The Church meets pop culture for this podcast series of Advent reflections. Fr Peter Malone MSC relates 28 movies to the Gospel.
Following an Advent Calendar theme, one MP3 review is uploaded for each day of Advent.
"I find that audiences today respond very well to Jeremy Sisto's performance as Jesus. It's an imaginative film - a lot of quite striking and different themes but the strength of the Jesus character is that the film's made for television and so in a sense He's more quiet. He's devout, you can understand His union with the father - the spiritual side - He's also very playful. There's a scene where He's mucking around splashing water with the Apostles. So it's a whole range of experiences we see. The Passion is there and the agony in the garden is very strong."
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Fr Peter's review
Jesus - Review 48.50 kB
Background on the film can be found at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) .
Fr Peter Malone is a former president of SIGNIS - the World Catholic Association for Communication. He's a highly experienced film critic and author who has travelled the world watching, writing on and talking about movies. Since 1968, he's written reviews for a number of Catholic magazines and periodicals. He's also written many books on cinema including Films and Values, Movie Christs and Antichrists, Cinema Down Under and the excellent Lights, Camera, Faith (Movie Lectionary) series.