Recently, my husband and I have been having some ‘quality time’ while watching movies. After long days of work, the last gasp of seminary, track racing, remodeling the house, and taking care of regular life stuff, watching a movie is about all we have energy for. The problem is, as alan mentioned on our family blog, either all movies released in recent months are terrible, or we need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Here at SU’s School of Theology and Ministry, one of the regular course offerings is called ‘The Spirit and the Screen’, designed to find faith expressed through contemporary film. Past films included the typical greatest hits of sermon illustrations: The Matrix, Star Wars (something my college Bible Study leader swore was the greatest evangelism tool of all time), Dead Man Walking, Blade Runner, The Life of Brian, and Inherit the Wind.
I enjoy examples of faith, God and redemption expressed in contemporary culture, and have also found films like The Shawshank Redemption and Babette’s Feast helpful along these lines. I think JSA could also fit into the category of longing for redemption and restoration.
I’m also looking for some recommendations. What have you watched and enjoyed lately, whether having faith implications or not, please share titles that you’ve enjoyed. Lately, we’ve suffered through a few stinkers, including Semi-Pro, which I attribute to Alan’s love of Will Ferrell’s humor.