No Apologies - An Introduction

Movies are a modern cultural phenomenon. Without a doubt, they serve as entertainment first and foremost. They provide an escape from the mundaneness of our day-to-day lives. We see exciting people in exciting situations doing equally exciting things. It's a mind-numbingly beautiful thing. However, below the surface, they provide a mirror to the issues facing our culture and, more importantly, how people view them.

Through saccharine love, relentless action, visceral drama, poignant tragedy, over-the-top explosions, masculine one-liners, adorable talking animals, and everything else in between, every director has something they want to say (even if it's just, "Give me more money and the rights to a sequel."). This view is what makes the simple act of watching movies more than just a mere means of escape.

I claim no level of expertise on acting, cinematography, special effects, or the history of cinema. While these things are incredibly important to a movie's box office and critical success, they aren't the most important aspects to a film. I believe the questions "What is it trying to say?" and "How effectively does it say it?" are infinitely more important than the simple question of "Is it good?"

My name is Caleb Bishop. I'm in college. I grew up in Texas. I'm a journalism major. I've got a younger sister, two adorable dogs and the best parents you could possibly imagine. Luscious red hair adorns my skull. I am a whole-hearted believer in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross. I bring all of these things into the theater when I see a new movie and, whether I mean to or not, I see the world around me with these eyes. The person next to me probably sees it in an entirely different way.

That being said, viewing movies in an escapist fashion would simply be a blindfold. Instead, I choose to use them as spectacles in order to perceive the grander issues of culture called into question, and weighing them up against what I believe to be true.

Sure, I'll let you know if a movie is worth seeing, if the cinematography will take your breath away, and if you'll laugh so much that you'll cry, and I solemnly swear not to get all up-in-arms about themes that may or may not be there. However, if a movie has clear themes, you can be sure that I'll be putting them under the metaphorical microscope.

Here's what to expect: a title, a witty subtitle, a review consisting of a few paragraphs containing intermittent jokes that may or may not be funny (so bear with me) that are spoiler-free unless otherwise stated, and a supplementary slide containing a three-word summary/review, some positives and negatives, and further readings to check out. It's nothing too fancy, I promise.

I know that people will disagree with me, but that can be a beautiful thing. I welcome discussion and dissenting opinions, and if you want to talk, don't hesitate to contact me. As the title suggests, I probably won't be begging for your forgiveness for something I wrote (although I do recognize that I'm wrong more often than I'd like to admit), but a cool-headed debate can go a long way.

All that to say, welcome to No Apologies!

1 John 4:1a - "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God"