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Film Friday

Film Friday

A weekly Movie Moment that brings the Bible to life.

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. …

Film Friday: Red Joan

When Joan Stanley gets a knock at the door one day she opens it to find a huddle of cops on the doorstep. She is under arrest. For spying. Surely …

Film Friday Reflection: Le Mans 66

When the brilliant Ken Miles is asked to slow down in the 24 hour Le Mans race, so that his team mates can catch up with him and they can …

Film Friday Reflection: Made in Italy

There is a saying – wherever you go, there you are. And it is certainly true of father and son Robert and Jack, when they head off to Italy to …

Film Friday Reflection: Escape from Pretoria

This remarkable true story is all about keys. And the way political prisoner Tim Jenkin secretly fashioned a whole set in his cell. He and his friend were incarcerated in …

Film Friday Reflection: Greenland

In the new disaster movie Greenland a comet heads for the earth, and John Garrity receives a text telling him to take his family to an airbase in order to …

Film Friday Reflection: The Highwaymen

There is a strange and unexpected moment in this movie about two Texas Rangers on the trail of Bonnie and Clyde. One of the rangers, Maney Gault, is hanging around …

Film Friday Reflection: Jojo Rabbit

At one point in this satirical tale set in war-torn Germany, Jojo’s mother embarrasses him by jumping on a wall and dancing. She has of course no right to do …

Film Friday Reflection: News of the World

Captain Kidd is an unusual news journalist. An ex-soldier he now travels the far flung towns and communities of post-civil-war America telling recent news stories to those who have not …

Film Friday Reflection: The Dig

Ralph Fiennes perfectly embodies the deferential, self-taught excavator Basil Brown, in this true story of the sensational archaeological dig at Sutton Hoo in the late 1930s. As war looms, he …

Film Friday: The Matrix

At one point in this mind-bending, reality questioning movie the hero Neo goes to visit the all-knowing Oracle, to see if he may be the one to free the earth …

Film Friday Reflection: Run Fatboy Run

In Run Fatboy Run, as Dennis attempts to run a marathon he has not really trained for, he hits a wall. And he can’t break through it. So he is …

Film Friday Reflection: Rogue Warriors

Not a film this time, but a three part series (currently showing on BBC iPlayer) about the remarkable story of the founding of the SAS in North Africa, in 1941. …

Film Friday Refection: Book of Eli

There is a moment towards the end of Book of Eli when Eli is asked about the nature of the Bible he is carrying. He says this, ‘It’s beat up, …

Festive Film Friday Reflection: The Family Man

In the festive favourite It’s a Wonderful Life George wishes he’d never been born, and when an angel grants him that wish, he discovers how precious life is and what …

Festive Film Friday Reflection: Little Women

Not exactly a Christmas film, but one that features two Christmases in it! I love the 1995 version of this tale, and find it deeply moving. Not least the scene …

Festive Film Friday Reflection: Home Alone

When a couple of pesky burglars do their utmost to break into young Kevin’s house, our optimistic hero has to do battle with them, using any means at his disposal, …

Film Friday: Military Wives

As a group of wives and their families await the return of their loved ones from the fighting in Afghanistan they find various ways of counting the days. Homemade calendars, …

Film Friday: Persian Lessons

(Persian Lessons is due out soon in February 2021) In occupied France in 1942 a young Belgian, Gilles, is arrested with a group of other Jews and taken away to …

Film Friday: Praying the Movies

Almost two decades ago now I spotted this book Praying the Movies by Edward McNulty on a bookshelf at Lee Abbey conference centre in Devon. I was living and working …

Film Friday: Rebecca

‘I dreamt last night I went to Manderley again…’   When an unnamed lady’s companion meets rich aristocrat Maxim de Winter in Monte Carlo, it’s not long before the two …

Film Friday: Once

When a busking hoover fixer meets a street flower seller, a tentative friendship begins. She needs her hoover fixing, no big deal for him, but that leads her to encourage …

Film Friday: The Equalizer

Robert McCall doesn’t sleep well, so he goes to an all-night diner to read his book and drink his tea. Once there he meets Teri, a young woman being controlled …

Film Friday: County Lines

Tyler is a loner, a fourteen-year-old struggling to find his way. He does what he can to care for his little sister but finds himself at odds with his mum …

Film Friday: Hitchcock and Humanity

I have been a fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies ever since I caught Chicken Pox back in 1987. He was nothing to do with me getting ill of course, I …

Film Friday: Woofers and Tweeters?

Not a reflection on a movie clip this week, but a comedy moment. I came across this classic Hi Fi shop sketch this week when watching a documentary about the …

Film Friday Reflection: Official Secrets

We recently re-watched Official Secrets, a film based on the true story of Katharine Gun. Whilst working at GCHQ she saw an email about the U.S. and the U.K. attempting …

Film Friday: Hook

I was reading this week about David fighting Goliath. (In Pete Wilcox’s book Walking the Walk.) In 1 Samuel 17, David refused to wear the king’s armour, which was a …

Film Friday: A Call to Spy

Due out in October this new film tells the true story of the network of spies established early in World War two in occupied France. ‘Spymistress’ Vera Atkins is commissioned …

Film Friday: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Yes. Really. No kidding. This is a film that fuses two genres my daughter loves – Jane Austen romances and shock horror scary stories. In this world the Bennet girls …

Film Friday: First and Last

I finally rediscovered this film this week. I had been trying to track it down for years, an 80’s TV movie about a near-60 year old, desperate to walk from …

Film Friday: BlacKkKlansman

When new cop Ron Stallworth starts work for the Colorado police department he decides to call up the Ku Klux Klan and ask to join them. However he neglects to …

Film Friday: Mickey Blue Eyes

There is a scene in this gangster comedy that I’ve always loved. Michael goes with his mobster prospective father-in-law to meet another couple of goodfellas, and in doing so he …

Film Friday: Rush

In the hot summer of 1976 two men kept climbing into cars, and chasing each other around a track. One was a party animal, with a hankering for the good …

Film Friday: The Martian

When a storm hits the planet Mars the group of astronauts exploring the place are forced to head back for their ship so they can escape. However, in the ensuing …

Film Friday: Wimbledon

Peter Colt is on his last legs. Well, his last tennis legs anyway. He’s giving up after one more year at Wimbledon, expecting to bow out in the first round. …

Film Friday: Unbroken – Path to Redemption

This is the true story, based on Laura Hillenbrand’s powerful biography, of the post war struggles of a very damaged man, and his quest to find hope. When Olympic athlete …