Posts By: Film and Religion

Robin Williams ‘Considered Christ’ But He Was Never Set Free

Oscar-winning actor and groundbreaking comedian Robin Williams had an interest in God and religion but he never experienced a genuine conversion or commitment to Christ, says Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission and editor-in-chief of Movieguide.com. Baehr, who interviewed Williams on several occasions, said Williams’ drug problems were actual demons… Read more »

“Mencintai Nisan,” or “Loving (a) Tombstone.”

Dimas Brodjonegoro, the Jakarta-based artist has dived into filmmaking with his directorial debut, “Mencintai Nisan,” or “Loving (a) Tombstone.” It’s a story that uses the template of a romantic drama to examine the fraught relationship between devotees of different religious groups in Indonesia, and the sensitive topic has made it a challenge for Dimas to… Read more »

Behind the Walls, 2011 Muslim Short film

This movie on Islam and society depicts a non Muslim (Christian, Atheist, Jewish etc.) man trapped with a Muslim Women in an elevator. It challenges the racist ethnic and prejudices of western society and encourage peace between cultures. Should cultural differences trump compassion? Should compassion trump cultural differences? Which is more important to uphold?

Summer Silliness: Sharknado 2 & Black Jesus

I like Black Jesus because it suggests a Jesus that has human habits, tastes, and even foibles, and is still a loving and even admirable figure. This is a necessary corrective. I firmly believe most Christians, especially conservatives and evangelicals, are Docetists – that is, they don’t really believe Jesus was human. Not in any… Read more »

Martin Scorsese directs movie about Jesuit mission to 17th-century Japan

Martin Scorsese, whose 1988 film “The Last Temptation of Christ” ignited national controversy, is negotiating with Paramount Studios to distribute a new movie about Jesuit missionaries, according to the show business newspaper Variety. The historical drama “Silence,” stars Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson and begins shooting in Taiwan later this year. Based on Shusaku Endo’s… Read more »

Bright Day! – ‘mockumentary’ about new-age religions

A satirical ‘documentary’ that pokes a sharp and goofy finger at new-age religions, modern self-help movements (ala The Secret, Oprah, etc.) and their seductive ‘you can have everything you’ve ever wanted’ message. Tripp Bailey, a washed-up journalist and wanna-be documentarian, as he tries to infiltrate and debunk Pyrasphere, ‘Hollywood’s Fastest-growing New Religion.’ Along the way,… Read more »

17th Religion Today Film Festival

The Film Festival will take place from 10 to 21 October 2014 in Trento and other Italian cities with screenings, seminars, special events and activities for the local schools. Since 1997 Religion Today has been the first international and itinerant film festival dedicated to Cinema and Religions for a culture of peace and dialogue between faiths, cultures,… Read more »

God’s Not Dead Review

“God’s Not Dead” follows several characters as they face life challenges. The main story revolves around an atheist philosophy professor, played by Sorbo, who challenges a Christian college freshman to a debate. Subplots include a reporter struggling with her cancer diagnosis; a woman hiding her Christian faith from her family; and two ministers trying to… Read more »

Recent entries from 1MoreFilmBlog: James Vance vs. Judas Priest, The Maid’s Room, Boyhood, Levitated Mass, Get on Up

Kenneth R. Morefield  is a busy blogger at Patheos’ 1MoreFilmBog. Here are some of his recent entries: Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest (Taylor, 1992) …Dream Deceivers stops short of insisting on an explicit connection between Mrs. Vance’s religion and her willingness to blame heavy metal music for her family’s dysfunction…. Read more »

Fight Church review: documentary about religion and MMA

“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:34 This seems to be the underlying message in “Fight Church,” the documentary film tying mixed martial arts (MMA) together with Christianity. The film made its international premiere this past weekend at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival 2014, with co-director Bryan Storkel… Read more »