Elliott Spitzer Makes a Porno, Part II; Also: Christian Approach to Movies

Laura Bramon Good delivers Part 2 of her series "Elliot Spitzer Makes a Porno" ... at Image's blog, Good Letters. (If you missed Part 1, it's here.)- Greg Wright on "Anatomy of a Christian Approach to Movies" (Hey, thanks, Greg! I'm honored!) … [Read more...]

Superman Returns (2006) – guest reviewer Greg Wright

This is a guest review by Greg Wright•Has anyone but me noticed that only one letter prevents Superman Returns from being an anagram for Superman Reruns? Dan Brown is to blame for doing this to my mind.Before you think I’ve gone entirely off the deep end, though, consider this: The Da Vinci Code postulated that Jesus Christ was not the chaste, virginal young man we read about in The Children’s Bible. Yes, and Ron Howard’s film ratcheted up this daring expose, delivering hard, documen … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Be a Better Film Critic

Evan Derrick's "10 Ways To Be a Better Film Critic": Part One and Part Two.This is quite a read, and I like a lot of what Derick's said here.And hey! He even praises my friend Greg Wright!Think about your favorite film critics. What makes their reviews stand out? What ruins a good movie review?And if you want to get personal and tell me how my reviews might improve, feel free to comment. I'd like to know. (But no, I won't necessarily post those. I'll keep them to ponder.) … [Read more...]

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008) – a guest review by Greg Wright

Greg Wright, who edits Hollywood Jesus and runs Past the Popcorn, impressed me with his thoughtful examination of the new documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed when we participated in a roundtable discussion at The Kindlings Muse a week ago. (That discussion will be available via podcast soon.)So I was delighted to see that Wright had published a full review of the film at Past the Popcorn, and I quickly asked him if he would be willing to share the review here.So here is Greg … [Read more...]

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008) – A Guest Review by Greg Wright

Greg Wright, who edits Hollywood Jesus and runs Past the Popcorn, impressed me with his thoughtful examination of the new documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed when we participated in a roundtable discussion at The Kindlings Muse a week ago. (That discussion will be available via podcast soon.)So I was delighted to see that Wright had published a full review of the film at Past the Popcorn, and I quickly asked him if he would be willing to share the review here.So here is Greg … [Read more...]

“Darkly” Goes Past the Popcorn

Greg Wright recently noted Through a Screen Darkly in a commentary at Past the Popcorn. Context is everything. And no movie—no single tale in Scripture, even—can possibly tell the whole story of God’s redemptive plan. Even Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, that R-rated Christian audience-pleaser, only manages to tell a portion of Jesus’ story. The best that we can hope, especially of human story-telling, is that one fragment of the Gospel — a vision of man’s brokenness, perhaps, or a parab … [Read more...]

“Morality, Movies and Ratings”

Greg Wright at Past the Popcorn is considering the everlasting questions about movies and morality. In this new article on the subject, it looks like he's been reading Through a Screen Darkly and the new edition of Robert K. Johnston's Reel Spirituality.Wright writes: Discernment is obviously required, as is spiritual maturity. And when it comes to our children, parental guidance is always a necessity, whether it’s the bad theology of The Sound of Music, or the violent reality of The P … [Read more...]

Greg Wright puts Peter Jackson in Perspective

Congratulations to Greg Wright for completing and publishing Peter Jackson In Perspective. This exploration of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films is probably the most thorough and insightful interpretation of the films yet published. Wright examines what Jackson and his screenwriters got right, what they misunderstood, where they triumphed, and where they fell short. Reading this book should give Tolkien fans a deeper appreciation of both the books and the films.This is the perfect … [Read more...]


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