What a Good Movie Can Do

There was so much about this audio clip from Breakpoint that I liked. I haven’t seen the movie but it sounds promising.

7 thoughts on “What a Good Movie Can Do

  1. Sounds interesting, and I hadn’t heard of it. I remember being disappointed watching Cider House Rules because I thought the setting—an orphanage where the director performs abortions and his apprentice, himself an orphan, must “choose sides”—was so good for getting into both sides of the abortion issue. But, alas, I think the movie made the protagonist weak and somewhat dopey, ruining any chance for a real on-screen dilemma.

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  3. Look, I’m going to take this in a political direction, because I have to rant a bit.

    First, I want to say that I uncomfortable with abortion in most circumstances, and I think Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. I’m not sure abortion should be legal. I’m hesitant to call myself pro-life, because that implies a set of views and attitudes that I don’t necessarily espouse, though.

    But it makes me livid to hear someone as attached to the Christian Right as Chuck Colson is talk about how they think every human life is precious. That’s bullshit. It’s just rhetorical code for religious anti-abortionism.

    If people like Colson thought every human life was precious, they would be staunchly anti-war. If they thought every human life was precious, they’d want universal access to health care. They would want to work to end poverty, homelessness, and hunger. They would want to find a cure for HIV. They would want an end to the death penalty. And yes, they’d also like to see an end to abortion.

    Why is abortion the one nonnegotiable issue for Christian conservatives? Why not the death penalty, based on John 8:7? Why not an end to war based on Matthew 5:9?

    Why are any of these other issues that clearly implicate the sacredness of life (which isn’t even a phrase used in the Bible, by the way) not only negotiable, but issues that many conservative Christians actually oppose?

    It’s complete crap. Here’s a favorite cartoon of mine: http://www.thepaincomics.com/weekly050330.htm

  4. Colorado.

    It was more like 4:30, I think. One of the joys of starting your own business. The cash flow at the outset really sucks. So you end up taking on additional jobs to generate cash while the business takes off. I’ve been getting up at 3:30 AM every day for the past year. Happily though, I am quitting this job in December since I make more doing lawyer work (obviously). Things have been picking up recently and there’s a light at the end of the tunnel finally.

  5. I think it’s appropriate to hold the sanctity of life mirror up to people. All of those things you mentioned are based first and foremost on the right to life.

    What I liked about Colson’s review of the movie was that he appreciated it for its artistic qualities not just its stance on abortion. He’s recognizing and pointing out to Christians that good movies have to have artistic excellence as well as a good worldview. I actually didn’t even post the review because it was about an anti-abortion movie.

    Seth, I’m with you on the starting your own business thing. My first two years were rough. There were a couple of months were substitute teaching and hanging pipe and drape were the only things that got me by. But if you can hang in there, it starts happening.

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