Hollywood Jesus

"A spiritual spin on this week’s box office hits "-ABC World News Tonight
"A web site devoted to spirituality in movies" -The Wall Street Journal
"Examines movies' spiritual content" -The Christian Science Monitor
"The popularity of Hollywood Jesus has been a pleasant surprise" -Christianity Today

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Everyone@HJ
EDITORIAL STAFF
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DAVID BRUCE
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Webmaster, Hollywood Jesus

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I would like to thank all those who have helped to make Hollywood Jesus the unique site that it is. I really appreciate each and everyone. On this page I want to honor them. Hollywood Jesus began in 1997 out of my interest in movies, theology and culture. It started out as a hobby and grew into what it is today. It has been a fun adventure. If you wish to know more about me:
Overview of my life (page 2)
My Spiritual background (page 3)
My Media background (page 4)

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SARAH HEATH
Web Page Designer and Photo Editor

Sarah is a movie and internet enthusiast who loves artistic expression. She is involed in arts, crafts and design. Still in high school, she is looking forward to a career in the arts.
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MIKE GUNN
Contributing Editor

Mike is a pastor at Harambee Church in Tukwila, Washington, and was cofounder of Mars Hill Church in Seattle.
His contributions are found in: After Eden,
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MICHAEL SMITH BLOG
Reviewer and Forum Administrator.

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Mike works in the shipping container industry, and serves as Prayer Deacon and liturgy coordinator with his wife Sandy at Harambee Church in Tukwila, Washington. His reviews include: America's Heart and Soul, Raise Your Voice, Because of Winn Dixie, Kingdom of Heaven, The Perfect Man, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Elizabethtown, Dreamer, Zathura, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Glory Road, Last Holiday, Nanny McPhee, Love's Long Journey, Basic Instinct 2, RV, Hard Candy,
REVIEWERS (Alpha order)
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KATHY BLEDSOE BLOG

Kathy Bledsoe is an Office Manager for the Highline School District south of Seattle, and has a background in business administration. She's a mother and catlover, and teaches at Highline Christian Church. She has a degree in theology from Puget Sound Christian College, where she shared academic honors with her best friend, Jenn Wright. Her reviews include:
SpongeBob SquarePants the Movie, In Good Company, Elizabethtown, Walk the Line, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Bambi 2, Aquamarine, Interviews with the young divas of AQUAMARINE, The Davinci Code (paperback), Slither,
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MAURICE BROADDUS BLOG

Website: www.MauriceBroaddus.com Email: maurice@mauricebroaddus.com
Holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology (with an undeclared major in English) from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. He works as an environmental toxicologist by day and is a horror writer by night. Obviously his areas of interests includes religious studies, folklore, and myths. He is a notorious egotist who, in anticipation of a successful writing career, is practicing speaking of himself in the third person. Oh yeah, he’s married to the lovely Sally Jo and has two boys: Maurice Gerald Broaddus II (thus, retroactively declaring himself "Maurice the Great") and Malcolm Xavier Broaddus. His contributions include: The West Wing, Joan of Acadia, Paradise Hotel, Kill Bill Vol 2, Smallville, Wonderfalls, Nip and Tuck, Angel: The Series, The Shield,, A Shark Tale, Boston Legal, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Deadwood, Third Watch, Saw, Spongebob Squarepants, Blade: Trinity, Elektra, Buffy the Vampire Killer, 24, Hotlel Rwanda, The Wire, Constantine, Be Cool, Sin City, Green Lantern: Rebirth, Identity Crisis, Legion of Super-Heroes, Batman Year One, Crash, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Star Wars Ep III, House, NYPD Blue, CSI, Batman Begins, War of the Worlds, The Fantastic Four, Rize, Medium, The Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, Rising Stars, Preacher, Hellboy: The Island, Serenity, The Gospel and The Black Church, The Gospel, Get Rich or Die Tryin, Just Friends, Hoodwinked, Glory Road, Final Destination 3, V for Vendetta, Slither, Take the Lead, ATL, RV, Mission Impossible 3, X-Men: The Last Stand,
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PETER "PapaBear" CRUIKSHANK
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Peter has a Master of Science in Information Technology, and while he has held many diverse jobs throughout his life, he is currently masquerading as a Chief Scientist in the IT field while he dreams of becoming a novelist someday (yet another manuscript recently started). His greatest pleasure is in the love of his family, working as a volunteer with high schoolers at church (for the last 8 years), writing movie reviews and trying to write a novel, and running a fun loving monthly on-line Christian magazine for adults and teens www.PapaBearAndFriends.com. PapaBear is not a supporter of religiosity, but instead believes the most important aspect of a spiritual life is to develop a personal relationship with God. PapaBear came to know Jesus late in life and while he alternates attendance between a Methodist and a Lutheran church in Southern California , he didn’t really understand the meaning of God’s love and discipleship until reading Roaring Lambs by Bob Briner and Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. Since then he has tried to find ways to share this philosophy with everyone, whether Christian or not – and even teenagers. His reviews include: A Lot Like Love, Fever Pitch, Star Wars Ep III, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Mr and Mrs Smith, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, Bad News Bears, Sky High, Must Love Dogs, Wedding Crashers, 40 Year Old Virgin, Serenity, Yours, Mine & Ours, Just Friends,
The Chronicles of Narnia, Fun with Dick and Jane, Glory Road, Take the Lead, She's the Man, RV, Da Vinci Code,
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BRIAN DEDMON
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His reviews include: Silent Hill, RV, An American Haunting,
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MIKE FURCHES BLOG

