Earlier today we posted the first part of our latest moral dilemma dialogue, focusing on the film Million Dollar Baby. If you have not read that, please visit Nate’s position FOR assisted suicide from a Christian perspective. Now Gene presents the position AGAINST assisted suicide from a Christian perspective. Do we have a contradiction here? Is someone misusing scripture? You be the judge. Continue Reading
After a short absence, we pickup our moral dilemma dialogue feature with a film that many think of when they consider moral dilemmas in the movies: Million Dollar Baby. This film garnered 7 Academy Award nominations from 2004, winning 4 of them, including Best Picture. Hillary Swank’s performance as Maggie Fitzgerald earned a second Oscar for her as best lead actress. It became Clint Eastwood’s second Oscar win for best director, and believe it or not, it earned Morgan Freeman his lone Oscar victory for best supporting actor. It achieved all that in large part due to how it setup, and delivered upon the moral dilemma in question; assisted suicide.
Review by Logan
It may be another generic Liam Neeson thriller, but it’s more engaging than you might think.
Liam Neeson is Bill Marks, an air marshal with some frustrating life circumstances, boards his flight just like he does every day. But when he starts receiving threatening texts from an unknown sender on a supposedly secure network, things start to spin out of control. The other air marshal knows nothing of it, and they only have twenty minutes before the stranger threatens to kill someone.
Screen adaptations of various forms of art have been going on for decades. Whether it be the newest trend in adapting comics or graphic novels to the big screen, or some more traditional forms of adaptations like written novels or stage plays. We’ve previously listed off our favorite on-screen adaptations of books, now we’re thinking about stage to screen adaptations. We’ll each give our top three picks, and we’d love to hear some of your additions as well!
Review by Tres
I wanted to take a look at a movie that I mentioned when the lovely Lauren Bacall passed: The Mirror Has Two Faces.
It’s an older movie, true. 1996
The actors aren’t ones we see in lead roles much anymore. Barbara Streisand, Jeff Bridges, Lauren Bacall, and Mimi Rogers.
It’s not a big budget film: budget was only 42 million (gulp).
It’s wasn’t a blockbuster success: opening weekend gross $12.2 million.
HOWEVER, the movie endures and continues to be rented and purchased throughout the world; literally translated into many languages. What causes it to continue to be an active buy and viewed movie after nearly 20 years?
Rant by Amber
There is something I have just been dying to get off my chest: Cinderella is awesome. Disney heroines have certainly evolved over the decades—from waiting to be rescued by her prince (Snow White, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty), to going out to find (and potentially rescue) her prince (Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Tangled’s Rapunzel), to not needing a prince at all (Frozen’s Queen Elsa). Of course it is wonderful to see the stories told in animated films adapt with the times and provide admirable and independent heroines for young girls to look up to, but the downside is that we tend to look down on what came before.
Review by Nate
At first blush “The Giver” seems like it could be just another science fiction/future-dystopian/Jennifer Lawrence vehicle. As a matter of fact, Jeff Bridges recently commented on how long it took to greenlight the movie, which raises the question of whether it would have been made at all if not for the success of “The Hunger Games”. Continue Reading
Sadly, we pause from movies to say goodbye again to an actor who dedicated his life to entertaining the world through his characters.
Richard Attenborough passed at the age of 90 on Aug 24.
When I mentioned him in conversation this week, I have gotten many different replies: Who?
The Jurassic Park guy?
Review by Elliott
Pre-Crime Public Service Announcer: Imagine, a world without, murder. 6 years ago, the homicidal rates had reached epidemic proportions. It seemed that only a miracle could stop the blood shed, but instead of 1 miracle, we were given 3, the precognitives. Within 3 months of the precrime program, the homicidal rates in the District of Columbia had reduced 90 percent.
Lamar Burgess: 6 Years in the precrime program, and there hasn’t been a single murder.
Pre-Crime Public Service Announcer: Now, the system can work for you.
Attorney General Nash: We want to make sure that this great system is what will keep us safe will also keep us free.
Review by Amber
First off, I have to confess that I’m a little biased. I love Woody Allen. If a movie is written and/or directed by Woody Allen, I will go see it, and probably love it. Combine that with my love of Paris, and this film could almost do no wrong. Midnight in Paris is the story of a wide-eyed optimist, Gil Pender (played by Owen Wilson), who has settled for what is easy and convenient, but dreams of something more. With a quirky touch of magical realism, as only Woody Allen can achieve, Gil is transported from present-day Paris to different romantic eras that were high points in art and culture. Continue Reading