My Thoughts on “Boyhood”
I went in expecting to do cultural analysis. But instead I just prayed and groaned, and realized how dependent I am on my Father to be a father.
More than that, I wept as I saw short-sighted, impatient adults who just couldn’t have mercy on this hurting, awkward kid. I wept as I considered all the time when, in the whirl and bustle of our lives, I am diligent to maintain discipline and order (as is absent in this family often), but I... Continue Reading
Review: No Dissenting Views Allowed: The Giver and the Hero’s Journey
The Giver as a book is a parable of existentialism. Humanity is defined not by culture, rules, or religion, but by the raw passion of human emotion.
You have to track with me that hero’s journey (monomyth) movies perpetuate a certain philosophy, a certain religion, if you will. They are not existentialist—they are neo-Platonic or gnostic. There are similarities with existentialism—a distrust of reason, society, and rationality, to name a few. Existentialism stands firm, however, in the conviction that there is no... Continue Reading
Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’ Makes One Serious Summertime Movie
This is the accomplishment of “The Giver”: It ennobles our terrors
“The Giver” will provoke political commentary. Few movies make a stronger case for the value of diversity. No movie, in my memory, involves a more explicit depiction of infanticide, conducted at the Nurturing Center by Jonas’s father with a horrifying cheerfulness. “They hadn’t eliminated murder,” Jonas realizes, “they had brought it home. They had just... Continue Reading
Christian Eschatology and The Planet of the Apes
Movies can represent the intersection of eschatology with contemporary fears.
As I went around the room with my students, I asked what their home churches had taught about the ultimate things: heaven, hell, kingdom, and so on. Most of them said their churches were reluctant to say much at all, beyond generalities. Many of their churches, it seems, were fearful to talk much about eschatology... Continue Reading
A window into the self-absorbed hipster, ‘Obvious Child’ is painful to watch
Despite Obvious Child’s attempt to be a gritty, independent film, the realism is limited to Donna’s millennial attitude. Here Juno distinguishes itself again. Juno, which won an Oscar for best original screenplay, allowed its story to remain first. The writer, Diablo Cody, wasn’t a pro-life lobbyist with a checklist. But in Obvious Child, the story is reduced to... Continue Reading
A Movie that Makes Abortion Funny
“Obvious Child” is a romantic comedy that tries to make abortion sympathetic and funny
Melling goes on to opine on the continuing stigma attached to abortion. Melling seems perplexed that after decades of feminist propaganda, people continue to feel an inexplicable moral repugnance towards abortion. Melling thinks that this is a sad state of affairs—given our post-modern enlightenment—and that movies like “Obvious Child” help folks to see that abortion really... Continue Reading
Films that deal fairly with Christians are getting a respectful audience at major film festivals
The Tribeca Film Festival, though only 12 years old, is growing into one of the major festivals along with Sundance, Toronto, and South By Southwest. The festival circuit has grown more and more influential as independent films draw wider audiences and more dollars. (WNS)–The credits rolled at a screening and an audience at a... Continue Reading
“Moms' Night” Out mines humor out of its message
What Moms’ Night Out proves, even more than October Baby, is that the Erwins are Christian filmmakers who can compete with mainstream Hollywood in turning out a polished, engaging film. Moms’ Night Out isn’t funny for a Christian movie, it’s just funny. (WNS)–No doubt, before Moms’ Night Out releases to theaters on Mother’s Day weekend, reviews in most mainstream outlets will... Continue Reading
Deconstructing Noah’s Arc: Godawful Storytelling
The Noah movie is ugly. It’s anti-human exceptionalism. It’s enviro-agitprop. And it’s poorly done.
Christians, you are tools being played if you think that this movie is anything BUT a subversion of the Biblical God and an exaltation of environmentalism and animal rights against humans. Don’t listen to those who say that hurting the earth is just part of the sins of mankind in the story. No matter what... Continue Reading
‘Noah’ Film Sparks Debate Over One Of The World’s Oldest And Most Beloved Stories
Some have suggested it couldn’t support the movie unless Paramount included a disclaimer that it was “inspired by” the story of Noah rather than be seen as literal scripture
So what makes the simple story of Noah so popular? Joseph Blenkinsopp, a professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame who has studied Noah, thinks it’s because more people are aware of global disasters. “For Jews and Christians, and possibly Muslims, it’s a sign of judgment, that judgment is real and there will be... Continue Reading