Psycho, Killer, Bigot, or Saint? Christians in the Movies in 2008.

It's 2008, and I'm still waiting to see if any brave filmmakers out there will dare to introduce a Christian character who isn't a mass murderer or a psychopath. … [Read more...]

Morefield on “Negative Caricatures” of Christians at the Movies

Commenting on yesterday's entry about "positive portrayals" of Christianity on the big screen, my friend and colleague Ken Morefield gets inspired and blogs a strong opinion on the subject. Thanks, Ken!Among his sharp observations, I see that I'm not the only one to suggest that perhaps the "negative caricatures" of Christians we see on the big screen may occasionally have something to do with the fact that Christians often do behave publicly in despicable ways.(It's nice to have someone … [Read more...]

Name 20 recent films that portray Christianity in a positive light

I frequently receive mail from readers who argue that we should ignore "Hollywood's output" because of the ways in which Christians are negatively portrayed.If I dare answer by suggesting that some of these portrayals are actually fair -- even deserved -- I am quickly swamped by email telling me where I'll be spending eternity. (Hint: Not heaven.)But I know many Christians who are devoting their lives to developing meaningful art and entertainment. Yes, in Hollywood.And I frequently … [Read more...]

A Few Predictions About “The Nativity Story”

I haven't seen anything but the trailer for Catherine Hardwicke's The Nativity Story yet. And I really don't have any particular expectations about the film itself.When I saw Hardwicke's Thirteen, which starred Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood, I was quite impressed with the performances of her cast. Whether that was just the cast being brilliant, or whether it had something to do with Hardwicke's direction, well, that will probably become more clear as we see more of Hardwicke's … [Read more...]

Regarding that "Facing the Giants" post…

My comments on the tempest over at Dick Staub's CultureWatch set off a bit of a tempest here.But since I haven't seen the film (I only meant to comment on the way other people are upset about criticism of the film), I was happy to receive a response to the film from a film writer whose assessments of films I greatly respect.He said I could post his note on a condition of anonymity. In the spirit of Transformers, I'll call him Christianous Prime.Hopefully his comments will restore … [Read more...]

Another "Facing the Giants" controversy

Facing the Giants, the film that has stirred up some chatter because it was rated PG for its open references to Christianity, is stirring up even more trouble for cultural commentator and writer Dick Staub.Staub dared to suggest that, even though Christians had been involved in making and supporting the film, it was still mediocre and unsatisfying. In fact, his words were even stronger... he called it"another artistic embarrassment in the name of Jesus."Staub is learning an important … [Read more...]

Flush the Koran, and That’s Bigotry. Flush a Christian Sacrament, It’s Comedy.

Here's an interesting editorial by Brent Bozell: The riots caused by Newsweek's story claiming American interrogators were flushing the Koran caused many Americans to be amazed by the extreme reaction in the Islamic world. Ken Woodward, the long-time religion writer of Newsweek, tried to explain to Christians just how offensive Koran-flushing is to Muslims: "Recitation of the Koran is for Muslims much like what receiving the Eucharist is for Catholics -- a very intimate ingestion of the divine … [Read more...]

“Their Christianity seems worthy of celebration…”

An interesting passage in J.R. Jones's review of Todd Solondz's Palindromes: Solondz has invoked The Wizard of Oz when talking about the theme of Palindromes -- there's no place like home -- but Mama and Bo Sunshine's adopted family is more like the Island of Misfit Toys: most of the children suffer from some congenital affliction, from blindness to missing limbs to Down syndrome. Yet the family is so perfectly loving that for Aviva their home is a paradise. The Sunshines serve as a rebuke not … [Read more...]