Articles added to FilmandReligion.com in April 2016

In the month of April 2016 I added this 42 articles to FilmandReligion.com that discusses aspects of film/TV and religion. About half of them are from the last 12 months, but the rest is from the 1980’s

  1. Allegory and Ambiguity in the Films of Majid Majidi: A Theodicy of Meaning by Cyrus Ali Zargar (2016-01)
  2. “Can We Laugh at God?”: Apocalyptic Comedy in Film by Robert Lamm (1991-06)
  3. The Catholic Imagination in Popular Film & Television by Ingrid Shafer (1991-08)
  4. Doctor Who and Immortality: Influence of Christian and Buddhist Ethics by Leena Vuolteenaho (2015-12)
  5. Eros and Contemplation: The Catholic Vision of Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder by Kathleen E. Urda (2016-01)
  6. Examining the Critical Role American Popular Film Continues to Play in Maintaining the Muslim Terrorist Image, Post 9/11 by Rubina Ramji (2016-01)
  7. Film and the Sacred by Joseph Cunneen (1993-04)
  8. Filmed ‘Not During the Sabbath’: The Israeli Haredi Minority through the Camera’s Lens by Yohai Hakak (2016-03)
  9. Films, Values, Absolutes: Why Theological Readings of Films are Morally and Politically Essential by Clive Marsh (2016-01)
  10. God never dies’: Buñuel and Catholicism by Michael Wood (1993-02)
  11. A God Who Plays it by Ear 5 Metaphors for God in Recent Films by Andrew Greeley (1991-08)
  12. God’s Law and the Wide Screen: The Ten Commandments as Cold War “Epic” by Alan Nadel (1993-05)
  13. God’s Middle Children Metaphysical Rebellion in Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club by Justin Garrison (2013-08)
  14. Hinduism and Its Others in Bollywood Film of the 2000s by Diana Dimitrova (2016-01)
  15. Historical figures in film: the celluloid Christ by Sarah Noah (1993-05)
  16. Historical Film and Hindu–Muslim Relations in Post-Hindutva India: The Case of Jodhaa Akbar by Raita Merivirta (2016-03)
  17. Hollywood, Main Street, and the Church: Trying to Censor the Movies Before the Production Code by Francis G. Couvares (1992-12)
  18. Impact of Television Advertisement on Consumer. Buying Behavior: The Moderating Role of. Religiosity in the context of Pakistan by Bushra Anjum, Attiya Irum (2015-12)
  19. Jesus and the Movies by John Klukach (1991-02)
  20. Jung and The Godfather movies : analyzing film from an archetypal perspective by Joseph Broda (1994-06)
  21. “The Last Temptation of Christ” et l’« affaire » Scorsese by André Muraire (1992-05)
  22. Mary Magdalene and the Politics of Public Memory: Interrogating The Da Vinci Code by Tammie M. Kennedy (2012-08)
  23. Movie stars and Islamic moralism in Egypt by Lila Abu-Lughod (1995-04)
  24. Nigerian Audiences’ Perception of Pentecostal Churches’ Ownership of Satellite Television Channels by Paul Martin Obayi, Ph.D and Ignatius Obiorah Edogor (2016-03)
  25. Philippine Muslims on Screen: From Villains to Heroes by Vivienne Angeles (2016-01)
  26. The Priests of Cyborg by Peter C. Reynolds (1993-07)
  27. The Qur’anic Epic in Iranian Cinema by Nacim Pak-Shiraz (2016-01)
  28. “Raiders of the Lost Ark”: Totem and Taboo by Andrew Gordon (1991-10)
  29. Religious and National Identity in My Name is Khan by Kathleen M. Erndl (2016-01)
  30. The religious dimension of cinematographical consciousness in postmodern culture by Sylvain De Bleeckere (1994-05)
  31. Rewriting God’s Plot: Ingmar Bergmann and Feminine Narrative by Mark B. Sandberg (1991-11)
  32. The Rise and Fall of American Televangelism by Jeffrey K. Hadden (1993-05)
  33. Sacred Women in Coptic Cinema: Between Faith and Resistance by Lise Paulsen Galal (2009-04)
  34. SDA Youth and the Movies: An Analysis of the Church’s Current Message by Brenda Keller (1993-04)
  35. The Seal of the Confessional: Robert Lepage’s Le Confessionnal in Social and Cultural Context by Adele Reinhartz (2016-01)
  36. The spoken and unspoken nature of child abuse in the miniseries Devil’s Playground: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Catholic Church and television drama in Australia by Terrie Waddell, Timothy W Jones (2016-03)
  37. Star Trek Fandom as a Religious Phenomenon by Michael Jindra (1994-06)
  38. Televising religion: A study of Sathya Sai Baba’s funeral broadcast in Gangtok, India by Manoj Kumar Das (2015-12)
  39. Television and Evangelism: A Cautionary Tale by Angela Tilby (1991-06)
  40. Time the Redeemer: Time as an Object of Cinema in a Post-Metaphysical Age by Greg Watkins (2016-01)
  41. Tracking the Fallen Apple: Ineffability, Religious Tropes, and Existential Despair in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Once Upon a Time in Anatolia by Joseph Kickasola (2016-01)
  42. Watching Movies in the Name of the Lord: Thoughts on Analyzing Christian Film Criticism by James Y. Trammell (2012-08)

