Review by Gene
It’s been nearly 8 years since Zack Snyder brought the famous battle at Thermopylae (“The Hot Gates”) to life on the big screen. 300 Spartan warriors (and some other less impressive Greeks) fought to the death against the Persian army invading their lands, and Snyder cemented himself as a legit director. Guys everywhere gravitated to this movie, imagining themselves as King Leonidas, fighting against the self-inflicted restraints of a treacherous fellow Spartan, while also fighting for freedom against a foreign tyrant king who fancied himself a god. The self-proclaimed god, Xerxes, is continuing his assault, but Rise of an Empire is much more than a follow up to the battle at Thermopylae. Continue Reading
We rarely go more than four or five days without any new blog posts here at LTBM, but we are pushing almost 2 weeks now! Just wanted to drop a line and let you all know that we are still here, we’re just very busy.
Review by Logan
Unlike most guys, I am drawn instinctively to love stories. I like a good love story almost as much as a good action story, and in some cases, even more so. The problem is that good love stories are few and far between. Hollywood has produced so many of them that after a while, they all start to sound the same. Occasionally you get one that has a unique twist that makes it interesting.
There are also times that you have to go quite a ways back to find such a compelling story. That takes us back to 1940, in a little gift shop in Budapest, where we meet Alfred Kralik, played by the ever-popular Jimmy Stewart (It’s a Wonderful Life). With time, we’re also introduced to Klara, who is hired on at the shop. The two of them find it nearly impossible to work together in any capacity, and, in our 21st Century lingo, hate each other’s guts. Continue Reading
Hold it right there folks! Before you assume we’ve reposted a review from just 5 days ago, check yo’ self! This, my friends, is the Moral Dilemma Dialogue! (You are to be relieved and impressed by that.)
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, Les Miserables is a story which brings up a host of moral dilemmas which all sort of pile on top of each other. A choice made in one dilemma leads to another dilemma. The choice in that dilemma leads to another dilemma… on and on and on with lots of singing. Elliott highlights that well in his review of this film a few days ago, and today Elliott and Tres will be examining one of those dilemmas specifically. Continue Reading
It’s been said that men can make women cry at the drop of a hat, but if a woman makes a man cry then she really means something to him. So what does it mean if a movie can make a man cry? It seems there are just a handful of movies that are “acceptable” for guys to cry at. Just do a quick google search and you’ll find the same 10-15 films popping up on most lists. I can assure you we pretty much blow those lists out of the water here, as you may not have even heard of a couple of these. Continue Reading
Review by Elliott
Bishop: But remember this, my brother, see in this some higher plan. You must use this precious silver to become an honest man. By the witness of the martyrs, by the Passion and the Blood, God has raised you out of darkness; I have bought your soul for God! Continue Reading
Review by Tyler Smith with More Than One Lesson
If you haven’t seen Logan Miller’s Sweetwater, you’ve got plenty of company. The film is a low budget Western that saw limited distribution in 2013. I was largely unaware of it until it was recently released on DVD. While the film does feature notable actors such as Ed Harris, January Jones, and Jason Isaacs, it is fairly unmemorable, though competently made. Continue Reading
We have some exciting news at Let There Be Movies! In an effort to always deliver the best movie reviews from a Christian perspective, we are welcoming any and all writers that would like to send us their movie reviews and become a guest writer at LTBM! We have recently added another writer to the fold and we’re very excited to include him in the LTBM family.
On our Guest Writers page you’ll find a bio for our latest guest writer, Tyler Smith. Tyler runs a movie review blog and podcast entitled More Than One Lesson. Tyler is a kindred spirit to LTBM in that he also reviews movies from a Christian perspective. I highly recommend Tyler’s podcast, in which he and colleague Josh Long publish episodes highlighting one movie and often contrasting it with another in order to compare similar traits. That comparison then leads to a solid lesson for Christian’s to think about when seeing these films. It’s a very interesting format and the friendship between Tyler and Josh is very evident as they’re often joking on each other and having fun with it.
Give Tyler’s podcast a listen and hop over to his blog and check things out. Come on back here later this week to see how Tyler breaks down a movie from a Christian perspective. We are excited to have him on board to write an occasional review for us!
Review by Gene
Gerard Butler is no stranger to power roles (300, Law Abiding Citizen). So when you see a movie poster with an actor standing firm, rifle in hand behind the title “Machine Gun Preacher”, you’re not surprised to find it is Butler. I mean come on, anybody who can wear nothing but a red cape and speedo while screaming out the name of the city he’s in, and still manage to make every guy wish they were him, demands a nod from the collective testosterone of men everywhere. Continue Reading
Just a quick announcement. Follow this link to read an interview posted by FaithFlixFilms founder Sharon Wilharm where she asks LTBM founder Gene Gosewehr a handful of questions about this blog that you might find interesting.
While you’re there, take a look around FaithFlixFilms and see what they have to offer. They specialize in a behind the scenes look at the world of independent Christian filmmaking. They interview actors, review movies, as well as publish various lists including best Christian films of the year. You may be surprised to find how many Christian films are made every year that we never see released at our local theaters.