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Film Friday

Film Friday

A weekly Movie Moment that brings the Bible to life.

Film Friday Thought: The Power of the Dog

The title of this film comes from the Bible, from one of the Psalms – 22 verse 20, ‘Save my precious life from the sword and from the power of …

Film Friday: Blinded by the Light

There is a moment in this movie when Javed gives a heartfelt speech about his passion for writing and for the music of Bruce Springsteen, and for the love he …

Film Friday: Phantom of the Open

Back in 1976 Maurice Flitcroft entered The British Open Golf Championship. He’d never played a round of golf in his life and became famous for making the highest score in …

Film Friday: The Duke

‘I am you and you are me.’ So says Kempton Bunton when he finds himself in court accused of stealing the painting of the Duke of Wellington. Kempton wanted to …

Film Friday: The Last Duel

This film features one of the most intense and gripping fight scenes I’ve seen in a good long while, as the two leads, Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris …

Film Friday: Jerry Maguire

This film is famous for two lines – ‘Show me the money!’ and ‘You had me at… hello.’ Jerry is a sports agent who one night sees things so clearly …

Film Friday Thought… On Gleaning

I recently read in the news that gleaning is making a comeback – groups of folks are collecting leftover veg from fields that have been harvested, and they are then …

Film Friday Thought: Enemy of the State

One of my favourite films – Will Smith, aka Robert Dean, goes on the run when he gets caught up in some unpleasant shenanigans with some nasty villainous-types. It’s a …

Film Friday Thought: Slumdog Millionaire

I love the moment in this film when Jamal, having jumped into a latrine pit filled with… well, you can guess… then pushes his way through a horrified crowd to …

Film Friday: The Dream Team

In this 1980s screwball comedy four patients with personality disorders are taken out by their understanding doctor for a trip to a ball game. What could possibly go wrong? Well, …

Film Friday: Belfast

In this riveting tale of a Belfast family, set in 1969 as the troubles were escalating, we see life in its fullness. Celebration, fear, hope and heartache are all writ …

Film Friday Classic: Grease

There is a moment I love in Grease, when Danny is posing with his mates, trying to be cool for them and to impress the girls. And then he makes …

Film Friday Classic: A Town Like Alice

In Nevil Shute’s classic tale an Australian soldier is crucified for helping a group of refugee women and children wandering across Malaya during World War Two. Some of the group …

Film Friday Reflection: West Side Story

‘There’s a place for us, somewhere, a place for us… peace and quiet and open air, wait for us there… we’ll find a new way of living… a way of …

Film Friday – Ghostbusters: Afterlife

When Callie and her kids, Trevor and Phoebe, are ousted from their home they move to their late grandfather’s old dirt farm in small-town Oklahoma. They find a crooked house …

Film Friday: tick…tick…BOOM!

Musical producer Jonathan Larson is struggling to get his new show off the ground, but that doesn’t stop him from celebrating life with his friends in his small apartment. In …

Film Friday: Spencer

No this is not a film about the accident-prone Frank, but rather ‘a fable of a true tragedy’ about Princess Diana. Her story is one that keeps on being retold, …

Film Friday: Modern Parables

Having just completed a few days of speaking and using films to open up the theme of darkness and light, I’m struck again by the way these stories make great …

Film Friday Reflection: The Last Bus

As Tom makes his final trip back to Land’s End from John o’ Groats there are many moments of courage and kindness. In fact, Tom goes viral as the unlikely …

Film Friday: Honest Thief

I remember years ago coming across the phrase, ‘It costs to be honest.’ Subverting the saying, ‘It pays to be honest.’ Well, reformed bank robber Tom certainly discovers that when …

Film Friday Reflection: Respect

This biopic of Aretha Franklin charts her rise to fame, from the days when, as a child, she was already an extraordinary singer, to her 1972 gospel concert. But her …

Film Friday Reflection: Free Guy

‘Don’t have a good day – have a great day!’ So says Guy to those he meets each morning. Guy is living the perfect life – or so he thinks. …

Film Friday Reflection: The Courier

London 1960. With the cold war humming away and the threat of it escalating into a nuclear event, the CIA need a little help. They are thin on the ground …

