The What and Why of “Movies of Note”

What are we trying to do with our “Movies of Note” page? Like the descriptions on our other “of Note” pages, our statement here is not intended to be a full review, but rather a brief introduction to a movie worth seeing. Often this brief introduction will be accompanied by discussion questions, links to other reviews, or a longer review, and sometimes all three. It is a periodic feature intending to bring to your attention feature-length films released to the general public. We want these to be movies, which will be of benefit to the person who wants to understand our world and how its ideas, events, and people find their place in the story of the Christian faith. If this sounds like a broad agenda, it is meant to be. Sometimes our films, be they documentary or fictional narratives, will be about life in the university or about the pursuit of knowledge, but sometimes they will have nothing to do with either.

There is a reason for that. Those who are connected to the university are also connected to the broader society, and what is taught and done at the university has implications for life in the broader society. We are at all times the same human beings with the same influences, whether for the moment we are in the restaurant, the office, the public park, or the classroom. We feel it is important, therefore, not to limit our reviews simply to those films that increase our knowledge of knowledge and its creation and dissemination, but to include movies that might be about anything relevant to life as it is being lived in our world today.

We welcome suggestions of movies we should post and comment upon. There are no ostensible limits to what movies we will discuss except these: 1) we will post the relevant release information and comment upon only one movie each review; 2) we will strive to discuss movies, which are well made and formally worth watching; 3) we will strive to discuss movies, which we deem to help us become better individuals and better members of society whether by negative or by positive example; 4) while we will generally introduce fictional films, we will occasionally suggest documentaries and sometimes even short films; 5) these movies will by no means be limited to recent ones since many “old films” are the best.

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