mike@furches.org

Web site www.furches.org


Mike is the Senior Pastor at United at the Cross Community Church in Wichita Kansas. Mike also speaks nationally on various topics and is a freelance writer. Mike has had a ministry to those often called The Last, The Lost, and The Least. He is as comfortable sharing with a gang member or prostitute, as he is a banker or a lawyer. To learn more about Mike and his ministry link onto www.furches.org. In the arts, Mike has worked with top music artists such as Steppenwolf, Marshall Tucker Band, and Kansas and has an active interest in film. His reviews include: The Mummy Returns. Amistad, The Apostle, Armageddon, The Cell, Hurricane, Dr Dolittle 2, ELO -Zoom, Frequency, The Patriot, Me, Myself and Irene, Pearl Harbor, Rush Hour 2, Shrek, Extreme Days, The Last Castle, Serendipity, Ali, Reversal, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Jimmy Neutron, Mothman, Black Hawk Down, Scorpion King, Spider-Man, Men in Black II, Lilo and Stitch, Red Dragon, Transporter, Ghost Ship, The Santa Claus 2, The Two Towers, Catch Me If You Can, The Core, The House of 1000 Corpses, X-2, Daddy Day Care, Matrix Reloaded, The Hulk, 28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean, Terminator 3, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Spy Kids 3, Open Range, Luther, Fighting Temptations. Radio, Cheaper by the Dozen, Dawn of the Dead, Hellboy, Walking Tall, The Punisher, Van Helsing, Troy, Shrek 2, The Day After Tomorrow, Around the World in 80 Days, Dodgeball, Fahrenheit 9/11, Spider-Man 2, Interview with Ted Dekker, WestBow Press, Bright, Brave New Wave of Christian Writers, I, Robot, Suspect Zero, To End All Wars, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, The Grudge, Cellular, The Incredibles, Saw, Polar Express, High Tension, Batman Begins, The Devil's Rejects, The Dukes of Hazzard, Gospel, The Legend of Zorro, North Country, Walk the Line, Ice Harvest, King Kong, Brokeback Mountain, Glory Road, Hostel, The Benchwarmers, Silent Hill, RV, An American Haunting, United 93, X-Men III The Last Stand,
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JAMES HARLEMAN
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I consider myself blessed to be a pastor at one of the fastest growing churches in the United States, in charge of communications and administration. I'm also a rabid film buff - definitely my object of worship before I met Jesus in 1998 and traded up. I have a Bachelor's in Biblical Studies but, like most of us, accrued most of my mad skills through experience, trial and error. I have a lovely wife named Kat, a lovely cat named Victor, and quite a collection of comics and Transformers. We reside in beautifully wet, gray and overly caffeinated North Seattle. His reviews include: Final Destination 3, Memoirs of a Geisha, Brokeback Mountain, Ultraviolet, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, V for Vendetta,
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MATTHEW HILL BLOG

