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Film Friday

Film Friday

A weekly Movie Moment that brings the Bible to life.

Love Again

When Rob is assigned a new number for his phone he starts getting text messages from an unknown woman. The messages are honest and heartfelt and he begins to fall …

Once More

(Also called The Magic of Belle Isle) Monte is a washed up, angry writer, who moves to a house next door to Charlotte and her three daughters. The middle child, …

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Harold Fry has faith. He believes that if he walks from Devon to Berwick-upon-Tweed he can keep Queenie Hennessy alive. He has received a card from her, and she is …

All Quiet on the Western Front

Early in the new version of All Quiet on the Western Front we see what happens to the uniforms of the German soldiers who are killed in the trenches. They are packed …

Imagine That

If you look up Paint. A Short Lego Film by Jon Rolph on YouTube, you will find a remarkable short movie. Jon recreates a painting by Mondrian, without any paint. …

The Multiverse of Faith

Multiverses are popular in film at the moment. A while back we had Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Everything Everywhere All at Once, and …

Hope is a Journey

The poster for the forthcoming film The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry features the strapline ‘Hope is a Journey’. Harold leaves the house one day to post a reply to a card from a friend …

‘Life Finds a Way’

‘Life Finds a Way.’ This is a quote from the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World series of movies. It appears on one of the posters. And it came to mind …

Babylon

This film is set in the Hollywood of the 1920s and 30s, as silent movies give way to sound. It tells the tale of folks chasing success and stardom and …

Yoda, Mr Keating, Hosea and Jesus

I recently put together a short drama about Jesus going into the wilderness, and as I was writing it a thought crept into my head from leftfield. I always think …

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Puss in Boots has a problem, he is down to the last of his nine lives, and the only way he can retrieve the other lives is by finding the …

Bank of Dave

This week’s film-inspired thought comes from a movie based on the true and continuing story of Dave Fishwick and his independent bank in Burnley. With local folk struggling and unable …

A Man Called Otto

Otto is unhappy. And he doesn’t like other people. He is tired of life and has had enough. However, other people keep invading his space, and though at first he …

Testament & Parables

In the online movie Testament (you can find it here at angel.com) Luke is going around collecting stories about Jesus. I have often thought of Luke as journalist, gathering reports and …

I Wanna Dance with Somebody

Fame is bad for you. Sorry to be so unequivocal about it, perhaps it’s fairer to say, too much fame is bad for you. It’s certainly the thought I was …

Avatar: I See You

Watching the latest Avatar movie – The Way of Water – it seems to me that in this age where many see no great overarching truth in life, we still long for …

Imagine That

The film Imagine That is about high-flying executive Evan Danielson and his young daughter Olivia. Evan’s career is not in a good way, but when he starts to spend time with Olivia …

Film Friday: The Swimmers

The Swimmers is based on the true story of Syrian sisters Yusra and Sara Mardini who escaped their war-torn country on a journey that included a plane, trucks, buses, cars, …

Film Friday: Living

The film Living is set in the 1950s and is about Mr Williams, a dedicated office worker who discovers he does not have long left on this earth. This makes him examine himself and …

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!

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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 …