The Message Behind the Movie: How to Engage with a Film Without Disengaging Your Faith
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Number of Pages: 225
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2009
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Some Christians denounce nearly every move that Hollywood produces; others celebrate even the most morally and artistically questionable. While most Christians can agree on the cultural importance of films, very few are able to interpret movies with insight and understanding. Apologetics professor and film lover Doug Beaumont wants moviegoers to become more informed viewers, by better grasping the cinematic techniques and genre considerations that filmmakers use to communicate their central themes. He also wades into hot-button issues of nudity, violence, and language in movies, helping Christians to more carefully evaluate celluloid depictions of sin.
Packed with quote and excerpts from many of Hollywood's most successful films, and from some of the indie favorites that have gained cult followings, The Message Behind the Movie is a fun and enlightening look at the art from that defines our age.
Jacob Kirby4 Stars Out Of 5November 26, 2009Jacob KirbyI never will look at movies the same way again, but in a good way. The approach of using movies to engage our culture with the gospel message is clever.
Toby Logsdon5 Stars Out Of 5May 11, 2009Toby LogsdonChristians need to be serious about engaging our culture in a relevant and yet non-confrontational way. We need to find common ground with those who don't share our faith. What better way to do that than to use modern movies as a launching point for spiritual conversations?This book is exactly what we, as Christians, need at this point in time. I'm probably not the only one who has wondered if there is any benefit to seeing movies anymore. As is pointed out in the foreword for this book, Christians generally tend to fall into one of two extreme positions: either they avoid modern cinema completely, or they abandon discretion completely. The Message Behind the Movie dissects the "formula" (for lack of a better term) of the screen-writing process, and will instruct the reader in how to a) evaluate the movie from a Christian worldview; b) find elements within cinema which reveal deep-seated human needs and desires; and c) how to intelligently engage the unbeliever in a discussion about the movie. There is plenty to be learned from reading this book pertaining to apologetics, and it introduces the reader to some very simple ways of questioning the post-modern philosophy of our age.This is really the first book of its kind--the only other book like this in the past 100 years would probably be Francis Schaeffer's "Art and the Bible." Kudos to Mr. Beaumont for this much-needed, very unique work. I whole-heartedly recommend this book for all Christians!
JT Bridges5 Stars Out Of 5May 5, 2009JT BridgesIn this book Beaumont explains some of the techniques used in producing movies as well as how those techniques are used to unfold the story on the screen. For example, I was amazed to find out that the musical score in The Fellowship of the Ring so precisely tracked the progression of the plot. But besides giving the reader insights and tools for increasing movie-watching enjoyment, Beaumont explains to Christians how they can analyze movies beyond merely the stylistic elements in order to understand the worldview of the movie and message that drives the movie. The book also contains helpful 'coffee-shop' dialogues that show how one can use great movies to discuss universal themes ultimately leading to the reality of God and divinity of Christ. A good read for parents and youth leaders who are concerned with the media's influence over young adults but don't think complete isolation from the world is the answer. Also, pastors and theologians may enjoy the weightier aspects of the book.
Author: Douglas Beaumont
Located in: Charlotte, NC
Submitted: April 21, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I am pursuing a Ph.D. at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, NC where I teach Bible and Philosophy. I speak around the country on various topics related to Christianity.
What was your motivation behind this project? Religious discussions today often center around worldviews and culture . . . and nothing affects the worldviews of todays culture more than movies! Most Christian books on movies discuss some of Hollywoods messages but fail to equip believers to evaluate them, or how to turn those messages into opportunities for discussing the faith. I wanted to fill in those gaps.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? The Message Behind the Movie teaches the basics of objective movie interpretation, and message evaluation in light of the Christian worldview. This unique book will be especially helpful for those fearful of evangelism or who simply would like a more casual means of getting into the truths of the gospel with friends, co-workers, family, etc.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I came to appreciate movies even more, as well as the opportunities they give for deeper conversations.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Brian Godawa, Robert McKee, Barbara Nicolosi, Scott Derickson, George Lucas, David Fincher
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I hope that you enjoy the book and tell others!