Well-Made Movies Won’t Be… Left Behind

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Today, Matt Zoller Seitz, editor of RogerEbert.com, defended The Good Lie, a movie in which the central characters are Christians, as "a good movie."Why did he feel the need to defend it? Well, the success of The Blind Side inspired some backlash — opposition to movies in which "a white lady comes to the rescue" of those in need, as if down-home American white folks are the world's saviors. And the marketing campaign for The Good Lie certainly makes the movie look like one of those.He's n … [Read more...]

Looking Closer at Left Behind – The Movie!

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[This post will be updated over the next few days, so check back as this thrilling — dare I say rapturous? — cinematic occasion unfolds!]Yesterday, I received an advertisement distributed by Christianity Today in which Tim LaHaye said this about the new Left Behind movie:"You will be moved, blessed and thrilled."Yeah, I remember how, when I was six years old, I wrote a story, stapled it together, and then, to make it look like a real book, I put my own rave-review blurb on the cover, … [Read more...]

Wait… Who Gets “Left Behind”?

My friend Matthew Dickerson, author of Ents, Elves and Eriador: the Environmental Vision of J.R.R.Tolkien and Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: the Environmental Vision of C.S.Lewis, presented this meditation - a challenge to the conventional understanding of "the Rapture" - at a gathering of The Chrysostom Society a couple of years ago.I found it to be quite intriguing.So I'm pleased that Christianity Today has published it for everyone to read. I realized, listening to Dickerson, that … [Read more...]

My Oscar predictions, Christian Oscars(?), and Left Behind

If "Falling Slowly" from Once doesn't win, it's just another confirmation that the Academy voters don't know anything about good songwriting. (Remember when Celine Dion's Titanic histrionics beat Elliott Smith's Good Will Hunting song?)But okay, enough already. I never do very well at this game, but as a film critic, I'm required to submit my predictions for Sunday night's glamour-bash. So here we go... … [Read more...]

"Left Behind": Evangelical Pornography?

Ken Morefield examines the outrageously popular saga, and considers how it plays to evangelical "appetites." For most readers who are not evangelical Christians (and for many of us who are), the representation of reality in the Left Behind series can come across as oddly distorted. I have adopted the term "Evangelical Pornography" to describe the Left Behind franchise because its methods of representing its characters, particularly those who differ from its target audience, fit the description … [Read more...]


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