Tag Archives: Religion

Life of Brian: In Christ’s Shadow

A MOTION PICTURE DESTINED TO OFFEND NEARLY TWO THIRDS OF THE CIVILIZED WORLD. AND SEVERELY ANNOY THE OTHER THIRD. Modern audiences are not likely to find Monty Python’s most controversial film terribly daring or blasphemous. But back in 1979 it was a big deal. Several British town councils banned it, and so did a few … Continue reading Life of Brian: In Christ’s Shadow

Killing Jesus

National Geographic’s third TV movie to be based on Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s lightweight historical books takes on Christ with unimpressive results. The story of the carpenter’s life and death has been chronicled so many times that this adaptation, which is sorely lacking in ambition, is imminently forgettable. The focus lies on the Jewish … Continue reading Killing Jesus

Intolerance: D.W. Griffith’s Epic Revenge

THE CRUEL HAND OF INTOLERANCE.  The premiere of D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation in 1915 must have been a hurtful experience for the director. The film’s portrayal of African Americans resulted in charges of racism and incited riots in several cities. The director felt that he was being treated unfairly, and one can’t emphasize … Continue reading Intolerance: D.W. Griffith’s Epic Revenge

The Mission

In the 1750s, a South American Jesuit community led by Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) resist a Madrid decision to transfer the area to Portugal, which allows slavery. Two years after The Killing Fields (1984), director Roland Joffé received a lot of attention for another emotional, reality-based drama depicting colonialism and a conflict played out in … Continue reading The Mission

Spotlight: Breaking a Catholic Curse

BREAK THE STORY. BREAK THE SILENCE.  There’s a scene near the end of the film that will get the adrenaline pumping in any journalist. That’s when the Boston Globe printing presses start rolling and the scoop everybody’s been working on is finally published. The film takes place in 2001-2002, before the Internet started killing printed … Continue reading Spotlight: Breaking a Catholic Curse

The Devil’s Advocate

THE NEWEST ATTORNEY AT THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL LAW FIRM HAS NEVER LOST A CASE. BUT HE’S ABOUT TO LOSE HIS SOUL. Florida attorney Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) is recruited by John Milton (Al Pacino), a senior partner at a powerful New York law firm, but Lomax and his wife (Charlize Theron) soon discover that their … Continue reading The Devil’s Advocate

Going Clear: A Church of Money and Fear

The Church of Scientology is a powerful organization, hard to defeat once you’ve become their enemy. Just ask the U.S. government. In the 1950s, L. Ron Hubbard’s group labeled itself a church and thus became tax-exempt. A lucrative trick and a decade later, Hubbard moved all the organization’s assets to what was now called The … Continue reading Going Clear: A Church of Money and Fear

Left Behind: World at War

The Tribulation Force continues to fight Nicolae Carpathia (Gordon Currie), and the President of the United States (Louis Gossett, Jr.) is also realizing that working with Carpathia was a huge mistake… The third film in this series was also released straight-to-DVD, but the budget must be higher considering the elaborate special effects and dystopian look … Continue reading Left Behind: World at War

Left Behind II: Tribulation Force

As the world is thrown into chaos and violence, Christians organize to fight the Antichrist whose power is increasing from his position as U.N. Secretary-General. This sequel was released straight-to-DVD and continues in the same style, albeit with a new director. The acting is still unsatisfying and it’s remarkable how such a dramatic set-up can … Continue reading Left Behind II: Tribulation Force