I did, but do not have a definitive answer. Here is Mark Moring’s common sense response:
In a reasonable rant over at Relevant magazine, Scott Nehring asks the question, “Why Are Christian Movies So Bad?”
The brief essay, excerpted from his book, You Are What You See: Watching Movies Through a Christian Lens is long on stating the problem in terms we’ve heard before: Christian movies are “intellectually vacant,” “disconnected from reality,” and are known for “substandard production values, stilted dialogue and childish plots.” He blames it not only on the filmmakers themselves, who are guilty of mediocre art (at best), but also the Christian audience, which he says should be more discerning and more demanding — of excellence, that is.
Read on to find out how Moring responds to Nehring. Interesting and, as I have said already, common sense.
Yet, I think there is more to it than that.
In what Evangelicals are concerned, I believe the main reason they did never produced great art is their obsession with certainty and correctness. There is no great art without taking risks.
In what Catholics and mainline Protestant (and to a certain extent Orthodox) are concerned, I think the main reason for their poor movies is church propaganda or mere sectarianism – an obsession with being strictly respectful of the most minute church teachings and traditions. The result is correct platitudes.
The only exception I find is with some Orthodox movie directors, mostly Russians, who, although fully dedicated to their faith, take risky liberties that result in true masterpieces. Think, Tarkovsky, for instance.