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Spider-Man: Homecoming … With Frosting So Good You Can Forget There's Something Off About the Cake

Spider-Man: Homecoming … With Frosting So Good You Can Forget There’s Something Off About the Cake

Grateful for this look at Spider-Man: Homecoming, from our friend Jeremiah Lawson.

When I finished watching the new Spider-Man film with my brother, he told me he liked it, but he couldn’t help but think of a military joke—if you break the rules and you fail, you get a courtmartial, but if you succeed beyond everyone’s hopes and dreams, you get a medal. That doesn’t mean that what you decided to do was necessarily ever a good idea. There are other ways of expressing this kind of concern about Spider-Man: Homecoming and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general, but that joke…

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Defeat Even in Victory: Wonder Woman, Critical Response, and Modes of Low Anthropology

Defeat Even in Victory: Wonder Woman, Critical Response, and Modes of Low Anthropology

When it comes to writing about DC Comics’ theological inclinations, there’s no one better for the job than Jeremiah Lawson, aka Wenatchee the Hatchet. Very grateful for his take on the new Wonder Woman:

The new Wonder Woman movie is upon us, and the overall reception has been very positive. This is not just because, compared to Man of Steel or Batman vs Superman (let alone Suicide Squad), Patty Jenkins and company have given us a straightforward, charming superhero story where our heroine gets to be heroic; it’s also because you can go watch this Wonder Woman movie and never have to waste any…

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The Red Turtle, Beautiful but Not Sublime

The Red Turtle, Beautiful but Not Sublime

The following is brought to us by Japanese film veteran Jeremiah Lawson, a look at the Oscar-nominated film The Red Turtle.

There are times when you simply have to spoil the entire film in a few sentences to even discuss the film in a meaningful way. Where some reviewers hedge and equivocate as to what the core of the story for The Red Turtle is, I’m going to put in simple terms.

Think of the world as an island; then think of the island as being embodied in flesh and spirit by a red turtle. The Red Turtle — a feature-length film from Studio…

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Lady Susan Finesses Downward Mobility in Whit Stillman’s Love and Friendship

Lady Susan Finesses Downward Mobility in Whit Stillman’s Love and Friendship

Just in time for the DVD release of Love and Friendship, here’s a wonderful post about the film from our friend, Jeremiah Lawson.

The character Charlie Black made an observation disguised as a question in the 1990 film Metropolitan: why is it that the stories about social mobility Americans are drawn to only have upward trajectories? When’s the last time you saw somebody tell a story of downward mobility? Just to be clear, this downward mobility is not the Faustian rock and roll burn out but the fading away. Not that Charlie Black would have put it that way; he probably…

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Terry Teachout on Pop Culture and the Need for a Balance Between High and Low

Terry Teachout on Pop Culture and the Need for a Balance Between High and Low

This one comes to us from the fascinating mind of Jeremiah Lawson, aka Wenatchee the Hatchet:

The Library of America recently rolled out the first installment in a set of Elmore Leonard novels that are now part of their line-up. To mark the occasion, critic and columnist Terry Teachout has revisited his skepticism about Elmore Leonard being regarded as a member of a literary pantheon. This isn’t to suggest that Teachout isn’t a fan of Leonard’s work. This is the same man who published a fine biography on Duke Ellington last year. Instead, he is concerned that our efforts to exegete…

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Justice Has Its Price: The Exiles and Orphans of the Justice League, pt. 1

Justice Has Its Price: The Exiles and Orphans of the Justice League, pt. 1

This soon-to-be-classic series on the Justice League from Wenatchee the Hatchet looks at moral/religious themes from Superman, Wonder Woman, and the rest from the Cartoon Network series. In this installment, we look at the temptation of hopes and dreams through Superman’s character. For more on Supes, go here.

