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Paul Schrader
"Film is as close to the ineffable, invisible and unknowable as words, images and ideas can take us."
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Andrew Barder
"There are currently two primary problems with Christian films: (1) they are either inherently dishonest and/or (2) they are primarily concerned with […] egoistic castle-building.”
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Vanessa Ochs
"Material objects – things made by people – are vessels that create, express, embody and reflect sacredness.”
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Rudolf Otto
The numinous as a religious experience to be evoked in film.
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Kevin Wetmore on Star Wars
"What an interesting fusion of Eastern religion and mythical structure by Lucas may become something of a genuine philosophy or life path, if not a real religion."
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George Lucas on Star Wars
“They were able to relate [Star Wars] to stories in the Bible, in the Qur’an and in the Torah.”
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Dale Pollock on Star Wars
“The message of Star Wars is religious; God isn’t dead, he’s there if you want him to be.”
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Robert Jewett on Star Wars
“[Star Wars] seemed to embody the ultimate Christian valueof right triumphing over wrong and a ritualistic re-enactment of a story of salvation.”
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Abdel-Shehid and Kalman-Lamb on Bend It Like Beckham
"[Bend It Like Beckham] seeks to show that Englishness has become a multicultural concept.”
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Molly Sackler on East is East
"East is East is a thrust at racism that cuts both ways.”
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Anderson on East is East
"[The East is East family] is a cartoon rather than complicated human beings."
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Alderstein on The Passion of The Christ
“The fact is, there are two movies here: One that Christians see, and one that Jews see. I don’t know if this can ever change."
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Bernard on The Passion of The Christ
“Most virulently anti-Semitic movie made since German WWII propaganda.”
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David Brashier on The Prince of Egypt
“[The Prince of Egypt] shows a high level of respect to the source material and essence of the story it is portraying.”
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Jeffrey Katzenburg on The Prince of Egypt
“It was our goal and mandate to take this Bible story and tell it in it’s context as accurately as possible.”
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Christine L. Pryor on The Prince of Egypt
“Not intended to be a literal interpretation, but entertainment with a positive message.”
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David Gogol on The Prince of Egypt
I pray they’re going to find the values in the film.”
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Roger Ebert on Stigmata
“Possibly the funniest movie ever made about Catholicism – from a theological point of view.”
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Stephen Holden on Stigmata
“[The film] turns out to be a half-baked anticlerical screen involving Vatican politics.”
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Christopher Himes on Stigmata
"I was insulted by the premise of this movie."
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Richard Brookhiser on Groundhog Day
"The curse is lifted when Phil blesses the day he just lived."
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Michael Bronski on Groundhog Day
“The Groundhog is clearly the resurrected Christ, the ever hopeful renewal of life at springtime, at a time of Pagan-Christian holidays.”
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Goldstein on Groundhog Day
“The movie tells us, as Judaism does, that the work doesn’t end until the world has been perfected.”
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B. Franks on The Wicker Man
"It is a critique of New Age and Pagan cults."
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David Bartholomew on The Wicker Man
"Maybe it’s not too big a connection to make between the final scene of The Wicker Man and the Nuremberg rallies in Germany. It was no accident that Hitler brought back all those Pagan feasts in his rise to power.”
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Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey
“I will say that the God concept is at the heart of 2001 but not any traditional, anthropomorphic image of God.”
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