Matthew teaches 7th-8th grade Reading at North Saginaw Charter Academy in Michigan, where he lives with his wife and daughter (Laura and Grace). Besides torturing adolescents, Matt's i00nto reading, writing, playing in his church's praise band, pursuing his MA in Communications and Multimedia, trying to get his novel published, "working on his screenplay" (fooling around online), and living out/thinking about the Christian life-particularly as it connects to popular culture. His reviews include:
Collateral, Friday Night Lights, Chicago, Extreme Makeover, Finding Neverland, The Phantom of the Opera, Hitch, Sin City, Kung Fu Hustle, Star Wars Ep III, Wedding Crashers, White Stripes' Get Behind Me Satan, Weezwe: Make Believe, System of a Down: Mezmerize, The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Walk the Line, V for Vendetta,
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MATT KINNE
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Web site: www.matthewkinne.com
Matthew Kinne, a graduate of Wheaton College and Regent University, writes, speaks, hosts radio shows and produces film and video projects. Matt worked as development director for Messenger Films, an evangelistic film production company. From 1995 - 2000, he edited Movieguide Magazine. A screnwriter, he also speaks nationally on "A Christian Approach to the Movies." He is also the author of the nationally distributed book REFLECTIONS FOR MOVIE LOVERS, and produces two radio shows AT THE MOVIES WITH MATTHEW KINNE and DAILY REFLECTIONS FOR MOVIE LOVERS. Matt enjoys social gatherings, good conversation, being oudoors, reading, watching movies, and creating tasty treats. His reviews include: Two for the Money, Domino, Shopgirl, King Kong, Memoirs of a Geisha, End of the Spear, The Pink Panther, The Matador, Aquamarine, The Shaggy Dog, Bench Warmers, United 93, Poseidon,
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MELINDA LEDMAN BLOG
Also, The Desperate Housewives Blog
HJMLedman@yahoo.com.

Melinda Ledman is a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor’s degree in English. During college, she worked on the film Letter From Waco (director Don Howard), which won the award for best documentary feature in the 1997 South by Southwest Film Festival. After she and her husband Rob had their first child in September 2002, she began free-lance writing full time. In addition to writing reviews, she most enjoys writing original screenplays. She gratefully serves God after 12 years of alcoholism, and appreciates grace and freedom on a whole new level. Her reviews include: Alex and Emma, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Sinbad, How to Deal, Matchstick Men, Station Agent, Master and Commander, The Last Samurai, Cheaper by the Dozen, In America, Miracle, 50 First Dates, The Passion of the Christ, Touching the Void, Jersey Girl, The Punisher, Ella Enchanted, Man on Fire, Breakin All The Rules, 13 Going on 30, Love Me if You Dare, Sider-Man 2, Little Black Book, Sky Captain and the World Tomorrow, Finding Neverland, After the Sunset, Desperate Housewives, Super Nanny, Beyond the Gates of Splendor, Miss Congeniality 2, The Desperate Housewives Blog, Yours, Mine and Ours, Walk the Line, Just Friends, Something New, Goal!, X-Men 3: The Final Stand,
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ELISABETH LEITCH BLOG

Elisabeth Leitch is a graduate of the University of California San Diego with a BA in Literature-Writing. A person who has always loved movies, she never ceases to be amazed with the way movies impact viewers by both reflecting and asking questions about the culture and world in which we live. Currently, Elisabeth spends her days working in a local bookstore and seeking what God has in store for her future. She has also worked as a reporter/writer for the Los Alamos Monitor and the New Mexico Business Journal.
Her reviews incude: Without a Trace, Shall We Dance, Around the Bend, I Heart the Huckabees, Alfie, One Tree Hill, Closer, Spanglish. Meet the Fockers, In Good Company, Assault on Precinct 13, Hostage, The Interprepter, Crash, Wedding Date, Batman Begins, Heights, Broken Flowers, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Just Like Heaven, A History of Violence, In Her Shoes, The Weatherman, Shopgirl, Derailed, Rent, Brokeback Mountain, Tristan & Isolde, Match Point, A Million Little Pieces, PostSecret, Firewall, The Da Vinci Code, Art School Confidential,
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DARREL MANSON
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Pastor, Artesia Christian Church, Artesia, CA
http://netministries.org/see/churches/ch01198

