twenty-one Emmy nominations and four wins. Beginning […]

Father Soldier Son (Netflix): The Cost of War

By Jacob Sahms Father Soldier Son may be the most gut-wrenching film about war that I’ve ever seen, even though very little screen time is devoted to wartime scenes. In fact, the film receives an R rating primarily for language and some thematic discussions, rather than anything the audience is shown. So what makes it such […]

Greyhound (AppleTV): Faith Under Fire

By Jacob Sahms When we meet Commander Ernest Krause on the Fletcher class destroyer, USS Keeling, he’s praying Luther’s prayer from the Small Catechism, “Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.” He’s a spiritually deep man who tells a pair of his sailors to […]

Let Freedom Ring This Week

By Jacob Sahms This week, we’ll celebrate Independence Day on July 4, when the Continental Congress of the thirteen American colonies declared themselves free from the rule of Britain’s King George III, who they found to be tyrannical and uncompromising. The preamble of their Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, […]

Father’s Day: A Cinematic Look

By Jacob Sahms Most of what I learned about being a man came in spoken and unspoken lessons from my dad. He was my best friend, teacher in school and in church, and coach. He taught me to respect myself, to respect my mother and sister, to love my neighbor as myself, even those who […]

Artemis Fowl: A Child Will Unite Them

By Jacob Sahms Nineteen years after Irish author Eoin Colfer dropped the first Artemis Fowl novel and Miramax optioned it for a film, Walt Disney has finally delivered the cinematic version of the twelve-year-old criminal mastermind on Disney+. While fans of the books may be troubled by the ironing out of Fowl’s mischievous character and adults seeking […]

The Healing Powers of Dude (Netflix): Dealing with Our Own Anxiety

By Jacob Sahms Noah Ferris has been dealing with social anxiety disorder, and his parents are struggling to find the right way to deal with his anxiety while also moving along in their own lives. In conjunction with their medical providers, they’ve decided that it would be best if the eleven-year-old boy would enroll in […]

Snowpiercer (TNT): Class Warfare Isn’t for the Faint of Heart

By Jacob Sahms TNT’s Snowpiercer has much mature content that keeps it recommended for family purposes, including the use of sex, violence, and drugs. Discerning audiences may recognize that they are challenged to reflect on their own decisions and consider what it means to faithfully live in times of high anxiety and societal disruption. This […]

Stargirl (DC Universe/The CW): A Teen Hero With an Incredible Back Story

By Jacob Sahms In 1996, Geoff Johns received an internship to work for legendary director Richard Donner (Superman, The Goonies, Lethal Weapon, Ladyhawke) after he cold-called the director’s office. During his first year, his sister Courtney died when TWA Flight 800 blew up, and Donner extended a plane ticket and the promise of a job […]

Extraction (Netflix): Hemsworth Plays a Man of Violence and Fire

By Jacob Sahms Extraction, the Netflix action thriller that drops April 24, has incredibly theater-worthy credentials behind it. The film stars “Thor” (Chris Hemsworth), was based on a screenplay by Joe Russo and produced by the Russo Brothers (directors of Captain Americas Winter Soldier and Civil War, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame), […]