Posts tagged "mel gibson"

Christian Movies and Representational Politics

From Andrew O'Hehir's review at Salon of "Soul Surfer":
If evangelical Christians want to see their life and faith and values reflected on-screen, I guess that's understandable. But movies are not mirrors, and the mass audiences that went to see "The King's Speech" or "Black Swan" or "The Social Network" didn't necessarily identify with the characters or...

First Mel Gibson Came for the Jews…

He's run through anti-semitism (The Passion of the Christ), classism (restraining order against a homeless man?!) and now -- it's not a new saw -- racism.  HuffPo, the LA Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle are all reporting that Gibson's been caught on tape using the N-word while...

Daily Links 02 November 2004

For Those About to Rock Billboard: GOP would rather you did not rock the vote, thank you very much. Bush/Cheney evidently prefer punk: Ohio GOP poll challengers slam the vote. Christian Right Packs It Up, Calls It A Day Liberals getting giddy — and delusional. Village Voice, two hours ago, “What If Kerry Wins”: “The Christian...

Passion Prequel

We lied: Tonight’s South Park is not the last word on The Passion. Our friend John D. Spalding, author of A Pilgrim’s Digress, has just published a major scoop on Beliefnet — exclusive excerpts from Mel’s next movie, a Passion prequel intended to address concerns thatThe Passion gave short shrift to Christ’s ministry. Here’s a sample: Jesus strides into the temple in slow motion, bathed in...

Bach v. Mel

Prepare yourself for heresy: Mel Gibson is the Johann Sebastian Bach of the 21st century. We leave it to others to compare their artistic achievements, but the occasion of a sanctimonious piece by the normally thoughtful Edward Rothstein in Saturday’s New York Times compels us to restate what should be obvious: The quality of a work of art does not redeem the bigotries it espouses....

Rising and Falling

Can it be true? He is risen and she is fallen — which is to say, Mel‘s commercial ressurrection is now a done deal, and the old ways have died… Alright, that’s a little confusing. Next thing you know The Revealer will be going on about mustard seeds and seven seals and Moshiach‘s grave in the great borough of...

A Yellow Star for Mel

At last — the big day for what may be the biggest religion story in 2,000 years — the theatrical release of The Passion. The mainstream press periodically discovers that institutional Christianity is actually pretty good at marketing. And then it forgets. Megachurches, Christian rock, Christian comic books, Bibles made to look like teen magazines —...

Ransom Theory

Here’s a line you wouldn’t expect to find in the pages of a major secular daily: “The Gospel of Mark (10:45) states unequivocally that Jesus died ‘as a ransom for many.'” Well, that settles that, doesn’t it? Maybe not. The Dallas Morning News has outdone even its normally excellent religion coverage by reporting on the other controversy surrounding Mel Gibson‘s Passion — not whether Jews killed...

A Grateful Jew

As we type, film critic Michael Medved is on CNN explaining the problem with Mel Gibson‘s Passion. What’s the problem? The Jews. CNN brought Medved, a politically conservative, orthodox Jew who never saw a bit of Christian apologetics he didn’t like, to escalate the press coverage of the controversy. “The movie wasn’t made for Jews,” Medved is explaining — so they...

Passion Pieces

Every day for months now, some pundit, some critic, some tired Godbeat reporter looking for a brush with celebrity, has taken it upon themselves to keep us informed about the most important religion story since… well, has there ever been anything more important than The Passion? The Revealer has tried to respond to a light touch for...

Don’t Go There, Jews

To the barricades, Christian soldiers: Christianity Today’s editors predict that Mel Gibson’s Passion “will provoke exactly the same number of anti-Semitic incidents as [Campus Crusade's] Jesus film: Zero.” Therefore, they write, Jews and Catholics had better stop griping — or else. This editorial, coming in evangelical Christianity’s most respected magazine, marks yet another disturbing turn in the Passion battle. CT says concern over the film “borders on anti-Christian...