Author: Joel Bentley

Oscars cheat sheet
Current, TV

2014 Oscars Cheat Sheet

This Sunday America’s dancing queen Ellen DeGeneres will host the 86th Academy Awards. You’ve probably watched a few of the nominated films, but who has time to see all of them? To help you keep up with your film aficionado friends, here’s the Oscar Cheat Sheet: your indispensable guide to […]

Culture, Film

Judging by the trailers

It’s a strange time for the movie business. We know what to expect from the summer and fall seasons: blockbusters and award bait, respectively. We even know what to expect in December: movies with either big hearts or big budgets. But January through April is a mishmash of award season […]


Wild: The Modern Pilgrimage

In the summer of 2005, Cheryl Strayed set out on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) — a 2,663 mile trail running through California, Oregon, and Washington, stretching from the Mexican to Canadian border. Strayed was 26 at the time and reeling both from the death of her mother four years […]


Arcade Fire’s spiritual heritage

“There’s something wrong in the heart of man,” sang lead singer Win Butler on 2004’s Funeral, and Christian fans of Arcade Fire have been nodding along ever since. For the attuned ear, it can be easy to spot the Biblical references and themes throughout the band’s catalogue. There are so […]