|FCC 133 FANTASTIC BEASTS|
|On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we catch the Occamy in the teapot as we look for Christian themes in FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. How do Newt Scamander and Queenie Goldstein treat Jacob Kowalski? What can we as Christians learn from their efforts? All that and more in 3, 2, 1!||GUEST(S)|
|Hey, come on in. Admission is free. Grab a bowl of popcorn (extra butter, of course) and find a seat smack dab in the middle - It’s time for Finding Christ in Cinema, episode 133.|
I’m Michael, I’m Brenden.
Join us and together we’ll dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today, we’ll take a closer look at the stories they tell, and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back.
We’re gonna explore the deeper meanings of these films; their plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation, and ultimately our Christian walk.
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|OH, AND ANOTHER THING... ADDENDUMS & AFTERTHOUGHTS|
|Doctor Strange | FCC 132||fcc.gctnetwork.com/132|
|mh||Mordo's soul is rigid and unmoving - and that is why Doctor Strange will prevail!|
|GENERAL FILM REVIEW (Trailer)||AUDIO|
|BLT||It's a decent film overall, but...|
-- Characters are one-sided...no internal conflict or struggle...too romanticized / melodramatic.
-- The storytellers (David Yates, maybe even JKR herself) spoonfeed the audience what's right and wrong / good and evil and are perhaps too reliant on spectacle to drive the plot.
-- The eponymous character isn't the focus of the film nor does he undergo any change...
My problem? I'm expecting the gravity, depth, and intertextuality of the Half-Blood Prince and the Deathly Hallows when I'm only watching Sorcerer's Stone.
Thus, this film was and still is hard to me to watch. But I suspect as more films are being made in this storyline, I will come to love it...perhaps even only for what it is.
|mh||Jacob Kowalski is a Muggle, or a No-maj (No Magic), with a dream of opening a bakery. He has nothing in common with those of the Wizarding World, who, when desirous of something like Apple Strudel, create it with the flick of their wand. They are two completely different races: one special, the other akin to common (profane) four-footed beasts of the field and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air; certainly not fantastic by any stretch of the imagination.|
Newt Scamander is a Wizard. He is special and he seeks and saves fantastic beasts (namely, those who are lost?); beasts in need of saving. Many of Newt's kind (wizards and witches) don't like him; he makes them feel uncomfortable.
It turns out that Kowalski is a fantastic beast who is no beast at all because the dividing wall between magic folk and Muggles has been removed thanks to the work of Newt Scamander - a picture of Jesus.
|Acts 10:10-15 LEB|
And he became hungry and wanted to eat. But while they were preparing the food, a trance came over him. And he saw heaven opened and an object something like a large sheet coming down, being let down to the earth by its four corners, in which were all the four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth and birds of the sky. And a voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, slaughter and eat!” But Peter said, “Certainly not, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common and unclean!” And the voice came again to him for the second time: “The things which God has made clean, you must not consider unclean!”
Acts 10:28-29 NLT
Peter told them, “You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean. So I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. Now tell me why you sent for me.”
Galatians 5:6 NASB
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.
Galatians 3:28-29 NLT
There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.
|24:30 I know that you have backwards laws about relations with non-magic people. That you're. It meant to befriend them.|
00:48:10 I was watching you at dinner. People like you, don't they Mr. Kowalski.
01:11:00 You're not going to Obliviate me? Of course not. You're one of us now.
01:55:45 This is all for the best. I was never supposed to know any of this.
|What Christian themes have you found in...?|
|INITIALS||MAIL/VOICEMAIL/LISTERNER FEEDBACK (Stinger)||AUDIO|
|PS Philip Comment on DOCTOR STRANGE: It’s Not About You | FCC 132||Hey guys, Doctor Strange was a pleasant surprise in that it had so many Christian themes going on. On the surface, perhaps a film about a sorcerer played by a Buddhist actor would lead you to think otherwise. But director Scott Derrickson did a great job of storytelling that explores some profound universal truths, and there is only one truth, after all. Here's a link to Relevant magazine's web site of an interview with Derrickson discussing the film and his faith [LINK IN COMMENTS]|
The one thing that stood out to me most is the futility of a strict materialist world view, and how it is so inconsistent with living a life with any significant meaning. Stephen Strange's own professed beliefs at the beginning of the film made his life's work ultimately meaningless if all there is to this existence is atoms and matter, and no supernatural or eternal aspects. What would it matter if he was the world's most renowned neurosurgeon if he was simply a chunk of atoms operating on other chunks of atoms with no eternal value?
Great work, love the show guys! #muhweeladgimli
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Onto The Office!
|BLT||Moonlight and Magnolias is finished!|
Spring Break-A-Leg Youth Drama Camp is finished!
April's Foolishness is finished (we met our goal!)!
Onto The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
Onto The 9th Circle Playwriting Worskshop! (tell ya family, tell ya friends)
|BLT||Beauty and the Beast|
Kong: Skull Island
|BLT||Schoolwork: A School for Wives, The Cherry Orchard, Suddenly Last Summer > Freud's Last Session|
|INITIALS||LIGHTNING ROUND (Stinger)|
|BLT||A Clear Lens Podcast (suggested by FCC brother-in-arms Scott Kelly)||https://clearlens.org/|
|UPCOMING||A sneak peak at what is coming up next episode. This is a TEASE to convice folk not to miss it!|
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