Film Review: Noah

Like most Christians my curiosity was piqued months ago when I first saw the trailer for Noah. You could almost hear the collective “Hallelujah!” as many were excited at the mere thought of Hollywood producing a Bible story. Finally! We’ll have something to watch other than the Passion of the Christ.

Then the controversy started which, by the way, will always exist; that’s why we have denominations after all. Apparently some people weren’t so excited about a non-Christian telling a Bible story. Some say it promotes evolution. Some say Darren Aronofsky is an atheist or agnostic. Some boycotted the film (without seeing it) for any number of personal, religious convictions. Personally I was even more intrigued and eager to see it because of the controversy. After all, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

A note to my Christian friends: If you plan to see it, go this weekend. There is no other factor that influences Hollywood more than the success or failure of a film’s opening weekend. Hollywood is not interested in your opinion; they’re interested in your money. Vote with your wallet and tell them there is a huge market willing to see more films like this.

To those who are opposed to the film I respect you for sticking to your convictions, yet I challenge you to follow the advice of Michelangelo: “Criticize by creating.” Perhaps then you’ll understand why Noah is a film to be celebrated for it’s accomplishments, rather than degraded for it’s shortcomings.

SPOILER ALERT: Everybody dies.

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Movie Review: The Avengers

Generally speaking I’m not a huge fan of comic book movies, but when I first saw the trailer for The Avengers I couldn’t help but get excited. …really excited, in fact. It’s a little hard to manage expectations when you put that many awesome characters into the same film, so for better or worse I knew I had to see it.

SPOILER ALERT – I don’t think that anything I’ve written below will actually spoil the movie for you, but just to be safe you’ll have to click below to see the rest. Continue reading

What “The Hunger Games” Taught Me About Screen Writing

My goal here is simply to share my opinion as someone who has read the books, watched the movie, and wants to be a filmmaker some day.

I don’t know if a spoiler alert is necessary in this case because I suspect that everybody reading this post has already read the books. Nevertheless, if you want to hear the rest of my thoughts you’re gonna have to click to see more below.

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Movie Review: Buried

I had never heard of the movie until I saw it in Redbox. To be honest, I didn’t even read the caption for it. I just saw the reviews on the front cover saying things like “Mesmerizing” and “Brilliant” so I bucked conventional wisdom and completely judged this movie by it’s cover. Let’s just say I’m glad I did…

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