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Where the Big Screen meets the Good Book

Catholic visionary Maria Valtorta quoted Jesus as saying, "I am wherever there is life or a manifestation of life. Wherever a wise man meditates, a sculptor sculpts, a poet writes, ... I am there together with Him from Whom I come. ... I am there with the Most High Creator" (333).

John W. Whitehead, on "GOD AND FILM" writes, "In this chaotic age, people are increasingly seeking something outside themselves to give order and meaning to their lives. While painting once tackled these questions, modern film now addresses this search, which inevitably includes the subject of God. Of all the artistic forms throughout the ages, film may be the most suitable forum for the discussion of religion and God" (267).

If Jesus is in all works of art, and especially in film, then movies should yield that influence through comparison with the Bible. Such I have tried to do in these my reviews, updated weekly, by including an Ideology section in each of them. I don't have a particular point to make other than finding a biblical comparison most apropos to the material.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Commuter 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A genuine ride. Life goes terribly wrong for an unsung commuter. If only Liam Neeson were there to save the day.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
Lost Horizon 1937PG☆☆☆☆☆ While the world teeters on the brink of war and diplomats despair, a forgotten Belgian priest invites an outsider to partake of his idyllic community.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
The Bible (Genesis) 1966none☆☆☆☆ An epic Sunday School story depiction of the first twenty-two chapters of Genesis.
Darkest Hour 2017PG-13☆☆☆☆ When the Nazi hammer is about to fall on Great Britain, a plodding cabinet member proves to be the man of the hour to lead the nation.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Downsizing 2017R☆☆☆ Miniaturized humans to solve the world's overpopulation problem. You wish.
Paint Your Wagon 1969PG-13☆☆☆☆ Low brow comedy set in an all-male town soon to be colonized by women of easy virtue. How low will it go?
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Commuter 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A genuine ride. Life goes terribly wrong for an unsung commuter. If only Liam Neeson were there to save the day.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Bible (Genesis) 1966none☆☆☆☆ An epic Sunday School story depiction of the first twenty-two chapters of Genesis.
The Commuter 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A genuine ride. Life goes terribly wrong for an unsung commuter. If only Liam Neeson were there to save the day.
Darkest Hour 2017PG-13☆☆☆☆ When the Nazi hammer is about to fall on Great Britain, a plodding cabinet member proves to be the man of the hour to lead the nation.
Downsizing 2017R☆☆☆ Miniaturized humans to solve the world's overpopulation problem. You wish.
Lost Horizon 1937PG☆☆☆☆☆ While the world teeters on the brink of war and diplomats despair, a forgotten Belgian priest invites an outsider to partake of his idyllic community.
Paint Your Wagon 1969PG-13☆☆☆☆ Low brow comedy set in an all-male town soon to be colonized by women of easy virtue. How low will it go?
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Lost Horizon 1937PG☆☆☆☆☆ While the world teeters on the brink of war and diplomats despair, a forgotten Belgian priest invites an outsider to partake of his idyllic community.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Bible (Genesis) 1966none☆☆☆☆ An epic Sunday School story depiction of the first twenty-two chapters of Genesis.
Darkest Hour 2017PG-13☆☆☆☆ When the Nazi hammer is about to fall on Great Britain, a plodding cabinet member proves to be the man of the hour to lead the nation.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Music /
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Paint Your Wagon 1969PG-13☆☆☆☆ Low brow comedy set in an all-male town soon to be colonized by women of easy virtue. How low will it go?
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Commuter 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A genuine ride. Life goes terribly wrong for an unsung commuter. If only Liam Neeson were there to save the day.
Lost Horizon 1937PG☆☆☆☆☆ While the world teeters on the brink of war and diplomats despair, a forgotten Belgian priest invites an outsider to partake of his idyllic community.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Paint Your Wagon 1969PG-13☆☆☆☆ Low brow comedy set in an all-male town soon to be colonized by women of easy virtue. How low will it go?
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Downsizing 2017R☆☆☆ Miniaturized humans to solve the world's overpopulation problem. You wish.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Commuter 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A genuine ride. Life goes terribly wrong for an unsung commuter. If only Liam Neeson were there to save the day.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Darkest Hour 2017PG-13☆☆☆☆ When the Nazi hammer is about to fall on Great Britain, a plodding cabinet member proves to be the man of the hour to lead the nation.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Paint Your Wagon 1969PG-13☆☆☆☆ Low brow comedy set in an all-male town soon to be colonized by women of easy virtue. How low will it go?

Works Cited

Valtorta, Maria. The Gospel as Revealed to Me. Vol. 2. Translated from Italian by Nicandro Picozzi, M.A., D.D.  Revised by Patrick McLaughlin, M.A. This 2nd English Edition has now replaced the First English Edition, The Poem of the Man-God. WEB.

Whitehead, John W. Grasping for the Wind: the search for meaning in the 20th century. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 2001. Print.

My earlier reviews are posted on epinions.com under username: topreviewerman


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