I watched a double feature for Aleteia this week. “Believe Me” and “The Song” are the two latest faith-based films to hit the big screen and, surprisingly, they aren’t terrible. Oh, I’m sure the usual suspects amongst the Christian film critics out there will tear them apart because they aren’t art, but each movie is pleasant enough as light entertainment. “Believe Me” has some actual laughs, especially if you’ve spent time in the world of modern Protestant worship, while “The Song” is overly formulaic, but perfectly fine for a Christian date night.
Oddly enough, atheist Neil Carter from the Godless In Dixie blog kind of liked “Believe Me,” or as he calls it, a Christian that doesn’t suck. Of course, he mostly enjoyed it for all the Evangelical self parody going on in the film, but still, he liked it. His comments make me wonder, though, where are all the self-deprecating atheist movies out there?
Speaking of atheists, over at The Catholic Thing, Brad Miner ponders the Godless space of modern sci-fi movies.
I suppose sometimes it’s just easier to find God in the classics. At least that what it seems like over at Speculative Faith where Brandi Midkiff discusses Forbidden Planet and the evil which lurks in the hearts of men. While you’re over there, you may as well check in on E. Stephen Burnett as he muses on ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and the Subversion of Human Nature.
While we’re on the subject of classics, Matt Page from Bible Films Blog is taking a brief look at one of the queen mothers of all cult movies, Alejandro Jodorowsky's “The Holy Mountain.” We really need to tackle that movie around here at some point.
And finally, at Religion Dispatches, Robert M. Geraci takes note of the 40th anniversary of the game Dungeons & Dragons, its lasting affect on all entertainment that followed its introduction, and the religious plurality found in the pages of the Monster Manual.
Happy reading, everyone, see you next time.