Faith in Film

I was recently interviewed by Kandra Polatis on the subject of religion and science fiction films. The resulting article is called “Faith in film: Why science-fiction movies abound with religious themes” and can be read on the Deseret News website.   [Read more...]

Inspired by the Flood Story

The above featurette about the making of the ark for the upcoming movie Noah has gotten me much more excited about the movie than I was before. It is not the first adaptation of the flood story to take creative license. That is, in actual fact, what the Bible’s flood story did with earlier versions. [Read More...]

My Bacon Number is 3

Someone shared the “Oracle of Bacon” on Facebook. Through it, I learned that I have a Bacon Number of 3, assuming that one is calculating connections of all genuine friends and acquaintances, and not only people who were in movies together. Krystina Ptasinski, an actress who majored in religion as well as theater at Butler [Read More...]

Noah’s Flood Website

I just learned of a new website, Noah’s Flood, created to look at stories of natural cataclysms from long before the Bible up through the new Noah movie. I have only taken a quick look, but it looks interesting and worth sharing. [Read more...]

Man of Steel

I watched Man of Steel a few weeks ago, and enjoyed its different version of various characters’ stories. It had slipped my mind that here had been so much buzz prior to and immediately after its release, about its promotion to churches. The actual religious imagery did not seem more prominent than in other versions [Read More...]

Tomorrow and The Day After Tomorrow

As weather forecasters are warning of a “polar vortex” set to bring record low temperatures in many areas, is anyone besides me thinking back to the apocalyptic movie “The Day After Tomorrow,” which envisaged global warming disrupting weather patterns, leading to a new ice age? The movie's scenario is obviously ridiculously extreme, but it is [Read More...]

A Very Hitchcock Christmas

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Darren Aronofsky Beats Ken Ham for Noah’s Ark Realism

Peter Chattaway shared this sneak peek of the upcoming Noah movie starring Russell Crowe: Compare what you see in the Answers in Genesis ark park and its anachronistic depiction of Noah’s workshop, about which¬†Fred Clark recently posted: Of course, talking about “realism” in different types of depictions of a story that is not realistic is [Read More...]

Ender’s Game

Yesterday I got to see the movie Ender’s Game. Although quite a bit had to be left out in order to make the story into a regular feature-length film, I felt that what was depicted was fairly true to the original, or at least in keeping with it. The visual effects were impressive and brought [Read More...]

Gospel of Thomas Videos

There are a wide array of videos related to the Gospel of Thomas available online, collected on the Gospel of Thomas website. They include a Gospel of Thomas movie¬†the delivery of which is customizable. Here’s one version that is on YouTube, courtesy of Mark Goodacre’s blog: There are also excerpts from documentaries such as this [Read More...]

Another Polite Bribe

I had the chance to finish watching the documentary A Polite Bribe, which I blogged about briefly on a previous occasion, and so now want to say more about it. I honestly cannot think of another single documentary film about the Bible which has such a wide array of the very best and best-known scholars [Read More...]


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