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PROOF FENCE (2003)
Review Darrel Manson: A troubled, troubling prophet of old is repackaged
and placed in the produce section of an American grocery store. The alien
is made familiar, the Jew is appropriated to serve Christian needs, and
there is just enough of an Orientalist flavour to suggest that the original
story comes from somewhere else. It's McBible.
Guest Review by Sarah Heath:
Racing Stripes was a fun film with a good message. I think that it shows
us that even though you may be different from everyone else, it’s
ok! Be yourself no matter who, or what ;) you are! That even if you may
have sadness in your past, it’s ok to move on with your life and
Review by Jenn Wright: Radio focuses on the mentoring relationship between
a high school football coach and Radio, known as "the same as everybody
else, just a little slower than most," and how their unique friendship
ultimately transforms the conservative attitudes of a small South Carolina
Review by Darrel Manson: Rain connotes a dark and
dreary time. And Rain is a dark and dreary picture of life within a family
where the relationships are falling apart. What makes it so dark is that
there is a great deal of sin, but no redemption. Just as there is lots
of water in the movie, but nobody ends up clean.
YOUR VOICE (2004)
Review by Greg Wright: Writer Sam Schreiber says,
"I think that in the wake of movies like Passion and stuff like that
you’ve seen a change in Hollywood. I don’t think that they’re
trying to exploit faith from a financial perspective, but I think that
it’s out there, and it’s certainly not going to do any harm
to incorporate it and possibly it might do you some good."
VICTOR VARGAS (2003)
by Darrel Manson:
Love between people often involves fear because it leaves us vulnerable.
But as we watch Judy and Victor we see the way love can win out over fear.
Kevin Miller, Chris Utley and David Bruce reviews:
Ray is famous for tearing down the walls that separates people and styles.
He was the king of crossover. Actually, his life is more about integration,
than crossing over. He integrated Hot Jazz with Gospel. He integrated
his unique style with country music. People always warned him not to break
down such walls. But he did, and he was always successful at it.
Coach Roy once was college basketball’s top mastermind. But lately his attentions have been on his next endorsements, not on his next game. What’s more, Roy’s temper has run amuck, leading to his being banned from college ball until he can “demonstrate compliance” -- in other words, not explode every time he walks onto the court.
Review by David Bruce: Recognizing James Clayton to have the natural
talent required of a potential spy, CIA recruiter Walter Burke taps him
to join the agency. James quickly discovers that in the CIA, nothing is
what it seems.
RED CORNER (1997)
An important film that reminds us of the importance
of Human Rights.
Review by Mike Furches: Overcoming fears and making
the effort to help others is the focus of this movie. It is almost a reminder
that true love indicates that one must have a willingness to give up their
life for another. Ultimately, courage and love that requires a willingness
to stand up against the things that have hurt them the most, and against
the evil that attacks their existence.
Lisa Reisert hates to fly, but the terror that awaits her on the night flight to Miami has nothing to do with a fear of flying. Moments after takeoff, Lisa's seatmate, Jackson, menacingly reveals the real reason he's on board: He is an operative in a plot to kill a rich and powerful businessman... and Lisa is the key to its success. If she refuses to cooperate, her own father will be killed by an assassin awaiting a call from Jackson.
and science in the balance.
OF FIRE (2002)
David Bruce reviews: In present-day London, 10 year-old
Quinn visits his construction engineer mother at her work. When he crawls
into a cavern the workers have uncovered, he finds a large, fire-breathing
dragon--which destroys the site and kills his mother. Fast-forward to
2020. Quinn is living in a castle in Northumberton, the leader of survivors
of the dragon plague which has wiped out a large portion of the human
REINDEER GAMES (1999)
It is blessed to give than to steal. The true meaning of Santa.
THE RELIC (1996)
This is a story on how to defeat Evil. Also,the essential need
of faith in a world of science.
THE TITANS (2000)
A wonderful feel good film dealing with racism. How to overcome:
Get to know each member of the team members. Bond. Help each of the team
members to know each other. Treat everyone the same. Teach respect. Teach
tolerance. Model what you want.
Director: Chris Columbus. Stars: Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rosario Dawson. Friends in New York City's East Village struggle with life, love and AIDS.
Overview (dial up speed)
Outsides become insiders.
FOR A DREAM (2001)
Simon Remark reviews.
The sex is non-productive and objectifying. The drugs are destructive
and dehumanizing. The relationships are hollow and everyone is alone and
lonely, numbing their loneliness with drugs and vacuous dreams: "Someday
I will be a Somebody." It is a movie that is profoundly about this culture
of fragmentation, despondency and isolation.
EVIL: APOCALYPSE (2004)
Review by David Bruce: A deadly virus has been unleashed
on the population. Alice returns as a Christ-figure to save the innocent
from the Apocalypse.
Review by Darrel Manson:The film is basically a psychological thriller
about a recently returned absent father and his two sons on a road trip.
If you scratch a little beneath that surface, however, you discover a
number of biblical allusions that may guide your thinking of the film.
TO NEVER LAND (2002)
With RealVideo Review
David Bruce reviews."Believe it or not the original author of
Peter Pan intended it for adults not children. This sequel to the Disney
classic is about the importance of believing in faith, trust, and pixie
RETURN TO PARADISE (1998)
Three friends return to the Garden of Eden, yeilding to temptation.
It's about your depth of soul!
|REVELATIONS TV Series
Review by David Bruce: The best apocalytic series ever made for television. Story: Dr. Richard Massey is a scientist faced with the toughest personal, professional and philosophical challenges of his life. He is searching for reasonable explanations -- to explain signs that seem to indicate the apocalyptic end as foretold in Scriptures is in motion. To save humanity, Massey will have to let go of scientific facts and embrace faith.
