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Best of 2014 – A Challenger Approaches – Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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This time last year, J. J. Abrams was to be envied for being handed the least imposing of conceivable challenges; make a Star Wars movie that is better than George Lucas’ prequels. Even allowing for desperate apologetics on how Revenge of the Sith has glimmers of genius, this was not a high hurdle to clear. He simply has to make this film-going experience more enjoyable than rectal surgery with a splinter-filled wooden spatula. One year hence, a shining challenger has emerged. Simply put, Guardians of the Galaxy is the best Star Wars movie released since 1983.

Marvel Studios are on a good run, churning out a series of great films punctuated only by efforts that are “merely” okay. However, they did not stray far beyond the superhero genre until 2014, with a ‘hero flick resembling a metahuman Bourne Identity, and their very first epic space opera. The world of…

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All Fall Down – Zardoz (1974)

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Long Live the King – Godzilla (2014)

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In 1954 Toho Studios unleashed Gojira upon an unsuspecting populace, causing widespread devastation to countless bank accounts. In 1998 Tristar took this intellectual property and placed it in the incapable hands of Roland Emmerich, who stripped the character of every relevant trait and produced the most expensive Jurassic Park rip-off to date. This travesty caused Toho to spring into damage control mode and bring Godzilla out of hiatus early in the far more entertaining Godzilla 2000, producing a superior movie in under twelve months. I am very happy to report that Toho need not perform such emergency surgery in the wake of Legendary’s Gareth Edwards-helmed remake. This is a well-made, faithful and engrossing kaiju film, worthy of a place in that hallowed pantheon. Spoilers abound below the fold. You have been duly warned; please do not ruin this for yourself.

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The Good Samaritan: A New Parable

Despite disagreeing that love of God is a factor in our love for our fellow humans beings, I have rarely (if ever) seen such a gracious and elegant statement by a believer regarding the paramount importance of treating others well, not just in spite of our beliefs, but actively negating our harmful ideas. The conclusion is plain and inarguable: Empathy trumps dogma.

The Discerning Christian

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Church leaders from across the United States gathered at an ecumenical council to discuss the future of Christianity. Culture was changing, and they found themselves having to compromise their beliefs to remain palatable to the public. Much to their surprise, Jesus showed up to offer counsel. In the course of discussion, a leading theologian asked of Jesus, “What must one do to be a Christian?”

Jesus turned to him and asked, “How would you answer?”

The theologian replied to him, “First, to love the Lord your God with all your soul and all your strength and all your mind. Second, to love your neighbor as yourself.”

“Very good!” Jesus replied, “This is what one must do be a child of God.”

But the theologian inquired further, because there were issues where he wished to justify himself, “What does it mean to love?”

And Jesus answered him, “A gay man was…

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