“Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.” Blaise Pascal As a high school student, I found myself spending the night alone in an Intensive Care Unit. One of my lungs had spontaneously deflated while I was lifting heavy boxes of books at work, and the doctors had been forced […]Read more "Y: “You’ve Got Mail” – Why Ordinary Characters Are Something Quite Special"
You know things are bad when your own film crew tells you a movie is going to be a disaster… yet George Lucas persisted with his Star Wars project. The first film was released on May 25, 1977, and the galaxy has never been the same. All six of the Star Wars films were nominated […]Read more "S: “Star Wars” – A Glance and a Giveaway!"
“Now and then, for no good reason, life will haul off and knock a man flat.” Jim Coates – Old Yeller (1957) “You crazy, wonderful dog!” Katie Coates – Old Yeller (1957) Okay – confession time. I stand among the ranks of those who were absolutely traumatized by Old Yeller as […]Read more "O: “Old Yeller” – Why It’s Okay to Cry Your Eyes Out"
It’s perhaps the most recognized musical theme in the world. Every child who has ever pretended to be a shark in the swimming pool has heard it, and even those who haven’t have played it on the piano. John Williams, the composer who gave us the memorable film scores to cinematic treasures such as Indiana […]Read more "J: “Jaws” and Beyond – the Genius of John Williams"
“There was a land of cavaliers and cotton fields called the old south. Here in this pretty world gallantry took its last bow. Here was the last ever to be seen of knights and their ladies fair. Of master and of slave. Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a […]Read more "G: “Gone With the Wind” – Triumph in the Face of Adversity"
“The sun will come out tomorrow.” -Annie When Harold Gray first introduced the world to Little Orphan Annie with his comic strip, there is no way he could have known the way this little red-head would take the world by storm and never let go. There was such fascination with this comic, it inspired a […]Read more "A: Why “Annie” Still Makes Us Smile"
“Food blends cultures and allows us to have just a little peek into someone else’s life.” Oprah Winfrey As wholesome and refreshing as elegant cuisine, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a fun, clean film the entire family can enjoy. And would we expect anything less from a film produced by Juliet Blake, […]Read more "Film Review – “The Hundred-Foot Journey”"
Alas, the tribulation surrounding the production of films based on the best-selling Left Behind novels continues. Those who’ve been following mainstream Christian culture for a while know what a major disappointment the first two films were to everyone who saw them. Cloud Ten Pictures and the LaLonde brothers promised Christians a Hollywood blockbuster […]Read more "Finding the Silver Lining in “Left Behind”"
While I certainly do not suggest turning to Hollywood for spiritual instruction, I do get excited to see biblical truths being reflected in popular films. If we take time to examine those magical movie moments – those “quotable quotes” which really grip our hearts – we will usually find that these lines of […]Read more "Becoming Web-Slinging Christians – Finding Biblical Truth in “Amazing Spider-Man 2”"
“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” William Feather When we hear the name “John Williams,” we often think of the epic musical scores this Hollywood film composer has provided for blockbuster films […]Read more "Finding Adventure in the Everyday – John Williams’ “The Mission”"