2011 had it’s fair share of awful films. To help you weed through the muck of Hollywood trash, we’ve sifted through our archives to see which films stood out the most in Movieology’s reviews. Here are the best of the best films that we evaluated during 2011. While we may not have seen every film, we did our best to catch all the potential “greats.”
It all ends in this film. Harry Potter will defeat the one we don’t speak of, or fail the magic and muggle worlds completely to their ruin. So does ‘The Deathly Hallows Part 2’ go out on a high note and give us something more than wizardry propaganda? As worldview enthusiasts, how do we identify the differences in worldview constructs seen throughout the ‘Harry Potter’ mythos? Joseph explores the overarching abstracts of J.K. Rowling’s magical kingdom in this episode of Movieology!
Most moviegoers pick and choose films they’ll see in theaters from the influence movie trailers and marketing. So what are the movie critics there for? With so many secular critics out there providing every imaginable point of view on films, why is it we don’t thoughtfully consider their take on movies before spending money at the box office? Joseph Darnell continues to interview Clark Douglas on these issues and more in this episode of Movieology!
The Lincoln Lawyer is about a defense attorney who conducts his business from the back of his Lincoln Towncar. Attorney Mick Haller, played by Matthew McConaughey, has made a name for himself defending run-of-the-mill thugs and ruffians, but he may be in over his head defending a rich, society boy accused of rape and murder. […]
In an attempt to cash in on the overwhelming popularity of the Twilight films, Red Riding Hood is a sensual, gothic retelling of the classic fairy tale. In this version of the tale, a small town is terrorized by a werewolf who, for many years has left the village alone but has recently started killing […]
In Battle: Los Angeles, aliens attack Earth to steal our water and the United States military is our last line of defense. A tough group of marines, led by Sgt. Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), fight relentlessly to defend Earth from the alien siege. Boasting epic battle scenes and state of the art special effects, Battle: […]
An awkward chameleon bites of more that he can chew when he poses as a tough guy and becomes the town of Dirt’s new sheriff. Featuring the voice talents of Johhny Depp, Bill Nighy and Abigail Breslin, “Rango” boasts beautiful computer animation, quirky characters and an original plot. Watch this episode of Movieology for a […]
This week, Movieology reviews Unknown, an action film starring Liam Neeson, that dominated the box offices over it’s opening weekend. In it, Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) wakes after a car accident to discover that his wife doesn’t recognize him and another man has assumed his identity. The film follows his quest to uncover the […]
Presenting the very first episode of Movieology! Today’s episode is a bit unusual as we are covering 10 films instead of our regular format of 1 movie per episode – which also accounts for the lengthened duration. Today we take a step back and reflect on the best films of 2010 and discuss the nominees […]
In what might be classified as an “entertainment irony,” it has taken a straightforward film set in the past to pry the public’s attention away from a complicated film set in the future. With all of the overblown adoration and critical acclaim being heaped on Inception—Christopher Nolan’s most recent movie—for the last six months or so, […]
Worldview Observation: The family, not the State, is the basic government of society. “The nuclear family is the central building block of Western civilization.”1 A few weeks ago I was in Los Angeles working on a film project with Darren Doane, director of Collision (2009). Mostly I was observing. At the end of the long […]
The statistics are staggering, 80% to 85% of young people leave the Church, never to return. As evolution, humanism and atheism continue to infiltrate our schools, theaters, magazines and television, our young people are faced with hard questions. If we send our children out into the world, unequipped to answer the hard questions and lacking […]
In 1960, two movies, not made for money, sought to negatively influence the public opinion of Christianity. These movies, “Inherit the Wind” and “Elmer Gantry,” going hand-in-hand with the counter cultural movements of the 60s, led the conservative movement to go ‘underground’. This ultimately gave rise to a conservative movement’s comeback in the late 1970s. […]
Although Clint Eastwood is not particularly known for being a religious guy, his last two movies are prime examples of how the Christian worldview can be applied and taught using the medium of film. Eastwood’s approach – allowing the story to unfold naturally, rather than forcefully – is exactly the sort of technique that budding Christian filmmakers need to be studying. However, most Christians will not see The Changeling or Gran Torino (or admit to seeing them), because they are rated R and deal with “adult” issues. And this is most unfortunate because the church is the only institution in the world that is specifically called to be the voice of responsibility and maturity and to serve as the conscience of society.
Michael G. Zey of Montclair State University in New Jersey writes: “People want to believe that there is superior life in the universe, and that these aliens will be able to upgrade our own lives. This is a form of wish fulfillment.” This is especially true since, as the late Michael Crichton made clear, “the belief that there are other life forms in the universe is a matter of faith. There is not a single shred of evidence for any other life forms, and in forty years of searching, none has been discovered. There is absolutely no evidentiary reason to maintain this belief.” Similar to the way the “evidence” for evolution is designed to rid God from the cosmos, space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life (SETI) are designed to make man the next best thing to a god.
“Pop-culture fiction, not academic nonfiction, is now the cutting edge of public discourse on spirituality.”
For several months I have been working on an extended project that explores the relationship of pop-culture to societal norms and worldview shifts. In addition to comic books, film, and music, I’ve been looking at science fiction and the search for extraterrestrial life. Science and science-fiction have converged on the subject for quite some time. “Nicholas of Cusa (Kues, German, 1401-1464) was a theologian who in De docta ignorantia
For years, liberals have been telling us that screen scenes depicting gratuitous sex, sadism, nihilism, despair, violence, militant secularism, and blasphemy have little or no effect on the opinions and behavior of viewers. Those who make these claims are some of the same people who worked with relentless abandon to stop a cigarette company from using Joe Camel in its advertisements. They claimed that the cartoonish character would appeal to young people and encourage them to smoke. Outrage is expressed when a movie shows a character using tobacco products without any negative consequences.
On Saturday, my wife and I went to see Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage, which is a strange mix of UFOlogy, panspermia, the destruction of Earth by fire (2 Pet. 3:10), the Edenic Tree of Life, and determinism vs. randomness. Cage’s character, John Koestler, is giving a lecture to his astrophysics’ class at M.I.T. when he presents the conundrum of determinism vs. randomness.1 When the class asks him what he believes, he picks randomness. “There is no grand meaning, there is no purpose.” He ends the session with “I think s**t just happens.” The perfect summary of an atheist’s worldview.