Monday, July 20, 2020
Kanopy Month: Bonus Movie Churches!
Bernie - A dark, true comedy that will raise debate about whether the title character is, or is not, a Christian.
Carnival of Souls - A strange, low budget horror film that haunts. And one of the few films ever made about a church organist.
Dead Man Walking - Audiences may be divided on their views about capital punishment, but I have a hard time imagining anyone not being moved by the true story of Sister Helen Prejean.
First Reformed - A number of filmmakers have prominently featured their Catholic roots in films (Hitchcock, Scorsese), but Paul Schrader is the only filmmaker I can think of who has prominently featured his Reformed heritage.
Lady Bird - Greta Gerwig wrote and directed this winning coming of age story, starring Saoirse Ronan and Sacramento, CA.
Merry Gentlemen - Not exactly Michael Keaton’s most popular film (that would probably be Batman or Beetlejuice or maybe Toy Story 3), but it is a decent little film noir and if you watch it, you may well be the only person in your neighborhood who has done so.
War of the Worlds - There have been a number of adaptations of H.G. Wells’ classic science fiction story of alien invasion, but this 1953 version is my favorite.