Jonathan Owen

Children’s pastor. Camp director. Story teller. Film watcher. One wife. Four kids. Zero Oscars. Give it time.

Favorite films

  • Columbus
  • A Hidden Life
  • Vertigo
  • El sur

Recent activity

  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation


  • The Boogeyman


  • Reality


  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse


Pinned reviews

  • Frankenstein



    The film opens up with a word of warning. This is a film about a man of science who sought to create man in his own image without reckoning upon God. 

    It’s hard not to think of the first few chapters of Genesis when watching this.

    God forms man out of the dust of the earth. 
    God forms man into the image of God. 
    God creates life. 

    “Frankenstein” opens with a body being buried in the dust of the earth,…

  • Jaws



    Watching this in IMAX was truly an experience.

    I think something that I noticed this time, having seen this film multiple times, was just how exceptional the script is. In most films like this, where there’s a creature on the loose, the script is almost inconsequential and the characters are just there until they get eaten.

    But in Jaws, the script is so exceptional. And the characters are interesting and memorable. The acting is not just screaming and running, but…

Recent reviews

  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation


    When Tom Cruise is holding his breath for seven minutes while he dives into essentially a oversized washing machine to exchange a plastic card, so Simon Pegg can walk through a security checkpoint without being tasered, because his identity has been updated based on the new plastic card Cruise is chasing through the whirlpool, it hit me that this is all kind of silly. 

    And I guess that’s the point. This is mission impossible. I guess it would make sense…

  • The Boogeyman

    The Boogeyman


    I found this to be really frustrating. The Director is clearly talented yet he never quite pulls it all together. It feels like it can’t quite figure out what it is so it ends up being that much of anything.

    There’s a lot of dependence upon cliché, horror, tropes like children, waking up in the night, doorhandles, creaking, trauma that isn’t being dealt with, parents, don’t believe children, creepy drawings from children. I could go on.

    In the end, it…

Popular reviews

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front


    Beautiful and harrowing. 

    Some really wonderful work in this film. The opening sequence (I’ll call it the “jacket progression”) sets the stage nicely for the hell that is to come. 

    This a remarkably gripping 2:30 that never felt long. And by the end it seems to cut deeper and deeper. 

    War is hell and this doesn’t pull any punches. I would go so far as to say it’s a better WW1 film than 1917. And looks just as good (although it felt very “digital”?)

    And that score!

  • Let Him Go

    Let Him Go


    I’m a sucker for a slow burn. 

    It’s interesting how effective a sparse, yet intense, use of violence can be. There is an act of shocking violence at the beginning of the third act of this film that really takes the movie to another level. 

    I really dug this.