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Happy Rant #13: Noah, Art, and Christian Movies

Noah, you either love it or you hate it. There is no middle ground. Unless you haven’t seen it, like me. But that doesn’t stop me from diving into a conversation with Stephen Altrogge about the movie and Christian artistic endeavors in general. We ask why so much Christian art isn’t any good and try to figure out what would make it better.

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Apr 16, 2014

Barnabas, I’ll agree with you about Crowe’s movies going downhill, but do remember A Beautiful Mind (4 Academy Awards) came out right after Gladiator…so I would say…downhill since A Beautiful Mind…the only little glimmer of something decent by him since then was Les Misérables.

    Apr 16, 2014

    “A Beautiful Mind” was SO over rated. THose were momentum awards for Crowe coming on the heels of Gladiator. If it was as good as people claimed it wouldn’t be so easily forgotten.

Apr 16, 2014

Can Stephen hold up a copy of today’s newspaper?


Apr 16, 2014

Master and Commander – great movie (not necessarily b/c of Crowe).

3:10 to Yuma was a very solid western too.

Show Jor-El some love too 🙂

    Apr 16, 2014

    Good call on 3:10 to yuma. I did like that one. Was Master and Commander before or after gladiator? I liked it as well.

Apr 16, 2014

Epic Russell Crowe fail = “Winter’s Tale”

Holy cow…

Apr 16, 2014

Regarding Russell Crowe… Mystery, Alaska was a good movie. We can also heap Body of Lies, 3:10 to Yuma, and State of Play on as really solid movies where Crowe played solid roles. Also, he was pretty sympathetic in Cinderella Man.

I’m not a Crowe homer, but I think he’s had a decent body of work.

Aronofsky is not a professing Christian.

    Apr 16, 2014

    The problem with Crowe is that a lot of other actors could have played the same role better in most of those movies.

      Apr 16, 2014

      Can’t that be said of a lot of actors, though?

      Not snarking, honest question.

Apr 18, 2014

I think a little homework would help your rants:) here is an interesting piece of homework.

ps. Should you ever want to see a devastating portrait of evil (both in terms of its raw evilness, and its limitations — And the power of Christ fueled endurance and forgiveness) may I recommend this film with a Christian ethos (With screen play by Brian Godawa) – To End all Wars.

Apr 18, 2014

Not sure why I have hooked into your little happy rants. It is fun to see you two hold the kinds of conversations I have held with friends in years past. But then you are young, and so I am slightly amused.

This is not a direct hit, but should you care to read a lot of verbal spew, here is an essay I wrote, pretty much hot off the brain, several decades ago. It touches on the problem of evil in art, but from a sideward perspective.

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