Dr. Josh Matthews

Seeking a Christian Perspective on the Arts

"Art reveals ordinances of creation which neither science, nor politics, nor religious life, nor even revelation can bring to light." -- Abraham Kuyper

Josh Matthews teaches English at Dordt University. He specializes in American literature and science fiction; he also teaches an introduction to film class and enjoys writing film criticism. His other regular gigs include professional editing and leading students on tours of Florence, Italy for a team-taught class on the Italian Renaissance.

movie educationVideo Essays

What Long Shots in Movies Mean

Which movie images can make you feel awestruck, terrified, or both? The long shot is a crucial aspect of film. It shows you vast landscapes, vistas, horizons, and images of things that are enormous. But these shots aren't just about showing you pretty landscape pictures.…
November 26, 2019
Movie Lists

The Top 10 Movies of the 2010s (Video)

My Youtube video of the top-10 movies of the 2010s. I put a surprise at #1, one which nobody will have in any "best of the decade" list.
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Shot-for-Shot Analysis of the Opening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

I analyze the first three minutes of Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark," starring Harrison Ford. This analysis is from a film critic perspective. I talk about how the shots and editing influence movie viewers. We will look at how the shots create the…
Best Movies

A Midwestern American Dude’s “Best Movies of the 2010s” List

My alternative list to the Best Movies of the 2010s, from my particular point-of-view.
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Understanding Movies 101 — What Cuts in Movies Are
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Understanding Movies 101 — Extreme Close Shots
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What Long Shots in Movies Mean
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What Overhead Shots Mean
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The Red Pill Scene in THE MATRIX — Shot for Shot
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What Makes This Movie Great? — Episode 5: RASHOMON