Posts Categorized: Movies

Pava Mannippu (1961)

A story about religious tolerance, the film attempted to bring home the point that religion was created by man to divide people and that one must not give too much importance to it. IMDB: Three children adopted from their by birth homes and raised by foster parents grow up in Muslim, Christian and Hindu households. But… Read more »

Exhibit showcases Indiana Jones’ quest for the sacred

The exhibit “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology,” at the National Geographic Museum until Jan. 3, features 100 carefully crafted film props alongside real archaeological finds. There’s the golden Ark of the Covenant from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” — the model for the container that housed the Ten Commandments, complete with two winged… Read more »

Taoists angered by Chen Kaige’s new film

Chinese Taoists are angry with Chen Kaige’s new film, “Monk Comes Down the Mountain,” claiming the director is demonizing their religion. An anonymous Taoist has published a series of questions for Chen, asking the director whether he knows anything about real Taoism. According to, which published the questions, the letter’’s writer is a widely… Read more »

PLUG’s Top Five Spiritual Films

Black Narcissus Though some have claimed that it is mildly critical of Catholicism, the beguiling mix of melodrama, noir thriller, and spirituality make this Technicolor epic a must-see. IMDB Amazon DVD Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives This art house flick from 2010, and the only Thai film that has ever won the… Read more »

Film: Sister Helen (2002)

In this compelling no-frills documentary, a 69-year-old Benedictine nun rules a private home for recovering male addicts in the South Bronx with strict curfews, tough language and a large heart. The Sundance Award-winning documentary captures in cinema verité style the no-nonsense day-to-day environment of Sister Helen’s half-way house, which provides a private room in a… Read more »

The Blasphemer (1921)

This rarely seen, silent religious feature was produced by the Catholic Art Association. After making it big on Wall Street, John Harden boasts that he is the master of his own fate and believes in neither God nor the Devil. Needless to say, he pays mightily for this hubris. His family is reduced to poverty,… Read more »

Christian Films to Remember

Adam Graham at Caffeinated Thoughts compiled a list of “good examples of Christians making enjoyable and worthwhile films.” In the first of two posts he included Cross and the Switchblade (1970), Deadly Choice (1982), The Wait of the World (1985) and the Omega Code (1999). The second post had more recent movies: Late One Night (2001), Sherwood Pictures’ four films (Flywheel, Facing the Giants,… Read more »

Kumaré: Creating Authenticity

Why do individuals need an authentic source? Why must we have a real guru or supernatural force to legitimize our faith? In the film Kumaré, Kumaré’s followers were willing to listen to him because he seemed to be a real guru. However, as the film progressed, Kumaré provided the same amount of help and peace… Read more »

Movie Mondays: Wrestling with Religion

The Seattle Public Library wrote on its blog: If you’re looking for a thoughtful examination of people wrestling with their religious convictions, these three DVDs are a great place to start: Elmer Gantry (1960), based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis, is one of the most important and controversial films about religion ever made. Burt Lancaster stars in the title… Read more »