Books added to FilmandReligion.com in April 2016

Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen (2008) by Douglas E. CowanIn the month of April 2016 I added this 21 books to FilmandReligion.com that discusses aspects of film/TV and religion. About half of them are from the last 12 months, and the rest is from tearlier

  1. Archetypes in Japanese Film: The Sociopolitical and Religious Significance of the Principal Heroes and Heroines (1989) by Gregory BarrettBuy
  2. Biblical Epics: Sacred Narrative in the Hollywood Cinema (1993) by Bruce Babington, Peter William EvansBuy
  3. Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film: Race, Sex and Afro-Religiosity (2015) by Montré Aza MissouriBuy
  4. Blessed are the Eyes that Catch Divine Whispering …: Silence and Religion in Film (2015) by Freek L. Bakker, Mathilde van Dijk, Leo van der Tuin, Marjeet VerbeekBuy
  5. Cinema of the Occult: New Age, Satanism, Wicca, and Spiritualism in Film (2008) by Carrol Lee FryBuy
  6. Discovering World Religions at 24 Frames Per Second (2008) by Julien R. FieldingBuy
  7. Epic Sound: Music in Postwar Hollywood Biblical Films (2014) by Stephen C. MeyerBuy
  8. Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema, Volume III (2015) by Kenneth R. Morefield, Nicholas S. OlsonBuy
  9. Hermeneutic Humility and the Political Theology of Cinema: Blind Paul (2016) by Sean DesiletsBuy
  10. Hollywood Biblical Epics: Camp Spectacle and Queer Style from the Silent Era to the Modern Day (2015) by Richard LindsayBuy
  11. Hollywood Under Siege: Martin Scorsese, the Religious Right, and the Culture Wars (2008) by Thomas LindlofBuy
  12. Homiletic: Moves and Structures (1987) by David G. ButtrickBuy
  13. Japanese Mythology in Film: A Semiotic Approach to Reading Japanese Film and Anime (2015) by Yoshiko OkuyamaBuy
  14. Jesus and Brian: Exploring the Historical Jesus and his Times via Monty Python’s Life of Brian (2015) by Joan E. TaylorBuy
  15. Judas Iscariot: Damned or Redeemed: A Critical Examination of the Portrayal of Judas in Jesus Films (1902-2014) (2016) by Carol Anne Hebron Buy
  16. Moralizing Cinema: Film, Catholicism and Power (2015) by Daniel Biltereyst, Daniela Treveri Gennari Buy
  17. Over the Rainbow: The Wizard of Oz as a Secular Myth of America (1991) by Paul NathansonBuy
  18. Preaching to a TV Generation: The Sermon in the Electronic Age (1994) by Michael RognessBuy
  19. The Sacred Foodways of Film: Theological Servings in 11 Food Films (2016) by Antonio D. SisonBuy
  20. Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen (2008) by Douglas E. CowanBuy
  21. Sensational Movies: Video, Vision, and Christianity in Ghana (2015) by Birgit MeyerBuy

Second annual status update

Last year on May 1st, when the 200th blog entry was posted, I shared some statistics of this site. Here is an update of where we are now. (The numbers in parenthesis represent last year’s data)

  • 336 blogs posts (vs 200)
  • 124 books (vs 82)
  • 287 articles (vs 199)
  • 57 syllabi (vs 57)
  • 42 likes Facebook page (vs 35)
  • 325 followers on Twitter (vs 24)
  • 9 followers on Google+ (vs 2)
  • We had 12,250 sessions (vs 8,682)  by 11,009 users (vs 7,849) and 25,962 pageviews (vs 19,764) – since January 1, 2007

The Club: Chile’s past accompanied by opaque religious elements

The Club, film posterThe Club is troubling on every level, the apparent reconciliation of its conclusion – rendered in, and reflected by, acts of religion that can’t help articulating spiritual purpose even when the context in which they appear is corrupted – as much driven by compromise as by the resolving will of any higher power, either secular (in the sense of righting the world) or sacred (in forgiving it). No easy Easter film of new beginnings, this: the troubled past of Larrain’s Chile looks set to endure a long time yet, the darkness as visible here as in any of the director’s films to date.

