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December 28, 2012


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Thanks for sharing, Pastor Scott. Have you seen Magnolia? A very worldly movie but I've not found another film that has had me thinking deeper for longer than that film. If you've not seen it, I definitely recommend it.

Scott D.

Danny, Thanks for the recommendation. I have seen Magnolia. I almost included it, but I think I need to watch it with someone who can help me figure it out. Not being able "get it" may be part of the point. But you are right that it is a really interesting film that invites lots of conversation.

Matt Wilson

I just finished a Theology and Film class at Fuller. There were three movies from that class I found particularly provocative: 1. Life is Beautiful (blends comedy and tragedy in such a beautiful way while expressing a father's love in a powerful way) 2. Station Agent (highlights many of the same themes as Lars and the Real Girl. Especially interesting when paired with Ecclesiastes) 3. Departures (a Japanese movie {streaming on Netflix} that explores the theme of death and our human response to it).

Nate Conklin

"Mass Appeal" is available in iTunes for download as an HD movie or rental. FYI.
Thought you would want to know, since I've heard you mention the movie before (and commented on it's limited release).

I AM surprised that you didn't find a version of "Fiddler on the Roof" to mention, since we know how much enjoyment you derive from it. :)

Nate Conklin

Two additional (belated) thoughts:
+ re Shawshank - I was pleased to note a couple weeks ago that the Hungarian version of this movie released as exactly those words... "prisoners of hope" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111161/trivia?tab=tr&item=tr1478611)

+ re The Mission - I love the scene you mention but also the closing tension between fighting for justice versus self sacrifice. The final conversations between Roderigo and Gabriel. Gabriel says "God is love. If might is right, then love has no place in the world. It may be so, it may be so. But I don't have the strength to live in a world like that, Rodrigo." (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091530/quotes?qt=qt0298817)

Kevin Nye

No Gran Torino? I'm surprised... But it does very similarly what Looper did with the ending, but I think Gran Torino had a little more edge because of your expectations with Clint Eastwood in the lead role. I;m very happy to see Looper on this list though. One thing I've been trying to do on my blog is "theological dialogues" with hit films, and I did several this summer, including the dark Knight trilogy, but Looper was my favorite for this endeavor. I also really enjoyed writing about the latest 007, Skyfall, because the movie itself invoked the theme of "resurrection", which is obviously a very theological topic. You should dabble in theology and film more often, I'd very much like to hear your thoughts on this topic more frequently.

Mark McHenney

Thanks for these suggestions. I plan to watch them. By coincidence, I just watch Elysium which has a number of Christian parallels. I would be interested to hear your thoughts.

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