Monday, February 25, 2008

2007 Christianity Today Critic's Choice Awards

You might recall that we talked about the bizarrely awarded "Christian Oscars," on our last episode.  A quick recap, for those just tuning in; the 16th Annual Faith and Values Gala, sponsered by the self-described Christian Film & Television Commission, gave out their awards February 12.  Ted Baehr, the founder of the subscription-only website and of the similarly titled Movieguide magazine, hosted the event.  Their list was more than a bit questionable, both in terms of quality(Spider-Man 3?) and in terms of Christian values(Live Free or Die Hard?)

So, in the spirit of this, and in celebration of the Academy Awards last night, this week I'm going to post a couple of much better examinations of movies from a Christian perspective.  

1.  Juno
2.  There Will Be Blood
3.  Atonement
4.  Lars and the Real Girl
5.  Ratoutille
6.  No Country for Old Men
7.  Hairspray
8.  The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
9.  Zodiac
10.  Into Great Silence

They also list among their runners up some of my favorite movies of 2007, including Gone Baby Gone, Paprika and Sweeney Todd:  The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

If you click through to their page, you can find links to their reviews for all of these films, in which, alongside the film's artistic merits, you'll find the reasons that a Christian film viewer might be interested in such films.  More reasoning that what you'll find justifying the mysterious choices from Movieguide.

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