Sunday, June 7, 2009

Ohio Movie Night

The Willoughby Hills Friends Church near Cleveland recently bought the movie. Jim David, the man who programs the church's monthly "Movie Night" heard about "The Imposter" and inquired. He ordered it and previewed it. The movie will show in July. Here's a video they put together along with the trailer.

Also, Jim was kind enough to review it. I really appreciate when we get feedback from the churches. Here's what he had to say:
When first watching the Imposter film I was a little nervous after seeing the trailer as to what to expect. Although we are fortunate of having a church family that is made up of mostly active kingdom thinkers vs. ritualistic religion, I was still concerned that perhaps the film content may be a little more than they bargained for. I was pleasantly surprised. The film gives a feeling of quality right from the opening credits in the beginning. The music throughout was first class and flowed well. I especially like Kerry Livgren’s updated version of “Carry On Wayward Son”. It’s always better when the original artist is involve in updating a classic.

Although there were some rough spots at times (as did another faith based film I saw recently called “A Letter to Dad”), it was very acceptable for a church crowd. After all, doesn’t life throw us all some rough spots at times? This film does a great job at displaying some true realities in the church today including hypocrisies of those in power – from an evangelist to his son the Christian rock star! At the same time the film depicts true believers who want nothing more than to focus on following Jesus. I like it that Prof. uses the term “believer” in place of Christian in the film and even goes so far as to say that when the term Christian comes up, his response is “you mean a believer” ! We live in a day and age with so many Christian dominations and affiliations, that the term “Christian” is a loaded word which means a lot of different things to a lot of different people depending on their experiences. Unfortunately, many of them negative. I also like the mysterious homeless person who although has mental illness issues, has a gift of reading people and pointing out bluntly what he sees. No “Facing the Giants/Fireproof” ending here. Don’t get me wrong – I loved both of those films and found them very inspiring, but many times life doesn’t turn out that neatly. This film has what I would call a realistic yet satisfying ending & illustrates that just because we accept Christ doesn’t mean we can turn on our cruise control. Ultimately you leave this film with hope!

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