Josh Hurst

Disciple of Jesus | Child of God | Husband | Father of three young dudes | Recovering film critic

Favorite films

  • Spirited Away
  • The Muppet Movie
  • The Iron Giant
  • The Witches

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  • Home Alone

    ★★★★

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★

  • Encanto

    ★★★★

  • Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★★

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  • Home Alone

    Home Alone

    ★★★★

    First time watching this with my three boys, who are very much the target demo for this. Lots of fun.

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★

    The actors all do respectable work— even Ben Kingsley, choosing the most random way to make his MCU debut. And the big action set pieces that pay homage to the martial arts film tradition are engaging. But the pacing is really slack in the middle, and by the time the CG creatures come roaring in, the whole thing feels too much like Marvel by the numbers.

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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…