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    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as current film releases with spiritual significance, and a few bits and pieces on the Bible.

    Thursday, January 26, 2006

    The New Faith and Film Critics Website


    I've been part of the Faith and Film Critics Circle for just over a year now, and recently we decided to get our own domain, and our own dedicated website. That was great news because it's a fantastic group - one I really feel privileged to be a part of (and wonder why they put up with me!) - but that isn't well enough known. Too often the media has been happy to take soundbites from film "reviewers" who only want to tell you how evil most films (except The Passion) are, and list the various body parts on display and how many swear words there are. Someone really should set a movieguide review to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas. Within the Christian world, too often films are simply used as clips to illustrate the talk, rather than allowed to speak for themselves.

    So we try and do something different, allowing films be films, and see what they have to say, explore the issues they raise and look to dialogue with them and the wider culture. Sometimes, like the stories in the bible, they're not nice smiley stories with a happy ending. But often that type of film has far more to say than one that is.

    Anyway, I hope you like the new site, and check out some of the other critics who are part of it, most of whom write far more "normal film" reviews than me, and many of whom are good enough to get paid for it!

    Matt

    2 Comments:

    • At 11:56 am, January 30, 2006, Anonymous fernando said…

      "Within the Christian world, too often films are simply used as clips to illustrate the talk, rather than allowed to speak for themselves."

      Well said. I have often wanted to research the attitudes of preachers and other Christian communicators towards film and see what their attitude is to the work they "quote."

       
    • At 9:17 am, February 02, 2006, Blogger Matt Page said…

      Yeah, I think it varies immensely. Have you read Robert K. Johnston's book, Reel Spirituality. He's actually just joined the FFCC this year, but he's been on e of the people we've been quoting for ages.

      One of the things he does in the book is discuss this diagram about how people approach film. There is some discussion of it here , oh and if you go to amazon.com there are some "Look Inside excerpts.

       

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