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: Cop Out

Sure, Shutter Island may have lost nearly 50% of its box-office take in a week. Sure, it might’ve made just $22.2 million—less than Avatar has probably earned through themed lunchbox sales. But it was still enough to push the Martin Scorsese thriller to the top of the movie heap again, besting newcomers Cop Out ($18.6 […]

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The Sounds of Success

So, what’s the most enticing sound you can think of? Birds singing? The engine of a Ferrari 458 Italia? Rain spattering on your window? How about … a buzzing cell phone? According to neuromarketing research expert Martin Lindstrom, we love the soft hum of a silenced cell phone—or, at the very least, we can’t ignore […]

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The Agony of De Camera

I like the Olympics. I like almost everything about them. I like the snowboard cross. I like bobsledding. I like it when figure skaters hit the perfect quad and when short-track speed skaters careen into walls. I even like the biathalon, for goodness’ sake. Every night for the last week, my family has postponed its […]

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‘The Wolfman’ is One Ruff Film

Halfway through The Wolfman, I began wondering, “would the werewolf be quite so murderous if someone just gave him some Milk Bones?” I know Milk Bones always cheer my dog up. Really, you’d think someone would’ve tried to formulate a better strategy for dealing with the film’s rampaging werewolves. Perhaps if they’d brought in Cesar […]

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Movie Monday: Valentine’s Day

Did you do something special with your significant other this weekend? Give them flowers? Chocolates? A new crescent wrench? Or did you celebrate Valentine’s Day like much of America apparently did, and buy your sweetie … some movie tickets? A trio of new films dominated the box office this weekend, bumping poor ol’ Avatar to […]

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TD for Tim T?

So I was sitting on my couch yesterday, munching on nachos and sipping a carbonated beverage when I saw Tim Tebow tackle his mother. It was a clean hit—no flags were thrown, no fines were levied. And it was, I must admit, a clever turn for what at first appeared to be a slick-but-standard advertising […]

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Just Wait ‘Til They See the Ad!

It’s amazing what dust an eensy-weensy Super Bowl ad can stir up. As some of you may have heard, Focus on the Family (Plugged In’s parent organization) will be airing a commercial during the Big Game this weekend. The ad—featuring former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow and his mom—has become a pretty big deal around […]

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Movie Monday: When in Rome

Someday, I will write this Monday blog and announce that Avatar has fallen to No. 2. But today is not that day. Avatar continued to hold a convincing lead on the weekend’s box office charts, pulling down another $30 million to continue its march to becoming North America’s top-grossing film of all time. Mel Gibson’s […]

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Alba’s Fair in Love and Gore

We’ve read stories on how celebrities influence us. We’ve read stories on how we’re growing more obsessed with how we look. We’ve even read stories on how celebrities affect that obsession. But I’ve never read a story quite like this. There’s a woman in China (London’s Daily Mail just calls her Xiaoqing) who desperately wants […]

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Hallelujah Mountain … of Money

Avatar, as you may have heard, is kind of a big deal. It’s now the highest-grossing movie ever internationally, and it’ll likely break Titanic‘s $600 million record for domestic grosses in the next week or so. So, with all that money floating around (so to speak), lots of folks are trying to capitalize on Avatar‘s […]

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Movie Monday: Pick ‘Em!

I never thought I’d say this, but thank goodness for Avatar. Yes, the film proved its box office might yet again, grabbing another $36 million to claim the top spot for the sixth straight week. Yes, I’m sick of starting off every Monday blog with the same thing. Still, Avatar kept the blasphemously bad Legion […]

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To Save a Christian Film

This January, it looks like the film industry has found religion. (Or, if you’re more cynical, you might say it’s found that religion can be a nice selling point.) The Book of Eli has made about $43 million in its first week of release. Avatar and The Lovely Bones are also overtly spiritual in their […]

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Get Rich Tweet Scheme

Clearly, I’m doing this writing thing all wrong. I write roughly 6 gazillion words a day, most of which are immediately cut (and sometimes burned) by my editor. Those which remain could still lay siege to a mid-sized fortress (if they somehow attained the muscular structure and will to do so), and yet one of […]

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Movie Monday: The Book of Eli

Avatar. No. 1. Again. ‘Nuff said about that. But this weekend, James Cameron’s titanic blue-hued blockbuster had a bit (just a bit) of competition from Denzel Washington’s  The Book of Eli, which slid into the No. 2 slot with $31.6 million (compared to Avatar’s $41.3 million) and was the second biggest opening in Washington’s career […]

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Television Kills You. Sorta.

Here at Plugged In, we’re always telling y’all that too much TV is bad for you. Yes, we know that some of you roll your eyes and say, “Yeah, yeah, whatever,” and then flip on Gossip Girl just to spite us. So it’s for you that I’ll reiterate: Too much television is literally hazardous to […]

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