Facing the Giants

October 16, 2006 at 8:38 pm (Movies)

Friday night is usually date night around here, and that usually means dinner and a movie…IF there’s anything good showing. And these days, that is more an IF than ever. I’d seen a few emails about the movie "Facing the Giants" which was made, basically, by a church. It’s actually not a true story (which I thought it was until researching for this post) but based on a cummulation of different stories. But it is the most overtly Christian film probably ever to play in the major movie theatres. It’s been out a few weeks so it wasn’t playing too many places anymore but we did find it.

I will admit that the first 15-25 minutes of the film were, well, hm, not the best acting in the world. There were a few times I kind of groaned, it was kind of like watching my performance in the school play. But the characters were likable still and once the story line had been set up (coach having sixth losing season, car won’t start, infertility problems, parents trying to get him fired, etc) and the Biblical story line (the Coach relying on God and changing the whole way he coached his team) it got really good.

In the end the film’s basic message, "With God all things are possible" was so well developed and played out that both hubby and I were overwhelmed. If you have a chance, I would definitely recommend taking the family to go see "Facing the Giants".

Washington Post article

My next movie pick "One Night with the King" – based on the story of Esther, my all time favorite Bible story. Not sure when I’ll get to the theatre, but I’ll definitely report back.

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‘World Trade Center’

August 18, 2006 at 10:16 pm (Movies)

When I first heard of Oliver Stone’s film "World Trade Center" I wasn’t sure if it was something I wanted to see. It’s not that I felt like it was too soon to see, or to real. It’s that it was Oliver Stone. I’ve never been a huge Oliver Stone fan and I somehow doubted that I would want to see his interpretation of the events.

But then I read a few reviews that were actually pretty favorable. A couple of them mentioned specifically how Stone left in several "faith" elements.

So we went to see it the other day and I was actually pretty impressed. It was an interesting take on the day because it’s told from the side of the Port Authority. It tells the story of 2 PAPD officers rescued from the rubble when the first tower collapsed (they were numbers 18 and 19 of 20 people found alive).

The "faith" element refered to Sgt. Kearns, an ex-marine who feels God calling him to go to NYC and help in the efforts there. It also includes a scene of him talking to his pastor before he goes to NYC and then is responsible for finding the two PAPD officers.

If you’ve been wavering about seeing it, I would recommend it. It did make you remember that day very vividly and I doubt anyone can see the film without remembering exactly where they were that morning. When the movie ended it was so silent in the theatre as people left…a very weird experience.

Now is also a good time to remind you of the the 9/11 blogging memorial…2,996. Go to DC’s site to sign up.

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Scrubbed Films

July 10, 2006 at 6:04 am (Movies)

An interesting news item. I’ve been following this one for some time as it’s a very interesting topic.

There are several companies who make a business of taking Hollywood films, editing out objectional sex, violence, etc. and burning the edited movie onto DVDs and selling them. They claim they are doing it for family values.

Hollywood is up in arms of course and sued for copyright infringement claiming that these companies had no right to change the film and resell it.

This week the court ruled in favor of the Hollywood studios and ordered the companies to turn over all their inventory to the studio within 5 days.

I’ll stand up next to you on the soapbox about how there’s no good movies, too much sex, blah, blah blah. This is why I am careful about what movies I view and ESPECIALLY what movies I let my kids view.

But what those "clean" companies were doing is breaking a law in order to hold up their moral standards. Huh?  The fact that they were burning copies of the DVD was  the first clue that they were breaking the law, never mind that they were changing the content.

For a lot of families this will mean that either they will have to lower their standards, or see fewer movies. Aaaah, the horrors!

My husband found a cool little contraption a year ago called "Curse Free TV". It filters out about 95% of offensive words and works with your TV, DVD, VCR or satellite. When he was teaching he used it in his class when he was showing Gettysburg. It’s been sitting in the closet until last week when I pulled it out so we could hook it up. The kids are getting to an age where there are some "family" (read non-animated) movies that I would like to watch with the kids but I know probably contain a few words that are on our no-no list.

In the mean time, if you’re looking for really great movie reviews, check out the web site for Focus on the Family. They’re pretty objective (very seldom will say whether or not they think you should see the movie). The discuss the content (spiritual, violent, sexual, drugs, profanity) and the negative and positive elements. I check any movie that we plan to see in the theatre these days.

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