Darrel has an incredible love and interest in the cinematic arts. His reviews usually include independent and significantly important film. Some of his reviews: Chocolat, Dancer in the Dark, Faithless, Finding Forrester, Memento, O Brother Where art Thou, Pollock, Quills, Shadow of a Vampire, Widow of St Pierre, Jump Tomorrow, Tortilla Soup, Go Tiger, Life As a House, The Business of Strangers, The Man Who Wasn't There, A Beautiful Mind, In the Bedroom, Shipping News, Amelie, I Am Sam, Rollerball, Monster's Ball, Iris, Kissing Jessica Stein, Changing Lanes, Windtalkers, 13 Conversations About One Thing, Sunshine State, Road to Perdition, The Good Girl, Possession, One Hour Photo, Spirited Away, Bowling for Columbine, El Crimen del Padre Amaro, Far From Heaven, Frida, Adaptation, Antwone Fisher, Evelyn, Rabbit Proof Fence, Hours, Max, Talk to Her, Pianist, The Quiet American, About Schmidt, City of God, He Loves Me, H Loves Me Not, The Safety of Objects, Rivers and Tides, Divine Intervention, Nowhere in Africa, Identity, The Man Without A Past, Raising Victor Vargas, The Dancer Upstairs, Blue Car, Man On The Train, Whale Rider, Northfork, Seabiscuit, Pretty Dirty Things, Our Town, Secret Lives of Dentists, The Magdalene Sisters, Thirteen, Lost in Translation, Casa de Los Babys, Mystic River, Station Agent, Shattered Glass, Elephant, 21 Grams, In America, Big Fish, House of Sand and Fog, The Passion of the Christ, Monster, The Fog of War, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Dogville, Gatekeeper, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring, Van Helsing, I'm Not Scared, Saddest Music in the World, Baadasssss!, Fahrenheit 9/11, Coffee and Cigarettes, A Day Without a Mexican, Six Feet Under, Control Room, The Clearing, A Door in the Floor, Maria Full of Grace, De-Lovely, Ju-On, Intimate Strangers, Witness, Hero, Mean Creek, What the Bleep Do We Know?, Friday Night Lights, Tae Guk Gi: the Brotherhood of War, Bright Young Things, Silver City, Motorcycle Diaries, Around the Bend, Veronica Mars, Jack & Bobby, Vera Drake, Finding Neverland, Sideways, Kinsey, House of Flying Daggers, The Machinist, Notre Musique, A Very Long Engagement, Bad Education, The Aviator, Hotel Rwanda, The Sea Inside, The Woodsman, Up and Down, Born in the Brothels, Wild Parrots of Telepraph Road, Millions, Nobody Knows, The Upside of Anger, Ballad of Jack and Rose, Crash, Cinderella Man, Howl's Moving Castle, Heights, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Me You and Everyone We Know, Murderball, Happy Endings, The Aristocrats, Aimee Simple McPherson, The Beautiful Country, Hustle and Flow, Junebug, Lord of War, Thumbsucker, Dear Wendy, Elizabethtown, Capote, Saint Ralph, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Touch the Sound, Good Night and Goog Luck, Paradise Now, The Chumscrubber, Bee Season, Shopgirl, Brokeback Mountain, Munich, Memoirs of a Geisha, Match Point, Manderlay, Why We Fight, Transamerica, Searchers, The World's Fastest Indian, Tsotsi, Joyeux Noel, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Sophie Scholl -The Final Days, Find Me Guilty, Inside Man, Thank You For Smoking,
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KEVIN MILLER BLOG

Kevin Miller is a freelance writer, editor, and educator who has written, co-written, and edited over 30 books, both fiction and non-fiction. A film reviewer for the past two years, Kevin is very excited to join hollywoodjesus.com. He currently resides in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada with his wife, Heidi, and their children Huw and Gretchen (and one more on the way). They attend Fresh Wind Christian Fellowship, a non-denominational church that focuses on reaching the disabled, children, and people who've been "burnt by the church." To learn more about Kevin, visit www.kevinwrites.com
His reviews include: Home on the Range, Alamo,, Man on Fire, Troy, Raising Helen, The Chronicles of Riddick, Around the World in 80 Days, Fahrenheit 9/11, Bourne Supremacy, Manchurian Candiddate, The Village, Open Water, Vanity Fair, The Forgotten, Ladder 49, Friday Night Lights, Team America, Ray, Spanglish, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Hotel Rwanda, Coach Carter, Million Dollar Baby, The Jacket, Constantine, Robots, Guess Who, Sin City, The Interpreter, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (graphic novel), Who Needs a Superhero?, Star Wars Ep III, Holy Superheros (book), Madagascar, Dreamer, Reflextions for Movie Lovers, Cinderella Man, Batman Begins, Green Latern Corps: Recharge, War of the Worlds, Fantastic Four , Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Movies and the Meaning of Life, "The Insiders" (Teen Titans/Outsiders mini-series), Prelude to Infinite Crisis, The Devil's Rejects, The Island, The Great Raid, Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film and Culture, Brothers Grimm, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Constant Gardener, Flightplan, A History of Violence, Story: Recapture the Mystery, The Gospel According to Oprah, Inside Narnia: A Guide to Exploring the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,
The Chronicles of Narnia, King Kong, Hostel, The Ten Commandments: 50th Anniversary Collection,
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MARCUS PITTMAN
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His reviews include: Freedomland, When a Stranger Calls, United 93, RV, The Da Vinci Code, Over the Hedge,
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TOM PRICE
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Recipient of several national honors for writing about spiritual themes, Tom Price lives in South Bend, Ind., with his wife and two daughters. A native of Chicago, he served more than a decade as a secular journalist, and later traveled to more than 15 countries to report on Christian mission activity. His articles have been published by The Christian Century, Christianity Today, the National Catholic Reporter and Religion News Service. He now serves as marketing director for Mennonite Mission Network. With a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington, Price has pursued graduate-level studies in theology at the University of Notre Dame. He also reviews films for Third Way Café, www.thirdway.com/mm . His reviews include: Born into Brothels, The Apostle, Hotel Rwanda, Super Size Me, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Vanity Fair, Million Dollar Baby, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Star Wars Ep III, Kingdom of Heaven, Herbie: Fully Loaded, War of the Wars, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A History of Violence, Chicken Little, Good Night, and Good Luck, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Pride and Prejudice, The Chronicles of Narnia, King Kong, The Producers, The Ringer, Munich, Hoodwinked, Nanny McPhee, Curious George, United 93, Akeelah and the Bee,
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KEN PRIEBE BLOG

