By Evy Baehr, associate editor of MOVIEGUIDE®
Movieguide® gave an award to the first Amazing Spider-man by director Marc Webb, and the second looks quite good as well. Though we haven’t seen the entire film, the clips show a theme of standing up for what is right even in danger, even though no man is eternal, not even Spider-man. The first Amazing Spider-man did not show much of Parker’s parents, but this movie actually starts with a scene of the parents dying for what they believe. Webb says that he included the parents to “unfold as that long shadow that was cast over Peter Parker’s life”.
From what is seen, the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 has amped up the action, with the villains even more powerful and more explosives. Elect...
Christian Ministry NEXT Launches Powerful Prison Ministry
NEXT and Bible League International Join to Bring Inmates andTheir Families the Good News of Jesus
(Seattle, WA) NEXT, the publisher of the Japanese art style manga Bible series, is distributing 40,000 manga Bible books to inmates as well as their families throughout the Illinois correctional system with an eye to expand quickly into other states.
"We are so thankful for this opportunity that has opened up to present the gospel to people in difficult circumstances using this unique illustrated translation of the Bible," says NEXT President and Founder Roald Lidal.
NEXT's manga series is a five volume series based on the Bible and illustrated by acclaimed Japanese artists Ryo...
By Kat Butler, Contributing Writer
Aronofsky’s NOAH has all the trademarks of a big-budget Hollywood production, including a tightly-written and executed script and superb performances.
Turn to social media, and you’ll see most of the divisions of opinion about the film gravitate around two irreconcilable poles: (1) Who cares if Aronofsky took some liberties with the Biblical narrative if it makes a great movie; and, (2) how dare Aronofsky take liberties with the Biblical narrative?
The dichotomy misses the point.
The real question we should be asking ourselves is, do the changes highlight, or deviate, from the truth of the narrative upon which it is based?
In fact, is Aronofsky’s NOAH based on the Bible at all? Is it...
By Tom Snyder, Ph.D., Editor
There is much confusion today when it comes to religion, art and morality.
One of the biggest myths of our secular society is the idea that religious beliefs are irrational, that faith and reason are mutually exclusive categories. As a Christian, I totally reject any such notion.
Traditional Christianity isn’t opposed to logic and reason. On the contrary, it’s the only religion that gives solid, rational arguments for believing in logic and reason. In fact, some of the most logical and rational thinkers and philosophers throughout history have been orthodox Christians. Names like St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Harvard law profession Simon Greenleaf spring immediately to mind.
Thus, although C...
By Tom Snyder, Editor, and Diana Tyler, Contributing Writer
The new biblical epic NOAH presents several challenges to Christians who might want to use the movie as an evangelistic tool.
As MOVIEGUIDE® noted in its review of the movie, the filmmakers have added extra-biblical changes, twists, spins, and additions to their version of the story of Noah and the Ark. Most of this extra-biblical material is apparently designed to stretch the Bible’s short description of the Great Flood into an exciting three-act adventure movie with more tension and more jeopardy.
Some of this material is very speculative in that it tries (according to the filmmakers themselves) to give a reason for why Noah gets drunk in Genesis 9:21 of the biblica...
By David Outten, Art Editor
There’ve been times when I’ve been called a prude.
I looked it up. A prude is “a person who is described as being concerned with decorum or propriety, significantly in excess of normal prevailing community standards.” Decorum is “prescribed limits of appropriate social behavior within set situations.” Propriety is “The usages and customs of polite society.”
Wow, am I ever a prude.
I am not a fan of “f” words, public nudity or people slurping soup. I’m not rich, but I miss cloth napkins. I prefer china, or even Corelle, to paper plates.
Am I a snob? Few people who know me would think so. I can be a bit of a slob, but I like civility. I like it when people can have a disagreemen...
In light of NOAH releasing this weekend, here are six hilarious parallels between the reality TV show and the biblical epic.
1. If you call them, they will come.
Photo: Zach Dilgard, AE Networks
2. The Patriarch will lead the way.
Photo Cred: A&E
3. Always be on the lookout for outsiders.
Photo Cred: A&E
4. If you try, the whole family can all fit in one boat.
Photo cred: A&E/ Zach Dilgard
5. Listening to God can save your family.
6. Lastly, transportation is key!
GOD’S NOT DEAD Makes Box Office History!
Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
DIVERGENT may be the number one movie at the box office this weekend, but the movie that everyone is talking about is the independent faith based movie GOD’S NOT DEAD. Pulling in $9.2 million dollars on the first weekend and amassing an impressive $11,852 per screen average, the movie stands as further proof of the desire to see faith affirming movies on the big screen. GOD’S NOT DEAD is a movie about Josh Wheaton, a freshman college student who is forced to defend his Christian faith against an angry philosophy professor. Starring Kevin Sorbo as the atheist professor, David A.R. White as a priest who encourages Josh and guest appearances of DUCK DYNASTY stars Wi...
Noah vs Al Gore
By David Outten
In Genesis 6:17, 18, God tells Noah, “I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens. . . but I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark – you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.” When Noah was finished building the arc God flooded the earth in forty days and forty nights. The sea level rose thousands of feet to where the only humans to survive were those in the ark.
Inspired by former Vice President Al Gore and other self-described “experts,” today’s environmentalists are trying to scare the pants off school children with cries, “Sea levels are rising! Sea levels are rising!” They’d have you selling ...
By David Outten, Art Editor, with Tom Snyder, Editor
There is only one God, but in most towns in America there are more churches than movie theaters. There’s a reason for this.
In the Bible, the Book of Acts (and the letters that follow) describe the Church as passionate believers in Jesus Christ who have difficulty agreeing on what they can eat, what they can drink, what teachers they should listen to, and more. Christians can start new churches over disagreements on carpet colors, but they all pray to the same God.
Christians will argue over the merits of movies. Some may not like the actor or director who made a movie. Some may go livid over the addition of a character not in the Bible, to a story supposedly based on the B...