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Do you watch movies with your eyes open?
You buy your tickets and concessions, and you walk into the theater. Celluloid images flash at twenty-four frames per second, and the hypnotic sequence of moving pictures coaxes you to suspend disbelief and be entertained by the implausible.
Unfortunately, many often suspend their beliefs as well, succumbing to subtle lessons in how to behave, think and even perceive reality. Do you find yourself hoping that a sister will succeed in seducing her sibling's husband, that a thief will get away with his crime, that a serial killer will escape judgment? Do you, too, laugh at the bumbling priest and seethe at the intolerant and abusive evangelist? Do you embrace worldviews that infect your faith and then wonder, after your head is clear, whether your faith can survive the infection?
In this thoroughly revised and updated edition of his popular book, Brian Godawa guides you through the place of redemption in film, the tricks screenwriters use to communicate their messages, and the mental and spiritual discipline required for watching movies. Hollywood Worldviews helps you enter a dialogue with Hollywood that leads to a happier ending, one that keeps you aware of your culture and awake to your faith.
Foreword by Ralph Winter
Preface: God Loves Movies
Act 1: Storytelling in the Movies
1 Sex, Violence & Profanity
2 Stories & Mythology
Act 2: Worldviews in the Movies
6 Other Worldviews
Act 3: Spirituality in the Movies
10 Spiritual Warfare
Dénouement: Watching Movies with Eyes Wide Open
Appendix: Sex, Violence & Profanity in the Bible
Posted August 13, 2005
Godawa provides a broad overview of film sympathy and antipathy toward the Christian worldview by citing myriad examples of each across film styles. By no means a slash and burn attack on Hollywood's products, Hollywood Worldviews is well though out, gracious and generous in its assessment of film content...perhaps too generous at points. Nonetheless, a good place to begin a study of film worldviews.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 1, 2004
**** Movies have a deep impact on our society, from fashion to catch phrases, and most importantly attitudes. Even the most trivial movie is shaped by some underlying theme or message that is subtly delivered to millions of minds on a subconscious level at least. By utilizing the steps outlined in this book and on the corresponding website, readers are encouraged to view their entertainment choices seriously to avoid being molded into someone they don't want to be. Some of the films that the author suggests as good choices are startling; and lest anyone think a book on Christian films will only contain fluffy, feel good movies put out by white bread companies, let me assure you that there are quite a few R rated movies, gross out comedies, and even a Christian themed vampire movie described as worthwhile films. This book would make an excellent adult Sunday school curriculum, or serve well as a simple guide for how to use one's free time viewing purposefully. ****Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 5, 2002
Most of us watch movies to be entertained, not necessarily to "learn". Or at least we don't think we are learning. Do you realize that when you watch a movie your worldview is being shaped by the writer / director / producer? This book challenges us as readers and movie watchers to open our eyes to the bigger picture. It unveils the worldview being taught to us in several movies. I watch movies differently than before I read this book! Brian Godawa's clear, thought-provoking writing reveals the importance of looking beyond what we see on the screen to analyzing what worldview is being programmed into our subconscious minds. Being aware is critical. You will want to watch the movies again and see what he means!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.