Category Archives: movies

Dawkins has no objection to Church of England’s ad in movie theaters; I disagree

Yesterday I wrote about a one-minute ad, “Prayer is for everyone,” that the Church of England wanted to show in British cinemas. The commercial agency that handles ads for UK movies refused, saying that their policy banned the showing of religious or political ads in theaters. I agreed, for reversing that policy would turn theaters into venues for religious […]

British cinemas refuse to show Anglican commercial; CoE is upset

There’s a religious kerfuffle in the United (?) Kingdom, one that probably wouldn’t occur in the U.S. According to the BBC, many cinemas in the UK are refusing to show a one-minute religious film that highlights the Lord’s Prayer.  The Church of England, which apparently produced the commercial, is miffed: The Church called the decision “plain […]

OMG: A sequel to “God’s Not Dead”

I don’t believe I ever highlighted the execrable movie “God’s Not Dead,” starring Kevin Sorbo as an atheistic philosophy professor who proselytizes loudly for godlessness in his classroom, challenges a student to a debate about the existence of God (and loses) and then, at the film’s end, is struck by a car and, just before […]

Movie “Spotlight” opens, and a NYT columnist uses it to criticize religion’s privilege

I was quite heartened yesterday to see an established New York Times columnist, Frank Bruni, go after Catholicism—and faith in general. After all, the good gray Times isn’t known for criticizing religion: it’s the home of Ross Douthat, of Tanya Luhrmann, and various others who osculate the rump of faith. The lesson the paper and its writers […]

A new must-see movie on the Vatican’s coverup of child abuse

I haven’t yet seen the movie “Spotlight,” but reader Tom C. sent me an email headed “Sockless in Toronto”, which said this: I’m in Toronto at the Toronto International Film Festival sans socks because they have been blown off by a movie I felt I should give you a heads-up about as it doesn’t open […]

Omar Sharif, 1932-2015

by Greg Mayer Omar Sharif, the Egyptian film star, bridge master, and bon vivant, died earlier today in Cairo. The cause, at age 83, was a heart attack. Beginning as a star of Egyptian cinema, he became a figure of worldwide fame, starring in major roles in both British and American films. Two roles, especially, […]

Google Doodle celebrates Japanese fantasy filmmaker

Today’s interactive Google Doodle (click the screenshot below to go to the animation) involves making your own movie. As Google explains, this interactive Doodle (which I haven’t figured out how to work, but is surely easy) is a homage to Japanese monster-and-sci-fi-movie director Eiji Tsuburaya (“Godzilla” etc.), who, had he not died, would be 114 […]

Brother Tayler’s Sunday Secular Sermon: Colton Burpo, Sean Hannity, and the scam of “Heaven is For Real”

I’ve written several times about the trio of “I-almost-died-but-went-to-Heaven-and-it’s-real” books, including the discredited Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, the discredited The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven by Kevin and Alex Malarkey (good names) and the not-yet-discredited Heaven is for Real, by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent, detailing Colton Burpo’s (Todd son’s) visit to Heaven (including […]

Cowardly University of Maryland cancels showing of “American Sniper” after Muslim complaints

My first job was at the University of Maryland, where I taught for over 4 years. I was quite happy there, and so I’m extra distressed to hear that, after Muslim students complained, the University postponed a showing of the Clint Eastwood-directed film, “American Sniper.” FOX News reports (but the Washington Post corroborates): The University […]

“The Hitch”, a wonderful new film about Hitchens: and it’s free!

Matthew Cobb called my attention to a tw**t by Richard Dawkins: And, sure enough, there’s a one hour and 22 minute documentary about Hitchens that I’d somehow missed. Perhaps readers have seen it before, as it’s been posted for 11 months. I’ve now watched it, and it is indeed very good. Take some time, put it […]


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