Silence

I was delighted to have an opportunity to see an advance screening of Martin Scorsese’s new movie Silence tonight, a couple of days before it opens here in Indianapolis. I went with a friend who has read Shūsaku Endō’s novel, and he said the movie is remarkably faithful to the book – except perhaps the very final [Read More…]

Hidden Figures

I was delighted to attend an advance screening tonight of the movie Hidden Figures, and I am enthusiastically recommending it. It combines so much into one movie: it is based on real historical events; it has romance; it is a feel-good, family-friendly movie with a powerful positive message and excellent role models; it addresses issues of [Read More…]

Blade Runner 2049

Next year, there will be a new Blade Runner movie. Excited? Via Polygon. [Read more…]

Call for Papers: The Place of Religion in Film

March 30th-April 1st, the University of Syracuse will host a conference on “The Place of Religion in Film,” as part of the Ray Smith Symposium Series. Here’s the full call for papers: The Place of Religion in Film March 30 – April 1, 2017 with plenaries featuring Joaquim Pinto, director, and Nuno Leonel, cinematographer, of [Read More…]

Rewatching The Black Hole

I just rewatched the science fiction movie The Black Hole, to introduce my son to it. I was particularly eager to see what I myself thought of the ending, and indeed whether it meant what I had interpreted it to mean when I watched it in my youth. And I wondered what my son would [Read More…]

Visiting Edom/Mars

It will take some time to process and share many of the thoughts I had during my recent visit to many places I had been before in Israel and the West Bank, and to places I had never been before especially in Jordan. Among the latter was Wadi Rum, which I only learned after I [Read More…]

The Young Messiah: Recording of Today’s Chat with Cyrus Nowrasteh

The video above is the recording of today’s chat that myself and several other Patheos bloggers had with director Cyrus Nowrasteh about his new movie The Young Messiah. If you missed the live chat earlier today, this is your chance to hear the conversation. There were some technical hitches that kept me from being there [Read More…]

Live Chat about The Young Messiah

Patheos will be hosting a live chat about the new movie The Young Messiah tomorrow afternoon. You can register and participate here: https://patheos.learnitlive.com/class/8531/Live-Chat-The-Young-Messiah# I may not be able to stay for the whole thing, but I’m planning on being there for at least the first half. Hope you can join us! See also my blog [Read More…]

The Young Messiah

I am grateful to have had the opportunity (as part of the Patheos Movie Club) to see an advance viewing of The Young Messiah, a movie based on the novel by Anne Rice, the original title of which was Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. The story begins with text suggesting that many Jews fled [Read More…]

A New Category of Violence

The image came to my attention via John Byron on Facebook. What is “biblical violence” in this context? How is it different from other kinds of violence? Or is it violence of “biblical proportions”?   [Read more…]