Ken's Web Site: Web site: www.prie-believing.com
Ken earned his BFA from University of Michigan School of Art and Design, where he majored in film and animation. He has a Classical Animation Certificate from VanArts, where he currently works as a manager and instructor. Ken lives near Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife Janet, who is also an artist. They are working on an animated short film, and are involved with graphic arts, drama and Bible studies at their church. His reviews include: ET The Extra-Terrestrial, Harry Potter, It All Started with A Mouse, Snow White, Pinocchio, Home on the Range, Garden State, March of the Penguins, American Idol, Corpes Bride, Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Little, King Kong, Narnia,
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SCOTT ROCHE
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His Reviews include: RV, V for Vendetta, Firewall,
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JACOB SAHMS
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Jacob is the Director of Youth Ministries at Bon Air United Methodist Church and serves as the volunteer campus minister for the non-denominational Fellowship of Christian Athletes at his alma mater, the University of Richmond (VA). His reviews include: The 4400: Season One, Athlete: Tourist , Copeland: In Motion, Waking Ashland: Composure, Mat Kearney: Bullet , House of Heroes, Yellowcard: Ocean Avenue, Will Smith: Lost and Found, The Afters: Wish We All Could Win, Bright Eyes: I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, Anberlin: Never Take Friendship Personal, Relient K: Mmhmm, Tim McGraw: Live Like You Were Dying, Alter Bridge: One Day Remains, Further Seems Forever: Hide Nothing, Switchfoot: Legend of Chin, Switchfoot: New Way to Be Human, Switchfoot: Learning to Breathe, Switchfoot: The Beautiful Letdown, Coldplay: X & Y, MXPX: Panic, Audioslave: self titled, Audioslave: Out of Exile, The 4400, Wallflowers: Rebel Sweetheart, The Fantastic Four, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The 4400: Life, Interrupted, Rebound, The 4400: The Weight of the World, The 4400: Suffer the Children, The Island, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Foo Fighters: In Your Honor, The Myriad: You Can't Trust A Ladder, Ben Lee: Awake Is the New Sleep, Bad News Bears, In My Country, Must Love Dogs, Sky High, Stealth, Dukes of Hazard, Flight Plan, Serenity, Into the Blue, North Country, The Legend of Zorro, Walk the Line, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Yours, Mine & Ours, Aeon Flux, The Chronicles of Narnia, King Kong, The Ringer, Glory Road, The New World, Underworld: Evolution, End of the Spear, 16 Blocks, Date Movie, Running Scared, Firewall,
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JOHANN "Yo" SNYDER
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Johann Snyder, who also goes by the nickname “Yo”, was born in Canada. He traveled the world with his parents while his dad was a chaplain in the Air Force. In 1997 settled down in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he finished school, started a family, and currently works as a DJ and writer for the Christian Rock and Hip Hop station M88. More about “Yo” is available here. His reviews include: The Island, Batman Begins, War of the Worlds, Serenity, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Chronicles of Narnia, King Kong, Hoodwinked, The Pink Panther, V for Vendetta, United 93, Mission: Impossible III, Poseidon, The Da Vinci Code, X-Men 3,
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TIM SPANBURG BLOG

