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Which Religous or Spiritually themed films and TV had the greatest impact on You?
Posted: 27 December 2015 06:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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A Christmas Carol Specifically this one with Alastair Sim.

Its always been my favorite one.

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Posted: 27 December 2015 08:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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mid atlantic - 27 December 2015 06:38 PM

A Christmas Carol Specifically this one with Alastair Sim.

Its always been my favorite one.

Excellent choice. I especially like the thing about how souls of selfish people are doomed to walk the earth, wanting to help and give, but unable to. I watch one, read one or attend one every year, including the Klingon Christmas Carol. Overall, the George C Scott one from the 80’s is the best.

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Posted: 28 December 2015 08:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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I love the various versions of “A Christmas Carol”, because they’re not really about Christmas, they’re really about exploring alternate realities.  I saw one movie with Molly Ringwald that took place at Thanksgiving.  She made a wish on a turkey wishbone and found herself in an alternate universe where she was a successful television producer, married to her football star dream guy… and before long was wishing she was back in her old, boring life!

Yes, the George C Scott version probably is the best, although the Bill Murray one, “Scrooged” isn’t bad either.

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Posted: 28 December 2015 08:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Advocatus - 28 December 2015 08:12 AM

Yes, the George C Scott version probably is the best, although the Bill Murray one, “Scrooged” isn’t bad either.

I could talk on this all day, but when I said “overall”, I meant everything from acting to accuracy to the original, set designs, choice of key Dickens quotes, etc. If I were to pick my most enjoyable one, from simply personal pleasure point of view, Scrooged would definitely be near the top.

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Posted: 29 December 2015 05:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Suffragette, which was out last month (November) was pretty good…about women’s rights in London in the early 1900s. I would recommend.

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Posted: 17 April 2016 07:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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JSmith - 18 December 2015 08:03 AM

Stigmata, the movie, was and remains a powerful symbolic film of a tortured humanity through the sheer political absurdity of “the church”. Here an atheist receives marks of christ as St. Francis of Assisi is imagined to have received. The poor hairdresser, Patricia Arcett, is caught in dealing the principalities and political powers that invade her life.

V for Vendetta, the movie, remains an authoritarian classic, powerful for its portrayal of inflicted pain, loss of life, and demagogary of the leader.

Davinci Code is great, especially knowing the Bible is as false as any other imagination. Yet, hope, and love are possible.

Finally, Contact, a Carl Sagan inspirted search for life beyond (SETI) is a worthy film. What is love? God? Science? On trial. Can you find some of the weak points in the script?

Name some of your favorites.
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The only one I can think of—and it’s a stretch to call it religious or spiritially themed, at least not deliberately——but the Wizard of Oz is a great film that demonstrates the “Man behind the emerald curtain” who is a fraud who fools everyone.” I saw the analogy to the “god” even at a young age, when I was still an indocrtrinated believer. Maybe it even planted a seed.


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Posted: 18 April 2016 07:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Posted: 18 April 2016 07:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Posted: 18 April 2016 07:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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I enjoyed “Religiosity”.

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Posted: 15 June 2016 07:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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“A Man For All Seasons” is one of my favorite films, too—I never really thought of it as a Religious film.  At first glance, it seems to be about church/state separation, but it’s really just one man standing up for what he feels is right.  You have to admire that.

Cardinal Wolsey:  “You’re a constant regret to me, Thomas.  If you could only see facts flat on without that intolerable moral squint.  With a little common sense, you might have made a statesman.”
More: “Like yourself, Your Grace?”

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Posted: 16 June 2016 01:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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mid atlantic - 27 December 2015 06:38 PM

A Christmas Carol Specifically this one with Alastair Sim.

Its always been my favorite one.

Yup.  Easily my favorite Christmas movie.

But Dead Poet’s Society it tops overall for me.  It’s quite non-religiously spiritual.  It’s an all-round great movie- even the soundtrack is wonderful.

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Posted: 05 October 2016 10:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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I thought I’d revive this crusty old thread. One of my favorites is Samson and Delilah by Cecile B DeMille. It’s purely religious, but in a way not. Samson is sort of the Denzel “Equalizer” of his times, and uses what he believes to be his god given gifts to help others. And the final scene is, well it’s the ultimate revenge against evil scene.

The other favorite is Oh God with George Burns. It’s actually extremely anti-organized religion, with God (George Burns) at one point telling the priest to sit down and shut up.

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Posted: 06 October 2016 08:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.
The musical started as a rock opera concept album

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It’s some wonderful music,
still the only time I’ve seen a Bible story humanized in a realistic manner. 
Taught me what the Passion was all about.
... and it had a sense of humor.

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Posted: 19 October 2016 09:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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I was really impressed with Ben-Hur the first time I saw it.  Of course I was really young.

The Exorcist, that was really out of the box at the time.


The Matrix is spiritual when you think beyond the superficial aspects.

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