10 Years Later: ‘The Dark Knight’ Is Still the Most Important Superhero Movie Ever

10 Years Later: ‘The Dark Knight’ Is Still the Most Important Superhero Movie Ever

“It’s not about money, it’s about sending a message. Everything burns.”

The first glimpse of The Dark Knight’s cultural impact came during the teaser trailer. As Michael Caine’s now-iconic “watch the world burn” speech fades out, the Joker’s voice fades in, followed by the signature deranged laugh. The cackle is pure anarchy, the final blow to an already disintegrating Batman logo, and fans were left chilled, excited and unnerved. Batman Begins was good, but this teaser promised something more, something darker. We had no idea.

The sin of silence: the epidemic denial of sexual abuse in the evangelical church

The sin of silence: the epidemic denial of sexual abuse in the evangelical church

Rachael Denhollander’s college-aged abuser began grooming her when she was 7. Each week, as Denhollander left Sunday school at Westwood Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, Mich., he was there to walk her to her parents’ Bible-study classroom on the other side of the building. He brought Denhollander gifts and asked her parents for her clothing size so he could buy her dresses. He was always a little too eager with a hug. The Denhollanders led one of the church’s ministries out of their home, which meant the man would visit their house regularly, often encouraging Rachael to sit on his lap, they recalled.

The Artistic Beauty and Destructive Power of Nostalgia

The Artistic Beauty and Destructive Power of Nostalgia

Arguably the best moment of Mad Men is Don’s pitch of the “carousel” slideshow projector at the end of season one. As the lights dim and images of Don’s family flicker across a wall, Don says that in Greek nostalgia means “the pain of an old wound. A twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone.” This pitch is Don’s entire character arc, a man aching for a love lost, searching for it in the present iterations of ghosts from the past, and detonating his life in the process.

This was Mad Men’s great insight: nostalgia that sits too long curdles and becomes something awful.

The Good Place & Annoying the Hell Out of Each Other

The Good Place & Annoying the Hell Out of Each Other

What The Good Place reveals over time is that everyone in this group needs each other. They all become better people in community because it’s uncomfortable. While it’s possible for these characters to spend their lives isolated from others - close to people in proximity but never letting them in - the cost of doing this is their soul. 

What Makes Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church So Popular and Yet So Controversial?

What Makes Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church So Popular and Yet So Controversial?

For those with a deep-seated conviction about pastoral authority and not undercutting “the Lord’s anointed” perhaps even this isn’t problematic; but considering the cautionary taleafter cautionary taleafter cautionary tale we’ve heard from megachurch pastors whose fame led to their downfall, Furtick’s centering himself as the unassailable visionary for the church is concerning.