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What Christian Movies Do You Find To Be The Most Rewatchable?

Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by Bible Highlighter, Mar 18, 2018.

  1. Bible Highlighter

    Bible Highlighter Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. Supporter

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    Update:

    I added the recent Christian film "Breakthrough" to my list of "My Top Most Rewatchable Christian Films."

    Most Christians are probably aware of this film, but just in case you missed it, you can check out the poster artwork, trailer, and where to rent here if you are interested.

    I also placed "Play the Flute" (the movie) as being #4 on my list, and put the Secrets of Jonathan Sperry at #14. Play the Flute is a really great film. But my top three favorite Christian films are still: Time Changer, What if, and the Redemption of Henry Myers.

    The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry is a good Christian film, and I could watch it again over and over, but it is not something I want to watch all the time. I placed it more towards the bottom of my list because of this reason.
     
  2. FenderTL5

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    Russian film.

    Ostrov (The Island), NTSC version with English subtitles
    Pyotr Mamonov (Actor), Viktor Sukhorukov (Actor), Pavel Lungin (Director) Rating P.G.
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  3. Bible Highlighter

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    Not sure that this movie would be my cup of tea. It looks a little out far out there for me. Did you see any of the Christian movies on my list (within the OP)?
     
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    Babette's Feast
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    Andrei Rublev
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    A Trip to Bountiful
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    Chariots of Fire
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    and for a more recent one

    The Grace Card
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  5. Messerve

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    Sometimes I wonder why Christian filmmakers haven't delved into fiction a little more - like fantasy or sci-fi? Most of the stories tend to be biographies or true stories. Which are good, but I feel like we could expand our reach a little bit by tackling new genres... Anyone else feel that way?

    For example, why does it take a secular company to make a film out of something like the Chronicles of Narnia? Christians should have been on top of that years ago, and instead we got a couple decent movies and now they've more or less scrapped the idea of doing all the books (Netflix says they'll do the rest, but I don't foresee much good coming from that...). The child actors of the first movies are obviously too old now for their cameos in the later books, so the whole thing just isn't what it could and should have been. But I partially blame the Church for letting that happen.

    Anyway, I recently saw "The Least of These" and thought it was a very good movie. The accents of the Indian actors was a bit hard to follow sometimes and some acting could have been a little better, but the overall it was well worth watching and had a powerful message. Very true to life and unembellished. Definitely didn't end as I'd expected, and the characters who end up being the key figures to the story also were not what I expected. I like movies that take you by surprise.

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  6. FenderTL5

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    I was unsure of Ostrvov prior to seeing it as well. It was really good. It was a mainstream release in Russia. The main character is fictional but loosely based on stories from Everday Saints ( book about some real life monks, Fools for Christ, etc.).

    From your list, I've seen the original Ben Hur, not the remake. I saw Prince of Egypt. I liked the recent Paul, The Apostle. I'd like to see it again.
     
  7. Bible Highlighter

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    Art is sometimes subjective to the viewer. It looks like a slow moving drama (Which is not my cup of tea). I am also Sola Scriptura, so it doesn't appear to be in line with my spiritual values.

    It appears you only seen one movie on my list. The Prince of Egypt.

    As for the apostle Paul movie:

    Well, I did not like the apostle Paul movie. It was kind of too slow moving for my tastes and not a lot happened in the film that was memorable. I also did not like how the saints were complaining about how they were dying through the whole film.

    Paul actually at one point in the NT Scriptures commended the saints for being persecuted for their faith.

    The gospel means the good news, but I got the impression from the film that it was the bad news. My distaste for the film actually inspires me to want to write my own movie script for an apostle Paul movie on how his story should have been told.

    As for the original Ben Hur film: I did not see it. It is hard for me to watch older movies. Although I have enjoyed one older film, and one older TV series. But my tastes have changed. I only like watching Christian films now, and or nature documentaries. But the remake for Ben Hur is pretty good.
     
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  8. Bible Highlighter

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    I would highly recommend checking out my entire list of 15 films in the OP, but they may not all be your cup of tea. So I would at least recommend the first three on my list (Which is: Time Changer, What if, and the Redemption of Henry Myers).
     
  9. Bible Highlighter

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    These 4 films below (taken from my list of 15 movies in my OP) are science fiction type Christian films that really have a great Christian message.

