19 Mar 2017

Embracing dangerous neighbors in Of Gods and Men

I recently posted a review of Martin Scorsese’s Silence that was written by a high school student who took my online film course called “Viewer Discussion Advised.” Today, I’m sharing another review by a first-time film critic who took that class with me over seventeen weeks. Her name is Martha-Grace

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23 Dec 2016

Guns and nukes are for cowards

Last week, I introduced Of Gods and Men to the high schoolers in my online film class. After we watched it, we wrestled with hard questions about how these monks chose to answer the threat of terrorism. One of them surprised me with his answer — boldly disagreeing with Roger

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06 Mar 2013

Quentin Tarantino, America's Competition Addiction, and Movies That the Oscars Overlooked

This story stars a gunslinging hero, some Trappist monks, a French chef, and a little golden statue called Oscar…

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27 Feb 2012

Of Gods and Men (2010): a review and film forum

At Seattle’s Harvard Exit theatre last March, I witnessed a rare and wonderful thing on the big screen — a thoughtful portrayal of devout Christians putting their faith into practice. I was caught off guard. I’ve developed a serious allergy to “Christian movies.” They usually turn out to be big-screen

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07 Feb 2012

Of Gods and Men: A film about faith made by artists, not evangelists.

At Seattle’s Harvard Exit theatre last March, I witnessed a rare and wonderful thing on the big screen—a thoughtful portrayal of devout Christians putting their faith into practice. I was caught off guard. I’ve developed a serious allergy to “Christian movies.” They usually turn out to be big-screen sermons with

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18 Apr 2011

Of Gods and a Film Critic

I just received this message from Andrew Welch, who just saw Of Gods and Men. …

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13 Apr 2011

"Happy Thieves"

Today at Image, A.G. Harmon has posted some thoughts on one of 2011’s must-see movies…

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26 Mar 2011

Of Gods and Men: One of those movies we need, but few people really want.

I finally saw Of Gods and Men. The film received a rave review from my favorite film critic, Steven Greydanus, so it’s been high on my list of must-see priorities. I’m so glad I spent a Saturday afternoon and eight bucks on it. It’s a quiet, powerful film, profound and

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02 Dec 2010

So It Begins: National Board of Review Honors

The National Board of Review’s awards for 2010 have been announced. The always-dubious affair has some typically excellent examples of “Wow! Awesome!” and “What the…?” And, as always, this sparks a season of everybody else coming up with better selections than these. A few highlights:

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