Archives For Film

 

One of this week’s best new book releases is:
 

Room to Dream: A Memoir
David Lynch / Kristine McKenna

 
Hardback: Random House, 2018
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Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]  [ Audible ]
 
 
David Lynch was interviewed about this book
on NPR this week.  Give it a listen:
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Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451 has been made into a new movie by HBO.

Watch the trailer above…

 

Fahrenheit 451: A Novel

Ray Bradbury

Originally Published 1953
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Fahrenheit 451 Is the Book for Our Social Media Age”
– Ramin Bahrani, creator of this HBO adaptation,
in the NY TIMES [ Read his essay ]

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A Powerful Medium of Storytelling
 
A Review of 
 

God in the Movies: A Guide for Exploring Four Decades of Film
Catherine Barsotti / Robert Johnston, Eds.

Paperback: Brazos Press, 2017
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Reviewed by Fred Redekop
 
 
The Sound of Music (1966) was the first movie that I saw at the theatre. My parents and their eight children went the Brock Theater in Niagara-on -the-Lake, Ontario. The other movie experience that I remember growing up with was The Wizard of Oz. It came on once a year, in the spring, and our family sat down and watched it together on television. My first R-rated movie I saw was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. So, I am a movie-watcher, who likes movies from all over the world. My brother is a set designer and set builder for the movie industry in Toronto. I was a pastor for over 30 years, and know from the people that I was pastor to,  that movies are a powerful medium of storytelling

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With the release of the Wendell Berry documentary LOOK & SEE, Co-Producer Nick Offerman (best known as Ron Swanson, from TV’s Parks and Recreation) has been making the rounds as an apologist for the film…

*** A number of Berry’s books are on a great sale
for Kindle this month!

Here is one brief interview that Offerman did:

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Where (and With Whom) We Stand

A Review of 

How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World
Robert Joustra and
Alissa Wilkinson

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2016.
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Reviewed by Rob O’Lynn

 

In many ways, this excellent book can be divided into three components:

1) A philosophical introduction where the umbrella—or arc—themes are funneled down into their base components.  This will be discussed below, however it is important to note here that this is extremely helpful for the reader who is not well versed in cultural theory (especially those of Charles Taylor, upon which most of the discussion is based).  The authors take great care in throughout this book to continually connect Taylor’s theories to the cultural artifacts that they use to illuminate our present social condition.

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Today is the birthday of Norton Juster, the author of the side-splittingly hilarious kids book The Phantom Tollbooth.  

In the wake of The Phantom Tollbooth‘s success, Juster wrote The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics, which was inspired by Edwin A. Abbott’s novel Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions.  I just spent several days writing a paper in tribute to my friend and mentor David Neuhouser, who introduced me to Flatland (which I talk about in my new book Reading for the Common Good) and would have loved Juster’s book.

The Dot and the Line was turned into a short film by Chuck Jones, the renowned animator and producer of Looney Tunes, etc. It seems fitting to share this film here today…

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Last week, marked the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

In honor of the occasion, here are seven of our favorite film adaptations of Shakespeare’s play from the last 50 years…

#7 – Ten Things I Hate About You
    (Adaptation of Taming of the Shrew)

[ Stream the Movie via Amazon ]

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Today (January 4) marks the anniversary of the death of poet T.S. Eliot, who died on this day 1965.

In honor of the occasion, we present the T.S. Eliot Film Festival, four shorts based on his poems for you to watch in their entirety!

Also of interest:

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A Dark Vocation.

A Review of 

The Letters: The Untold Story of Mother Teresa

A film by William Riead, written and directed by William Riead.
115 minutes. Rated PG.
Opens in Theatres Dec 4.

[ Watch the trailer ]

Reviewed by Jon M. Sweeney

 

The title of this film, in theaters on December 4, comes from the revelation eight years ago of Mother Teresa’s “dark” letters. The world was shocked when the book, Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light appeared, and discovered that she’d lived and worked among the poorest of the poor for a half century feeling much of the time as if God had abandoned her. Reading those letters, some thought they reflected negatively on her work, as if she were a hypocrite for talking to people of God’s love and care while harboring doubts as to God’s presence in her own life. Others thought she was suddenly more human, as well as more saintly, for persevering in spite of feeling spiritually empty and alone. The screenplay of the film allows the “dark” letters to tell her story.

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Looking for God’s Fingerprint

 
A Feature Review of

Burning Bush 2.0: How Pop Culture Replaced the Prophet
Paul Asay

Paperback: Abingdon Press, 2015
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Reviewed by Danny Wright

 

In Burning Bush 2.0: How Pop Culture Replaced the Prophet, Paul Asay, from the often-visited website www.unplugged.com, takes the reader on a journey through pop culture’s music, movies, television shows and video games in order to experience God’s message that extends to each of us through those various forms of communication. Asay knows that we search for God in all of our stories and that we need to make sure we do not miss his revelations as we live in this storied existence. He wants to help us hone our ability to be sensitive to the Spirit’s guidance as we live, move and have our being in God and shuffle through this God-created, God-soaked and God-sustained world in which He is not very far from any one of us. Each chapter begins with a quote that focuses the reader and prepares them for the journey of the following pages as he begins to bounce back and forth through a variety of references to well-known media.

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