There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

Archive for Film Reviews

engaging Advent

Perhaps you’ve already seen it. You didn’t plan for it, but as you scanned the channels, there it was. And even if the thought of spending the couple of hours it takes to view it turned your stomach, once your eyes deciphered just a few frames of its technicolor grandeur you felt yourself strangely led to stop and stare, and even stick with it. Read the rest of this entry »

20+ Film Review: Apocalypto

Proud to inaugurate our 20+ Film reviews with one from our own Matthew Anderson on Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto. Feel free to share your own observations. And if you’d like to offer a film review of your own, just email us with your submission. If you need help in formatting your thoughts, have a look at a film review site we often visit for recommendations, lookingcloser.org.

r161541429.jpg   [aside: looks like Mel may have been right–>

Anyhow, here’s Matthew:


Mel Gibson’s action-drama, Apocalypto is set in Mexico at the height of the Mayan civilization and follows a young, rural villager’s capture and escape from a Mayan raiding party, intent on obtaining victims for ritualistic sacrifice. What ensues is a game of meso-american cat and mouse, full of close calls, boobie traps, and unpleasant deaths. Think Die Hard set in the Yucatan Peninsula and you’ve got the gist of this film. Simple… yes. Bloody… oh, yea. Thoroughly entertaining… absolutely.
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the community you keep

We’re very late in having seen Million Dollar Baby. Surely it will test your convictions. Instead of stepping into the fierce and complicated discussion on euthanasia though, I’d like to propose a question to all of you concerning a larger theme in the background of the movie. How does the community you keep shape your view of the world, of self, and of the point to life? If she had been in a different kind of community might her outlook have been different? Or should our view of present circumstances be the final arbiter, as she allowed them to be? Discuss.