Did the Exodus Happen? And What It Means Today

Exodus

Ridley Scott, is the director of such classic films as Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, and Gladiator. So when I heard that Scott, who is a self-described atheist, had been given a $140 million budget to make a film of the biblical Exodus story, my curiosity was piqued. It’s been almost sixty years, since Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments, so we were probably due for a update using twenty-first century special effects. Now, if you, like me, are a huge religion nerd, then this fil … [Read more...]

Aronofsky’s Noah: from “Hope in Heaven” to “Hope in Grandchildren”

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You know the city Shurrupak, it stands on the banks of Euphrates? that city grew old and the gods that were in it were old.... In those days the world teemed, the people multiplied, the world bellowed like a wild bull, and the great god was aroused by the clamor. Enlil heard the clamor and he said to the gods in council, “The uproar of humankind is intolerable and sleep is no longer possible by reason of the babel.” So the gods agreed to exterminate humanity. Enlil did that, but Ea because of his … [Read more...]

Does “The Master” Have Clothes?

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I want to like Paul Thomas Anderson's new film The Master, and perhaps my expectations were too high. If so, they were high for good reason: Anderson has set such a lofty bar with his previous work.I haven't seen his first feature-length film Hard Eight (1996), but since seeing Boogie Nights (1997) on DVD, I've eagerly anticipated each of his subsequent theatrical releases. I loved both Magnolia (1999) and Punch-Drunk Love (2002). And 2007's There Will Be Blood was easily my favorite film of … [Read more...]


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