Film Friday Reflection: No Time to Die

So, Mr Bond is back, and let’s face it, we’d been expecting him. For quite a while. And he’s up against Spectre once more, the evil organisation with another plot …

Film Friday: The Nest

Rory O’Hara has his heart set on wealth and success, so much so that he often cannot see the wood for the trees, or reality for his delusions. He buys …

Film Friday: Reminiscence

In a waterlogged and dystopian city, Nick and Emily offer the chance to revisit and replay past memories. However there is always the danger that clients will revisit too often …

Film Friday Reflection: Love Actually

In this romantic comedy there is a moment when young Sam tries to say farewell to the love of his life but is stopped in his tracks at airport security. …

Film Friday Reflection: The Last Temptation

I’ll be the first to admit that this film is strange in places, an unusual retelling of the life of Jesus. However, it also has some fantastic moments. Like the …

Film Friday: The Last Bus

In this understated tale a quiet yet determined elderly gent, Tom, embarks on a mission, which takes him on the country’s longest bus ride, from John o’ Groats to Land’s …

Film Friday reflection: Black Widow

There is a great light-hearted moment in this movie when Black Widow’s sister, Yelena, challenges her about why she adopts her dramatic fighting poses all the time. Yelena drops awkwardly …

Film Friday Reflection: The Firm

John Grisham’s compelling tale of dastardly doings in a Memphis law firm is nearly 30 years old now, but it still looks as good as ever. Mitch McDeere is a …

Film Friday: The Croods 2

When caveman Grug and his Crood family find a walled paradise, the home of the Bettermans, they think they have discovered the tomorrow they have been looking for, life will …

Film Friday Reflection: La La Land

There is a telling moment early on in this film when Mia, working in a coffee shop, serves coffee to a famous movie star. We don’t know who it is …

Film Friday Reflection – Cruella

On her way to becoming Cruella de Vil, the reckless and gifted Estella gets a job working at the Baroness’s elite dressmaking company. She quickly impresses the Baroness with her …

Film Friday Classic: The Untouchables

When Elliot Ness decides to take on Al Capone he discovers something – there is a shortage of trustworthy cops in Chicago. Corruption has seeped into all walks of life. …

Film Friday: Dream Horse

Jan is bored and weary. Her life lacks spark. Then she notices a copy of Horse and Hounds and an idea is born. She is going to breed a racehorse. …

Film Friday: Peter Rabbit 2

Bea’s tales of Peter and his friends are taking off, the books are selling like, well – hot cross bunnies. But when a big company comes knocking, wanting to take …

Film Friday: Nomadland

It is sometimes said that life in this modern world (or is it post-modern, or post-post-modern, or post-post-post-modern, I’m unsure) favours the young. So much is angled towards them. Well, …

Film Friday: The Father

The powerful thing about this film is the way it plunges the viewer into a confusing world of disorientation. Characters from one scene look different in another, conversations you thought …

Film Friday: Supersize Me/The Founder

We are what we eat. Didn’t somebody once say that? This week I managed to watch a couple of movies, both about that great place of worship – McDonald’s! We …

Friday Film Reflection: Your Favourite Film

Do you have a favourite movie? It’s a question I sometimes ask when doing talks about film and faith. It’s a question I find hard to answer these days, I’ve …

Film Friday: Dead Poets Society

When I first saw this in 1989 I thought it was interesting and okay. It was only years later, when life was collapsing around us, that I revisited the film …

Film Friday: Shrek

Shrek wants to be alone. He has plans to build a wall around his swamp and keep all the other fairy tale creatures away. His life will be much easier …

Film Friday Reflection: Gladiator

Another moment drawing on the forthcoming Movies & Me book… ‘Today I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect …

Film Friday: The Dark Knight Rises

For all its bangs and crashes, and there are plenty of those in this Batman epic, the most telling and chilling scene occurs after the criminals have taken over the …

Film Friday: Chariots of Fire

There is a great moment when Liddell is about to run the 400m final. As they line up for the race, one of the American athletes hands him a piece …

Film Friday: In Bruges

This is one of those movies that reminds me a film does not have to be PG rated and squeaky clean to communicate something really powerful about compassion and sacrifice. …