The Subject-Matter of Sin in “The Village”, “Babel”, and “I Am Legend”

Would you believe me if I had told you the world is seriously talking about the problem of sin and they are looking for deliverance from God?  Well, it is true.  They are.  All that happened in a different language that Christians might not have understood.  In the last four years, three different movies, directed Read More …

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The Grey

The Grey, starring Liam Neeson, came out in between Taken and Taken 2, so it gives a false impression that it is another tough guy movie.  Instead of fighting criminals, Neeson is going to beat up grey wolves in Alaska because his plane crashed.  To my surprise, this movie is a piece of literature.  Perhaps Read More …

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Eye In The Sky

When the audience sit on the edge of their chairs, listening in to the strenuous debates between the politicians, the military, and the legal advisors whether they have the justification to engage with the drone attack on a secretive terrorist gathering in Nairobi, Kenya with the possibility of fatally injuring a civilian girl, they are Read More …

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Lucy

Spoiler Alert!  Went to see a movie on Saturday night with the intention of seeing a beautiful woman kicking ass (or whatever she wants to do) but end up stumbling on a profound conversation on evolution, human potential, and God.  Scarlett Johansson is accidentally dragged into an international drug ring where she is forced to Read More …

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August: Osage County

My first impression from the trailer is that this is something like Nebraska, where you’d find humor in the most common places of life in the backdrop of a drama. I was dead wrong. Nebraska is funny. Yes, you will find certain settings low in the spirit. People, in some sense, are trapped in their Read More …

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American Beauty

American Beauty received a lot of buzz when it first came out in 1999, not only because it won itself five Academy Awards including best picture in 2000 but more so because of the common reaction of “What was it about?” A quick glance at the Wikipedia alone tells you the complexity of its interpretation.  Read More …

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

When I walked out of the theater yesterday, I found myself lost for words to describe The Hundred-Foot Journey.  Images and vague concepts flew in and out of my mind without leaving any concrete ideas that kept slipping out of my pointless effort to grasp even the tail of what I just experienced.  And then, Read More …

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

The biggest question for me is “What am I looking for?” It’ll not be wise to see how faithful the movie is to the biblical story or how it stands against my expectations.  I suppose it has to do more with satisfying a curiosity – a curiosity of how it compares to Ten Commandments and Read More …

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Winter’s Tale

(I belong to a “movie group” that gets together once a month to watch a film and discuss spiritual insights afterwards. The following review includes discussion points brought up by the entire group.) Movies that are based on a novel often struggle with the choice of being faithful to the original work or creating a Read More …

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Philomena

When you go to a movie starring Judi Dench, you can be sure that you’ll be seeing something good.  Whether she’s ‘M’ in a Bond movie or Philomena Lee in Philomena, Dench delivers a performance that has the kind of substance that conveys extraordinary in the ordinary.  But it was not until the end of Read More …

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