Posts Categorized: Other’s Reviews

‘God Willing’: Filmart/Hong Kong Review

Winner of the 2015 David di Donatello Award for best new director (aka the ‘Italian Oscar,’) God Willing, a comedy-drama directed and co-written by Edoardo Falcone, screenwriter for Massimiliano Bruno (Nessuno mi può giudicare, Confusi e felici), takes on spiritual awakening and the religion-versus-reason dilemma with a predictable plot and glimmers of fine humor. Fashioned… Read more »

The Confirmation Theatrical Review

The Confirmation opens with a child and his mother waiting outside a church. As the first lines of dialogue were spoken, I felt a sudden pang of shock, thinking I had unwittingly sat down for one of the numerous heavy-handed faith-based features crowding multiplexes. Thankfully, as it continued, the film revealed itself to instead be a… Read more »

Review: The Witch

Evil lurks in the shadows throughout the film, with mention of “Satan” trying to sabotage the family’s farm. Classic symbolism gives “The Witch” a fairytale feel with a twist, like something from the Brothers Grimm. Think less Snow White, more creepy Norwegian folk tales. The film’s eerie religious tones are enough to get your skin… Read more »

Why Evangelical Films Fail ( Peter J. Leithart )

Theologically speaking, character development is “sanctification.” A conversionist form of Christianity places less emphasis on sanctification than on conversion and justification. In films, that translates into drastic oversimplification of human psychology. For Evangelicals, there are only two sets of motivations, as there are two kinds of people: Saved and unsaved. While that is ultimately true,… Read more »

Film Review: Ordet (1955)

Perhaps the most intriguing elements of the film for me were the questions raised by the ghostly Johannes’ belief that he is Jesus Christ. The seminal moment in which he attempts to resurrect Inger from the dead, and swiftly enters into a blackout once he is confronted with the truth that he is not Jesus,… 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 »

Unconditional – Atlanta Filmmaker Tackles LGBT Homelessness, Religion

Kent Igleheart is an Atlanta actor, but now he’s taking his turn behind the camera in his first short film called “Unconditional.” Igleheart said that one reason for the large number of homeless LGBT youths in the South is because of religion. In the film, though, Igleheart addresses religion from all sides. There’s Bradley, who… Read more »