Posts tagged "POP CULT"

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...

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...

God, Superstar

Barbara Nicolosi was reading screenplays for a Christian movie production company when she experienced an epiphany: “Somewhere around the 200th dreadful screenplay—most, from nice, godly people—it occurred to me that Christians were not being martyred by Hollywood. We were committing suicide.” In response, she created Act One, a film school for “orthodox Catholics” and evangelical protestants, and...

My Little Red String

Paris Hilton and many Orthodox Jewish women from Brooklyn’s Boro Park share at least one fashion accessory — a little red string tied around their left wrists. Known as a “bindle” by traditional Jews, the string is intended to remind wearers of a worm, and thus their own lowly status in the universe. But Hilton —...

Groundhog Revelations

God may have gone missing (or not), but there’s no doubting the mighty omnipresence of religion — it’s on our money and in our courts and in our classrooms, a part of every story we tell, whether we like it or not. Alex Kuzcynski‘s puff piece on the pre-Lost in Translation Bill Murray gem Groundhog Day offers a perfect illustration...

Mel Gibson, Meet Will Farrell

Christiany Today‘s Ted Olson provides a fascinating array of responses to Elf, the controversial new film adaptation of the Christmas story critics fear will set off a wave of anti-Elven violence. Oops — wrong Christian holiday on film. But Elf, the new Will Farrell family comedy, is mildly controversial. One Christian critic gripes that the film contains “a wink at inebriation.” But if the laffs are loud,...

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...