    1. Time Changer,
    2. What if,
    3. Heaven's War,
    4. 77 Chances.

    "Time Changer" is about a Christian man who is from the colonial days who travels to our future, and sees how bad things are today in the church and the world around us. It has some really good comedy, too. It is my all time favorite Christian film. A must see.

    "What if" is my second favorite film. It is about God giving somebody a glimpse of what their life would be like if they chose to live for the Lord instead of going down the worldly path to success. Again, it has some good comedy. It also has heart and is great for the family.

    "Heaven's War" is probably the best true Christian film that has impressive special effects. It shows what is happening behind the scenes in the fact that we are in a spiritual battle. Really cool film with a great message. It is also action packed, too.

    "77 Chances" is a Christian version of the movie "Groundhog Day." The main character keeps reliving the same day over, and over. But he is reliving the day over and over to try and stop the death of a new love interest in his life. He finds that the solution or key he is looking for is God in this strange endless repeating of days that will not end. It is a bit of romance comedy, but the end has a great Christian message that will surprise you.

    You can check out the trailers and where to rent on the first page of this thread.
     
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  10. Bible Highlighter

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    The Chronicles of Narnia promotes witchcraft or magic (of which the OT heavily condemns). So I don't see these as Christian films. The Least of These is a film I would have a hard time in bringing myself to watch because Stephen Baldwin is one of my least favorite actors out there. Stephen Baldwin can do a cop really well (of which he plays in the Christian film "I am in Love with a Church Girl"); But God bless his heart for being deterimined to making Christian films, though. He may not be the best actor out there, but at least he performs in Christian movies.
     
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  11. Bible Highlighter

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    I would really like to see a spy movie where the spy ends up giving up the life of a spy so as to be a secret agent for Christ instead. A James Bond who turns to Christ. It could even be an action spy comedy like True Lies or If Looks Could Kill. However, the message of the film should clearly point to salvation in Jesus, and in following Him.
     
  12. Messerve

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    I've seen the first two. The second was shown at my college before it was released, so we were special. :D I'll have to look up Heaven's War. 77 Chances sounds a little too much like "Groundhog Day" to stand out.
     
  13. Messerve

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    You know, I just re-read the Chronicles of Narnia series and I was a little surprised by some of the characters who are taken straight out of Greek and Roman mythology... However, Greek and Roman mythology was also widely taught in English schools around that time and when C. S. Lewis would have been growing up. I don't think they taught it to promote pagan worship or witchcraft but just as examples of good literature. So I'm guessing what C. S. Lewis was trying to do was imagining a world where those other beings really do exist, just like their animals can talk but ours can't.

    I appreciate his viewpoint because it challenges my thinking, not because I necessarily agree with it all. There was a lengthy scene in the one book of Bacchus - the god of drinking and debauchery. I was very much taken aback my his inclusion, but the following narrative clarified for me what Lewis was trying to point out:

    "I say, Su, I know who they are."
    "Who?"
    "The boy with the wild face is Bacchus and the old one on the donkey is Silenus. Don't you remember Mr. Tumnus telling us about them long ago?"
    "Yes, of course. But I say, Lu..."
    "What?"
    "I wouldn't have felt very safe with Bacchus and his wild girls if we'd met them without Aslan."
    "I should think not," said Lucy.


    So I think his point was more along the lines of - drinking can be safe in God's hands, but without God it's dangerous and reckless. It's an odd way to make that point, and I don't 100% agree, but...

    If you compare the Chronicles of Narnia to the original Mary Poppins series you will find a very similar narrative involving Greek deities and mythological creatures. It's very odd to us, especially if it comes from a Christian author. But then, that is technically what fantasy is all about... I think that would be a very difficult genre for Christians to tackle without causing controversy.
     
  14. Bible Highlighter

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    The problem is that no fictional world or setting can change the reality of sin. Should Christians read books that is based on a fantasy setting whereby murder and adultery was not a sin? Surely not. Then why is the sin of sorcery okay?

    In my first post of this thread (i.e. the OP): I tell folks not to mention the Narnia series or the Lord of the Rings series. They are clearly not Christian films. Christian films promote salvation in Jesus and or in following Him. Witchcraft (or casting spells) is not a part of following Jesus.

    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" is the third book in the Narnia series. It directly promotes spells and magic.

