The Chosen Ones – The Trailer

A group of solitary elderly individuals from Armenia, who have been neglected by the society, unify in an amateur dance troupe and prove during each performance that they still can dream, fall in love, amaze and wonder.

Director: Arman Yeritsyan
Production studio: Bars Media documentary film studio

Thanks to my friend Liana Enli Manusajyan for the link.

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24 April – 100 Years from the Armenian Genocide

In commemoration of the Armenian genocide, where about 1.5 million Armenians were killed to the Turks of Ataturk – a criminal act that was never admitted by the Turkish government, I invite you to watch (or watch again) the movie Ararat, directed by Atom Egoyan.

Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe trailer

For the first time, learn how one man’s vision kept the early Christian movement together. How one man defied the very followers of Jesus himself… and in the end left his homeland to conquer an Empire. This is the compelling story of Paul the Apostle, originally named Saul of Tarsus. He zealously persecuted the early followers of Jesus and violently tried to destroy the newly forming Christian church. Paul’s dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus radically changed the course of his life. After his conversion, Paul began to preach that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. He is generally considered one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age.

Larry Hurtado & Ben Witherington Discuss the Movie ‘Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe’

Scholars Larry Hurtado & Ben Witherington join Robert Orlando on stage for post screening discussion after watching Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe in San Diego during SBL conference.Read More »

The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies Official Teaser

Au nom du fils

Pe data de 7 mai a fost lansat in Franta filmul ‘Au nom du fils’ [In numele fiului]. Tema, abuzurile sexuale ale preotilor, este una foarte actuala si se poate sa vedem filmul si in Romania.

Iata o scurta descriere a naratiunii (in limba franceza):

Éprouvée par la mort accidentelle de son mari, Élisabeth, animatrice d’une tribune téléphonique sur les ondes d’une radio chrétienne, reçoit en ondes un coup de fil de son fils de 13 ans. Celui-ci lui annonce qu’il est amoureux du père Achille, un ancien collègue à elle, qui vient de partir pour l’Italie. Élizabeth réagit si mal à la nouvelle que l’adolescent se suicide. Apprenant dans la foulée que le garçon et son défunt mari participaient à des camps d’extrême-droite religieuse, Élizabeth sent monter la colère en elle. Indignée par le silence de l’Église face à l’abus sexuel dont a été victime son fils, elle assassine l’évêque qui refuse le salut de l’âme de l’adolescent. Ayant dérobé la liste des prêtres pédophiles que l’évêque protégeait, Élisabeth part en croisade. (Sursa, AICI)Read More »

Veil of Tears – Official Movie Trailer

Veil of Tears is the gripping new documentary film narrated by Natalie Grant that tells the untold story of millions of women in India who are culturally persecuted for no other reason than the fact that they are women. However, despite the centuries of oppression, there are those who are reaching out and trying to change the culture towards women, from the inside out.Read More »

Son of God on Film

Son of God on Film.

Martin Marty on the new mo vie The Son of God.

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me to the End of Love

Dance from Vincente Minnelli’s movie The Band Wagon (1953), with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse.

The Red Chapel – A Powerful Documentary of North Korea

Release Date: December 29, 2010 (IFC Center)
Genre: Documentary | Comedy
Cast: Mads Brügger, Simon Jul Jørgensen and Jacob Nossell
Director: Mads Brügger
MPAA: N/A
Studio: Lorber Films

A journalist with no scruples, a spastic, and a comedian travel to North Korea with a mission – to challenge the conditions of the smile in one of the world’s most notorious regimes. The Red Chapel chronicles the amusing and often bizarre encounters between this Danish theatre troupe and their North Korean hosts in a one of a kind, East-meets-West-meets-East look at cultural exchange in the modern world’s last anti-globalist bastion.

Frozen

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen” comes to theaters in 3D November 27th!

