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[May 25, 2016 | No Comment | ]
Captain-America-Civil-War

by Ted Giese
Captain America: Civil War, is MARVEL Studio’s third film featuring Captain America (not including his appearances in films like Avengers Assemble and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and a couple of small cameos in other films). As a result, Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with many of the other recurring characters, have received enough screen time to start developing into robust and complex characters. The current film provides fertile ground for this growing maturity in a genre not always equated with depth of character development.
At its heart this movie is …


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[April 22, 2016 | No Comment | ]
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by Ted Giese
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 2013 film Man of Steel, and picks up some 18 months after the massive destruction in Metropolis at the hands of Kryptonian General Zod and his invading alien ships. At the end of that film, freshman superhero Superman defeats Zod. This film introduces Bruce Wayne, the seasoned superhero Batman, into the Superman story line. He witnessed the devastation of the battle and its tremendous cost of human life and is left deeply distrusting of Superman—equating him …


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[April 15, 2016 | No Comment | ]
Young-Messiah-03

by Ted Giese
The Young Messiah, an adaptation of Anne Rice’s 2005 novel Christ The Lord: Out Of Egypt, tells the story of a seven-year-old Jesus returning to the Holy Land following a time of exile in Egypt. Jesus, the Virgin Mary, Joseph, and their extended family return following Joseph’s dream that Herod the Great is dead.
Since Scripture is mostly silent on how this unfolds, The Young Messiah enters into the same sort of territory as the 2014 film Noah in which the biblical character Noah must, for the sake of …


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[March 22, 2016 | No Comment | ]
Which-Tomb-banner

by Stephen Chambers
Many thanks to Rev. Ted Giese for his recent and very helpful review of Risen. He characterizes the movie’s main points fairly and well, rightly noting that it’s one of the best “Jesus movies.” The movie coheres very well the Gospel accounts, demonstrating a healthy respect for the reality and meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
When it comes to the historical realities of first century Palestine the situation is more mixed. Many of the actors, especially among the disciples, are far too European in appearance. The landscape isn’t quite right …


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[March 15, 2016 | One Comment | ]
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by Ted Giese
Before the film Risen, there was the Oscar Award-winning film The Robe (1953) in which Richard Burton played the fictional Roman tribune, Marcellus, a soldier present at Jesus’ crucifixion who becomes a believer. In Kevin Reynolds’ film Risen, Joseph Fiennes plays a Roman tribune, Clavius, who is present at the crucifixion of Jesus and then must come to terms with who Jesus is based on hard evidence. Like The Robe‘s Marcellus, the Clavius is fictional but the majority of the characters he engages are based on the biblical …


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[March 4, 2016 | No Comment | ]
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by Ted Giese
On a storyline spectrum, Joel and Ethan Coen (aka the Coen Brothers) make films ranging from hard-boiled crime to whimsically quirky comedies. Their new film Hail Caesar! is firmly on the comedy side of things, although it leans toward their more serious work. And just because something is meant to be funny doesn’t mean it has nothing to say.
Set in 1950s Hollywood, Hail Caesar! is a fictional “day in the life” story about a Capital Pictures’ studio executive Eddie Mannix. Mannix is the studio’s head of physical production. …


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