Sunday, November 8, 2009

An (Epic) Tale of Two Epochs - Part III

Adventures in Storytelling

In the beginning, Aristotle discovered the beginning, the middle, and the end.

In the 'Middle Ages' that we find ourselves in, writers are discovering the end, the beginning, the middle, the end, and the ending after that.

In 'the end', we'll learn that 'the end' is only the beginning for a new 'ending'. Confused?

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Cultural Diplomacy - Hollywood on Fire

Hollywood on Fire is a new documentary that shatters the misconception that Hollywood is void of Christians. This film also explores the faith of those Christians who work in the heart of the industry as writers, actors, producers, etc. Kyle Saylors joins us to discuss the spiritual climate of Hollywood and what Christians outside the industry can do to support fellow believers who make their living in Entertainment.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Have You 'Read' Any Good Films Lately? - Part II

Many Christians, mostly Protestants, gravitate towards the written word... in part, because they have grasped the medium of books and language, since these forms of communication have been around for a few centuries. The Bible is referred to as 'God's Word', and John 1:1 states, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Cinematic Hermeneutics - Part I

Can one objectively determine 'the worldview' of a film? Two people watching the same film may 'objectively' come to differing conclusions. Who is right? Who is wrong? Or can one glean their own message from the film regardless of the filmmaker's intentions? Much like the study of Scripture, without an inductive method of study, we bring our own lenses to the interpretation of the text/celluloid before us and there are as many methods of film analysis as their are for textual analysis.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Alas, Poor TV, We Hardly Know Ye!

Why are 'good TV shows' becoming more numerous and frequent while the 'really great movies' are becoming harder to find? Awhile back, I played with a Facebook application that lets you pick your top five favorite movies of all time, top five TV shows of all time, etc., and I had a more difficult time thinking of movies that have made an impression on me than I did for TV.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Movie Moments - Purple State of Mind

(c) Copyright 2008 Priddy Brothers Entertainment

For Purple Mountain Majesties
by Eric Bumpus

John Marks and Craig Detweiler have collaborated in producing a great film, which acts as a salve for the cultural boils that have been popping up all over America's shapely and wonderful body.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Movie Moments - The Village

(c) Copyright 2004. Touchstone Pictures.

No matter how much one tries to escape the evil in this world, they will fail. This is because evil is not 'out there' somewhere, hiding in the dark or hiding in the woods. Evil is 'inside' every one of us. Evil is in our hearts and it can only be fought from the inside-out.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Movie Moments - I Want to Believe (X-Files 2)

(C) Copyright 2008 20th Century Fox

I Want to Believe... and I do!
by Eric Bumpus

I Want To Believe, the sophomore X-Files film and follow-up to the TV series, weaves another great post-modern tale about the love affair between Faith and Reason. As usual, the duality of Mulder's 'blind faith' and Scully's 'empirical science' play out within a nice parallel that culminates to a great finale of the series (at least currently -- I'm hoping for an X-Files III).

Friday, January 2, 2009

The Green Bible - Save Souls, Not The Earth?

(C) Copyright FOX News Corp.

"Do'h!" *smacks forehead* Why does it seem that "conservative" Christians are never happy unless they are fighting with others? And, shouldn't a conservative (Christian or otherwise) be in favor of "conserving" God's creation? They want us to ask, why wallpaper a house that's getting knocked down? Why be concerned about the earth, when it's going to go away?