Genesis

Twenty-five years ago to the year. “I want to have a chat,” said the publisher. “It’s the reviews. They are too straight. You said you were going to bring a Christian perspective. Well?”

Is there something about Christian that is not straight?

Did I get something wrong? Should I have done Christian somehow different? Out of the box? Surprising you with grandeur? Enlightening, perhaps?

Perhaps you wanted the moon but only got dust.

As for my project, the so-called Christian perspective on film, the genesis of a Christian perspective was already there. It just needed plying out. But I am afraid it wouldn’t have been good enough for you. You wanted the moon, but you might have only seen dust.

See if you can spot the genesis of a Christian perspective in these reviews I wrote for them. Its genesis is in the themes I mention and I expected they would have seen the Christian perspective there. Looked like I needed to do some plying out.

Ill Postino The Englishmen Who Went Up a Hill, but Came Down a Mountain Dead Man Walking

Lan of Nod

Almost sleeping, but aware.

Almost dreaming in the light, during the lamps of day.

Reverie. I have been pondering in a mind of my making, escaping from D-Central.

Too far way.

Too far way.

Shall I say it again?

Pinching the air with the gasp of my breath in the room I was missing,

When the far off unreality was a step beyond,

Too far for my own good.

As I wake, from illusions of day light flickering across my mind,

I find ambience waiting for me, wondering if I should have seen worse.

But there I was, stationed, sanctified.

Dead Man Walking (1995)

I saw Dead Man Walking at the multiplex. I thought was strange to see a death penalty drama at the multiplex, the subject matter being what it is, but I was also glad because I did not have to go down fifteen blocks to see it at the arthouse, which would be a longer drive.

Dead Man Walking was one of the first films I reviewed for GiveWay magazine. I found a film of depth and goodness and a film I found was talked about positively in Christian circles.


Susan Sarandon in Dead Man Walking.

Rated R.

Oscar nominee Sean Penn, portrays a man who commits rape and murder and is sentenced to death by lethal injection. A Catholic nun (played by Susan Sarandon in a convincing, powerhouse role) becomes his spiritual advisor.

There are two sides to the story: the “compassion” theology and those in support of capital punishment. The former gets a better hearing in Dead Man Walking.

This film has distinct merits as it tells all the stories of the concerned parties, within a religious and state background addressing a contentious issue.

Reviewed by Peter Veugelaers, for GiveWay magazine, 1996.