Posts tagged "passion of the christ"

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...

Undercover at the Movies

05 October 2005 Erica Ogg: In Jason Anderson’s “Undercover of the right…and left” in the Canadian magazineEye Weekly, he warns of the “cagey tactics” studios employ to promote films with ideological agendas that “are getting harder to spot.” Anderson, a professed “part-time atheist,” seems confused by the advertising campaign employed by Walden Media for the upcoming Chronicles...

The Passion of South Park

UPDATE: See Stewart M. Hoover‘s April 5th review of South Park‘s “The Passion of the Jew”: “The Dolorous Passion of Cartman.” Last word on The Passion: Comedy Central’s South Park will feature a very special episode tonight, “The Passion of the Jew”: “Kyle finally sees ‘The Passion’ and is forced to admit Cartman has been right all along. Meanwhile many of the film’s hardcore...

Everybody’s Jew

I Was a Passion News Source. By Laurel Snyder It’s a strange thing, the hunger for public statements, testimonials. Periodically, an important event takes place and forces the media to seek out a community response. And if you happen to work for Hillel in the nearly-rural-overwhelmingly-Christian Midwest, you get a lot of calls from smalltown papers, hungering for the Jewish...

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...