Recent comments by presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann have stirred up the discussion about gay marriage once again. While speaking to a group of high school…
I have a confession to make. I’ve never liked Christian movies. They are typically thin on development, very campy, and usually serve to present the Gospel message in some way. I went to film school, had a movie script produce [badly] and worked in Hollywood for four years under some of the best film houses in the business. The level of quality that I was able to train under was phenomenal. In film school we used to lament at how bad Christian movies were and dreamed of changing things. I left Hollywood to save my own soul [another story] but I sometimes think I left my heart there.
Whenever a “Christian” movie comes out my heart leaps with hope, only to cringe at the final product. Perhaps I’m a snob when it comes to movies, but I dare you to name one Christian movie that is anyone’s top 1,000 list. And Ben Hur is not a Christian movie. It’s an action movie about a man who discovers grace.
So when I heard Blue Like Jazz was coming out, I so wanted it to be good. Blue Like Jazz, written by Donald Miller, was one of the seminal books for me in my emerging spiritual development. It came at a time when I was searching for what it meant to be human. Miller’s story of working through his own humanity ended up becoming a best seller. The movie almost didn’t get made. It was saved from death by a unique crowd-sourcing campaign and finally put to film.
The trailer came out and it looks really good. Here’s “hoping” the movie is as good as the trailer. No announcement of release dates yet.