Tim is an Intern for Christian Student Fellowship, a campus ministry at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He is currently finishing up his undergraduate degree in Christian Ministry and will soon by starting graduate work. Other than work, Tim enjoys patiently waiting for two things: the second coming of Jesus, and the Cubs first World Series Championship since 1908. His reviews include: The Island, Flightplan, Waiting, The Fog, Saw 2, Jarhead, Rent, Syriana, Munich, Top 10 Movies in 2005, Underworld: Evolutuion, 16 Blocks, Take the Lead, Inside Man, RV, The Da Vinci Code,
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MARK EZRA STOKES
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Mark Ezra Stokes lives in Mt. Vernon – a tiny, peaceful town in southeast
Georgia -- where he serves as drama instructor at Brewton-Parker College. He
is also a film critic for HIS Voice, a Christian newspaper in central
Georgia. Mark recently received an M.A. in Screenwriting and Film Studies at
Hollins University in Roanoke, Va. His reviews include: Big Fish, Scooby Doo 2, The Chronicles of Riddick, To End All Wars, Spider-man 2, The Village, Finding Neverland, Ray, Robots, Hotel Rwanda, Kingdom of Heaven, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Batman Begins, Charlie and the Chocolate ,Factory, The Skeleton Key, Crash/Serenity, Chicken Little/Zathura, King Kong/The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Hoodwinked, Bubble, V for Vendetta, Just My Luck,
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ED TRAVIS
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Email Ed Travis here
A Film Geek and graduate of Eastern University and assistant Youth Director at Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church in Gaithersburg, MD. His reviews include:
The Ring, Four Feathers, Shaun of the Dead, Team America, The Grudge, House of Flying Daggers, A Very Long Engagement, Assault on Precinct 13, Sin City, Unleased, Star Wars Ep III, Land of the Dead,
The Constant Gardener, Walk the Line, Night Watch, Tsotsi, Poseidon,
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CHRIS UTLEY BLOG
Film Reviewer

Chris received his BA in Theatre from Grambling State University in Louisiana. He is an IT Techie by day and armchair film critic/analyst/lover by night. Upon coming to the Lord in 1994 and learning the Word, Chris began to notice Biblical principles and attributes displayed in Hollywood movies and began to apply them to his own life. It's his passion and mission to show the world (Christians and non-Christians) how to apply these principles to their own lives as well. His reviews include: Matrix Revolutions, Walking Tall, Johnson Family Vacation, Shrek 2, Friends, Saved, She Hate Me, Collateral, Open Water, Napoleon Dynamite, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Garden State, Mr 3000, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Team America, Ray, In Good Company, Fat Albert,
Are We There Yet?, Guess Who, Beauty Shop, Kicking and Screaming, Get Rich, or Die Tryin, Rent, Brokeback Moutain, Last Holiday, Glory Road, Something New, Madea's Family Reunion,
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GREG WRIGHT BLOG

Pastor and Tolkien Scholar.

hjpastorgreg@hotmail.com
Writer in Residence at Puget Sound Christian College in Everett, WA, Greg is also an ordained minister of the dramatic arts. He is a contributing editor for Hollywood Jesus, and is author of Tolkien in Perspective: Sifting the Gold from the Glitter, and Peter Jackson in Perspective. Greg heads up the entire Lord of the Rings section at Hollywood Jesus (one of the largest LOTR features on the web) as well as the After Eden journal and HJ's Narnia coverage.
His reviews include: The Lord of The Rings, 1. Introduction and News Page, 2. The Fellowship of the Ring, Book I, 3. The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, 4. The Two Towers, Book III, 5. The Two Towers, Book IV, 6. The Return of the King, Book V, 7. The Return of the King, Book VI , 8. Essay: The Mythology of J.R.R. Tolkien, 9. Essay Notes: Response to Comments, 10. Review: Hildebrandt Art Book ,Bulletin Board, Secondhand Lions, After Eden, LOTR Return of the King, Raising Helen, Notebook, Two Brothers, Raise Your Voice, Christmas with the Kranks, Hotel Rwanda, Constantine, Kingdom of Heaven, Cinderella Man, The Perfect Man, Serenity, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Yours, Mine & Ours, Norman Stone: Beyond Shadowlands, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Talk with the Cast of Glory Road, End of the Spear, Curious George, God Help Me, Akeelah and the Bee,
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JENN WRIGHT BLOG
Contributing Editor

Jenn is a writer with degrees in literature and theology. She is co-writing the Narnia coverage for Hollywood Jesus, which debuted the summer of 2005 in anticipation of the first movie's 2005 release. Her contributions include: After Eden, Fighting Temptations, Radio, Elf, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Narnia, Kicking and Screaming, Dreamer, Just Friends, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The New World, Nanny McPhee, C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia (DVD), Ice Age 2: Thr Melt Down,
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PATRICK "CoachZ" ZALAMEA BLOG
I was born in Hollywood, CA eightdays before 1970 ended. I'm married to the love of my life Linda Christine. We have two sons, Joshua Patrick and Jason Travis. I am an elder and overseer of the Men's Ministry at Calvary Chapel San Luis Obispo. I have a BS in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and an MS in Technology Management from Pepperdine University. I currently work for a Non-Profit Foster Agency as an Info Systems & Quality Analyst. His reviews include: Narnia - Part I, Narnia - Part 11, Narnia - Part 11I, Band of Brothers,
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DAVID A. ZIMMERMAN

