Posts By: Film and Religion

Low-budget Bible Belt films meet the bright lights of Hollywood

Hollywood has discovered the Bible Belt — again. Here at GetReligion, our leader — Terry Mattingly — suggested in 2011: Someone needs to copyright that phrase, “Tinseltown is rediscovering religion.” You can make some money off it in three to five years. Back in March, USA Today reported on Hollywood finding “religion and profits at… Read more »

Jesus Camp (2006): incessant madness and irrationality

All of this incessant madness and irrationality is interrupted sporadically by Mike Papantino, the Christian co-host of radio programme Ring of Fire. The camera captures Papantino in his studio as he articulately despairs of these people, highlighting the alarming scale of the Evangelical movement and how this affects the democracy of the United States. Although… Read more »

The Gray Area of the Religion Debate

From another review of Calvary Similar to last year’s Philomena, Calvary emphasizes and criticizes the various facets that have wounded the Catholic Church’s public image and forever changed many people’s views of these institutions. Now, this movie is quite interesting on a tonal level because at times, it can be exhaustingly tragic and somber, but… Read more »

Filmwell last 10 days: Rectify/Aquinas, Day of Wrath, The Strange Little Cat, Grigris

Filmwell, an excellent film commentary site had four posts the last ten days The wrote about an episode of the TV series Rectify titled Mazel Tov: Rectify marks the first time I have seen a TV show reference Thomas Aquinas. In a moment of reconciliation between Tawny and Teddy, Teddy picks up the book on Tawny’s… Read more »

Calvary review: Brendan Gleeson faces a holy terror

A weary parish priest sits in the confessional at his tiny Irish church. Someone enters, and begins to speak. But it’s not about a sin he’s committed. It’s about one he’s going to. In a week, he tells the priest, he’s going to kill him…. “Calvary” begins with a bang — and threatens to end… Read more »

Best Seat In The House Of Worship: The Temple Hollywood Built

There’s an 85-year-old building on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles… Modeled after Rome’s Pantheon, the  was built by movie moguls — Louis B. Mayer of MGM; Irving Thalberg, MGM’s production head; Carl Laemmle, founder of Universal; and the Warner brothers. They all deployed craftsmen from their studios to adorn the temple. Read (listen to) full… Read more »

Watching Rick Santorum’s New ‘Religious Liberty’ Movie

The film’s subjects are familiar: Hobby Lobby, the Oregon bakers and Washington florist who refused to serve same-sex weddings (“The government shouldn’t force you to bake the cake!” audience members later argued), the Mt. Soledad Veteran’s Memorial with its tall cross on government property, the counseling student who refused to affirm a client’s same-sex relationships,… Read more »

High octane genuflection: theology of Mad Max

The Mad Max series shows society and culture devolve with each installment. It is about the worship of the machine and the mechanized destruction it can visit upon humanity. As the series evolves we see the bleakness change, becoming a strange reverence for the machine as savior. While the machine age led to the destruction of humanity,… Read more »

A movie miracle: how Hollywood found religion

Big news from the box office: some people released some Christian-themed movies that weren’t completely terrible. The terribleness of Christian movies is, of course, an article of faith among film critics, who reserve for them their most damning barbs (“doesn’t even meet the standards of decent propaganda”; “doesn’t belong in a theatre”). On Metacritic and… Read more »