Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Arts & Faith community — which I’ve been a member of since before the A&F website was created ten years ago — has released a list of the Top 25 Films on Marriage. This is the third Top 25 list that the A&F community has produced in the last few years, as a supplement to our occasional Top 100 films-of-all-time lists — but it is the first Top 25 that I myself took part in. The first was devoted to horror films, of which I am not a particularly big or well-informed fan, and the second was devoted to road movies, which was so broadly defined that some movies on that list — such as 2001: A Space Odyssey — don’t even feature any roads! (But the movie still portrays a “pilgrimage” of sorts, so.) However, I did very much want to take part in the marriage-movie list, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that one of my favorite movies of all time — a very obscure (on this continent) British flick called The Family Way — came in at #8. I wrote the blurb on that film, as well as the blurb on Hobson’s Choice, a David Lean comedy (yes, they do exist!) which came in at #22. To learn more about the list, and the community that produced it, check out this introductory essay by M. Leary at Good Letters, the blog hosted by Image magazine.
The Arts & Faith Top 25 Films on Marriage
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).