The Making of an American Legend

On June 18, 2015, in Books, Culture, History, Literature, Movies, Texas, by Derrick G. Jeter

“That’ll be the day!” is one of the most iconic lines John Wayne ever uttered on screen. It comes from John Ford’s classic western, The Searchers—the 1955 film based on Alan LeMay’s novel of the same title. Shot in Monument Valley, one of the most unlikely representations of Texas one could find, the film is stunning […]

“Letters and Life”: A Book Review

On July 2, 2014, in Books, Christian, Culture, Literature, Movies, Writing, by Derrick G. Jeter

The 2012 movie The Words begins with a cliché: young novelist struggles to find representation for his first novel. Every writer, young or old, who’s ever tried to get their work published has experienced this frustration and disappointment; each of them can show you a stack of rejection letters received over the years. But in […]

“The Three Musketeers”: A Book Review

On January 23, 2014, in Books, Literature, Movies, by Derrick G. Jeter

Alexandre Dumas is at his melodramatic best with The Three Musketeers. I suspect most people know the basic story—some twenty-five films since the early 1900s have been produced. Unlike many of the films, however, which are filled with swashbuckling action, the book is quite tame when it comes to sword play. It has its moments […]

The Comedy of Cultural Deformity

On February 27, 2013, in America, Character, Children, Culture, Movies, Sex, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

You can judge the health of a civilization by the culture it creates and consumes. At the height of Roman corruption the Empire created and consumed a culture a death and decadence. The bloodlust of the games and the bodily lusts of sexual deviancy led Rome down the rutted road of long decline and prolonged […]

A Monumental Effort

There’s a sickness in the soul of America. So says Kurt Cameron, of 1980s “Family Matters” fame, in his new movie Monumental. Citing examples of cultural and political sickness—increases of divorce, teen pregnancy, crime, taxes, and national debt—Cameron asks what we can do to heal our nation. The answer he discovered is found in history—particularly […]

Summoning the Courage to Speak: A Movie Review of “The King’s Speech”

On January 10, 2011, in Courage, Culture, Heroes, History, Movies, Rhetoric, by Derrick G. Jeter

The ability to speak well in public can turn a commoner into a king, and turn a king into a court jester if he lacks such talent. Eloquence is power; it is freedom. Winston Churchill, a man of enormous verbal talent concurred, “Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the […]