Megan Basham began her career as a film critic reviewing movies for her campus paper at Arizona State University. After graduating with a degree in English Literature, she took a position with The University of Phoenix as an adult curriculum editor. After two years of editing some of the driest, most convoluted material ever printed on paper (like philosophy curricula written by lawyers), she broke out of cubicle purgatory by writing freelance articles for Focus on the Family, Catholic Exchange, and Range Magazine.
A short time later she began reviewing films Christ Church of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona to publish in its weekly newsletter. This led to becoming a staff writer for Christian Spotlight on Entertainment and access to interviews with celebrities like Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter, Liv Tyler and Orlando Bloom.
In 2004 Megan was awarded a Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship for a work titled “The Parable Principle: How Liberal Ideologues Use Film to Control Political Discourse.” In addition to reviewing films for Townhall and maintaining her own blog, she is also a contributor to National Review Online. Her work has also appeared at The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator Online and in The Washington Times.
Megan is currently at work on the book Behind Every Successful Man: How to Help Your Husband Create the Career of His Dreams. By “at work on” she means she mostly researches the subject incessantly, orders lots of books from Amazon related to the topic, and occasionally adds a paragraph or two to her manuscript.
Not long ago, Leslie Bennetts, author of an infamous tome warning mothers that failing to work fulltime for the entirety of their lives is sure to leave them eating dog food out of tin cans, feigned shock when at-home moms everywhere took issue with her collection of sad tales.
The Obama campaign and their friends in the media are finally starting to admit that Republicans have gotten some things right.
Some good news was released from the mommy war front last week. Though The Today Show and Good Morning America frequently fill time by throwing stay-at-home mothers and working moms into the ring to duke it out for their respective sides, a new Pew poll shows that they have more in common than television producers give them credit for. Namely, that neither group wants to work full-time.
Last year, in response to the increasing numbers of women opting out of the workforce, author Linda Hirshman took to the morning shows proclaiming women demean themselves by becoming fulltime mothers. No matter how much love goes into the labor of cleaning the dishes and changing the diapers, it is beneath their dignity, she insisted.
Since the New York Times lit the fuse on the opt-out debate in 2003—reporting that a growing number of married, professional women are permanently or temporarily opting out of full-time jobs—feminist reaction has ranged from denial to condemnation to the predictable call for more government-funded daycare.
After bringing in more than $70 million in its opening weekend, comic book adaptation 300 made history as the highest grossing film debut for the month of March and the third highest opening for an R-rated movie (after The Passion of the Christ and The Matrix Reloaded). Without a single recognizable star among its cast and a fraction of the production budget, it also far outperformed the opening tallies of predecessors like Troy and Gladiator.
It's been over 30 years since Katherine Paterson, a former missionary and wife of a pastor, put pen to paper to write Bridge to Terabithia. Yet even though her beloved Newberry award-winning novel seems tailor-made for the big screen, it has only recently been adapted to film. With the movie finally hitting theaters today, audiences will be able to determine whether it was worth the wait.
Almost half a million fewer women tuned into the big three morning shows this season compared to last.
In a rare example of journalistic integrity, CNN correspondent Rick Sanchez actually called A-list actress Charlize Theron (most famous for her Oscar-winning portrayal of serial killer Eileen Aileen Wuornos in the film Monster) on the carpet for the anti-American idiocy she proceeded to spew during their interview last Sunday.
This year, however, while the stories of the ACLU’s grinchiness remain as ridiculous as ever, I’m having a little trouble mustering up my traditional holiday outrage.
It has been a long time coming, but Leonardo DiCaprio is finally all grown up—cinematically speaking, that is.
Like a lot of conservative film critics, I was more than a little apprehensive to hear that anti-American conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone would be making a movie about 9/11.
To a lot of Christians, the worst happened this weekend when their great crusader for faith in Hollywood took a very public, very appalling tumble from grace.
The problem is he wants both a quaint fairy tale and an overarching Homeric myth.
This is one review in which I will never have to issue the warning, "Spoiler Alert".
Superman had to survive a lot more than the evil plotting of Lex Luthor to make it to the big screen this summer. First he had to survive the executives at Warner Bros.
Jack Black stars as the titular Nacho, a half-Mexican, half-Scandinavian friar who spends his days making indigestible meals for orphans in the Oaxaca region of Mexico and his nights dreaming of becoming a great luchador, Latin America’s mask-wearing, freestyle professional wrestlers. When the beautiful Sister Encarnación (Ana de la Reguera) arrives at his monastery, Nacho decides he must prove his manly worth to her by making his dream a reality and using his winnings to buy the orphans better food.
There’s an interesting dichotomy in Hollywood when it comes to interpreting Scripture on film. While they seem to have great regard for the bad news of the Bible (demonic possession, seven seals of pestilence and famine, and that whole end of the world thing), they don’t have much esteem for the good news (the whole Jesus dying on a cross to save us all from eternal damnation thing.)
It should have been a standard Q & A session following a typical film screening for the press. But from The Da Vinci Code denouncements by the Vatican to cries that United 93 portrayed events too raw and recent to be recalled on screen, these days it seems like every other movie released contains some controversial element of the religious or 9/11-related variety.
Like its predecessors, the third installment of the X-Men franchise is landing on all kinds of box office record lists. But does the bona fide blockbuster really merit the impressive grosses it has already raked in? That depends on how much you expect in return for your summer entertainment dollar.