ReViewing the Movies: A Christian Response to Contemporary Film

Overview

With film being one of the most powerful cultural influences in America, we Christians cheat ourselves and limit our opportunities to witness to the culture when we label all movies as either "completely corrupt" or as "harmless entertainment." The one stance thoroughly excludes a possible source of greater understanding; the other allows ungodly values to freely enter our hearts. What we need is the balance discernment provides.

A film not made solely by or about Christians can...

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Overview

With film being one of the most powerful cultural influences in America, we Christians cheat ourselves and limit our opportunities to witness to the culture when we label all movies as either "completely corrupt" or as "harmless entertainment." The one stance thoroughly excludes a possible source of greater understanding; the other allows ungodly values to freely enter our hearts. What we need is the balance discernment provides.

A film not made solely by or about Christians can still be uplifting and connect with us spiritually—as long as it conveys truth with cinematic excellence. Yet many of us are unequipped to determine which movies meet that qualification. That's why we need the right tools. With them we can shift to the offensive and intentionally evaluate and discuss how a movie illustrates God's truth.

In this book, two media experts offer you those tools. Using a wide range of examples from throughout cinematic history, they explain how a film is created, what the story line means for its effectiveness, and how films impact our kids. In learning to better understand the movies and unpack their images, you'll not only gain an informed discernment for yourself, but more importantly, help your children, friends, and the unsaved come to view Hollywood's messages more critically and more carefully.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581342031
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Focal Point Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER FRASER received his PhD in Literature with a specialization in Film and Popular Culture from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1990. Since then he has taught film and English at the undergraduate level and is currently at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee.

VERNON EDWIN NEAL is a freelance film critic whose reviews have appeared in newspapers for over a decade. His passion is to help Christians understand and evaluate contemporary films.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction: In Pursuit of Consistency 11
Chapter 1 A Christian Approach to Film 19
Chapter 2 Learning the Language 39
Chapter 3 "Whatever Is True" 63
Chapter 4 What's Love Got to Do With It? 79
Chapter 5 Films and Children 93
Chapter 6 Liturgical Patterns in Film 109
Chapter 7 The Evolution of the Biblical Spectacular 127
Chapter 8 A Reviewer's Guide by Vernon Edwin Neal 141
Some Recommended Reading 175
Conclusion 177
Index 181
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