Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment  -     By: Brian Godawa
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Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment

Inter-Varsity Press / 2009 / Paperback

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In this updated edition of Hollywood Worldviews Brian Godawa maintains that there are two extreme positions to avoid in viewing movies: the cultural anorexic, who avoids all movies; and the cultural glutton, who almost always watches movies with little or no discernment. For all who are concerned about American culture in the 21st century, this book offers a wonderful antidote to both extremes--become a discerning viewer, who understands both what kind of worldview is being presented and in what manner it is being presented. Ultimately, Godawa hopes to enable us to see just how movies can affect us, for good or for ill.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 216
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830837132
ISBN-13: 9780830837137
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Do you watch movies with your eyes open? You buy your tickets and concessions, and you walk into the theater. Celluloid images flash at twenty-four frames per second, and the hypnotic sequence of moving pictures coaxes you to suspend disbelief and be entertained by the implausible. Unfortunately, many often suspend their beliefs as well, succumbing to subtle lessons in how to behave, think and even perceive reality. Do you find yourself hoping that a sister will succeed in seducing her sibling's husband, that a thief will get away with his crime, that a serial killer will escape judgment? Do you, too, laugh at the bumbling priest and seethe at the intolerant and abusive evangelist? Do you embrace worldviews that infect your faith and then wonder, after your head is clear, whether your faith can survive the infection? In this thoroughly revised and updated edition of his popular book, Brian Godawa guides you through the place of redemption in film, the tricks screenwriters use to communicate their messages, and the mental and spiritual discipline required for watching movies. Hollywood Worldviews helps you enter a dialogue with Hollywood that leads to a happier ending, one that keeps you aware of your culture and awake to your faith.

Author Bio

Godawa is an award-winning screenwriter. He has also taught and written on film and philosophy, screenwriting, and the art of watching movies. Four of his screenplays have won multiple awards in such competitions as the Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Heart of Film, Fade-In, Worldfest, Writer's Network, Chesterfield Writer's Film Project, Columbus Discovery Award and Screenplay Competition.

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"Any Christian wanting to understand modern film from the viewpoint of its message, its moral premise, will find Godawa's Hollywood Worldviews a must-read. A film must be approached from more than one direction to do justice to it, but an understanding of its worldview is a requirement. There is no better book available on the subject."

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    I highly enjoyed reading this book.
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    Brian Godawa does an excellent job of briefly describing the main points of major worldviews. And then goes on to illustrate how these worldviews manifest themselves in our movies.

    I think he may go a little far in saying that "God loves movies", but I don't fault him for that. I agree with Mr. Godawa when he says that everything has an underlying worldview; however, I do not think that every scene in a movie is intended to emphasis that. Making movies is a business and just like in any other business some decisions are made out of necessity due to budget and time constraints and not philosophic or artistic motives.

    I also think that Mr. Godawa misses a very important point because he fails to properly address the interaction and implications of competing worldviews during the act of watching a movie. It is certainly true that the worldview of a movie director may directly or indirectly impact his decisions during filming. And it is equally true that the worldview of a viewer will impact how he interprets that view. Our minds are not blank canvases. We bring a worldview to the theater with us and we view a movie through that lens. What is going on during the interaction of worldviews? I failed to see where Mr. Godawa properly addressed that issue.

    An example of how our worldview affects our movie watching is found on pages 186 and 187 of Mr. Godawa's book. He writes, "Hannibal has a gruesome ‘last supper' with Clarice (his nemesis and love interest) that is quite literally the eating of a body. _ Hannibal ultimately "ascends to heaven" in a jumbo jet." Here I think Godawa is seeing faces in the clouds. Hannibal is simply living up to his name; they call him Hannibal the Cannibal for a reason. And my interpretation of the jumbo jet scene is that of a great escape not ascension; the jet implies long distances.

    Mr. Godawa is certainly an educated and well-read man, so I am sure that I have not mentioned anything that he doesn't know. He may simply have chosen not to address these things do to certainly time, space, or budget constraints.

    And I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in watching movies with wisdom and discernment.
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