    Chapter 10 ("The Magician's Book") features a book of spells that is on an island inhabited by invisible creatures called Dufflepuds. Lucy works a spell to make the Dufflepuds visible. She goes through a spell book. Then she finds the right spell and says the words and follows the instructions. And then the Dufflepuds (and Aslan) become visible. Her spell made Aslan visible, and he is pleased with what she did.

    One spell is illustrated with pictures of bees that look as if they are really flying. In the world of C.S. Lewis’ day, this would not have caused practical problems. However, these days, kids can go to regular bookstores and buy spell books written by modern witches.

    Many Christians are treating the Narnia books as being an allegory, with Aslan representing Jesus and the children representing Christians. If you do this with “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” then you portray Jesus as being pleased when Christians do magic and work spells. And you support the idea that that there are “good” spells and “good” magic. That belief is the basis for modern “white” witchcraft. However, the Bible clearly forbids any form of witchcraft:

    "There shall not be found among you anyone who... practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD." (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)

    Source:
    Trouble in Narnia: The Occult Side of C.S. Lewis
     
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  15. Bible Highlighter

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    77 Chances is still worth catching. The difference in this film is that the protoganist is trying to stop the death of this girl he really likes. The solution to solving his dilemma of reliving the same day over is a little unexpected, as well. Very clever in the way the film is resolved.

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    Here is a sneak peak of the first 3 and a half minutes of 77 Chances:

     
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  16. Messerve

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    Oh, I didn't remember reading that in your first post. I personally think you're wrong about the books not being allegorical, though. In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader he appears as a lamb and tells the children that he brought them to Narnia in order that they would recognize him better in their own world. I think C. S. Lewis pretty much summarized the intent of the whole series in that scene. Namely, that after reading the books people would realize that Aslan is really just a characterization of God / Jesus. So that's definitely an allegory.
    About the magic book and spells, Aslan never said he was happy about Lucy making him visible. He was happy because she hugged him. The one confusing part is that Lucy says it's silly to think she could have actually done anything to make him visible, but Alsan replies that he has to follow his own rules. I wasn't sure what to make of that, but I assumed Lewis was making a comparison between the spells in Narnia and prayer on earth and saying something like if we ask for God to make Himself visible in our world, through movements of the Spirit, He will answer that prayer. But maybe I'm just reading into it too much...

    That article you linked does bring up some interesting things... I never read many other books by Lewis, but my parents loved Mere Christianity and Surprised by Joy. They are also very solid, biblical Christians who wouldn't even think of reading something that seems to support the occult or universalism. So I want to see those quotes in their full context before making a conclusion.

    Anyway, thanks for pointing this out. Now back to the movies. ^_^
     
  17. Bible Highlighter

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    I moved the discussion on the Narnia series in this thread here (Seeing I do not consider it a Christian film according to Scripture and it would be off topic to this thread discussion - See: "Side Note" below).

    Anyways, blessings to you in the Lord today.

    Side Note:

    In the OP (Original Post): I left a friendly suggestion for folks here not to mention films like Narnia or the Lord of the Rings because I do not consider that to truly be a real Christian film that directly and clearly promotes salvation in Jesus and in following Him.
     
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  18. Bible Highlighter

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    Update:

    I added "The War Within" film to my list. After watching it again, the film is really growing on me. It is a very emotional film that is really creative. It has several powerful Christian messages. t is in the realm of Science fiction a bit, too; For the film tries to visualize what it is like inside our soul and the struggle within (involving our mind, will, emotions, memory, and conscience). I would highly recommend checking it out. Do not judge it based on the trailer. It is way better than the trailer.

    You can check out the poster artwork, the trailer, and where to rent here.

    Side Note:

    Oh, and it is a bit of tear jerker the first time I watched it, too.
     
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  19. Bible Highlighter

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    @Messerve

    Hello again. I think you would like the "War Within." It is another science fiction type Christian film that I recently added to my top favorite most rewatchable Christian movies list.

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    Here is the trailer:

    You can watch this for free if you have Amazon Prime:
    Amazon.com: Watch The War Within | Prime Video

    Side Note:

    The movie is far better than the trailer. I was apprehensive in seeing this movie because the trailer looked a little weird and cheesy, but after watching it, I was blown away. It is a very emotional and powerful Christian film that has some great performances. I hope you are able to check it out some time.
     
  20. Messerve

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    Thanks! I'll keep it in mind for watching.
     
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