Sightings Articles

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Religion and media | Failure | Film | capitalism

Selling the Gospel of Positive Thinking

It's the everyday nature of the failures in "Salesman," a film about Bible salesmen, that makes the film so powerful and relatable....

October 5, 2023
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Star Wars | Daoism | Film

This is the Way: Daoist Themes in Star Wars

Return of the Jedi resonates with themes, ideas, and symbolism from real-world religious traditions....

May 3, 2023
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feminism | Film | women

Getting Serious about Legally Blonde

The 2001 comedy shatters expectations about what makes a good heroine...

May 9, 2022
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Film | Evangelicalism | AAPI Inclusion

Evangelical Critics Are Turning Red

Outrage over a recent children's film illustrates the narrowness of evangelicalism and the experiences it has failed to understand....

April 22, 2022

Religion and Literature | Film | Catholicism | pop culture

When a Vow Turns Out to be... a Vow: ‘Fleabag’

Exploring religion's leading role in the hit television series “Fleabag”...

April 20, 2020

Film | Ernest Becker | pop culture

Film Resurrections and the Denial of Death

Exploring the resurrection trope in American cinema and what it reveals about us...

March 2, 2020

Film | pop culture | astrology

On the Trail of Millennial Religion with Detective Pikachu

Ed. Note: Warning: This column contains major spoilers for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.   The recent film, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019), is the latest cinematic addition to the Pokémon series, the multimedia entertainment franchise that exploded ...

May 23, 2019

Film | Books & Culture

Religion in the Frame

Earlier this month, the Martin Marty Center, in collaboration with Facets Multimedia, successfully concluded its second annual “Religion in the Frame” film festival. Held at Facets’ cinematheque on the North Side of Chicago, the festival consisted of...

March 14, 2019