2) What religious/spiritual film has touched you? This could be something overtly thematic, like The Last Temptation of Christ, or something more subtle, like Enchanted April.
I can still remember watching "A Beautiful Mind" at the cinema; I had not fully understood what it was about; and the realisation in the middle of the film, that these friends were in his mind just rocked me to the core. I have always been mindful of mental health issues, it has been a constant part of our family life to one extent or another for many years. But watching this, and the stark reality of what treatments were available, and the stigma carried was so beautifully portrayed. And the moment, at the end of the film when John Nash is sitting in the campus canteen, and everyone gives him their pen (a sign of great respect) moves me to tears still, just thinking about it.
3) When the going gets tough, is there a film you turn to for distraction and/or to help shift your mood?
Hmm... if you do not know Enchanted April - watch it!! Stunningly beautiful film. However, for me a recent film about spiritual discovery that I liked (not sure I loved it) was Eat, Pray, Love. Another, older one would be Babette's Feast - so lovely, that was a story of deep, spiritual love at its most essential. And another... (heck, these all include food!) is Chocolat! Loved that... though I think I loved the book more.
Ahh... see this is my guilty secret! I love a chick flick! And I have loads of them, do I want to laugh, or do I need to cry? Am I mad? Or am I frustrated? Clueless; Wimbledon; 27 Dresses; 2 Weeks Notice; Truly Madly Deeply; the list goes on here is a photo of my shelf in the DVD cupboard!
4) What is your all-time favorite movie?
5) If you were to choose a film for viewing and discussion with your congregation, what would you choose?
This is a hard one. The film I watch over and over is St Elmo's Fire - a real rite of passage film from the 80s; another one I have watched a lot is "Truly Madly Deeply" all about grief and recovery. They are not classic favourites I suppose, but they each have a particular pull for me.
Depending what we were exploring; Shadowlands is great for all sorts of aspects of faith, and love and loss. Meet Joe Black is really interesting if you were thinking about how evil permeates life. I cannot actually imagine doing this - so choosing a film for discussion is really testing me!
Well, this was fun!
Maybe I know more films than I thought! Although, most of those are not recent... so maybe I don't!