Prince Caspian Reviewed: Putting away the Fear of Childishness

I didn’t expect to be saying this, but Prince Caspian is a better movie than 2005’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe—and, believe it or not, a more Christian movie. Gone is the shallow “three cheers for family” prattle of the first film; in Prince Caspian, it’s even suggested that obeying Aslan might be more important than being nice to one’s siblings. Gone is the “just believe in yourself” message that seems to dominate anything Disney has done in recent years; Prince Caspian has the temer … [Read more...]

Should the Local Church Embrace Prince Caspian?

The Passion of the Christ, Expelled, Evan Almighty and The Chronicles of Narnia all share one thing in common: they were marketed in large part by the local church. Pastors found these movies to be such a ray of hope, that they took it upon themselves (with a little encouragement by the studios themselves) to encourage their own flock to, well flock to the theater on opening night. It has become routine for any remotely religious film to push "group rates" for opening weekend tickets. It is … [Read more...]

Aslan: The Grandfatherly God

Editor's note: This Friday Prince Caspian will be released in theaters to much (primarily Christian) fanfare. Since many of the concerns which were raised about the first film will likely return in Prince Caspian, it is fitting that the first post in our week long discussion of the Narnia adaptations should be a look back at the most controversial aspect of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: the denaturing of Aslan.On Friday, many Christians who will go see Prince Caspian will be doing so … [Read more...]

Iron Man: Full of Irony and Things That Go Boom

Superhero Summer has officially begun with lots of booms, and, if Iron Man is any indication, it looks like it’s going to be a better season than 2007’s Summer of the Three-quels. Iron Man is a wryly funny entry into the superhero genre that manages to raise moral questions without being pretentious about them. To me, Superman is an overgrown blue Boy Scout; give me a darker, more complex guy (or gal) to save the world. Batman fits the bill, but Iron Man, a.k.a. mogul and weapons engineer Tony S … [Read more...]

Expelled: Anyone Listening? Anyone? Anyone?

Those who don’t recognize Ben Stein’s name will probably recognize his voice, best known for intoning “Bueller? . . . Bueller?” in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. However, Stein has also been a speechwriter for Nixon and Ford and a conservative economics columnist. In his newest role as actor and co-writer in the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, he uses Michael Moore-esque tactics to raise important questions about Intelligent Design, academic freedom, and the power of ideas. However, the … [Read more...]

Don't Judge This Movie By Its Cover

As you are browsing the local movie rental store or looking for a movie to add to your Netflix queue you may read the brief synopsis of a new movie released on DVD this week.  The synopsis reads like this,"Lars (Ryan Gosling) is an awkwardly shy young man in a small Northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the internet."What do you do?  Wince and run the o … [Read more...]

Trouble in Narnia

The more I hear about the upcoming Prince Caspian film (to be released May 16), the more worried I am about it. First, there was director Andrew Adamson’s promise (clearly supposed to excite us) that the movie would be “battles all the way through.” Then there was the screenwriters’ post on the official film blog indicating that they would be exploring the psychological difficulties faced by the Pevensie children as they deal with the transition from being Kings and Queens in Narnia to being scho … [Read more...]

I Am Legend: He is Job

He had lost his family, and his entire way of life. He came face to face with evil and he pondered to himself, "Why has God allowed this to happen?" It is the essential question that everyone asks of tragedy. It is not simply a question of philosophical investigation or even of theological study, but the cry of the broken heart. You may think I am speaking of Job, the "righteous man" of Scripture, but I am actually referencing Robert Neville, the main character of the new to DVD movie I am … [Read more...]

Movieguide gets the Last Word

Not too long ago, Alan Noble wrote an article about Movieguide's Faith and Value awards. Tom Snyder, Movieguide's editor responded with a defense of Movieguide and their practices. This set in motion a week devoted to addressing some of the claims and assumptions in Tom's response. However, we wanted Tom to have the last word, so we gave him the opportunity to answer the following questions. They're provided here for you completely unedited. Thanks to Tom for taking the time to humor us.Who … [Read more...]

What Makes a Film "Good"? editor, Tom Snyder writes:"Here, in these stats, we are not only judging production and aesthetic quality plus entertainment values, but actual content and worldview. Thus, SEPTEMBER DAWN, THE LAST SIN EATER and BEYOND THE GATES did not make the cut of the Top 20 movies for families or mature audiences, which is content driven and age appropriate driven first, then quality second (for instance, I am personally not a fan of BELLA quality wise and thought other movies made similar … [Read more...]