David A. Zimmerman lives in the western suburbs of Chicago. He
works as an editor for InterVarsity Press and is the author of Comic Book Character: Unleashing the Hero in Us All. His blog "Strangely Dim" can be read at www.ivpress.com/campus/sd. His reviews include: Thirty Days,
INACTIVE & OCCASIONAL CONTRIBUTORS (Random order)
Meet THE KAT
KATHLEEN BRUCE

Kathleen is my wonderful, intelligent and beautiful daughter. She posted all the comments during the first two years of HJ and has helped so very much. She currently lives in California where she attends college. We always make it a point to attend the City of Angeles Film Festival together. Her reviews include: Blair Witch,The Haunting, The Mummy, Talented Mr. Ripley, Blow. Hustle and Flow. And don't forget to check out her section on humor.
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BENN BECKER

Benn has an undergradute degree in Finance from the University of Nebraska and is working towards a masters in both Business and English. He owns some farmland and is currently writing a novel. He lives in Lincoln, NE. His reviews include: The Rules of Attraction, Gerry, Hulk, Bruce Almighty, All the Real Girls, The Man from Elysian Fields, Tully, The Girl Next Door, Bobby Jones, Lost Boys of Sedan, Super Size Me, Spider-Man 2,
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JIM DAVIS
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Jim is the Director/Program Administrator of a Christian organization called “God’s Havens For Children”, San Luis Obispo, California. GHFC currently operates a licensed Foster Family Agency and a youth mentoring program. He received degrees in Organizational Communication (B.A.) and Public Administration (M.P.A.) from California State University, Stanislaus (Turlock, CA). A native San Franciscan, he now lives on the California Central Coast with his wife Eileen (employed as a teaching assistant for autistic children) and their 4 children. Jim appreciates an eclectic variety of music styles, and says that, “music has a considerable amount of influence on people of all ages and popular culture in general.” His record reviews include “A Ghost Is Born” by Wilco, “Van Lear Rose” by Loretta Lynn. Genius Loves Company -Ray Charles, Dave Chappelle's Block Party, United 93,
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LYN MELLONE
Review Editor

Lyn found the Hollywood Jesus site through her renewed interest in The Lord of the Rings. After sending some comments to Greg and offering some editorial feedback to David, she was asked if she'd like to apply her professional editing expertise to help with new reviews.
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MICHAEL RAY
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man23@yahoo.com
Web site: Beyond Film

Mike is a film reviewer with a background in community theatre directing and acting. He is working on his Masters degree at Denver Seminary and has a B.A. in English and a minor in Theatre from Colorado Christian University. He is a musician, preacher, artist, puppeteer, editor, and writer. His reviews imclude: Mean Girls, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Stepford Wives, Finding Neverland, U2 -How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Aviator, The Sentinel,
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SIMON REMARK
simon_remark@hotmail.com

Film Reviewer

Simon graduated from Trinity Western University where he studied film under prolific screenwriter Ned Vankevich. He prefers independent and lower-budget films. His reviews include: You Can Count On Me, Bad Lieutenant, Brooklyn Babylon, Maelstrom, Training Day, In the Company of Men, Waking Life. Vanilla Sky, The Royal Tenenbaums, Ocean's Eleven, Requiem for a Dream, Monster's Ball, 40 Days and 40 Nights, Last Temptation of Christ, About A Boy, Insomnia, Signs, Lovely and Amazing, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Punch Drunk Love, Brown Sugar, 8 Mile, Solaris, 25th Hour
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WHITEWAVE BLOG

Her given name means "White" or "Wave." She has always been fascinated by Humans, Theology, Hermeneutics, Philosophy, Epistemology, Culture and Psychology with a special interest in how Postmodern ideas have changed everything. She lives in Northern California, a mother of two, and is a free lance writer. Life goal: To Love people and make this world a better place.
Her reviews include: House of Sand and Fog, The Incredibles, Vera Drake,
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events,
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Regina Doman

Regina is a writer, the author of the young adult novel The Shadow of the Bear and other modern stories based on fairy tales; she was also an editor for the late journal Caelum et Terra.
Her contributions are found in: After Eden,
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CRIS BRUCE
Film Lover and English Teacher

