Superman has been standing for “truth, justice, and the American way”, or something like that, for the whole lifespan of most people living today. The red cape, the “S” on the chest, and the red speedos are some of the most recognizable emblems in all of pop-culture. Earlier this summer, fans everywhere were finally given a new on-screen adaptation of the quintessential superhero in Man of Steel. Save for a forgettable 2006 attempt, this was the first appearance on the big screen for Supes since 1987! While Man of Steel certainly took a few lumps from critics, it was far from a disappointment and has everyone looking forward to future sequels. Continue Reading
Review by Derek
I vaguely remember when, as a child, my parents took me (along with my siblings) to Florida for a family vacation. This was pre-Universal Studios. We went to Busch Gardens and Disney World, which for most kids probably would have been the highlight of the whole ordeal. But for me, it was two other stops that have created the longest-lasting memories of that time: Gatorland and Sea World. Continue Reading
Machine Gun Preacher was a 2011 release which starred Gerard Butler as Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker who finds God and finds his calling in Sudan as he attempts to protect children who are exploited as soldiers. The title really is quite descriptive of what you get in this film.
A couple of months ago we gave you a list of moral dilemmas in the movies that we thought deserved a little analysis. As that list gained some popularity we quickly realized that identifying and breaking down various moral dilemmas in film is something that we can, and probably should be doing as Christian’s observing an element of pop culture. So often we’re shown characters finding themselves in incredible predicaments with impossible choices to make. That’s one of the great things about films. They highlight some often strange circumstances that many of us may never find ourselves in, but give us a chance to watch it play out and see how each character decides to handle it. What we want to do is take this a step further and ask: What is the right decision? Is there a moral high-ground to take? And at the risk of sounding cliché’, what would Jesus do?
We are calling this feature the Moral Dilemma Dialogue, or MDD for short. On a monthly basis two or three of us here at Let There Be Movies will weigh in on a film that presents a couple of different moral dilemmas. We may never be faced with the choice to take someone’s life, or choose the lesser of two evils, so to speak, but these are good things to discuss. In all our MDD posts we’ll be looking at what scripture has to say about a given topic and what stance we as Christian’s should be taking in light of the amazing love we are shown through Jesus (1 Jn. 2:3-6).
Your involvement is key in making the MDD a success! We need your suggestions for movies and your involvement in discussing these dilemmas in the comments section of each post. Visit the MDD page to suggest some films and look for our first MDD next month!