Tagged: Christianity

Review: Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) is the Ultimate Arthouse Jesus Film

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Mary (Margherita Caruso) is pregnant. Joseph (Marcello Morante), her fiancé is worried, because they’re not married yet. God sends His angel (Rossana Di Rocco) to reassure him: She is still a virgin. The Lord himself made her pregnant with His Son, Jesus (Enrique Irazoqui). Flash-forward thirty years: Jesus is now an adult. He is preaching the Lord’s word to the people of Israel, gathering followers, healing the sick and making, casting out evil spirits and doing all kinds of miracles. Most people seem okay with that: But not the pharisees. He’s taking away their power, so they want him dead.  Continue reading

Film Analysis: Darren Aronofsky’s Noah (2014)

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1. Introduction
I should probably preface this essay by saying that Darren Aronofsky is one of my favorite contemporary American filmmakers and that I am a born-again Christian.  I will try to analyze Noah (2014) from a biblical standpoint and as a work of art. In the first section I’ll discuss how accurate and faithful Aronofsky is to the Bible text (Genesis chapters 6-9). Whereas in the second part I’ll share my opinions on the film divorced from any specific spiritual context (if that’s even possible).  Continue reading

Short Film Review: Werner Herzog Makes Ramin Bahrani’s Plastic Bag (2009) Come to Life Through His Iconic Voice

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Ramin Bahrani’s Plastic Bag is exactly what you think it is: The story of a plastic bag. Not just any plastic bag: A discarded plastic bag. Abandoned by his maker, the plastic bag drifts across the landscapes of rural America (North Carolina), to finally arrive at his final destination: The ocean. Or as plastic bags call it: The vortex. Legendary film and documentary director Werner Herzog lends his warm and calming voice to the title character, a brownish plastic bag from a supermarket.  Continue reading

Noah Inspiration: The Dove (1982) – A Poem by Darren Aronofsky

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If the auteur theory has taught us anything it’s that for certain directors the storytelling process can get very personal. Many people have wondered why a critically acclaimed director like Darren Aronofsky would be interested in making Noah, a Bible epic. It turns out that the Jewish director was always fascinated with the story. In fact he wrote a poem about it in seventh grade, which won him a United Nations competition. The assignment was to write a poem about peace. 13-year-old Darren basically wrote his own interpretation of the Bible story, which he then went on to adapt into a $125 million filmContinue reading

Diablo Cody’s Paradise (2013)

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Lamb Mannerhelm (Julianne Hough) is a beautiful 21-year-old Christian woman living in a sheltered, conservative small town in Montana with her parents. After a horrible plane crash she miraculously survives her faith is shaken. She has to come to terms with the fact that her body will be forever disfigured, due to severe burn injuries. Lamb decides to leave her hometown and go to Las Vegas to do all the things her church and family forbade her. On her mission to Sin City she meets William (Russell Brand), a charming British bartender and Loray (Octavia Spencer) an aspiring filmmaker slash nightclub singer who become her unofficial guides. Soon however Lamb realizes that an excessive lifestyle, the polar opposite from what she was used to, is no fun either. Maybe not everything her parents taught her was as bad as she thought. Maybe she belongs more to Montana than Nevada. And maybe she’s not as perfect as she saw herself.  Continue reading