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Good Friday in the Family Room with Zeffirelli

Our family’s Good Friday evening is being spent in the family room watching Jesus of Nazareth by Franco Zeffirelli. I think Zeffirelli’s Jesus film is one of the best available. It used to be at the top of the list for me, but was bumped when Mel Gibson made the polyglot (with subtitles) Passion of the Christ.

Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto

My wife and I just watched Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto. Gibson is a master storyteller and director. Astounding! Read More »

Theology In Popular Film: Contact

SCENE: Dr. Eleanor “Ellie” Arroway (Jodie Foster), Richard Rank , Palmer Joss, David Drumlin and President Lasker are assembled for an emergency advisory meeting with the President of the United States in the briefing room at Camp David. The emergency? A mysterious signal of unknown origin is being broadcast to earth in a mathematical sequence structured on prime numbers. The signal, as a result, is determined not to be artificial, but the intentional product of an advanced alien civilization. Read More »

Theology In Popular Film: O Brother, Take Two

The second installment of a series of posts concerning movie theology comes to you again from the earthy and ever rational Everett (George Clooney) and a few of his more spiritually attuned traveling companions from the sure to be a classic, Joel Coen directed film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Read More »

Theology In Popular Film: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

I am a movie theology aficionado! I absolutely love it when armchair theological commentary is offered up freely in popular film. It’s fun! I may not actually attempt to assimilate movie acquired theology into my personal Christian faith, life and/or practice. Odds are I won’t be doing so, in fact. Heck, I may not even endorse it as Biblical, or wise. Movie theology is, however, flat-out entertaining. It can even result in some knee-slappin’ fun! It’s all about interpretation! Read More »

Howl’s Moving Castle

I love the story of Howl’s Moving Castle. It’s a tale about spirit and heart, and how to not loose either of them when presented with seemingly insurmountable odds. This is a great movie, filled with interesting and beyond entertaining characters. I especially enjoyed Wicked Witch of the Waste, the fire demon Calcifer, and that crazy Turnip Head. The movie is filled with great characters and absolutely breathtaking illustrations by animator Miyazaki. You will forget it’s an animated feature, I promise.

The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel

The Exorcism of Emily Rose found its way into my Sony DVD player. The movie was done well. It was much better than most Hollywood “possession” movies, including the standard-setting “The Exorcist”. My 119 minute living room experience of Emily Rose was seriously accentuated by a 1000 Watt 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS Pioneer Receiver and Speaker System. This particular combination of ancient faith and modern technology had the tendency to scare the hell out of me on occasion. Demon possession in surround sound will force the staunchest skeptic toward a light switch. At any rate, the plot of the movie was not primarily focused upon the possession itself, but rather on the trail that followed Emily’s death. The movie basically turned out to be a cinematic debate between proponents of faith and reason. It was surprisingly well done. Read More »