Who are you, pagelady?

I’m a twenty-something, recent college graduate.  I’m a female.  I’m a Christian.  I’m a nerd.  I’m a cinephile.  Who are you?

What kind of Christian are you?

The kind that believes the Bible was written by humans inspired by God, that it is a true and reliable source, that it is relevant for all time.

The kind that believes there is only one God, that he exists in the trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that it is only by the grace of God through Jesus’ death and resurrection that humans are able to attain the salvation and forgiveness we all need.

The kind that believes we should exercise the minds God gave us.

The kind that loves a good story.

How can you be a Christian and like Harry Potter?

Because it is an amazingly well-written story about growing up, bravery, self-sacrifice, love, and good versus evil.  It is complex, and even the minor characters have depth.  And because it is fantasy.  Yes, the Bible condemns witchcraft, but this isn’t a story about real witches and wizards.  It is a fairy tale, an imaginary universe.  I don’t see a difference between it and the Chronicles of Narnia, which feature both good and bad characters with magical abilities.  (The White Witch=bad, Dr. Cornelius=good, for example.)

How can you be a Christian and watch R-rated movies?

Well, for one, I am older than 17.  For another, I’m not so sure the MPAA ratings system is very reliable.  They don’t really have clear standards, they are very secretive, and I think there has been a lot of rating inflation over the years.  There is very little difference between some PG-13 and R movies.

Real life isn’t always PG.  Humanity is deeply flawed.  If you want to tell a really good story about humans, or really examine reality or ask difficult questions about philosophy and ethics, sometimes you have to include really dark materials.  That’s because we live in a fallen world that includes messed-up people with horrible things happening to or by them. The Bible itself often includes terrible details; rape, murder, incest, people hanging with their guts spilling out, people giving daughters and slaves away to be raped and killed or sacrificing children, to name just a few.  That doesn’t mean the Bible condones those actions, just that it doesn’t shy away from acknowledging that they happened.  And isn’t it more powerful, to know all the mistakes that someone like David made, and still God called him a man after his own heart?  The Bible demonstrates time and time again that people are faithless, disloyal, sinners, and still God loves us so much he was willing to send Jesus.

I’m not saying that everybody should watch every movie.  I just don’t think discretion has to be dictated by the ratings.  And as a twenty-something who is able to think critically, I think it is okay for me to watch R-rated movies.

What kind of movies do you like?

Almost all kinds, except horror.  (I get scared easily by them and they bother me for a long time afterward.  The whole point of them is to get scared, and it’s not something I enjoy, so why watch?)  There are a lot of comedies I enjoy, but I don’t really like dumb comedies.  I would rather watch a mindless action flick than a mindless comedy.  I love dramas and dramadies.  I love musicals.  I like a lot of family or kid-oriented movies but I don’t watch as many of those right now because I don’t have kids of my own or younger siblings hanging around.  I like epic movies.  I like foreign films.  I like independents and blockbusters.  I like animated and live-action.  I like mind-bending movies.  I like romantic movies, fantasy films, and adaptations.

Here are some of my all-time favorites:

  • The Princess Bride
  • The Man From Snowy River
  • The Lord of the Rings (trilogy)
  • Harry Potter (all eight movies-logy).
  • Star Wars (original trilogy)
  • V for Vendetta
  • Hot Fuzz
  • The Sound of Music
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Anchorman
  • Stardust
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Peter Pan (live action)
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Ever After
  • I Heart Huckabees
  • Little Women
  • It’s a Wonderful Life

Here are some more movies that I like, but that are not in the “SO GOOD, I can quote every line and I watch them over and over!” category:

  • A World Without Theives
  • Sliding Doors
  • Gattaca
  • Gone Baby Gone
  • 300
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • The Curse of the Golden Flower
  • Royal Tenenbaums
  • An Education
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Last of the Mohicans
  • Braveheart
  • The Truman Show
  • Miss Congeniality
  • Minority Report
  • Anna and the King
  • Tsotsi
  • Hero
  • My Fair Lady
  • The King’s Speech
  • Stranger than Fiction
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Pursuit of Happyness
  • Amazing Grace
  • Up
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Apollo 13
  • Ghost Town
  • Get Smart
  • Bruce Almighty
  • Say Anything
  • District 9
  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • The Boondock Saints
  • The Island
  • Sherlock Holmes (Guy Ritchie version)
  • Date Night

Although I don’t plan to include reviews of television shows at this point, here are some of the shows I like:

  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Firefly
  • Heroes
  • Dollhouse
  • Arrested Development
  • Friends
  • The Office
  • 30 Rock
  • Parks and Rec
  • The Guild
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender

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