Iona, film review: Reflective British drama doesn’t rely on conventions

IonaIona is a lyrical, reflective drama that owes an obvious debt to the film-making of Andrei Tarkovsky and Carl Dreyer. That is both what makes it so refreshing and sometimes so frustrating. It’s a lowish-budget British drama that doesn’t rely on social realist conventions. Dialogue is kept to a minimum. Plot details are only very gradually revealed. Iona is both the name of the main character (played by Ruth Negga) and the Scottish island on which the film is set. Iona and her troubled teenage son, Bull, are heading there. She left the island many years before….

Graham makes excellent use of the Hebridean landscapes. He pays close attention to the part religion plays in the island’s life and deals very sensitively with the courtship between Bull and a beautiful young girl (Sorcha Groundsell) who can’t walk. In a Tarkovsky or as Dreyer film, though, the mysticism would have been pushed further. There would have been some miraculous happening – some attempt at transcendence. Graham, by contrast, is a little too reticent. The more we learn about the characters, the less mysterious and magical they become.

Church of England turns Jesus into drug addict

A former drug addict takes the place of Jesus – wearing a crown of thorns made from syringes – as part of a shock tactic advertisement the Church of England hopes will attract new worshippers this Easter.

Rob Jones, 46, from Halifax, West Yorks, who spent years living rough punctuated by time in prison before turning his life around, plays the central role in a short film modelled on a traditional passion play.

He appears alongside a former white witch who converted to Christianity and others in the video made as part of the Church’s “Just Pray” campaign.

‘Deadpool,’ ‘Easy A,’ And More: 12 Films Condemned By The Catholic Church

DeadpoolWhen it comes to movie ratings, we are all familiar with the same letters: G, PG, PG-13, and R. These ratings serve as a notification for movie-goers so that we know the general level of maturity of the film. If the film is PG, sure, bring the kids. If it’s R, leave the kids at home.

What you may not know is that the Catholic News Service has their own set of ratings in accordance to their own beliefs and morals. They have five different ratings, consisting of A-I (general patronage), A-II (adolescents and adults), A-III (adults), L (limited adult audience), and O (morally offensive).

While an L rating states that a very small adult audience should see the film, an O rating claims that the film shouldn’t be seen at all.

Film Series: “Faith and Religion in Film”

Going My Way, 1944Few things inspire such passion and conflict–and such meaningfulness and peace–in our lives as religion. Join us for different looks at faith and religion through the lens of the filmmaker as we start our next film series at OLLI: “Faith and Religion in Film” on April 11. During April through July, we will screen these eight movies, each with differing perspectives on the role of religion in individual lives and in communities and civilizations:

April 11 A Man For All Seasons, 1966
April 25 Elmer Gantry, 1960
May 9 Amazing Grace, 2006
May 23 Going My Way, 1944
June 13 The Robe, 1953
June 27 The Chosen, 1981
July 11 Doubt, 2008
July 25 Jesus Christ Superstar, 1973

CALL FOR PAPERS: Divine Recognition

Film and HistoryAn area of multiple panels for the 2016 Film & History Conference:
Gods and Heretics: Figures of Power and Subversion in Film and Television
October 26-October 30, 2016
The Milwaukee Hilton
Milwaukee, WI (USA)

DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2016
AREA: Divine Recognition

This area invites papers that explore and debate cinematic portrayals of spirituality and religion, ranging from subtle, permeating themes to examining explicitly devout characters and religious ritual. Ideal presentations will identify figures of piety that may include devout saints, fanatical zealots, or conniving charlatans; religious rituals may represent real-life traditions or fictional fabrications. This area welcomes the discussion of large-scale biblical epics, intimate spiritual journeys, and other themes that critically reflect on the intersection of faith and film.

“Through a Class Darkly” – takes a look at religion in an unconventional way

Through a Class DarklyA supernatural world full of mythical beings and musical songs set on East Carolina University’s campus comes alive tonight in Speight Auditorium.

Through a Class Darkly,” a film written and directed by ECU professor Michael Tierno, takes a look at religion in an unconventional way. Tierno, creator of “Through a Class Darkly,” drew from his observations of religion to write the film.

“I’m obviously teaching in the Bible Belt and I’m sort of surrounded by a lot of faith based students,” said Tierno. “I’m more of an atheist myself. But I felt like it’s sometimes hard to feel all alone in the universe and these kids have faith and a lot of the rest of the world demonizes faith based people.”