Journal of Religion and Film

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 2, October

Bible and Cinema: An Introduction
In the more than one-hundred-year history of cinema, the Bible has been adapted, referenced, alluded to, and mocked countless times to countless ends. In Bible and Cinema: An Introduction, Adele Reinhartz provides a comprehensive, though not exhaustive,...
Blood-Suckers! the Concepts Revisionist and Anti-Revisionist Mythology Introduced by the Vampire- and Werewolf-Tetralogy Underworld (2003-2012)
IntroductionThe aim of this article is to introduce two concepts that I believe to be useful when describing changes in modern and contemporary mythologies as they emerge in film, computer games, fantasy novels, live action role-playing games, etc. In...
Cloud Atlas' Queer Tiki Kitsch: Polynesians, Settler Colonialism, and Sci-Fi Film
IntroductionQueer Polynesian film reception, feminism, and worldview offer crucial insights into the religious and gender aspects of Maori, Moriori, and Kanaka Maoli media. In line with Polynesian feminist practice, this article on the film Cloud Atlas...
Faith, Doubt, and Chiasmus in Krzysztof Kieslowski's Decalogue I
"I don't believe in God, but I have a good relationship with him."Krzysztof Kieslowski1"I don't go to church, I don't use the word 'God,' but that does not mean he does not exist."Zofia (Decalogue VIII)2IntroductionKrzysztof Kieslowski's Decalogue I...
Faith under the Fedora: Indiana Jones and the Heroic Journey towards God
IntroductionIt is impossible to think of contemporary Hollywood without the influence of Steven Spielberg, a name often associated with blockbuster films. However, the filmmaker is much more than a big budget showman. By the 1980s, Spielberg had "become...
How to Be a Genuine Fake: Her, Alan Watts, and the Problem of the Self
Introduction: Selfhood VariationsThroughout his long career as a "philosophical entertainer," Alan Watts liked to ridicule the common Western notion of the self as a "skin-encapsulated ego."1 The self as we usually think of it, he said, is bounded and...
"If You Can Hold On.": Counter-Apocalyptic Play in Richard Kelly's Southland Tales
Richard Kelly's Southland Tales was widely panned by critics 1 for its narrative incoherence and indulgent style; neither was it well received by audiences at the box office. However, I will argue that the multilayered, multiscreened, indulgence of the...
Islam in Turkish Cinema
It has been well documented that Islam and Muslims (this includes Arabs and other characters that look Middle-Eastern) have been portrayed in a negative light by popular American cinema.1 This negative portrayal began long before 9/11, after which most...
The Failure of a Pseudo-Christian Community in a Nation-State in Crisis: 28 Days Later
Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later (2002) tells the story of a neoliberal nation- state that dissolves into chaos under the pressure of a massive public health crisis and the story of an army officer who tries to re-constitute the nation-state and, he believes,...
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the second installment of director Peter Jackson's prequel franchise to the Oscar-winning 'Lord of the Rings' (LOTR) movie trilogy. Smaug is the fifth film released in the series overall. All six planned films are...
The Wolf of Wall Street
"One who loves money is not satisfied with money," states the Bible in Ecclesiastes 5:10. When the rabbis of antiquity expanded upon this apothegm and wrote, "envy, desire and greed remove a man from the world" (Mishnah, Ethics of the Fathers 4:21),...
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