Saving the World from Better Worlds

Superman fights for truth, justice and the American way. Superman saves the world. He saves Earth from alien invaders who would destroy or subjugate it as well as from those who call it home and would refashion it in their own images. But as the animated series Justice League (Unlimited)…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and The Madness of Desire, Pt 6C

Batman: The Agony of Loss and The Madness of Desire, Pt 6C

It is not without some sadness that we post this final installment in Jeremiah Lawson AKA Wenatchee the Hatchet’s epic Batman: The Agony of Loss and The Madness of Desire series. He has taken us so far beyond what any of us – even in our wildest dreams – could have imagined possible when it comes to Batman: The Animated Series, uncovering its remarkable philosophical depth, artistic daring and emotional umph, not to mention a set of psycho-spiritual parables that outshines almost all of its live-action competition. Seriously! If you’ve been reading this final chapter (on salvation), you know that…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, pt 6B

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, pt 6B

Alright, Bat-fans, we’ve just about reached the end of Jeremiah Lawson’s fantastic journey through The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire. This installment deals with a lesser known character, but one whose story happens to be  one of the most striking (and explicitly Christian) instances of grace and redemption in the Gotham canon. To catch-up on this chapter, go here. Or to check out the full–and let’s face it, incredibly impressive–Table of Contents for the entire project, go here. 

PART SIX: CROSSING THRESHOLDS, or Stories of Apostasy and Salvation in Gotham City

During the life of any heart this…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, pt 6A - Apostasy and Salvation in Gotham

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, pt 6A – Apostasy and Salvation in Gotham

Believe it or not, this week marks 20 years since Batman: The Animated Series made its network debut. And we would be remiss not to mark the occasion by kicking off the final chapter of Jeremiah Lawson aka Wenatchee the Hatchet’s extraordinary look at the moral and philosophical (and aesthetic) mechanics of that landmark show. To go back the beginning, click here. Otherwise, buckle your utility belt:

PART SIX: CROSSING THRESHOLDS, or Stories of Apostasy and Salvation in Gotham City

Physics is aware of phenomena which occur only at threshold magnitudes, which do not exist at all until a certain threshold encoded…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, pt 5D

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, pt 5D

Our Bat-train keeps rolling on! We’re proud to bring you the fourth and final portion of chapter five of Jeremiah Lawson’s prodigious look at the moral and philosophical underpinnings of Batman: The Animated Series. I think it’s safe to say we’ve crossed over into unchartered territory…! To begin at the beginning, go here. To catch up on this particular chapter, which deals with those characters who occupy Gotham’s moral no-man’s land, go here.

PART FIVE: AT NIGHT ALL CATS ARE GRAY

D. The Weapon of Empathy: Harley Quinn in Gotham’s Depraved Duo

Empathy, unmixed with sympathy, can be a dangerous tool in the…

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A Path Through Three Prisons: Bruce Wayne in Nolan's Batman Trilogy, Pt 3

A Path Through Three Prisons: Bruce Wayne in Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, Pt 3

Presenting the last part of Jeremiah Lawson AKA Wenatchee the Hatchet’s incisive series on Christopher Nolan’s recently completed Batman trilogy! Be warned: this one contains considerable spoilers for those who haven’t seen The Dark Knight Rises. For part one, go here. Part two, here.

THE THIRD PRISON: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

When the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Bat trilogy opens, eight years have passed since the events of The Dark Knight. Bruce Wayne has been physically and emotionally battered by his campaign against crime as Batman, and has gone into seclusion and self-imposed exile. He pines for his lost Rachel, believing…

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A Path Through Three Prisons: Bruce Wayne in Nolan's Batman Trilogy, Pt 2

A Path Through Three Prisons: Bruce Wayne in Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, Pt 2

We are super pleased to bring you the middle installment of Jeremiah Lawson’s three-parter looking at the hero’s journey in Christopher Nolan’s now-completed Batman trilogy. To read part one, go here.

THE SECOND PRISON: THE DARK KNIGHT

The Dark Knight opens with a swift and violent bank robbery masterminded by the Joker. We watch as a group of masked men execute an intricately planned heist and then double-cross each other (to death) until, finally, the Joker kills the last hired thug and makes off with millions of the mob’s money. It would appear that a new breed of criminal has emerged in…

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