THE REVENANT and the Myth of Redemptive Violence

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Walter Wink coined the phrase “the myth of redemptive violence” in his 1999 book, The Powers That Be. The idea behind the myth is that the only way one… Continue reading

EMMA DONOGHUE TALKS ROOM, FAIRY TALES, and OLD NICK

By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Stories resonate with people for a variety of reasons. There are stories that unconsciously force us to deal with pain and loss we’ve long avoided. Other stories so wondrously… Continue reading

REINVENTING THE FAMILY BUSINESS: Return to the Hiding Place

By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) For decades readers and film audiences have marveled at the story of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch watchmaker who hid Jews and members of the underground resistance in her… Continue reading

ROOM and the COMPLEXITIES OF FREEDOM

Click photo to watch the trailer for ROOM By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Freedom is a pretty attractive idea. Throughout the ages, people have killed for it, died for it, and lived for it.… Continue reading

21 Mysteries That Must Be Solved on THE LEFTOVERS

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) The premiere episode of the second season of The Leftovers was one of the most intriguing hours of television I’ve seen in a long time. I feel like the “reboot” of… Continue reading

Davis Guggenheim on faith and the voiceless in his film, HE NAMED ME MALALA

Davis Guggenheim has directed some of the most impactful documentaries that have ever been made. His 2007 film An Inconvenient Truth won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Waiting For Superman brought change… Continue reading

The Office, The Wire, and The Lonely World

by John Bucher @(johnkbucher) I’ve long been taken by the concept of ritual. For some, that word brings to mind images of secret societies, blood, and empty ceremony for ancient purposes. Ritual actually… Continue reading

FATHERS, SONS, AND DEALS WITH THE DEVIL in TRUE DETECTIVE

By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) The Lera Lynn song A Church In Ruins, which gives this episode of True Detective its name, begins with these words, “You were alone and you were alive…” Throughout… Continue reading

The Beard, The Shield, and The Mask: The use of Ritual on True Detective

By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Every known society has left evidence of their rituals. There is something innately human in performing activities involving particular words, sequences of actions and objects at deliberate times and… Continue reading

Conway Twitty, Blue Diamonds, and Gold Teeth: True Detective’s “Maybe Tomorrow”

By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) “Maybe Tomorrow” begins with a vision in Ray Velcoro’s head. It would be easy to mistake the performer in the opening sequence as a bad Elvis impersonator. It’s actually… Continue reading