Category Archives: Movies

“Noah” and environmentalism

By now it’s almost become old hat: read a Christian’s negative review of Noah, and at some point you’ll find the film criticized for heavy-handed environmentalism. For example, in an excessively vituperative review on the Christian Post website, Brian Godawa writes:

Christians, you are tools being played if you think that this movie is anything BUT a subversion of the Biblical God and an exaltation of environmentalism and animal rights against humans. Don’t listen to those who say that hurting the earth is just part of the sins of mankind in the story. No matter what “sins” of man that are portrayed in this story, they are clearly only expressions of the ultimate sin, which is to sin against the earth. Every time it talks about man’s sin and God’s intent, the context is always “creation” not God, and not man as God’s image. The guy who preaches “man as God’s image” is the villain. “Creation” as in “Nature” is the metanarrative here, NOT God.

And that’s when Godawa is being nice.

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How to watch Aronofsky’s “Noah”

Darren Aronofsky’s Noah premiered this week in theaters worldwide. Rob Moore, the Paramount executive who green-lit the project, is a Pepperdine alum. On Thursday night he hosted a Dean’s Executive Leadership Series event for Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management at Paramount Studios, including a screening of Noah. This particular post won’t present a comprehensive review of the film—there are plenty of those out there and will be plenty more, I’m sure—though I may post additional reflections later on. Rather, I want to suggest something about how you should approach the film, should you decide to go see it.

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Its my party, and …

Poster for the Batman movie marathon at Regal Cinemas, July 2012My 45th birthday rolled around this past Thursday. Many thanks to all of you who offered birthday well-wishes, mostly via Facebook. While I was showering after sleeping in, my family set up some birthday decorations in the kitchen. They gave me Lord of the Rings Risk: Trilogy Edition, but since they had to get it by mail, it hasnt arrived yet. We all had a simple lunch and a long game of Catan Histories: Settlers of America, Rails to Trails together. I took a nice afternoon nap, then took my family to Rubios for some tasty fish tacos. My wife and younger son, Nicholas, went back home, and I took my 14-year-old son, Nathan, to a Batman marathon at Regal Cinemas. We watched all three of Nolans Batman films, in order, completely oblivious to the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. Nathan and I were back home and asleep by 3:30 AM. I filled up Friday and the first half of Saturday with yard work and errands, but Thursday served as a kind of mini-vacation.