Friday, September 4, 2009

Life of Brian and The Passion of the Christ: Objections and Concerns

It has been a very long time since I have done any film reviewing or any blogging at all. I have been semi consistently working on this blog while not actually publishing anything for the last few months. But I recently managed to land a full time job at night, which is turning out to be quite a stressful job on top of the fact that it takes place during the darkness. This makes blogging and other things just that much more difficult. But when things get difficult we must learn to deal with the difficulty and persist in God's will for our lives. Not just morally but also what he seems to have revealed to us. One of those things seems to me to be film. Last year it was very strongly communicated to me (rightly or wrongly) that God wanted me to deal with film. I don't want to make a big deal out of this here, it's just part of the reason why I haven't given up on this blog yet.

In any case a project I want to deal with right now is this: I want to answer two questions that may seem dated but I think are still very relevant to the Christian and Film communities, regardless of whether or not much is still being said about either of these two films.

The two films in question are Monty Python's Life of Brian and Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. And there are several questions I want to try to answer concerning both of them.

For the Pythons I am posing at least two questions: 1) is the film truly blasphemous and 2) does that matter or how does that effect its value.

For Mr. Gibson I am also posing at least two questions: 1) is the film truly anti-semitic and 2) does that matter or how does that effect is value.

My thoughts so far are concerning LOB 1)no and 2) unsure, and concerning TPOTC 1) no and 2) yes but unsure of how much it matters.

Now that I have offended literally everyone let me say this: I just want to try and think these issues through. But now I am getting to the main purpose of this post. I want to hear problems, questions, thoughts, objections or insights from anyone who has taken the time to read this post. I am quite isolated socially right now and don't have many people to share my thoughts with and was hoping to get some good and interesting feed back before I began writing on these topics. So please, share!