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Review: Transcendental Style in Film by Paul Schrader

Can a movie really capture what it feels like to have a spiritual encounter? Plenty of movies have certainly tried (Biblical epics and so forth), but have they ever really worked? One writer who's done some seminal work on this subject is film critic and filmmaker Paul Schrader. In the 1970s, Schrader wrote Transcendental Style in …

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Review: Beautiful Light Film by Roy Anker

If you're looking for a Christian author who writes about film in a deep and meaningful way, I highly recommend checking out Roy M. Anker. Anker, formerly professor of film and literature at Calvin College, analyzes everything from crime films to historical dramas, noting spiritual ideas in their plots. Beautiful Light: Religious Meaning in Film, …

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Ken Russell and Twiggy on set of The Boy Friend, 1971. Author unknown (publicity still)

Eccentric Artist: Ken Russell and the Problem of Maverick Christianity

Recently I've been reading a great blog series by the Anselm Society on "centric artists." In essence (and I highly recommend reading Brian Brown's introduction for the full concept), the series points out artistically-minded Christians shouldn't follow the "eccentric artist" ideal. Christianity claims people's talents are rooted in God and that people are called into …

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3 Unusual Christian Movies Worth Watching

I've talked about movies several times on this blog. I've discussed mainstream Hollywood movies with spiritual themes, movies that find unique ways to talk about God, and even looked at how scary movies may get closer to describing religious ideas than other genres do. This time, I'd like to recommend a few movies written or …

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