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  • 42: The kind of movie Jackie Robinson would want

    Reviews by Willie Krischke|Updated May 25, 2013

    As anybody who knows anything already knows, 42 is the answer to the question of Life, the Universe and Everything. It also happens to be the number Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League baseball, wore on his Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. Coincidence? I think not. I imagine everyone knows a little bit about Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947. His number is the only one retired by every team in baseball, and on...

  • Lincoln and Dakota 38

    Reviews by Willie Krischke|Updated Mar 17, 2013

    Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln is deceptively titled; this isn’t a biopic in the traditional sense of the form. A better title would be “The 13th Amendment,” but it’s pretty easy to see why Spielberg and company didn’t go with that. Lincoln plays like a 19th century version of The West Wing. It focuses on a few weeks in Lincoln’s White House, and the struggles, contriving, deal making, scheming, and pleading it took to get an abolishment of slavery into the Constitution....

  • The Hobbit

    Reviews by Willie Krischke|Updated Jan 19, 2013

    If you read this column regularly, you know that I am not a fan of comparing books to movies. They are two very different mediums with different strengths that aren’t going to translate from one to the other. I read The Hobbit probably 20 years ago, so my memory of it is pretty fuzzy. This seemed to be like an ideal way to go see the movie—I still remember what happens, mostly, but I wouldn’t spend the whole movie thinking, “This isn’t how it happens in the book! Oh no! They...

  • Crooked Arrows

    Reviews by Willie Krischke|Updated Dec 16, 2012

    If you’ve been following the story of the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team (and if you haven’t, you really should start) you know it’s the kind of thing that would make a great sports movie. Sadly, Crooked Arrows isn’t that movie. True, it’s about the triumph of an underdog Native American lacrosse team, but the parallels end there. The Arrows are a high school team, not the Nationals. And more importantly, Crooked Arrows is a long ways from a great sports movie. The film...

  • Big Miracle on the Ice

    Reviews by Willie Krischke|Updated Sep 26, 2012

    In an odd aligning of the cinematic planets, two quite good movies set amongst the Inupiats of Barrow, Alaska have become available on DVD within the last few weeks. Barrow is the northernmost city in the United States, and previously was the setting of the bloody awful vampire movie 30 Days of Night. Both of these movies are much better than that one. The shiny big one with the hollow insides is Big Miracle. Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski lead a cast full of recognizable...

  • NAIITS Symposium: Giants amidst the brick and ivy

    Willie Krischke|Updated Sep 23, 2012

    WHEATON,IL—Amongst the brick and ivy of Wheaton College in suburban Chicago, the 9th annual North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS) Symposium was held June 7-9. The topic of this year's symposium was "Giants in the Land: Metaphors for Native Evangelicalism," inspired by an old, well-known quote from Billy Graham: "The Native North American has been a sleeping giant. He is awakening. The original (North) Americans could become the evangelists who w...