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  1. Thought-provoking, Neal. Thanks for this post. I too am bothered by “Christian” movies that are simplistic and, essentially, dishonest. And I’m bothered that more Christians aren’t more discerning. I appreciate your analysis of “Grey” and “Clay,” and I also read the review of “Birdman” that you linked to—that too was thought-provoking. It’s good to have examples like this of critical thinking, questions to ask, details to notice. This is my first visit to this site, but I’m going to subscribe!

    1. Thanks Melanie. I’m glad you appreciated the post–and I’m really glad that you’ll be joining us more regularly on the site. Don’t hesitate to let us know if there are issues or topics you’d like us to cover (the “What’s Your Question?” function is a good way to do that, but so is posting comments like this). I look forward to interacting with you more on iAt.

  2. One of my favorite “Christian” movies is the Cohen brothers version of True Grit. The moment where a snake-bit Mattie Ross is being carried cross country by Rooster Cogburn while Iris Dement sings “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” is one of the truest pictures of Christ I’ve seen in a film.

    Plus, who doesn’t love Jeff Bridges?

  3. My husband & I are movie goers with another couple and have watched a number of movies in recent years. Some are memorable but others are forgettable & regrettable (spent money to see them). We watched a movie a number of years ago called “Second hand Lions” with Richard Duvall. We still talk about it, it was that good. Nothing “Christian” about it per se but there is definitely strong moral undertones. I prefer not to watch “sex scenes” because they are so graphic I feel like I’m in bed with them but if it somehow enhances the movie so be it, likewise violence but that too is way too graphic. The trouble is nothing trumps it, so those scenes become more & more graphic with no limits put on it. We succumb to “mob mentality” instead of asking for – no demanding better acting. After all if I went to a restaurant and ordered a spicy dish I wouldn’t want them to keep making it hotter & hotter until I could no longer eat it and still have to pay for it. Thanks for the opportunity to express my views on this matter.

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