‘Hillsong’ Casts a Secular Lens on an Evangelical Band
It took only one Hillsong service for Mr. Warren. 43, to overcome his knee-jerk prejudice
Mr. Wagner acknowledged that Hillsong risked being criticized for participating, but said the documentary “fits right into the church’s M.O.,” which includes the evangelist knack for “being right at the forefront of using every kind of media possible to bring God to the secular popular consciousness.” Michael John Warren, the director of MTV documentaries... Continue Reading
The Da Vinci Code After Ten Years: Reflections on Heresy & Christology
What still makes the book and film intriguing is that they repackage old heresies, even if for nothing more than entertainment value
In fact, Stephen Nichols used The Da Vinci Code as the launch pad of his 2007 book, For Us and for Our Salvation: The Doctrine of Christ in the Early Church. “If we learn anything from The Da Vinci Code phenomenon, it must be the lesson of the importance of getting the person of Christ right,”... Continue Reading
CALVINIST: A Documentary On the Development of the Modern Calvinist Movement
The film’s anticipated release date in October 2017.
Well-known and not-so well-known Calvinists alike will be interviewed and help explain where Calvinism came from and why it is making a sudden comeback. Lanphere will attempt to discover what circumstances led to the resurgence of Calvinism, its successes and perhaps where it’s falling short. Finally, the film will seek to point young Reformed people... Continue Reading
The Story After ‘Chariots of Fire’
“The Last Race,” a follow up film to “Chariots of Fire,” is about the ministry of Eric Liddell in China after the 1924 Olympics.
The film first shows Liddell, played by Joseph Fiennes, trudging into an internment camp in 1943, then flashes back to the eastern port of Tianjin and his years in the city as a teacher and missionary after his Olympic victory. After the Japanese invade, he sends his pregnant wife (Elizabeth Arends) and their two daughters... Continue Reading
Me Before You: Dear Hollywood, Why Do You Want Me Dead?
11-year-old wheelchair athlete tells the culture to get over itself
Me Before You comes out tomorrow. I’ve never read the book, but my mom told me about it and I read the reviews online. It’s the story of a guy who gets in an accident, and has a spinal cord injury, and has to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. A guy... Continue Reading
‘Remember’ – A Review
A stunning film; it has possibly the most stunning and surprising ending I have ever seen in a film
The film itself raises a number of significant issues – the question of dementia, the banality of evil and the requirements of justice. If you were an Auschwitz guard who has killed many people, and then 70 years later are a doting grandad living a peaceful life with a large extended family, is it right... Continue Reading
The Young “Messiah”: Christians Delight in Really Bad Fanfiction
The Young Messiah is based on the novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by on-again-off-again Catholic Anne Rice, which imagines Jesus at around age 7
The problem with fiction films that are said to be “some truth” based on something that isn’t even in the breathed-out Word of God is that you can’t mix light with darkness. Truth plus error still equals terror, and movie goers aren’t going to be able to unsee the imagery and the untruth about our... Continue Reading
Many Beautiful Things: The Gift of Sight
Lilias Trotter had a gift for seeing beauty and for capturing it in exquisite watercolors; her story is the focus of a new documentary called “Many Beautiful Things.”
Hinson’s new film is full of Trotter’s paintings, brought to life through the skillful addition of depth and animation, until it almost feels as if we’re walking through some of her landscapes. Experts on Trotter tell her story, and actors Michelle Dockery (of “Downton Abbey”) and John Rhys-Davies (of “The Lord of the Rings”) read... Continue Reading
‘Risen’: Hollywood Gets Jesus Right
Overall, this film provides a stunning portrayal of the events behind the Christian teaching that this one man, after being fully dead, was Risen.
Risen isn’t just thematically and historically accurate, it also succeeds as a film. Impressive cinematography captures each powerful scene…. Events unfold in front of a frantic, soaring score, adding even more depth of emotion to such stunning scenes. The pacing is spot on, between Roman questionings, the pursuit of fleeing Jews, and the contrasting peace... Continue Reading
A Long Time Ago in a Galilee Far, Far Away
The dramatic appeal of Star Wars depends on the fact that there is something to live and die for
“To be fair to Mr. Lucas, conceiving of the mystery of life in a dramatically plausible way is no small task. The poets of old balked at it. And yet like so many of his generation, modern technology has made the path of wonder look so easy, so mundane. Technological advance has fostered the vain... Continue Reading