Quasi-newsbites: Serenity! Exorcism of Reese!

Two things, not really involving “news”, per se.

1. My friend Jeffrey Overstreet has started posting transcripts from the Serenity junket that took place late last week. Lucky sod.

2. Brad Tytel at The Revealer notes how a few critics have gone after Reese Witherspoon’s Just Like Heaven for, of all things, having too much alleged religio-political baggage in common with The Exorcism of Emily Rose! The loudest critic on this point — and warning, there be implicit spoilers here! — seems to be the New York Daily News‘s Jami Bernard, who calls the film “a comedy about the Terry Schiavo case” and “a tedious, faith-based diatribe against medical science” and “propaganda disguised as a popcorn movie” and “earnest and preachy”. Bizarre. “Faith-based”?

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08348484649543895070 g chin

    I don’t get it either. “Heaven” is in the movie title, which is different from the book title, but other than that – there’s nary a specific reference to Christianity here. Metaphysical stuff yes, any specific belief system no.

    The Sciavo incident is barely on the radar anymore and this movie has come out a safe length of time after the fact, I think – possibly for precisely that reason. Regardless of whether the filmmaker’s intention was to draw any correlation, people tend to see what they want to in these things anyway. I don’t *really* see it myself though, unless the filmmakers have done such a good job of masking their secret political agenda that a normally canny viewer like myself completely missed it. ;)


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