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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
High Sierra 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆ A pardoned con needs to pull one last job before going straight. Whatever happens, he's not going back to the joint.
Overlord 2018R☆☆☆☆ A small band of Allied paratroopers landing in occupied France to prepare for D-Day find their target infested with Nazi super-soldiers. This experimental batch isn't stable.
Robin Hood (2018) 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A returned crusader lord disguised with a hood robs from the rich and gives to the poor in merry old England. Against much opposition.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
High Sierra 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆ A pardoned con needs to pull one last job before going straight. Whatever happens, he's not going back to the joint.
Holmes and Watson 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A thumbnail sketch of the life of Sherlock Holmes showing how his reputation was improved by his association with Dr. Watson. America had an influence, too.
Overlord 2018R☆☆☆☆ A small band of Allied paratroopers landing in occupied France to prepare for D-Day find their target infested with Nazi super-soldiers. This experimental batch isn't stable.
Robin Hood (2018) 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A returned crusader lord disguised with a hood robs from the rich and gives to the poor in merry old England. Against much opposition.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
Green Book 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A wop factotum escorts an ace coon on a music tour of the deep south in the 1960s at the fag end of segregation. They go by the book.
On the Basis of Sex 2018PG-13☆☆☆ The Greatest Generation gets its toe wet in the murky waters of sex discrimination law. This little piggy went to market.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Ball of Fire 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆☆ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs burlesque. Pedagogue expands his horizons by slumming it.
Green Book 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A wop factotum escorts an ace coon on a music tour of the deep south in the 1960s at the fag end of segregation. They go by the book.
The Grinch 2018PG☆☆☆☆ The mean Grinch hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the unwary Whos, but a kindhearted Who-child touches his heart.
Holmes and Watson 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A thumbnail sketch of the life of Sherlock Holmes showing how his reputation was improved by his association with Dr. Watson. America had an influence, too.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
High Sierra 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆ A pardoned con needs to pull one last job before going straight. Whatever happens, he's not going back to the joint.
Holmes and Watson 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A thumbnail sketch of the life of Sherlock Holmes showing how his reputation was improved by his association with Dr. Watson. America had an influence, too.
The Mule 2018R☆☆☆ A 90-year-old drug mule has unresolved family issues that impinge on his new trade when he gets a stricter boss. Out of the frying pan ...
Replicas 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A neurologist enlists a clone scientist to help him replicate his dead family. Clones aren't built in a day.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Apartment Zero 1988R☆☆☆☆ A struggling art house owner acquires a roommate to make ends meet. They have more in common than they thought.
Escape Room 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Six unconnected strangers play Escape Room for money, only to discover the penalties are lethal, the safety features minimal, and escape chances marginal.
Green Book 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A wop factotum escorts an ace coon on a music tour of the deep south in the 1960s at the fag end of segregation. They go by the book.
High Sierra 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆ A pardoned con needs to pull one last job before going straight. Whatever happens, he's not going back to the joint.
The Mule 2018R☆☆☆ A 90-year-old drug mule has unresolved family issues that impinge on his new trade when he gets a stricter boss. Out of the frying pan ...
On the Basis of Sex 2018PG-13☆☆☆ The Greatest Generation gets its toe wet in the murky waters of sex discrimination law. This little piggy went to market.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Grinch 2018PG☆☆☆☆ The mean Grinch hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the unwary Whos, but a kindhearted Who-child touches his heart.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Apartment Zero 1988R☆☆☆☆ A struggling art house owner acquires a roommate to make ends meet. They have more in common than they thought.
High Sierra 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆ A pardoned con needs to pull one last job before going straight. Whatever happens, he's not going back in the joint.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Overlord 2018R☆☆☆☆ A small band of Allied paratroopers landing in occupied France to prepare for D-Day find their target infested with Nazi super-soldiers. This experimental batch isn't stable.
Music /
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Green Book 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A wop factotum escorts an ace coon on a music tour of the deep south in the 1960s at the fag end of segregation. They go by the book.
The Grinch 2018PG☆☆☆☆ The mean Grinch hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the unwary Whos, but a kindhearted Who-child touches his heart.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Escape Room 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Six unconnected strangers play Escape Room for money, only to discover the penalties are lethal, the safety features minimal, and escape chances marginal.
Holmes and Watson 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A thumbnail sketch of the life of Sherlock Holmes showing how his reputation was improved by his association with Dr. Watson. America had an influence, too.
The Mule 2018R☆☆☆ A 90-year-old drug mule has unresolved family issues that impinge on his new trade when he gets a stricter boss. Out of the frying pan ...
Overlord 2018R☆☆☆☆ A small band of Allied paratroopers landing in occupied France to prepare for D-Day find their target infested with Nazi super-soldiers. This experimental batch isn't stable.
Replicas 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A neurologist enlists a clone scientist to help him replicate his dead family. Clones aren't built in a day.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Ball of Fire 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆☆ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs burlesque. Pedagogue expands his horizons by slumming it.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Escape Room 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Six unconnected strangers play Escape Room for money, only to discover the penalties are lethal, the safety features minimal, and escape chances marginal.
Overlord 2018R☆☆☆☆ A small band of Allied paratroopers landing in occupied France to prepare for D-Day find their target infested with Nazi super-soldiers. This experimental batch isn't stable.
Replicas 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A neurologist enlists a clone scientist to help him replicate his dead family. Clones aren't built in a day.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Apartment Zero 1988R☆☆☆☆ A struggling art house owner acquires a roommate to make ends meet. They have more in common than they thought.
Escape Room 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Six unconnected strangers play Escape Room for money, only to discover the penalties are lethal, the safety features minimal, and escape chances marginal.
High Sierra 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆ A pardoned con needs to pull one last job before going straight. Whatever happens, he's not going back in the joint.
The Mule 2018R☆☆☆ A 90-year-old drug mule has unresolved family issues that impinge on his new trade when he gets a stricter boss. Out of the frying pan ...
Replicas 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A neurologist enlists a clone scientist to help him replicate his dead family. Clones aren't built in a day.
Robin Hood (2018) 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A returned crusader lord disguised with a hood robs from the rich and gives to the poor in merry old England. Against much opposition.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Overlord 2018R☆☆☆☆ A small band of Allied paratroopers landing in occupied France to prepare for D-Day find their target infested with Nazi super-soldiers. This experimental batch isn't stable.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription

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.


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