TV and Movies: Through My Eyes

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Changed Lives Because of "The Passion"

I just saw a religious TV program (non-Catholic) that showed interviews from people whose lives have changed since watching Gibson's "The Passion." There was the story of a man who decided to be an atheist since the age of 8. Before watching Gibson's film, he was already one who has "recovered" from... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 8, 2004

Reality TV With A Heart

You know how Filipinos are. We call it the gaya-gaya syndrome: we see something that works and we imitate it. In a country where Adidas shoes are copied and sold as Addas and the NBA is imitated and shown as MBA (now a defunct league), reality TV shows have become quite popular -- thanks to cable --... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Oh Yes, Some Movies Make Me Cry

Oh yes, Veronica, some movies make me cry. The first movie that made me cry was a TV-rerun of "All Mine To Give;" I saw it when I was seven or eight. It was the story of a family trying to survive a life of poverty and hardship. I cried watching the film because I identified with the character in... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 5, 2004

Plugs From The Pulpit

My sister-in-law and our two maids have been telling me that priests are integrating into their sermons their thoughts about Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" and encouraging people to watch it. But it seems that not only Catholic priests are doing it. I was just watching a TV evangelist talk... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 3, 2004

Yes, Veronica, There Are Christian Movies

"...beyond functional considerations, the close alliance that has always existed between the Gospel and art means that you are invited to use your creative intuition to enter into the heart of the mystery of the Incarnate God and at the same time into the mystery of man " -- John Paul II, Letter To... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 2, 2004

Familiar Scenes With A Twist

I have watched "Life of Jesus Christ movies" since I was a kid. I have seen Fr. Peyton's films on the Mysteries of the Rosary, "King of Kings", the Max von Sydow starrer "The Greatest Story Ever Told", the movie versions of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Godspell" and the more recent TV movie series... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 1, 2004

Telling A Familiar Story In A Different Way

We've seen films like "The Bicentennial Man" and "Kill Bill." Both are movies that tell familiar stories in a different way. In "The Bicentennial Man" we find an adult version of "Pinocchio." Like Pinocchio, Andrew the Android wants to be a real human being. The twist in the story? Andrew the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

"The Passion" And Christian Art

Mel Gibson's "Passion" seems a response to the "special call" John Paul II made in his letter to Christian artists. In No. 14 he writes: "I wish to remind each of you that, beyond functional considerations, the close alliance that has always existed between the Gospel and art means that you are... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

The Scourging

Here is a snippet from Mary of Agreda's "The Mystical City of God" about the scourging of the Jesus. The account is from a vision: Thus the Lord stood uncovered in the presence of a great multitude and the six torturers bound Him brutally to one of the columns in order to chastise Him so much the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 29, 2004

Could The Roman Soldiers Been THAT Cruel To Jesus?

I have read a lot of comments here about the supposed exaggeration of the cruelty of the Roman soldiers in Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ." First, I would like to question viewers "HOW" they remember what they saw on the screen. After all, any psychologist would say that our memories tend to... Sign in to see full entry.

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