Like Frozen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyFrozen

Follow Frozen on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DisneyAnimation

Official Site: http://disney.com/FrozenRead More »

On the Side of the Road – Official Trailer

When the government tries to silence a history, a light is shed on the nation’s biggest taboo. This is the story of those who fought to erase Palestine and created an Israeli landscape of denial. For more info: naretivproductions.com/
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Having grown up in Ariel, Lia Tarachansky speaks about segregation as while situated deep in the West Bank, he settlement is completely isolated from its surroundings and the nearby Palestinian villages. “It was like living on an island suspended from the sky by strings”, she says in an upcoming ground-breaking documentary that looks at Israeli collective identity through the prism of its biggest taboo – what happened in 1948. It was this very history the government attempted to silence when in 2009 a new law proposal suggested a three-year jail term for anyone who looks at the events of that year critically.

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Madonna foreswears celebrity religion; converts to Methodism | NewsBiscuit

Madonna foreswears celebrity religion; converts to Methodism | NewsBiscuit.

I have to say I am a serious skeptic of all this VIP religious stuff. For their sake I hope it’s genuine, not just another PR stunt. We shall see. May God have mercy on their troubled souls.

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Megan Fox, Devout Pentecostal, Tells Esquire She Speaks In Tongues

Megan Fox, Devout Pentecostal, Tells Esquire She Speaks In Tongues.

Megan a Pentecostal? That is quite a surprise.

Romero – The Movie (1989)

He started a revolution without guns, without an army, without fear. Because one man’s courage can be the most powerful weapon of all.
“If they kill me, I will rise in the Salvadoran people.”
Romero is a compelling and deeply moving look at the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who made the ultimate sacrifice in a passionate stand against social injustice and oppression in his country.Read More »

The Christmas Story According to 80 Film Titles

We gather to hear once more the age old Christmas story, otherwise known as God’s LOVE STORY.

A GUY NAMED JOE was engaged to Mary, THE PASSION of his life. ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’  he was often heard to say. Mary was expecting a very special child according to the angel.

Gabriel had appeared to her ONE FINE DAY, nearly scaring THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS out of her, but telling her that she was to name her special child, Jesus which means ‘Saviour’.

“You must have a BRAVEHEART, Mary, for he will bring you both AGONY AND ECSTASY. DELIVERANCE is THE MISSION he will be entrusted with.”Read More »

Au-delà des collines, diable de film!

Au-dela-des-collines

Ziarul francez Le Figaro publica o cronica de film absolut elogioasa, dediata ultimului film al lui Cristian Mungiu, Dupa dealuri (fr. Au dela des collines) care valoreaza mai mult decit o mie de discursuri politice ristite de ziua Romaniei.

Redau mai jos inceputul acestei cronici, foarte bine scrise de Eric Neuhoff.

CRITIQUE – Le réalisateur Cristian Mungiu fait honneur à son art. Le cinéma semble avoir été inventé pour lui. Au-delà des collines est un miracle.

Il faut faire toutes sortes de choses dans la vie. Comme d’aller voir un film roumain qui dure deux heures et demie. Il y a un couvent. Il est perdu dans les collines. Alina vient y chercher Voichita pour la ramener en Allemagne. Problème: cette dernière a rencontré Dieu. Rude concurrence. ­Elles se connaissent depuis l’école maternelle. Elles sont amies, et même un peu plus. Alina ne se plie pas à la règle. Il en résulte mille tourments. Cela fait peur comme un ciel de tempête, produit des prières et des cris, sème le doute et la perturbation. De menues silhouettes noires trottinent dans la cour. Les nonnes portent de curieux petits chapeaux ronds.

Cititi AICI in intregime critica filmului.

(Multumesc frumos unui prieten al meu parizian pentru semnalarea acestui text. El ramine un roman onorific. In ciuda indepartarii lui geografice de Romania in acest moment,  o buna parte a sufletului sau odihneste aici, dincolo de Carpati, unde si-a facut studiile medicale,)

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini About the Crisis of the (Catholic) Church

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, who died on 30 August 2012, made a series of daring statements in his last interview, published posthumously. Here are just a few quotes:

Our culture has aged, our churches are big and empty and the church bureaucracy rises up, our rituals and our cassocks are pompous.

The Church must admit its mistakes and begin a radical change, starting from the pope and the bishops. The paedophilia scandals oblige us to take a journey of transformation.