Cris graduated from Chico State University (CA) with a degree in English and a minor in Film. He is teaching High School English. I am very proud of my son. I will never forget how special the moments we had as he was growing up. We still have fun. His reviews include: The Exorcist, Godzilla 98, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Keeping the Faith, The Truman Show
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SILKE FORCE
Former Editor

A doctoral student in Religious Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. She has edited many of the reviews in HJ. I am very grateful to her. Her reviews include:
Memento, Moulin Rouge (additions)
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BETTY HAMM
Movie Reviewer, Arts Director

Betty is happily married and has served as the Arts Director at the Evangelical Free Church, in Naperville. IL. She occasionally has a Chic Flic Night at her home (see Fried Green Tomatoes). She has an active interest in film. Some of her reviews include:
Best in Show, Brothers, Enemy at the Gates, Save the Last Dance, See Spot Run, Sweet November, Just Visiting, Mummy Returns, The Tailor of Panama, The Others Harry Potter, Score, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, Windtalkers
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ANNETTE WIERSTRA Email Me
Reporter, Writer

Annette is a writer and reporter living in Canada. Check out her in-depth interviews in Left Behind. Her reviews include Hollow Man, Chicken Run, Final Fantasy, What Lies Beneath, A Beautiful Mind, The Sweetest Thing, Spider-Man, About A Boy, The Importance of Being Earnest, Bourne Identity, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason,
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BOB MESSER
Musician

Reviews can be found listed in the music review section
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NICK ALEXANDER
The "Catholic Weird Al"

Reviews include Family Man
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NICHOLAS KLESZCZEWSKI

Reviews include PI
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M. REID BAILEY Riposte@home.com
Screenwriter

Although I have never met him personally, Reid has been such an encouragement to me, especially when I first started Hollywood Jesus. He is a great fan of science fiction and his reviews are fantastic: Bladerunner, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Star Wars
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KIM YARMUCH
Writer
kimyarmuch@hotmail.com
Kim is a professional technical writer living in Canada. For the last 12 years she has been on an incredible spiritual journey. She is a devote Charismatic Christian. Her reviews include Some One Like You and Bridget Jones's Diary.
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SCOTT CRIPPS
Youth Minister

Scott is married, has a little one on the way, and is a youth pastor for Westview Baptist Church here Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Movies are a large part of his life which he enjoys with his wife. His reviews include: Traffic, Vertical Limits, and What Women Want
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BOB HEPBURN
Inner City Minister who has a Hip Hop web site

HIP HOP FROM A SPIRITUAL POINT OF VIEW
HIP HOP FROM A SPIRITUAL POINT OF VIEW
YUBM \ ' yueb-em \ pr.n.: an African American male youth-directed tribe (and its attendant vibe), found in and around urban centers.
He reviewed Finding Forrester.
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RACHEL HOSTETTER SMITH, Ph. D.
Gilikison Famiy Chair in Art History
Taylor University

I met Dr. Smith at the 1998 City of Angels Film Festival in Hollywood. She presented a paper on this film and on Kieslowski's Three Colours Trilogy. I was very impressed with her work. With her permission, I present it here for you to enjoy. Her reviews can be found here: Blue, Kolya
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JOHN SCHUURMAN
Pastor Wheaton Christian Reformed Church
John is a family man, (one church, one wife, two kids).  Born and reared in Denver, Colorado. Life-long Bronco fan.  Education: A.B. English/Speech/Education M.A. Theater Arts M.Div Biblical Studies Career experience: High School teacher, Actor/director for legitimate theater, raconteur. His reviews include: The Black Robe, Shadowlands, Shawshank Redemption, Spitfire Grill.
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AMY WELBORN
Spritlife@aol.com

Writer, Speaker
Website: http://hometown.aol.com/spritlife/index.htm

Amy is a very insightful writer and speaker who is in touch with contemporary issues. She has a web site called Spirit Life and is a devote Roman Catholic. Her reviews include The Apostle, Your Friends and Neighbors
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JOHN MADVIG
Seminary Friend

John is a very special friend. We attended seminary together. He is a great lover of film and is a student of the word. His reviews include: Saving Private Ryan, The Perfect Storm
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SCOTT BERRY
Australian Youth Leader
Mr. Berry is a youth leader in Australia. He uses movies as a connecting point in his work among young people. His contributions are not so much reviews as they are talks. The Truman Show, Star Wars
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DARREN RICHARDS sd.d.richards@cliff.shef.ac.uk
Student
Richards is a student at Cliff College and lives in Chelmsford, Essex (UK). He wrote this paper for his Social Studies class and submitted to Hollywood Jesus as a review: Meet Joe Black
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