Posts tagged "religion and film"

Commie Harry

“What really makes these critics hate Million Dollar Baby is not its supposedly radical politics — which are nonexistent — but its lack of sentimentality. It is, indeed, no Rocky, and in our America that departure from the norm is itself a form of cultural radicalism.” Frank Rich has Clint Eastwood’s back in the Christian conservative culture skirmish over Million Dollar...

Focus at the Movies

28 December 2005 The New York Times’ John Leland moves beyond the neverending Narnia/Passion stories to find another trend among conservative Christian moviegoers: they’re reviewing films they once would have protested or mentioned only to condemn, such as Brokeback Mountain, with one eye to their artistic merits, and another to their biblical fidelity. An interesting...

Narnia Chronicles

By Erica Ogg Someone finally said it. A journalist has recognized the inherently complementary natures of Hollywood and C.S. Lewis. The upcoming movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, to be released by Disney next month, has been painted as just another front in the Christian right’s supposed invasion of...

“Paradise Now” and Power of Transformation

By Meera Subramanian In Palestine, the enemy is many things. The enemy takes your land and holds you captive. The enemy launches bombs that leave the whitened stones of the West Bank in a mass of rubble that merges with the dust of the land. The enemy walks along the beachside boardwalk unaware of your...

The Passion of Constantine

Next to Constantine, Mel Gibson’s The Passion is an episode of Spongebob Squarepants. In Constantine, Keanu Reeves as the titular, demon-slaying hero visits a bar frequented by the “fallen,” the decadence of whom we are to presume from their androgynous looks and queer interest in Keanu, once again playing a Christ-figure. (What, you didn’t get that he was supposed...

Ammo for his Enemy

Frank Rich accidentally writes a Republican’s dream review. It’s a shame the job of disassembling George W. Bush: Faith in the White House fell to The New York Times‘ Frank Rich. If just the facts of Rich’s account of the film are correct, it’s the worst kind of hagiography, thuggish and hokey at the same time. But the...

“The Question of God” Questioned

Notes from Dr. Armand Nicholi’s militant past. By Jeff Sharlet PBS’s latest God offering — “The Question of God,” blogged below – will no doubt be a well-researched program centered around the ideas and interpretations of its two stars — Freud and C.S. Lewis — and the man who has pitted them against one another, Dr. Armand M....

05 August 2004 Daily Links

BP News, the publication of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the anti-abortion LifeSite gleefully pick up the same quote from Julia Duin’s article yesterday in The Washington Times – William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights asking, “‘Are [the Democrats] out of their minds? Would they hire a gay basher to reach out to homosexuals?’” The...

20 July 2004 Daily Links

News of the Weird (press releases): on Sept 12, 2004, in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Churches will sponsor a premiere screening of Davey and Goliath’s Snowboard Adventure. This is not a joke. Which is what makes it funny. And kind of sad. / CORRECTION: A reader writes: “Your sarcastic put-down of the preview of the new...

Save This

What’s the difference between born-again and bad-to-the-bone? Saved! doesn’t answer and the press doesn’t care. By Patton Dodd Evangelicals on film occupy an odd if unsurprising position: they are almost always represented as aggressors. Consider Robert Duvall’s conflicted evangelist in The Apostle, John Swanbeck’s belligerent Baptist salesman in The Big Kahuna, and Robert Mitchum’s evil preacher in Night of the Hunter—three...

07 June 2004 Daily Links

9:50 pm: “They almost thought I was one of them or something,” said Macaulay Culkin of the young Christians he met while researching his latest role, as a paraplegic skeptic among the Saved! Culkin and Saved! director Brian Dannelly talked with NPR’s Terry Gross today about the teen-flick satire that’s been called both “brilliant,” and a “hateful, politically correct movie” (and...

05 June 2004 Daily Links

11:18 pm: Since Revealer editor Jeff Sharlet blurbed What Would Buffy Do? The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide – “At last, a Buffy book as smart as Buffy, the show. Riess has given us the key to understanding the subtle theology of slayage, but her book is meaningful beyond the Buffyverse, too — What Would Buffy Do? is an erudite...