Category: Movies

Movie Review – Risen (2016)

Risen (2016)
Risen (2016)

Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a Roman Military Tribune, and his aide, Lucius (Tom Felton), are given the task of finding the body of Yeshua (Cliff Curtis) as despite being crucified, thrust with a spear, placed in a sealed tomb with 24 hour guards, the body has some how gone. After failing to find the body of Yeshua by digging up recent graves, Clavius then sets his sights on the men and women who were followers of Yeshua, believing they conspired to steal the body to fulfil prophecy surrounding a risen Messiah. But as he interviews and tracks these men and women down not only does he find himself dealing with the sort of unshakeable faith where people will die for what they believe but he finds himself witness to something he can not believe.

When ever it comes to bible based movies I always wonder whether the auto-response negativity from those who disdain anything religious is balanced by the enthusiasm of those who long to see more bible based, Christian movies making it to the big screen. What that means is that a movie like “Risen” can have reviews which range from utter disdain Continue reading

Movie Review – The Woodcarver (2012)

John Ratzenberger as Ernest Otto in The Woodcarver (2012)
John Ratzenberger as Ernest Otto in The Woodcarver (2012)

Matthew (Dakota Daulby) prayed when his parents started arguing, he asked God to stop them from separating as their marriage crumbled. So when the arguing didn’t stop and his dad moved out Matthew took his anger out on the local church building by vandalising it. It is how he comes to meet Ernest Otto (John Ratzenberger), a woodcarver who since his wife died has given up working but who years earlier had created many of the now broken ornate wood panels for the church and who agrees to do so again, taking Matthew under his wing as the young man has to make good for the damage he caused. It is Ernest who encourages Matthew to consider WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) when ever he is faced with a decision and it leads to not only a change in Matthew but a bond forming between Ernest and the teenager. But with the wood production company, who Matthew’s father works for, desperate for a contract to supply the wood for the new Sunday school building, something which Ernest already agreed to do, there is trouble in the air.

Above the title “The Woodcarver” features the letters WWJDII so just in case you are not aware, this is the second movie in the WWJD series which started with “What Would Jesus Do?” in 2010. Continue reading

Movie Review – The Bouquet (2013)

Kristy Swanson as Terri in The Bouquet (2013)
Kristy Swanson as Terri in The Bouquet (2013)

Terri Benton (Kristy Swanson) is busy with her job in the city, so busy that when ever her mother, Bonnie (Nicola Cavendish), calls asking her to come home to see her father she always fobs her off. Terri’s sister, Mandy (Alberta Mayne), is not much better as whilst she only lives 20 miles away she is always busy with the latest cause she is championing. But when Terri and Mandy’s father suddenly dies it leads to both girls coming home only to learn more bad news, the florists that he ran with Bonnie, assisted by their friend Sam (Michael Shanks), is in dire straits and in need of a miracle to survive. What Terri hasn’t told anyone is that shortly before her father died she was let go from her job and so throws herself in to saving the business, bringing it into the 21st century. Trouble is that she plans to return to the city as soon as she gets a job offer, which means leaving everything to Mandy to keep going whilst spurning any advances from Sam.

I like all types of movies but particular like those movies which deliver an inspirational message whilst also enjoying those movies which are inoffensive and family friendly. “The Bouquet” falls into that second group as it is an inoffensive movie which is sweet and charming. Continue reading

Movie Review – Have a Little Faith (2011)

If we tend to the things that are important in life, if we are right with those we love and behave in line with our faith, we will never wallow in the agony of I should have, I could have – Rabbi Albert Lewis

Martin Landau as Rabbi Albert Lewis in Have a Little Faith (2011)
Martin Landau as Rabbi Albert Lewis in Have a Little Faith (2011)

Whilst on a tour to promote his latest book, sports journalist Mitch Albom (Bradley Whitford) is met by his childhood Rabbi, Albert Lewis (Martin Landau), who has an unusual request, he wants Mitch to write his eulogy. Despite his reluctance Mitch ends up agreeing which means regular trips to see Albert at his home to get to know him more in order to write his eulogy. At the same time Mitch comes across Henry Covington (Laurence Fishburne) a former drug dealer who had done time but who not only now is a minister of a run down church but is providing shelter and food for the homeless. It leads to Mitch going on a bit of a spiritual journey as he questions whether a man like Henry can really change his spots.

I suppose techincally you could say that “Have a Little Faith” is a sequel to the wonderful “Tuesdays with Morrie” but for me it is more like another season in the life of Mitch Albom. As such I should say right away that whilst “Have a Little Faith” is a little similar in some ways to “Tuesdays with Morrie” it doesn’t quite have the same sparkle yet still delivers plenty of life lessons and has a motivational aspect about it. Maybe part of the reason why it doesn’t quite work so well is that Hank Azaria didn’t return to play Mitch and instead we have Bradley Whitford Continue reading

Movie Review – Tuesdays with Morrie (1999)

Am I leading the life I want to lead. Am I person that I want to be. If we accept the fact we can die at any time we lead our lives differently – Morrie Schwartz

Jack Lemmon as Morrie Schwartz in Tuesdays with Morrie (1999)
Jack Lemmon as Morrie Schwartz in Tuesdays with Morrie (1999)

As a sports journalist Mitch Albom (Hank Azaria) is always on the go, covering one sporting event after another and always in a race against time to meet deadlines. It is little wonder that his girlfriend, Janine (Wendy Moniz), is beginning to question whether they have a future together despite knowing full well that they both love each other deeply. But it is in one of those moments where Mitch finds himself doing a dozen things at once that he sees his old professor, Morrie Schwartz (Jack Lemmon), on TV being interviewed as he is dying having been diagnosed with ALS and is determined to use his experience to help others. It leads to Mitch flying to Boston to visit Morrie but it also leads to Mitch returning every Tuesday as Morrie sets about teaching Mitch how to truly live.

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My Passion for Movies and How God Challenged It

My Passion for Movies and How God Challenged ItSuperman, Star Wars, The Great Escape, and the Sound of the Music; these four movies were a major part of my childhood as every Easter, Christmas, or bank holiday it would be these movies which were shown on TV and I would watch them again and again, much to the annoyance of my family. It was through these movies that my passion for cinema was born and when I started earning my own money as a teenager I got my first VCR and started amassing a pretty large collection of movies. Then when I got my first full time job my passion for movies really took off as each week when I got paid I would be straight down the shops to snap up the bargains, often adding five videos to my collection at a time. It wasn’t just the collecting of movies I loved as there were the posters, books, and movie magazines as well as the technology which back then cost a small fortune. Continue reading

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