Tag Archive: Spirituality

A CONVERSATION WITH TOM PERROTTA ABOUT THE LEFTOVERS AND BRINGING CLOSURE TO MYSTERY

By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) In 2011, Tom Perrotta wrote a book called The Leftovers. He was already an acclaimed author at the time, having written novels like Election and Little Children, both of… Continue reading

CRASHING INTO HOPE

By John Bucher (@johnkbucher)   Pete Holmes is the most important icon of faith and transcendence you’ve never heard of. He’s had brushes with success in smaller niche communities. He’s one of the… Continue reading

GELASON: The Gift of Suffering

  By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Steve Gleason offers you a gift in the new documentary that bears his name. He offers access to the most intimate parts of his difficult journey. He offers… Continue reading

Collective Connections: A Barbershop For Everyone

By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) There remain a few human connections we all share in our ever-changing journey of cultural and technological advancement. We all eat. We all drink. We all sleep. We all… Continue reading

In Defense of Eagles: The Necessity of Stories That Inspire

By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) It’s sad and shocking to me how certain types of stories get branded with pop culture terms that render them ineffective. “Inspirational” will keep certain film goers away from… Continue reading

ANCIENT IDEAS, AMBITION, AND OUR FINEST HOURS

By John Bucher @(johnkbucher) There are two prevalent themes floating through the cinematic journey explored in The Finest Hours. Both are ancient ideas that remain as relevant today as when they were first… Continue reading

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

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

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