Posts Categorized: Pointers to Blog Posts

The Netflix-ization of the Church

In thinking about the future of the church, it might be helpful to draw a loose correlation between church attendance and media (film and television) consumption. There’s a segment of church-goers that might be defined as blockbuster attendees that only darken the doors on Easter and Christmas. A large segment of theater-goers only buy tickets… Read more »

The Vatican Tapes – An Epic Battle Between Good and Evil

The Vatican Tapes

The Vatican Tapes, directed by Mark Neveldine and starring Kathleen Robertson, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Peña, and Olivia Dudley, is a movie that follows two priests examining exorcism tapes from the Vatican who stumble on a more intense path – an eschatological duel with the Antichrist himself…. The age old battle between the divine and the… Read more »

The Portrait Of The Religious Movie By An Atheist Director

Ever since its earliest days, cinema has, to quote the esteemed French critic André Bazin, “always been interested in God”. Whether it be biblical tales of all scales and budgets, stories about saints and sinners, or more grounded accounts of everyday church professionals, filmmakers have consistently returned to the well of religion to draw inspiration…. Read more »

‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Will Rely Less On The Divine Power Of The Force, But That’s Not Necessarily A Bad Thing

It first dawned on me that there was more to the Star Wars film franchise than I had previously appreciated when it was announced that we’d be watching it in Hebrew school. Thinking about the film in the context of religious education, I recognized new weight in Luke and Han’s conversation about the veracity of the Force…. Read more »

The Religion Of Dudeism

Dudes are recognised in a new religion which is going head to head with the Jedi church as the second Hollywood-inspired faith. Despite sounding like a joke, The Church of the Latter-Day Dude, is battling to become an officially-recognised faith based on the cult film The Big Lebowski. More than 100,000 members of the church… Read more »