Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mikel Wisler Continues his exploration of the state of Christian Cinema

Continuing the series we linked to last week, Mikel Wisler has part 2 of his exploration of the state of Christian Cinema. He has some really good points on the different approach to visual media by Catholic and Protestant denominations of the Church. He also has some really good things to say about the "experiential" nature of film; specifically, the way that a film is much more than what can be described in a simple plot summary. He also makes some interesting comments on two prominent Hollywood Christians; Ralph Winter and Scott Derrickson. He is very charitable to both, in different ways. Derrickson (Director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hellraiser: Inferno & the forthcoming remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still) he praises for making mainstream Hollywood films that have Christian values, if not a explicit Christian message. Winter, on the other hand, I think he unfairly praises. Sure, Winter has produced some great films on the Hollywood side of things (X-Men, X2, Captain Ron, Star Trek III-VI), but he's also made some real stinkers (Fantastic Four, X-Men 3, Inspector Gadget), so he hardly has a perfect record. When it comes to Christian movies, he unfortuatly tends more to the stinker side than to the great side. Of the Christian film's he's produced (Left Behind, Hangman's Curse , The Visitation , Thr3e , House), only one (The Visitation ) managed to avoid being so awful as to make me curse the day I watched them. Seriously, Thr3e is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Ever. (Cin-Posium Blog) Subscribe to the SuperCandid Podcast, the number 1 podcast for Christian movies SuperCandid - The SuperCandid Podcast - The SuperCandid Podcast Subscribe to the SuperCandid Blog Save This Page Add to Technorati Favorites

1 comment:

Mikel J. Wisler said...

Thank you for taking interest in my explorations on the state of Christian filmmaking. I hope to continue this discussion as more develops and new films are made and more Christians continue to interact with the arts and culture. I'm glad to see another blog dealing with the topic. I'll be sure to keep my eye on this blog!