There’s nothing harder to get right in a movie than whimsy. And there are few clumsier crashes when it goes wrong. What could have been a charmingly whimsical children’s book becomes an arch and sugary movie, its failures of tone and timing hitting its lightweight storyline like a blast of cold air on a fragile souffle. This is one flat souffle.
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Beliefnet’s Kris Rasmussen has a list of 10 positive Christian characters in recent films. I was pleased to see Amy Adams’ performance in Junebug included, though for me the most spiritually touching moment in the movie was when Alessandro Nivola, as her character’s highly secular brother-in-law surprises his new wife by getting up at a church dinner to sing a hymn. The list is an excellent one, including historical characters like Sophie Scholl and James J. Braddock and fictional characters like Spider-Man‘s Aunt May.
An online film festival called “One Nation, Many Voices” announced the winners of its competition for authentic, non-stereotyped portrayal of Muslim-American characters.
Adherents.com has an excellent spiritual guide to movies that includes the religious affiliations of the most influential film-makers and critics’ lists of the best Catholic and Jewish movies.
This time, I have free DVDs for ages 2-5 for the first five readers who email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not need to send your address until I let you know that you have won. As always, I love hearing from you about your families and the movies you enjoy together (or those you did not enjoy) and any questions or additional information I can provide.
Remember — send an email to email@example.com, if you want a DVD. Comments below are always welcome, but only those who send emails will be eligible.
And keep checking, as the next giveaway will be mystery and thriller DVDs for adults! Coming up after that will be a promotional item from the new Indiana Jones movie, so stay tuned.