Monday, June 23, 2008
On the episode entitled God & Hollywood, posted June 17, host Dick Staub gathered a group of movie critics to talk about the trend of "Christian" movies produced by Hollywood. The discussion of Hollywood produced Christian movies was good, and called to my mind our conversation with Bill Ewing of Everytribe Entertainment, who said that the success of The Passion was "a fluke."
However, when the discussion turned to independent Christian movies, the critics revealed their ignorance. Host Staub mentioned One Night With the King, but none of them had seen it, although that didn't stop them from dismissing it as having no "big-name stars." I would have thought a group of movie critics would consider Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif and John Rhys-Davies "big-name stars." They continued by bad-mouthing Facing the Giants, admittedly not my favorite film, but one with many redeeming qualities. They even made the claim, that I'd not heard anywhere else, that Facing the Giants was polished by Sony when they picked it up. If that is so, which I doubt, the Kendrick bros. didn't mention it on their director's commentary.
They do have a good discussion on Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, but they don't give the film enough credit for its marketing. If you put in "expelled" on google, the entire first page of links are all related to the movie. That's pretty good marketing if you ask me. Try putting in "Get Smart," a huge movie that opened this past weekend, and had a highly successful and still popular TV-show in the 60s. Only a couple links down on the first page of google you'll find a link un-related to the movie or the tv-show, a link to some sort of banking service.