Media

Leaving guyland

Pop culture often reduces men to testosterone, with little room to acknowledge themselves as God’s image bearers. But there are glimmers of hope.

Sex in the lab

On Masters of Sex, the wired-up naked bodies are not nearly as titillating as the melodramas that unfold when the characters are fully clothed.

The Giver’s temptations

If ever a movie with a teenage protagonist was tailor-made for sermon illustrations, it is this one.

Experiments in time

Every story is a story about time. Boyhood's power is not the perimeters of its story as much as the immersion into it.

Priest under threat

Calvary is a masterpiece of religious filmmaking. Its greatest achievement is to convey the impact of a community's near-collapse of faith.

Those left behind

The focused uncertainty of The Leftovers is a parable for our own more diffuse reality. This could make it a deeply theological show.

Best pictures

On the second anniversary of our media column, we asked several of our writers to reflect on their favorite theological films.