Category Archives: Film

“The Robe” (1953)

This past weekend, my husband and I watched a 1953 film called The Robe, directed by Henry Koster and starring Richard Burton, based on the novel by Lloyd C. Douglas.  It was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, … Continue reading

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8-lb, 6-oz Baby Jesus

This clip is from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006).  I’m not recommending the movie (I’ve never seen it myself), but I think that this scene is telling of how people relate to Jesus. Ricky Bobby “likes the … Continue reading

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The Rob Bell controversy and the video that started it all

Sorry, guys—I’ve been out of commission for the last week while writing a paper for my book marketing course at BU.  I’m writing about book trailers, and whether or not they’re effective marketing tools. One book trailer that definitely impacted … Continue reading

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Happy Jesus, Part 3: Peace, Love, and Foolishness

What do you get when you cross a Ringling Brother and a Flower Child? Well, Jesus, apparently. I’m talking about the Jesus of the 1973 film Godspell, based on the off-Broadway musical by John-Michael Tebelak.  He’s by far the happiest … Continue reading

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Gethsemane, Part 5: Angry Jesus, Rockin’ It Out in the Garden

We’ve heard what the Gospel writers said about Jesus in Gethsemane. Now it’s time to examine a Hollywood perspective. In 1973, the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar hit the big screen, with actor-singer Ted Neeley playing Jesus. One of the … Continue reading

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Gethsemane, Part 3: Through the Oil Press, or The Final Temptation

The Garden of Gethsemane is located at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem (yes, it’s still there).  The name literally means “oil press.” I’m going to fly away with a metaphor here, so bear with me, and … Continue reading

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