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.

Movie Monday: The Social Network

Sony “likes” The Social Network—and a whole lot of other folks do, too. The movies most folks are calling “the Facebook film” topped the box office this week, snagging $23 million. The bevy of holdovers that followed weren’t within shouting distance of the Jesse Eisenberg-helmed vehicle. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole came […]

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Underground Entertainment

For nearly two months now, 33 Chilean miners have been living a half-mile underground, waiting for rescue. Experts say these miners will see the sun again—eventually. Until then, the miners are cobbling together a new reality down under—and that reality, I think, says something pretty interesting about entertainment: What it’s good for, and what it’s […]

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Movie Monday: Money Never Sleeps

Money really doesn’t sleep. Sometimes at 2 a.m., I think I hear the sound of laughter and music from my billfold, as my tiny collection of George Washingtons boogies down until dawn. If my money is lonely—as it often is—I’ll sometimes find it sitting on the couch watching television, working the remote with its dog-eared […]

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Making Tables

We can’t all be at our best all the time. I wish we could. But sometimes, we drag a little, let our focus sag a little, and we forget for a moment that everything we do in our lives is, in a way, a reflection of and an offering to God. I was dragging a […]

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Movie Monday: Resident Evil: Afterlife

All was deathly quiet at the cineplex. Wind whistled through the box office. Tumbleweeds slowly trundled through the concession stand, branches sweeping up long-forgotten puddles of faux butter as they rolled toward the exits. And then, from underneath the theater’s matted carpet, something claws its way upward, moaning piteously as it makes its way from […]

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The Smarmy Charm of Disney

I’ve found myself on Disney duty lately here at Plugged In. I’ve been buried underneath what seems like a mountain of inoffensive pop tunes, happy endings and Jonas Brothers. My work computer has played so much Disney lately that it now assumes I’m a 12-year-old girl. In reality, I’m a 41-year-old man who likes films […]

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Movie Tuesday: The American

Wow. You know the summer movie season’s really over—and I mean really over—when the top grossing film snags a measily $16.4 million over the weekend, even with an extra day to work with. Sure, most of America had Labor Day off, but they sure weren’t spending it in the theaters. George Clooney’s artsy, slow-moving thriller […]

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A Curse by Any Other Name …

Plugged In recorded its weekly podcast yesterday (you can download it here), and I had the honor of sitting in on a fascinating conversation centered on profanity. No, no. They weren’t using profanity. Host Bob Smithouser and guest Alex McFarland were discussing profanity, and how using it has become so normative in today’s society—even among […]

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Movie Monday: Taking the Last Exorcism

Box office boasting rights were too close to call Monday morning, what with two new PG-13 films, The Last Exorcism and Takers, separated by a mere $300,000. That’s less than the cast of Jersey Shore spends on tanners. According to boxofficemojo.com’s early estimates, The Last Exorcism wound up on top, scaring up $21.3 million. The […]

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No Review? Horrors!

Why do you guys cover some movies—particularly in the horror genre—and not others? That was essentially the question Ethan had for us recently. He wrote into Plugged In and asked: There’s a couple of movies that came into theaters (one in 2003 and the other in 2005), namely House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s […]

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Lost in Stuff

Ah, Lost. You’re a little like fake John Locke from Season 6: Gone, but still freakily among us somehow. ABC’s landmark show ended months ago, but with the final season now out on DVD, Losties have been able to renew their obsession. But for some folks, plunking down $40 for the season (or about $50 […]

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Movie Monday: The Expendables

It was a truly expendable week at the box office, with Sylvester Stallone’s holdover The Expendables earning top honors with a paltry $16.5 million. Still, Sly and his band of mercenaries-of-a-certain-age still had to fend off a motley collection of competitors, from the spoofy undead (Vampires Suck, $12.2 million) to Julia Roberts (Eat Pray Love, […]

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Taking a Bite Out of Tourism

I saw a piranha in Nebraska once. Granted, the fish in question—safely ensconced in a friend’s dorm room—subsisted entirely on Cheetos, old test papers and unwary college freshmen, which means it didn’t present a danger to normal folks. But if piranhas splash around in Nebraska dormitories and gnaw on calculus textbooks (“the fish ate my […]

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