Mike Furches reviews:
Now Leo is seventeen. His life has been an endless cycle of training,
sacrifice, and starving to make weight -- a process that is becoming ever
more difficult during adolescence. He's tired of denying himself everything,
and is feeling the lure of a world beyond the mat..
IN CARS WITH BOYS
Annette Wierstra reviews: "Drew Barrymore plays
the lead character, Beverly D'Onofrio. Smart, pretty and with big dreams
to be a writer in New York, Beverly proves you don't have to be dumb to
make dumb mistakes...."
Rachel not only embraces evil without knowing it,
she releases it from the pit to ravage the world. The greatest revelation
in this film is the realization that we can be the agents of evil without
|THE RINGER (2005)
Director: Barry W. Blaustein. Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Katherine Heigl, Brian Cox. To help settle his friend's debt, Steve Barker (Knoxville) schemes to fix the Special Olympics by entering as a contestant.
|THE RING TWO (2005)
Naomi Watts reprises the role of investigative reporter Rachel Keller in “The Ring Two,” the sequel to the 2002 horror hit “The Ring.” Hideo Nakata, the director of the original Japanese blockbuster “Ringu” upon which “The Ring” was based, directed “The Ring Two,” which marks his American film debut.
|RIVERS AND TIDES (2001)
Review by Darrel Manson: Like Goldsworthys art, Thomas Riedelsheimers film gives us a fresh way of seeing the nature around us and appreciating not only the creation of art, but Gods creation.
Review by Maurice Broaddus: The movie makes the case that this radical dance form plays an enormous (potential) role in the black communities in South Central Los Angeles. The dancing is important as a serious form of spiritual and artistic expression—and as an alternative to gang participation.
Tom Hanks stars as Michael Sullivan, a hit
man for an Irish gang in the Depression-era Midwest. When his work crosses
into his private life, leading to the death of his beloved wife and son,
Sullivan and his surviving son set out on a journey of revenge and self-discovery.
ROBO COP (1987)
Paul Verhoeven retells the story of Jesus Christ. He says Jesus "is
the Greatest" story ever told.
In the film you’ll meet memorable bots Rodney Copperbottom , a young genius inventor who dreams of helping robots everywhere; Cappy, a beautiful, dynamic and savvy bot with whom Rodney is instantly smitten; the nefarious corporate tyrant Ratchet who locks horns with Rodney.
David Bruce reviews: "Chris Cole
is a nobody who becomes an overnight sensation. With a menial job fixing
Xerox machines, a quarrelsome brother, and a Dodge on the fritz, Cole
still lives with his parents...."
If evil could fly this would be it. A reflection of the flying WWII
A-bombs dropped on Japan.
|ROLL BOUNCE (2005)
Director: Malcolm D. Lee. Stars: Bow Wow, Nick Cannon, Meagan Good. In the late ‘70s when roller skating was a way of life, X (Bow Wow) and his pals ruled supreme. But when the doors of their local skating rink close, it marks the end of an era and the beginning of another that sees the boys venture into foreign territory. Overview (dial up speed)
Darrel Manson and David Bruce review: "The original was the story of one person against the powers of the
world. The ads for the new version feature three people -- perhaps an
emphasis on community and friendship that is more in line with Gen-Xers...
The central character's name was changed from Jonathan E to Jonathan Cross.
Is that the name for a Christ figure or what?"
|ROMANCE AND CIGARETTES (2005)
A down-and-dirty musical love story set in the world of the working class. Nick is an ironworker who builds and repairs bridges. He's married to Kitty, a dressmaker, a strong and gentle woman with whom he has three daughters. He is carrying on a torrid affair with a redheaded woman named Tula.
ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968)
A story of a happy young couple expecting their first child. But, whose
child is it? Is it Antichrist?
ROYAL TENENBAUMS (2001)
Simon Remark reviews. "What the story says is that even though everyone goes through hell with
their family, still-as corny as it sounds-family members are still the
ones you have to be close to, and really the only ones who will understand
what you're going through" screenwriter Owen Wilson says.
Great family film. Facing childhood fears is made fun.
RULES OF ATTRACTION (2002)
Review by Ben Becker: "There
is a key scene where director Avery uses a split screen of Sean and Lauren
talking face to face in a campus building hallway. The cameras pull away
and the screens merge into one with both characters on the full screen
in a side shot. There is a poster in the background when this occurs asking
the question WHERE DO YOU FIT IN? "
OF ENGAGEMENT (2000)
film abounds with the principle of the scape goat victim. It offers a
profound look at sacrifice, justice and satisfaction.
|RUMOR HAS IT (2005)
Director: Rob Reiner. Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Mark Ruffalo, Shirley MacLaine, Kevin Costner, Kathy Bates. A woman (Aniston) learns that her family was the inspiration for the book and film The Graduate -- and that she just might be the offspring of the well-documented event.
Review by David Bruce: From master storyteller John Grisham comes RUNAWAY
JURY, a suspense-thriller about a high-priced and ruthless jury "consultant"
who will stop at nothing to secure a verdict on an explosive trial.
|RUNNING SCARED (2006)
Director: Wayne Kramer. Stars: Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Chazz Palminteri. A "hot" snub-nosed .38 pistol brings together a mob flunky (Walker), his young kid (Bright), a Russian gangster ... and a cop who should be dead.
Furches reviews: "Despite the differences that exist between the
individuals and the cultures there is still a possibility of a lasting
friendship. The film also shows in numerous ways at how following the
wrong advice for the wrong reasons can get you into all kinds of trouble...."
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld. Stars: Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines, Kristin Chenoweth.
Bob McNeive (Williams) and his dysfunctional family rent an RV for a roadtrip
to the Colorado Rockies, where they encounter a bizarre community of campers.
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