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MarlonB1212
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PostPosted: 06.02.2004 8:44 pm    Post subject: SAVED! Reply with quote

I was shocked to see that there wasnt' a thread on this movie yet...I have read so much about tthis movie. I can't wait to see if for myself. I hear only good things (good acting, very accepting of gays), but yet it seems to be causing there to be sooo much talk... what is the deal? any one have specifics?
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PostPosted: 06.02.2004 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been avoiding discussion on this one until I've seen it. Right now I'm fascinated by how deeply the movie has polarized audiences; so far the conversation and dynamics remind me of the discourse surrounding The Passion of the Christ.



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PostPosted: 06.03.2004 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only first heard about this movie last Friday when I read Ebert's review of it. Since it focuses on two areas I'm rather apathetic about I'll probably give it a pass, but I suppose I am interested in the reaction it generates.
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PostPosted: 06.03.2004 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have yet to see this movie, but I'm very excited about the discussion/controversy surrounding it. Interestingly, I've heard both positive and negative opinions voiced from the Christian side, which leads me to a great deal of confusion. Obviously, I can't speak from experience considering I have not been able to make a viewing (damn limited release and too much hype), but I'd be curious to know if anyone else has had a similar experience???
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PostPosted: 06.03.2004 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pesty_ramona wrote:
I have yet to see this movie, but I'm very excited about the discussion/controversy surrounding it. Interestingly, I've heard both positive and negative opinions voiced from the Christian side, which leads me to a great deal of confusion. Obviously, I can't speak from experience considering I have not been able to make a viewing (damn limited release and too much hype), but I'd be curious to know if anyone else has had a similar experience???


I too have encountered disparate responses from various Christian outlets, but I'm not surprised: Like everyone else, Christians routinely disagree with one another about various topics, especially something as subjective as art.



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PostPosted: 06.22.2004 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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As a practicing Christian, I was offended only by the story?s deterioration into a watery embrace of vague ?tolerance.? While many fundamentalist stereotypes are skewered, left unscathed is the sanctity of religious conviction. Faith?and by extension, true Christianity?is never targeted, in my opinion. Dannelly?s real subject is the way many Christians define their "salvation" by positioning themselves as superior to those around them, and what the movie nails is the way religious rhetoric and propaganda often replaces true faith?as if Christianity is a trendy commercial brand meant to be worn on the sleeve, or emblazoned across the chest. (Much is made of how these young people find their identity in religion, securing a sense of belonging that resembles clique safety rather than true spirituality.) Best of all, this sweet comedy is brimming with examples of true Christian compassion?especially in the way Dannelly questions certain behaviors of his characters yet still treats them with respect. If I have a reservation, it?s that certain audiences might leave assuming that these ?Christians? accurately describe the majority of Christians?my recommendation comes with a cautionary caveat similar to that expressed by Jewish groups at the time of The Passion?s release: Could this ode to tolerance actually incite hatred for Christians? Those already pre-disposed will certainly find the ammunition they seek.



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