 The church is 200 years out of date. Why don’t we rouse ourselves? Are we afraid?

 

Hellbound?

This is the teaser trailer for “Hellbound?” (www.hellboundthemovie.com), a feature-length documentary that takes an in-depth look at today’s highly contentious debate over the Christian doctrine of eternal punishment. Does hell really exist, and if so, what factors determine who ends up there? Written and directed by Kevin Miller (“Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” “Sex+Money,” “spOILed” and “With God On Our Side”), “Hellbound?” features interviews with an eclectic group of high profile authors, theologians, pastors, social commentators, musicians, exorcists and individuals who claim to have experienced the fires of hell firsthand. The film will hit theaters across North America in September 2012 through a combination of major metropolitan area theatrical runs and special event screenings.

Conflict – an illustration

Thanks to Vasile Ernu for the link.

House Without Limits

A superb short film.

Thanks to Violeta Moisa for this link.

Christianity Today Entertainment Blog: Film to Depict Lewis-Tolkien Friendship

Christianity Today Entertainment Blog: Film to Depict Lewis-Tolkien Friendship.

The Lion Awakes, a  new film, in the making, about the friendship between Tolkien and CS Lewis, that led to Lewis’s conversion.

Watch for it in 2013.

Friday Five: Meryl Streep’s greatest success?

Friday Five: Meryl Streep’s greatest success?

Meryl Streep is a major success by anyone’s standards. The versatile and gifted character actor has been nominated for a record number of Golden Globes and Academy Awards; she won her third Oscar on Sunday for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.Read More »

In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011) – A Movie by Angelina Jolie

This is not really suitable for viewers under 18.

 

A troubling film about the tragedy of the nationalist conflict in former Yugoslavia and especially the extensive and premeditated use of rape as a weapon of war.

Watch HERE (in French) a very positive evaluation of the authenticity of this this movie.

Invention of Love

This animated movie, by Andrey Shushkov, is a parable. I hope you get the point.

Thanks to the Spaniard for the link.

 

Now We Are Free

Now we are free. I will see you again. But not yet, not yet…

Music Composed By Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard
Copyright © 2000 DreamWorks & Universal Pictures

(Thank to my colleague Petros Florides for this link.)

Dirt

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Mike Riddell and ‘The Insatiable Moon’

Back in the day, Mike Riddell was a regular speaker at Greenbelt. The behatted Mike, a one-time Baptist pastor, worked the crowds in 1994, 1997, 2000 and 2003. His book Godzone was something of a cult favourite in edgy circles. He was the back cover writer for Third Way magazine, and a regular visitor to the UK on speaking tours.

So whatever happened to him? Where is he now? While some might suspect he washed up on a park bench clutching a bottle of sherry and muttering about God, Mike reports that’s only partly true. The truth is much worse. He’s become a Catholic, and got mixed up in making films.

Those with tendencies to schadenfreude can see the depravity to which he’s sunk by attending the Greenbelt 2011 screening of feature film The Insatiable Moon. Mike wrote and helped to produce the adaptation of his novel that began his journey down the slippery slope of moral destitution.Read More »

Liv Tyler Says ‘The Ledge’ Is Not Anti-Christian, Christian News

Liv Tyler Says ‘The Ledge’ Is Not Anti-Christian, Christian News.

This is a very interesting article on a movie that will surely make waves among Evangelicals, for its portrayal of the pathologies of fundamentalism.

I have no idea why are Christians so obsessed and aggressive towards those works of art that describe them, be it rightly or unjustly, in a negative manner. Christ warned us that when we suffer for our own stupidity, we get when we deserve and when we suffer unjustly, we get what he himself got from those who opposed him.

I was able to finally able to watch on my way back from the States another movie that many Christians considered an offense: The Golden Compass. I was wondering why is that and, to be fair, I still do. To my surprise, I was in quasi- agreement with most of the criticism in the film towards the Magisterium (a symbol of the power of the institutional religion).

Again, I am afraid that this kind of reaction is an expression of our inability to accept that death of Christendom.

Th Way Back – A film About the Gulag

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