Movie Resources

Everything about movies is manipulative; when you walk into the theater you’re buying a ticket to manipulation!

Steven Spielberg, The Future of the Movies


It has become a commonplace in cultural discussion in the last half century to recognize the power of film as a significant shaper of American society and its values. This page offers some resources to help us think more wisely about the stories told on visual media and their themes, especially in the American movies we treasure so highly. The page contains a variety of links—sometimes to texts, sometimes to audio recordings—of some of the lectures and podcasts on movies by Drew Trotter, Executive Director of the Consortium of Christian Study Centers. Please let us know if you encounter any technical difficulties accessing any of this material.

Trip to Bountiful: Should Christians go to the Movies? – This talk gives a rationale for why Christians should go to movies today, explores the attitudes with which we enter our local cineplex, and the effect of movies on the viewer.

Drew Trotter and Mike Schutt discussing the 2018 Best Picture Nominees – Part 1Cross & Gavel Podcast, Episode 77: The Movies and America: What the Nominees for Best Picture Tell Us About Ourselves, specifically discussing the Shape of Water and Ladybird.

Drew Trotter and Mike Schutt discussing the 2018 Best Picture Nominees – Part 2 – Cross & Gavel Podcast, Episode 78: The Movies and America: What the Nominees for Best Picture Tell Us About Ourselves, specifically discussing Call Me By Your Name.

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