The Failed Initiation of Men's Rights Activism

“Traumatic injury in childhood has been equated with a kind of unconscious initiation ceremony—not because it is a spiritual or ceremonial experience, but because the movements within it mimic the movements of the first two stages of real initiation. Understanding the stages of initiation (and the ways in which…

Sausage Party: The Animation of Contemporary Gnosticism

Prof. April DeConick one of the premier religious scholars of Gnosticism has written reviews examining Gnostic themes in Dark City as well as Avatar. Gnostic themes occur in multiple films. The Truman Show would be another oft-cited Gnostic film example. And of course The Matrix (I’ll get back to…

The Postmodern Genius of Deadpool

"And believe it or not, Deadpool 2 is a family film. True story. And  every big family film starts... with a vicious murder. Bambi, The Lion  King, Saw 7."      --Deadpool, Deadpool 2 Postmodernism is a central topic around these parts. Understanding postmodernism is key to understanding our current moment. Postmodernism…