Oftentimes I find myself in conversation about movies with other believers. While these can sometimes be wonderful and insightful conversations, they are usually very limited to a small subset of “appropriate” or “Christian” titles. Read More
There are many stories surrounding World War II that are beyond fascinating, but few reach the level of intrigue that Alan Turing’s does. The British mathematician is essentially responsible for inventing the computer, and was a Cambridge fellow by the time he was in his mid-twenties. The man was a genius not just at math, but in cryptology, the study of codes and symbols. That’s why the British government recruited him to crack Enigma, the ever-elusive German messaging system. The code was said to be unbreakable, because the encryption changed every single day. Decode one day’s message, and it doesn’t matter, because tomorrow you have to start all over again. What’s even more noteworthy is that Turing’s part in this grand project was a government secret for over 50 years.
When Lord of the Flies was originally published in the 1950s it only sold a few thousand copies. Today, the novel by William Golding has become a literary classic akin to other great works read in schools across America like: Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, or Catch 22. Read More
To characterize the Christian Indie project The Good Book as a movie, is almost to give it a misnomer. Unlike most pieces in this media genre, the film has not a single line of written dialogue. In fact, it has no sound at all aside from the soundtrack, put to the “silent” video of the film’s events. In this way, it’s basically the modern version of a silent film, but one with a concept that hasn’t often been done before.
The late Roger Ebert once described Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ as a movie that “depends upon theological considerations.” In other words, the movie stands or falls on theological grounds. His astute observation is one I believe holds for all biblical stories interpreted for the silver screen.
It’s hard to be a Christian and participate in mainstream media much of the time. You have to figure out not only what can you watch or listen to that doesn’t have pervasive sexual content and a lot of profanities, but also what you can watch that isn’t supporting an unchristian principle. These are things that most Christians agree that you have to think about as standards. But there are also other principles that some Christians insist should go into discernment about media. One of those is the emphatic statement that Christians should never purchase music, even clean music, from an immoral artist.