Category Archives: Films & music

The Moorside: Shannon Matthews and the three faces of poverty

Everyone who cares about poverty and community life in the UK should make sure they watch the BBC drama The Moorside.  It is a thoroughly researched and brilliantly acted film about the tragic case of Shannon Matthews, a young girl … Continue reading

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ – a review by Corin Pilling

Going to see many films produced by Christians is a bit similar to a visit to McDonald’s. You hope that no-one sees you going in and as you indulge yourself, you try to convince yourself that the delivery of such a sugary hit … Continue reading

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The harrowing reality of UK poverty: ‘I, Daniel Blake’ [Review]

In 1967, Ken Loach’s film Cathy Come Home was a seminal moment in the national consciousness about homelessness. The film led directly to the formation of the national housing charity Shelter. I, Daniel Blake is a Cathy Come Home for our times.  Loach has … Continue reading

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‘It’s All About Me’: spiritual music to nourish the soul

I am really excited by this album of Christian worship songs that I have just discovered – check out this promotional video. It helps me focus on what is truly important – I would recommend it for anyone, but especially … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades: Testing our Grey matter – by Mandy Marshall

By now you may be a bit sick of hearing all the news and views about Fifty Shades of Grey. Is it erotic mummy porn? Is it abusive? Is bondage domination sadism and masochism (BDSM) compatible with a healthy relationship? … Continue reading

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The personal cost of injustice: review of ‘Selma’ (12A)

Few people have integrated activism, theology and personal commitment in such an inspiring way as Martin Luther King. ‘Selma’ is the first major feature film made about King.  It focuses on his campaign in Selma, Alabama in 1965, where the restrictions and … Continue reading

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When the church leaves the building…

This is my favourite scene from the Oscar-winning 1954 film On the Waterfront, starring Marlon Brando.  One of the key characters is a priest who is encouraging the dock workers to stand up against the corruption of the Union bosses.  One … Continue reading

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Bono on the difference between Grace and Karma

“It’s a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the Universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people, but the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace and Karma… You see, at … Continue reading

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What age should you let your child watch or play a ‘12’ rated film or game?

This week my sons came home from primary school with a letter for parents and guardians which reminded us about the recommended ages that children should be before they use various social media and games.  As well as referring to … Continue reading

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’12 Years a Slave’ and the ambivalent role of religion

Last night I went to see the film 12 Years a Slave.  I am still recovering.  The film focuses on the tribulations faced by Solomon Northup, (Chiwetel Ejiofor) a successful New Yorker who is duped, drugged and sold into slavery in the … Continue reading

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