Favorite Secular Movie

Discussion in 'Entertainment and Humor' started by Weston Stoler, Jan 30, 2012.

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  1. DAW

    DAW Puritan Board Freshman

    "Santa Fe Trail" with Ronald Reagan and Errol Flynn is a great movie. It has a happy ending. John Brown gets hanged.
     
  2. Jeff Burns

    Jeff Burns Puritan Board Freshman

    You left off the operative words "With a clean conscience."

    I've seen Rocky Horror Picture Show in my pre-conversion days and I've also seen Pulp Fiction.... Not wanting to be the kill-joy (and I'm certainly not perfect) but it seems to me that there's not much sense in getting upset about Driscoll's theology on the gifts or the elephant room's waffling on the trinity, or really any other theological discussion if we're going to say that our favorite movie is one that is disgustingly blasphemous, promotes all that is ungodly, is laiden with nudity, sex, drug use, etc. etc. etc. etc. I understand Christian liberty and not binding another person's conscience by my own. But as one preacher said "Are you laughing at what God hates?" Or to put it another way, Are we watching and enjoying movies that celebrate that for which the Son shed His blood? Just a question. I've just been a bit surprised by some of the films in this list....
     
  3. Miss Marple

    Miss Marple Puritan Board Junior

    I was quite regular in my attendance at Rocky Horror (pre-conversion). I saw Pulp Fiction once (post-conversion).

    I can't understand why anyone would like Rocky Horror. It is, in my recollection, just a celebration of deviant sex. Meatloaf's cameo is fairly clean, actually.

    Pulp Fiction is filled with bad language, but also, interestingly, Scripture. There is a good/evil struggle going on. One Scripture-quoting hit man makes it out of his deathstyle/the other doesn't. There actually is repentance. Those getting killed are not, as I remember, innocent victims. Drug abuse is portrayed as deadly. So while I don't recommend Pulp Fiction, mostly because of its incredibly vulgar language, at least there is a there there.
     
  4. Philip

    Philip Puritan Board Graduate

    I think what makes it so good is the fact that it's not so much a deconstruction of fairy tales as a reconstruction. It's incredibly silly, but in all the ways you want it to be. Peter Falk's narration just seals the deal.
     
  5. Frank

    Frank Puritan Board Freshman

    How about a shout out for "Simon Birch".....
     
  6. O'GodHowGreatThouArt

    O'GodHowGreatThouArt Puritan Board Sophomore

    Overall: Saving Private Ryan

    However, I have to say that from a writer's standpoint, I absolutely love the concept of "Vantage Point" with the way they handled each point of view and the little bit of information you got from each person to put the whole story together.

    It's difficult to pull that off, but when done right, it produces cliffhanger after cliffhanger that keeps you in until the very end.
     
  7. gordo

    gordo Puritan Board Freshman

    That was a cool movie...I think. I know I was really intrigued by the concept of that movie and thought it was well done, but at the end of it I don't know if I really liked that actual movie. What did you think?
     
  8. O'GodHowGreatThouArt

    O'GodHowGreatThouArt Puritan Board Sophomore

    The ending almost didn't do the movie justice. We can talk specifics via PM if you want (since I have to assume not everyone reading this has seen it), but from the amount of intensity it created, the ending we were expecting never really delivered.

    Maybe they overkilled all of the drama?
     
  9. gordo

    gordo Puritan Board Freshman

    Completely agree with you. But yes, don't want to spoil it for anyone so that's all we will say! :) But I would recommend it to anyone for the fun concept alone.
     
  10. Bill The Baptist

    Bill The Baptist Puritan Board Graduate

    Actually the "scripture" that Samuel L. Jackson quotes was written by Quentin Tarantino. If you look up Ezekiel 25:17, you will see that the only part of that quotation that is actually in the Bible is the last sentence.
     
  11. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    Fabulous list!

    My family has been enjoying the pixar movies right now. And the old Star Wars (my son Noah was blown away....that's Obi Wan when he is old?)....

    Also, my kids like the Muppet movie about the Dark Crystal. And the Neverending Story.

    We also like Sergeant York.

