Posts tagged ‘film’

The Case For Christ

I’ll lead with the best I have to say about this film. I believe this is one of the best and strongest representations of the modern Christian argument for legitimacy. If you find the proof or justification in this that you were hoping for, I congratulate you. You can also take solace in the fact that many others have and will feel the same as you do about this production. That said…

The film-making: A classic cliched amateur documentary that anyone can pull off these days with a couple cameras, a green screen, iMovie, willing participants and a love of “Unsolved Mysteries” reruns. Topped off by the classic feel-good ending as the symbolic cherry on top. Move over, Scorsese.

The content: Everything presented in this film is contingent on the idea, which they try to establish first thing out of the box, that the biblical authors, and particularly the authors of the biblical gospels, were unbiased and diligent historians. You have to buy in to this claim for the rest of the conclusions drawn in this film to have any credibility. For me, a My Cousin Vinny scene about bricks and playing cards comes to mind. The word “evidence” is thrown around pretty loosely here once they get rolling. Your belief is also further solicited by the idea that your being led through this by not only a former skeptic but a former atheist. At its core, this is the classic idea that the bible proves everything in the bible and work backward from that. Tie God inseparably to the Bible. If you can prove Jesus existed and that people believed he was the messiah, son of God, etc then he WAS the messiah, son of God, etc. And above all… trust us… really.

Conclusion: Please. I genuinely invite you to draw your own and I send you on your way with my sincere blessing.

If you want mine, it is this. That religion, in my opinion, often has more do do with love and trust for the people from which you acquire it or the fact that it may have filled the role of the philosophy used to guide you back from the brink of a potentially more destructive life than it does with belief or God. Either that or the assumption that in a genuine search for God, or a higher power of some sort, that religion truly speaks for him or it. I don’t believe it does and this film did not convince me otherwise, whish I believe was the goal. But this is my opinion and, again, please draw your own.

Rating: 2 Stars


Halloween 2 (2009)

I have, quite literally, just finished watching Halloween 2 as written and directed by Rob Zombie. I must say that it took me a while¬† to get my hooks into this one, but once I did, I couldn’t let go. It wasn’t the best horror movie I’ve ever seen but it wasn’t supposed to be. What’s more, they knew this. I have an admiration for films that know what they are and are not only comfortable with it, but relish in it. Contrary to what many critics might think, and there were definitely more negative criticisms than I expected, Rob Zombie knew exactly what he was doing here. For me, this film was part artistic film-making and part homage to movies of this ilk from the 1970s and 80s. In the world where there are enough remakes and reboots to choke your average moviegoer to death, Rob Zombie is one of the very few I give credit for putting out a good end product.

I strongly suspect that you have to have watched a lot of good and bad horror movies to appreciate Zombie’s work here, and I have. He is a fan of horror who now makes it. There is no better hands for such a movie to be in. In a field where literally EVERYTHING has been done, where do you go? How many times can the killer come out of absolutely nowhere before you no longer jump. How many sick and depraved ways can you see a body mutilated and torn apart before you are desensitized and it all gets stale. You can only go down the same road for so long before you reach the end. Zombie does his best with the scares and the blood here, but from the mindset of a fan who’s waiting for them and thinks they know what’s coming. Some are decided meant to be seen coming, though that might not be obvious to some viewers (If you don’t know by now that the friend running downstairs to call 911 is going to die then you haven’t watched enough horror movies). Others are meant to see if they can sneak up behind you before you turn around.

There is some great artistic camera work and editing done to change things up a bit from your expected death scene. I was in tears at the death of Annie (both with Laurie and Sheriff Brackett). The end in the shed could have had some more depth to it and while I did understand and respect the point being made with Dr. Loomis (people who will profit off of horrific events and the pain of others), it could have used some more work too. Zombie gives a new and more realistic feel to the unstoppable monster, even in the presence of ghosts and visions. I also think the groundwork laid in the first film goes a long way in making the character of Michael Myers even more interesting in both films, though you definitely can not understand this movie without seeing first one. All in all, I believe Zombie achieved what I think his goal was and I was sucked in to the movie. I didn’t finish it and feel that I’d wasted my time. On the contrary, I was quite entertained and please with the film.

Rating: 4 stars.