Find meaning in your life by following the signs (Jeff who lives at home, 2011)

It's 7:38 in the morning. I stayed up late watching "Jeff Who Lives at Home", which completely surprised me. It starts of with a douchy character talking about Mel Gibson's "Signs" movie (Jason Jordan Segel). He's a 30 year old pot-smoking loser who lives at home and has no job. I thought the film was making fun of him. The movie begins with his mom demanding he get off the damn couch, pick up some wood ...

Snow White and the… White Stag? Christian Symbolism in the 2012 Snow White movie

The original Snow White myth is already full of esoteric, hermetic symbolism; written to preserve alchemical wisdom during times of persecution. So they could have left the story alone when making the 2012 movie Snow White and the Huntsman. Instead, somebody in Hollywood decided to stuff  so full of overt, deliberate and obvious Christian symbolism that I feel like I've just suffered through a two hour sermon with flashy special effects. I knew something was off in ...

Oz The Great and Powerful (2013) Movie Review and Religious Symbolism

and Mila Kunis are teaming up with a great cast in a Wizard of Oz remake/prequel, that tells the story of how a charlatan in Kansas, who is part of a traveling circus, goes on an odyssey when he mysteriously lands in Oz and becomes it's ruler. We can expect the genre to be much like 2012's John Carter - a "normal" guy goes to another world and becomes a superpower. We can't help noting, however, ...

Religious Symbolism in The Grey (2011): An Overtly Atheist Movie?

The Grey (2011, starring Liam Neeson) is, on the surface, a man versus nature survivalist story about a group of man facing the elements and a pack of vicious wolves in the aftermath of a plane crash. However, this background is really just a platform to explore the movie's true theme: dignity in the face of death, and whether or not religion is helpful to ease the transition. On the one hand, given that the protagonist and ...

The Devil Inside (2012): the Truth about demonic possession, exorcism and Satanism

Any good Christian has to believe in demonic possession. After all, Jesus was always casting out demons. If the Bible and Christianity is true, then Jesus couldn't have mistakenly viewed mental illness using the common superstition of possession. He would have known better. So they're real. That basis has been the support for dozens of demonic possession/exorcism movies, which mostly make good entertainment because, demonically possessed people look really freaking scary. They are great horror flicks. But ...

Is John Carter Jesus Christ? Gods, Alien Technology, Atheism and Revolution

An online review posted about Disney's 2012 John Carter of Earth movie runs thus: "John Carter evokes pretty much every sci-fi classic from the past 50 years without having any real personality of its own." The essential thing to keep in mind, however, is that Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars was first published almost a century ago in 1917! Science fiction and fantasy novels and stories since then are deeply indebted to John Carter. Others ...

Paradise Lost 2013 Movie: Who is the Hero of Milton’s Epic?

***Oops - the movie adaptation of Paradise Lost starring Bradley Cooper has been canned as of February, 2012! It's a crying shame...Hope they revive it down the road.*** For the past decade, traditionally marginalized or "evil" characters have gained the limelight - witches, vampires and werewolves have changed from creatures of the night to tragically misunderstood victims of humanity's bitter prejudice. At the same time, Western humanist values caused us to champion rebel heroes - heroes ...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Film Review

Boring. Uneventful. Disappointing. These are not words I would have guessed would fit the conclusions of the Harry Potter movie franchise starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, “The Deathly Hallows Part 2” directed by David Yates. And yet, especially in the first five to ten minutes, the movie already had problems. Eerie silence. Uncomfortable body posturing, lack-lustre lines and poor delivery. It felt to me like all the actors were more focused ...

Prayer, God and Alien Invasion: Is Falling Skies a Christian Show?

Today I watched the fourth episode of Falling Skies, a new series created by Robert Rodat and movie legend Stephen Spielberg. I'd already been intrigued by the character "Lourdes" played by Seychelle Gabriel, who talks about how her faith is "stronger than ever" and the importance of prayer, giving thanks, etc. In episode four, she leads a group prayer, concluding with the Catholic/Episcopalian creed, "in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy ...

Transformers 3 Review and the Christian Rapture: Whose side will you be on in the coming apocalypse?

Today I watched the Smallville season 4 finale; then I went to see Transformers 3. It was interesting to find that they both feature the exact same story: a giant force is going to overtake earth and use all the people as slaves. One brave hero must find himself, defeat the threat, while at the same time protecting his romance. What's interesting, however, is the fact that Christianity - while sharing many of the same ...

Hackers steal from 68,000,000 from church: God asleep at the wheel

The first time I saw this headline (that hackers used email phishing to steal $680,000 from a church in Des Moines, Iowa) I chuckled. I didn't know at the time that it was a fund for homeless and widowed women - but in principle the idea of stealing from a church isn't upsetting to me. Many churches operate like business; raising money, expanding, raising more money - and collect millions in donations for often little ...

Soul Surfer Movie Review: Is faith in God the only cure for loss?

I've been seeing hyped up advertisements for Soul Surfer on Beliefnet.com for months, yesterday I finally had the chance to watch it. It's based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a surfer whose arms was taken by a shark but who managed to persevere as a professional story. Is it inspiring? Moving? Touching? Yes, absolutely. It's also very Christian. Regardless of your religious persuasion, Soul Surfer touches on some of the eternal problems of existence: ...