Culture Clips: Are You Getting up for the Royal Wedding?

royal wedding

I pride myself on knowing what’s happening in the world and culture. But I had a funny exchange with my wife last week. We were watching TV when an add came on for an upcoming special titled something like, Meghan Markle: An American Princess. “She’s American?!” I asked, somewhat startled. I’d missed that little factoid. […]

Continue Reading

Put Down That Remote! Binge-Watching Can Be Bad for You

binge

On May 18, Netflix will roll out the second season of one of its buzziest, most controversial and, let’s face it, most bingeable shows: 13 Reasons Why. We wrote quite a bit about the show’s first season, beginning with our review and spiraling out from there. (Our parents’ guide to the series will be updated […]

Continue Reading

‘I Don’t Think I Could Do a Film That’s Against My Worldview.’ An Interview With ‘Wraith’ Director Michael Sajbel

Michael Sajbel

As Avengers: Infinity War continues to dominate theaters and wide-release flicks scramble for the scraps, another film made its way direct to video today—a movie unlike any I’ve seen. In some ways, Wraith is a traditional haunted-house ghost story, filled with creepy attics and hidden stairways and something that goes bump in the night. But […]

Continue Reading

Vodcast: Our Love/Hate Relationship With Romcoms

P.S. I Love You

In our newest vodcast, I sit down with Paul Asay and talk about my favorite movie genre: Romantic comedies. Paul isn’t a diehard fan, but he did have some things to say about how these sorts of movies have the ability to influence us as children and adults. So click on the vid below and […]

Continue Reading

Culture Clips: The Rock Is Dead, Rap Reigns Edition

Kendrick Lamar

Rock is dead. Rap reigns. So say music charts, YouTube views, Spotify play lists and Washington Post contributor Marc Weingarten. His opinion piece yesterday, “Sorry, rock fans. Hip-hop is the only genre that matters right now,” unpacks the significance of rapper Kendrick Lamar winning this year’s Pulitzer Prize for music. Though rock fans may be […]

Continue Reading

Facebook Upside Your Head

Teens and Facebook

In spite of all the bad press Facebook has gotten lately over leaking-like-a-sieve privacy concerns, it seems that the youthful set is still flocking regularly to that social media stopover and other venues like it. The latest compiled numbers from sources such as the Associated Press and the Pew Research Center suggest that: Nearly 90% […]

Continue Reading

Culture Clips: She Kissed a Boy … and He Didn’t Like It

katy perry

OK, a quick show of hands: Who would like to get a kiss from Katy Perry? Well, perhaps Plugged In readers are not a representative sample of America as a whole. Certainly, plenty of folks would gladly accept a smooch from the singing superstar. And maybe that’s what Perry was thinking when she planted a […]

Continue Reading

Culture Clips: Finally, Something We Can All Agree On

bachelor

In a culture sometimes infatuated with transgressing norms, it’s hard to do something that’s so far out of bounds, morally speaking, that virtually everyone condemns it. But this season’s finale for The Bachelor earlier this week may have accomplished that rare feat. Here’s what happened and why people are so mad about it: This season’s […]

Continue Reading

A Conversation With Kirk Cameron on Media Discernment (Part II)

Cameron and doctor

Yesterday, we posted the first part of an interview I had with Kirk Cameron who just so happens to be releasing Connect, a film about the need for media discernment and technological awareness. We continue today with more thoughts along that line as I ask him why he chose to interview a young man about […]

Continue Reading

A Conversation With Kirk Cameron on Media Discernment (Part I)

kirk cameron

Have you ever experienced a “chance” meeting with someone that, looking back, you’re certain was a divine appointment? I had one earlier this year. I had received an email about a Fathoms Event film called Connect, which will be getting two encore presentations on March 20 and March 24—a movie all about the influence of […]

Continue Reading

Instagramming Your Vacation

Argentina ziplining

The other day, as I was shuffling through the papers on my desk and thinking through what I might write about, a colleague of mine (the oldest of the group— born sometime in the early 1900’s) suggested that I write about millennials. So, being a millennial myself, I asked, what could possibly be written about […]

Continue Reading

Culture Clips: About Those Super Bowl Ads …

super bowl ads

A few days ago, the world was treated to one of the best Super Bowls in history. But some viewers couldn’t have  cared less about the game: They were in it for the commercials. Advertisers go all out for their Super Bowl spots, and well they should. In this age of entertainment fragmentation, the Big […]

Continue Reading

Culture Clips: Who Needs an Oscar, Anyway?

As I mentioned already, the Academy announced its Oscar nominations yesterday, and I offered a bit of a sad headshake as to how comparatively un-family friendly this year’s batch of nominees are. But I wasn’t the only one a tad disappointed in the nominations this year. Just as soon as it saw the list, our […]

Continue Reading