Plugged In Author: Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

Snowstorm Snickering

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A couple of days ago, Adam Holz wrote a post called “When Weather Attacks.” So I’m blaming him for the winter storm that dumped a few inches of snow on my house last night. It wasn’t too bad, as October storms go. And it’s really not fall in Colorado Springs until we get a couple […]

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A Dulling Saw?

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The weekly box office wrap-up is one of the most-discussed but, really, most-misleading pulse points for our culture. Every week, media outlets across the land report how much money the weekend’s biggest films took in and try to figure out where we are, culturally speaking. We at Plugged In do it, too. I danced a […]

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Sucked Dry

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Vampires are draining. I just got finished watching a couple of episodes of CW’s The Vampire Diaries for a television review. Tonight, I’m going to a screening of Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant. Entertainment media is buzzing over the next onscreen appearance of über-angsty vampire Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga: New Moon (coming […]

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Good ‘Citizen?’ Hardly.

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It’s Friday, and around here, that means it’s movie-review posting day. We’re in the doldrums of fall—the blockbusters of summer are long gone, and the Oscar-bait films of winter have yet to roll out—which means the theaters are filled with lots of cinematic oddities. And this Friday features a full-on quirk-fest. Where the Wild Things […]

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The Twitter Diet

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I don’t quite get Twitter. Perhaps it’s because I’m old and uncool. Perhaps it’s because I can’t say anything worthwhile in 140 characters or less. (Though, quite honestly, a few more characters wouldn’t help that problem much.) For me, though, Twitter just never made that much sense. Maybe I should change my tweeting tune, though. […]

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Having a Cow

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Marge Simpson, matriarch of the long-running animated show The Simpsons on Fox, apparently posed in various stages of undress for the November issue of Playboy magazine. The magazine will hit newsstands Oct. 16. Say what you want about The Simpsons: It can be crass. It can be infantile. It can be incredibly inappropriate. It has […]

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Are We Happy Yet?

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Facebook, the mammoth social networking site that seems to have its massive hands in–well, everything–is now tracking the “happiness” of its U.S. users. They call it “The United States Gross National Happiness” index, and it measures the words users stick in their updates: Using words like “happy” or “excited” push the index higher. Words like […]

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The Power of Film

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Just ran across an interesting Q&A-style interview with Ken Burns, one of the United States’ best-known documentary filmmakers. He opened himself up to questions from Time magazine readers, and one of them asked what drew him to filmmaking. This is what he said: My mother died when I was 11. Several years afterward, my father […]

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I Want to Be a Pip

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I’ve always liked Gladys Knight. I don’t know why, exactly. Maybe it’s because her voice is just so cool. Maybe it’s because “Midnight Train to Georgia” is so catchy. Maybe it’s because she, for some reason, has always reminded me of one of my best friends’ moms–the one who always gave me a hug when […]

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9 Lives

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My review of 9, the Tim Burton-produced animated apocalypse, is now up on the main Plugged In site. The film is more haunting parable than anything else, bolstered by an important cautionary question: With all our techno-gizmos and mechanized whodats, are we getting too smart for our own good? I talk pretty extensively about the […]

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