Release Date: August 5th, 2022 Director: David Leitch | MPAA Rating: R | LeavittLens Rating: 6/10 When I finally heard the news of the release of Bullet Train (after multiple delays) in 2022, it seemed that the blockbuster summer might be making a real comeback. In an increasingly franchise-riddled world, where inconsequential CGI Marvel filmsContinue reading “Bullet Train”
Release Date: May 27th, 2022 Director: Joseph Kosinski | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | LeavittLens Rating: 8/10 In an early scene in Top Gun: Maverick, Joseph Kosinski’s follow up to the 1986 memorable, albeit problematic, classic (see: overt misogyny and American exceptionalism), Admiral Cain (Ed Harris) waxes prophetically to Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) aContinue reading “Top Gun: Maverick”
Release Date: February 4th, 2022 Director: Joachim Trier | MPAA Rating: R | LeavittLens Rating: 8/10 “Who are we, really?” This is the question that rhetorically rings from the modern skylines and picturesque horizons of Oslo in Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person In The World. The epitome of James Joyce’s now famous maxim, “In theContinue reading “The Worst Person In The World”
While 2021 hardly provided the reprieve many of us hoped for following a tumultuous 2020, the return of movie theatres and theatrical releases proved a welcome gift for many, including myself. While the future of theatres is still very much unclear at this point, there remains some ecstasy in sitting down with a bag ofContinue reading “LeavittLens’ Top 10 Films of 2021”
Release Date: December 24th, 2021 Director: Adam McKay| MPAA Rating: R | LeavittLens Rating: 7/10 During the early 18th century, a wave of poverty had struck the nation of Ireland. The Industrial Revolution was looming, and social and political class divisions had intensified, reinforced by religious associations to and honor for the upper class. TheContinue reading “Don’t Look Up”
“The church’s warfare involves purposefully growing into communities that become more faithful corporate performances of Jesus on earth…this is good news for the world.” -Tim Gombis, The Drama of Ephesians Text: Ephesians 6:12-18 Devotional: When reading Paul’s words in Ephesians, particularly his mentioning of the “cosmic powers” in 6:12, I am often reminded of theContinue reading “A Wednesday Word | 8/4/2021”
“Jesus made it clear that His kingdom had no place for power seekers, for His was a kingdom of servants. The Christian never asks, “How can I be master?” Instead, they ask, “How can I be servant?” The Christian never asks, “How can I be number one?” Instead, they ask, “How can I be theContinue reading “A Wednesday Word | 7/28/2021”
“We are becoming who we will be—forever.” -Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy Devotional: On January 28th, 2017, something terrifying happened to me. It was something so deeply affecting, so truly shocking, that its consequences will stick with me until the day I die. On that day, I was married. Don’t get me wrong: it wasContinue reading “A Wednesday Word | 7/21/2021”
“Now the whole offer which Christianity makes is this: that we can, if we let God have His way, come to share in the life of Christ…Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else.” -C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity Devotional: If you’ve been a ChristianContinue reading “A Wednesday Word | 7/14/2021”
“There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity…No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind, than the thoughts of God.” -CharlesContinue reading “A Wednesday Word | 7/7/2021”
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