    And of course, the Princess Bride.

    My wife and I just watched the BBC series of Pride and Prejudice and I lived through it...and actually Really, really liked it (and I don't think my estrogen levels rose too much)....

    We watched a few Disney movies of late and threw them away due to the scenes of disobedience to parents and inversed gender-roles.

    We like the old series Combat. And the old Twilight Zones.
     
  12. kappazei

    kappazei Puritan Board Freshman

    I'd forgetten about Platoon, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Shipping News "If a piece of knotted string can unleash the wind and if..."
     
  13. Miss Marple

    Miss Marple Puritan Board Junior

    I was unaware, thank you for this info.
     
  14. Andres

    Andres Puritan Board Doctor

    I was scared of the Neverending Story when I was a kid. lol
     
  15. J. Dean

    J. Dean Puritan Board Junior

    Stephen King, despite some of the things he writes (like part of IT) is a writer par excellance. When I first read his work, I said "I want to write like that" because he makes the reader envision everything in terrific detail.

    Back on topic, movies:

    Favorite classics-High noon, El Dorado (with John Wayne and James Caan), Run Silent, Run Deep; The Magnificent Seven, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    Favorite moderns: The Matrix, Inception, Frequency, Iron Man (I and II), Thor, Captain America, Spiderman, Superman I and II, Shadowlands (See? I'm not a totally insensitive guy!), A River Runs through it (not a Christian movie per se, but it has a very postitive portrayal of Christianity in it ni the form of the Presbyterian pastor/father), Live Free or Die Hard, Star Wars (the prequels to a lesser extent), LOTR, Sunshine (more for the f/x than the plot, which unfortunately is very atheistic), Braveheart, Star Trek II and VI (I think I'm the only person who did not like STIV)

    Oh... and I like The Incredibles as well.
     
  16. Pilgrim Standard

    Pilgrim Standard Puritan Board Sophomore

    Sergeant York (1941) Another good wholesome movie. And a fantastic true story at that!
     
  17. fishingpipe

    fishingpipe Puritan Board Freshman

    Top 5
    Gettysburg
    A River Runs Through It
    Gods and Generals
    The Outlaw Josey Wales
    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    Next 5
    The Patriot
    Star Wars (Original 3)
    Shawshank Redemption
    Green Mile
    Forrest Gump

    Honorable Mention
    The Last of the Mohicans
    Sheffey
    Lonesome Dove
    Braveheart
    Luther
    Dances with Wolves
    Saving Private Ryan
     
  18. Mushroom

    Mushroom Puritan Board Doctor

    The Searchers
     
  19. Caroline

    Caroline Puritan Board Sophomore

    The Truman Show
    Reign Over Me
    Benny & Joon
    The Truman Show (I list it twice because it deserves it)
     
  20. py3ak

    py3ak They're stalling and plotting against me Staff Member

    I wish I had not neglected to mention The Painted Veil, Winter's Bone, and 3:10 to Yuma.
     
  21. Philip

    Philip Puritan Board Graduate

    Possibly the best romance I've seen in a while.
     
  22. FenderPriest

    FenderPriest Puritan Board Junior

    Indeed. I'd add Stand By Me for several reasons.... Not one for language-faint of heart, and one I'd wait a bit for my children to watch, but a movie that's really good (in my opinion).

    In a similar vein, I'd add Super 8 to the list.... and anything by Pixar.
     
  23. Organgrinder

    Organgrinder Puritan Board Freshman

    Forbidden Planet
    Tess of the Durbervilles (not the A&E version)
    Sara Plain and Tall/Skylark/Winter's End (Hallmark Trilogy)
    Angela's Ashes
    A Summer Place
     
  24. Miss Marple

    Miss Marple Puritan Board Junior

    I'd like to add It's A Wonderful Life and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

    If anyone on the Puritan Board has not seen one or both of these movies, do yourself a favor. Great stuff.
     
  25. Jeff Burns

    Jeff Burns Puritan Board Freshman

    Both excellent movies. I was surprisingly pleased with Winter's Bone... Very original. Very well executed story.
     
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