The life of evangelical churches and their spiritual leaders has been portrayed in some recent films and series. Can they help us start conversations?
Scorsese and Schrader’s film revolves around the search for redemption in figures such as Travis, who are buried in an urban inferno, constantly fighting to free themselves of their sins.
The latest film by the Coen brothers, “Hail, Caesar!” presents us with the problem of the ministry of the gospel on screen: how to see in order to believe.
In “Mia Madre”, the director Nanni Moretti offers a personal description of the bewilderment caused by the disorder in the world.
“Spotlight” wins Oscar for Best Movie without falling into morbid sensationalism. The film makes us face up to a truth the religious audience does not want to hear.
“Return to Ithaca”, by the French director Laurent Cantet, portrays a weariness of life, but also a sense of anger, which goes beyond disillusionment.
Our character, relationships and even our spirituality are reflected in these books. Christians, however, have launched a campaign to prohibit the books in schools and libraries, some going as far as to burn copies in public.
“Life”, by the Dutch director Anton Corbijn, is a film about James Dean’s tempestuous life, offering us a touching insight into his experience as an orphan.
Robinson Crusoe does not present historical facts but creates a powerful metaphor that continues to give pause for thought today.
Rather than being a book against Islam, Michel Houellebecq’s “Submission” shines a light on the moral agony of Western cultural decline.
Hefner built an empire on the basis of an alternative version of reality, creating what you might call a religion.
The series, produced by HBO channel, perfectly shows us the power of greed and corruption, revealing the dark side of the American dream..
“We not only don’t seek God, we don’t seek anything”, said Álvaro Pombo in relation to his book Quédate con nosotros, Señor, porque atardece (Stay with us, Lord, for it is nearly evening).
In his last album, Sufjan Stevens explores the loss of his mother in a way that is emotionally devastating.
Wes Craven, who recently passed away, was brought up in a strict Baptist church. He received a Christian education, which he rebelled against in his youth.
The film which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, “Ida”, is a battle between reason and faith, the body and the spirit, hatred and forgiveness.
Marriage changes us. It brings to light and reveals things that even we didn’t know about ourselves. This is what David Fincher’s film “Gone Girl” is about.
What is it that has made Bob Dylan’s music so attractive to the last three generations? And what happened to his faith after he professed conversion in 1979?
Alice in Wonderland, which is turning 150, shows how children’s literature can raise some of the fundamental questions regarding our existence.
The life of George Borrow and his passion for bringing the Bible to Spain fascinated the politician and republican president Manuel Azaña.
Frankenstein is one of the strongest warnings against the horror of trying to play God.
Thirty-five years without Hitchcock. His films are chilling, not just because they show us evil unloosed into the world, but because that evil is so often banal and everyday, walking around on the streets of a town or a city just like ours.
The documentary “Montage of Heck” demystifies him as a figure, showing his more intimate and solitary side.
In her famous Album “Easter” (1978), she focuses on the figure of Christ. Back then she said that “the myth of Christ is still exciting and stimulating to me”.
After searching and struggling throughout his life, Eliot finally surrendered to the “peace that surpasses all understanding”. In 1926 he converted to Christianity.
His father was a fairly liberal reformed pastor. He spoke of Christ more as an example, than a substitute for sinners.