‘The Rise of Jordan Peterson’—A Review
What makes “The Rise of Jordan Peterson” particularly notable is that it neither shies away from the political controversies surrounding Peterson, nor allows itself to be defined or limited by them.
The Rise of Jordan Peterson constructs a kaleidoscopic narrative that enables the viewer to look at the same sequence of events in several different ways. Engaging with the film fully demands a willingness to listen to a wide and often conflicting range of perspectives. Those who insist on placing Peterson in an airtight box, and... Continue Reading
PURITAN: All of Life to the Glory of God
It was their firm commitment to the Word of God that distinguishes them from other groups throughout church history.
In the documentary, PURITAN: All of Life to the Glory of God, you will walk through the hallways of history to discover this group of people who sought to purify the Church of England and would eventually flee for religious freedom. You will learn names like John Bunyan, Thomas Goodwin, Richard Sibbes, John Owen, Richard... Continue Reading
A Subversive Netflix Documentary Titled “The Family”
This film mainstreams blatant anti-Christian propaganda.
What troubled me most about this film is how it mainstreams blatant anti-Christian propaganda. This film could not have been made fifteen years ago. It would have provoked massive blowback. But a lot has changed in the last fifteen years, and it is now okay to caricature Christians and publicly denounce them for their beliefs.... Continue Reading
American Mythology’s Endgame
The largest cultural event of 2019 is the release of “Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame.”
Endgame is the mythology of America’s young. Earlier generations looked to John Wayne, but today it is Marvel; and Endgame’s official message paraphrased is “be who you are, not who you are supposed to be.” That has ramifications, so don’t be the last to know. The largest cultural event of 2019 is the release... Continue Reading
Killing a Legend
"The Highwaymen" takes aim at the wrongheaded heroizing of Bonnie and Clyde.
It probably shouldn’t be surprising that mainstream reviews of The Highwaymenhave been tepid, given how hard it pushes back against a film Hollywood has long hailed as one of its greatest works. And there’s no question it indicts the media for heroizing the wrong people. But that would be just another us vs. them movie,... Continue Reading
Best of Enemies Movie: Klan leader, Black Activist; Race, Religion, Reconciliation
What happens when you assign a Ku Klux Klan president and a Black civil rights activist to collaborate on school desegregation – in the racially charged 1971 U.S. South?
What fueled their change? Atwater wrote in the Durham Herald-Sun, “In church the preacher says that if you want to be like Jesus you must be ‘born again.’ That really is the only way I can describe it. Something came into our lives…. The blinders came off and we…saw how much we had in common.... Continue Reading
Abby Johnson and the Movie ‘Unplanned’
Abby Johnson: “Unplanned is a movie I never planned on making”
“You know, I was a little disgruntled. I had been told that we were required to double our abortion quota in our clinic. They told us we must sell more abortions, and start doing them through the 6th month of pregnancy. I thought that was absurd, that it was much too late in the pregnancy.... Continue Reading
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Unwittingly Promotes the Bible’s Sexual Ethic
Freddie Mercury’s life ended tragically, the result of rebellion against God. To their credit, the filmmakers don’t shy away from painting very close to that truth in Bohemian Rhapsody.
In no uncertain terms, the viewer is made aware that Mercury’s life has become a bacchanalian pursuit of pleasure. And that pursuit, the gay lifestyle, was his undoing – his enemy. On the flipside, the filmmakers make sure to highlight the path that he should’ve taken. A path of traditional sexual ethics and marriage. ... Continue Reading
American Gospel: Christ Alone, Film Review
In the U.S. there has arisen a particularly virulent form of false teaching—a gospel which promises cash and comfort to Christ’s followers, and in so doing bilks the poor, the needy, and the ill.
One of the great blessings to the church recently has been the emergence of quality Christian documentary filmmaking. We’ve been blessed by the fruits of the creative labors of folks like Media Gratiae and Stephen McCaskell. The work of Brandon Kimber and his Transition Studios adds to that growing library of excellent films which are educational, entertaining,... Continue Reading
What the Gospel Co-Allies Could Learn from Non-Christian Movies
If everything has to have Christian significance, you are going to miss a lot of life.
A basic problem is an inability to regard non-Christians as confronting real life situations that believers also face, or portraying Christians as people with similar problems to non-Christians — juggling multiple loyalties, avoiding temptation, maintaining integrity, or even looking up to people without faith for insights into the human condition. Is it possible, for instance,... Continue Reading