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Christians Rated R: Part III (Application – The Boondock Saints)

For the past couple of weeks, the Papyrus has run “Christians Rated R” part I and part II discussing why and how Christians should go about engaging Rated “R” films. (We have worked to provide a method/argument for a way of coming to these films on their own terms while still retaining a Christian identity). This week concludes this series with a final installment that explores an “R” rated film in an attempt to put our thoughts into practice. I have chosen for this piece a film from the late 90s entitled The Boondock Saints. Essentially, the film is about two Irish brothers who, after defending themselves and others in a bar fight, are attacked by low-level enforcers for the Russian mob. The brothers end up killing the enforcers, after which they receive a prophetic call from God to go and smite out that which is evil so that “that which is good may flourish.” The brothers go about systematically tracking down members of the Russian mob and other criminals who they believe are doing evil things. In this process, they develop a relationship with a federal detective who tries to discern whether or not what the brothers are doing is righteous. The brothers believe that they are acting in the truth and justice of God, for they are doing what is necessary to keep the tyranny of evil at bay. The overall sentiment of the film is that the indifference of good people is a worse evil than intentionally evil actions. ...

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The Following Review

Whenever we see a network promoting a new show we can always assume one of three things: It’s a crime drama, it’s a comedy that’ll get axed after two episodes or it’s an American remake of a British show that will get axed after one episode. There appears to be a plethora of crime dramas on the air today, such as NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, CSI, CSI: New York, Hawaii Five-O, The Mentalist, Castle, Bones, Criminal Minds, Body of Proof, Blue Bloods, Southland…you get the idea. Every once and awhile, amidst the countless CSI spinoffs, there’s one cop drama gem that tries to take a unique look at the genre. Some of those include Justified and The Killing. The latest attempt at defining the genre is Fox’s The Following featuring the latest stud to switch from movies to television, Kevin Bacon (Mmmm…bacon). ...

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Christians Rated R: Part II (How)

Last week, in response to the Papyrus opening up the entertainment section to reviewing rated “R” films, Austin Schumacher posted an article providing an argument why Christians should engage such films, even when they have received this rating because of objectionable or offensive content such as gruesome violence, blatant sexuality, or profane language. In this he cites reasons of the need to portray the reality of life in art - life can definitely be gruesome, blatant, and profane at times - as well as the fact that our sacred texts include stories with similar content. In discussions with me, Austin thought that I would do well at providing a part II to his initial article on “why” Christians should engage these types of film, and therefore, I have been drafted into tackling the idea of “how” Christians should go about this engagement. I have decided to go about this by first developing a theoretical model for engagement that can apply to all types of art - not just film - and then take the model and practically apply it to an “R” rated film to provide an example of how this theory works in practice. The application will come in the final installment of “Christians Rated R” next week, and this week I will focus on the theoretical aspect of engaging art. Because I’m splitting this into two weeks, this week’s article may seem to stray a bit on the broad side - away from films specifically - but hang with me until next week, and I hope it will begin to make a bit of sense. ...

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Think Twice Before You Harlem Shake

Written by Amber Christofferson, DM by Zach Bonner The Harlem Shake is trending across campus and across the world. Is it here to stay or is it just another in a long line of dances that we will soon forget, along with the wop? The Harlem shake is mostly an upper body dance that involves a lot of shaking and wild outfits. You probably already know this, but I’m betting you don’t know THIS: According to Urba ...

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Living Into Death: 5 Songs Exploring Lent

Written and Media by Austin Schumacher When I first considered writing this article, it struck me as rather comical that something like this should be attempted. The idea, at first, appears rather absurd. “Top Hits to Put YOU in the Lenten Spirit.” It’s not exactly Hallmark worthy. Still, the more I thought about it, the more I came to realize that we do need this. Music is very engaging and it shapes us an ...

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Sound City Review

Written by Kevin Dunne. Media by Zach Bonner. What makes music good? What gives an album a certain, unique sound? How is it that certain songs can either turn even the sourest of days around or make you break down? Why do some records stand out from the hundreds of thousands that are released each year, sometimes decades after they are released? Why so many questions? I think the answer is quite simple; mus ...

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Rebuilding “Community”

Written by Tyler Lamb and Media by Michael Trieb. Just recently, Community aired its season 4 premier episode on NBC. It is safe to say that I had been impatiently awaiting this premier before its original air date of October 19th. Now, I was a tiny bit skeptical for this season to reach any expectations of the show considering the show's creator, Dan Harmon, was fired from his position and now has nothing ...

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Madison Letter Nominated for Woodie Award

Written by Amber Christofferson and DM by Briana Phillips The Madison Letter met at Greenville College. The Madison Letter includes Clayton Jones with lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Phil Ortiz on electric guitar and background vocals, Tyler Ross on drums, and Mitch Schrock on bass and background vocals. They are currently competing in the first College Artist Woodie competition. This competition is run th ...

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Christians Rated “R”: Part 1 (Why)

Since the Hollywood first began its assault on humanity with all of its ubiquitous glitz and glamour, it has been known to push the envelope concerning objectionable content. While it is not alone in this direction (music, theatre, and any form of the arts are also known for this), the purpose of this article is to address movies, though the views presented here could be taken into the other categories as well. As Christians, many of us are more than ready to push back against this style of movie-making. It conveys a lifestyle and actions that we do not agree with, and therefore it is our responsibility to ensure that such movies do not get made. However, is this a truly justified stance? Can there be some truth found in movies that contain objectionable content? Could there be some “good” in rated R movies? Overall, is it wise to see a movie that seemingly goes against what is written on the hearts of Christians? ...

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The ‘Side Effects’ Of Murder – Movie Review

Written by Jake Cannon. Things are going very well for Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara). Well, better than they were four years ago when her husband, Martin, played by Channing Tatum, was arrested for insider trading on the day of their wedding. Until one day she sits in her car and a terrible thought runs through her head. She follows that thought through by driving her car into a solid concrete wall. What’s goi ...

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