Josh Hurst

Husband, father, Christ follower, journalist, recovering film critic.

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  • Castle in the Sky

    Castle in the Sky

    ★★★★

    All good pirates listen to their mom.”

    I saw this for the first time when I was in college, I think, but if I’d seen it when I was eight I would have thought the ships and robots were the coolest. First-rate action-adventure movie all around.

  • Holiday

    Holiday

    ★★★★★

    Such a masterpiece of pure charm that you can almost miss the important question it asks: What’s really important to you? Genuinely shocking for its (“unAmerican”) cynicism toward capitalism. Beautiful in its portrayal of selfless, sacrificial love. So smooth and assured that its moments of raw vulnerability completely disarm. One of the most effective and complicated deployments of the Cary Grant persona. But goodness... Katherine Hepburn.

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  • Chariots of Fire

    Chariots of Fire

    ★★★★

    Makes a compelling case for:

    - Christian conscience and peculiarly 
    - Remembering the Sabbath and keeping it holy
    - Putting the Kingdom before kings 
    - Sports movies in general
    - Synthesizers

  • Speed Racer

    Speed Racer

    ★★★★★

    Has there ever been a movie that took such joy in artifice? That presented us with such hollow characters, such cartoony action, such a cumbersome plot, and such staggering overload of bright colors— and somehow made us not only absorbed but invested? You think the visuals are all flash until you realize the brilliant efficiency of the editing, and the rich detail in every frame. And you want to write off the characters as cardboard cutouts until you realize how…