Thursday’s Thoughts

Posted: December 20, 2012 by jperritt in Thursday's Thoughts
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We know most of you who missed seeing The Hobbit last weekend, will be going to see that this weekend.  And those of you who saw The Hobbit last weekend, will be going back to see it again.  But, we figured we’d at least give you some questions to think through this weekend’s new releases.  Therefore, if you go see one of the below films, be sure and engage your mind by asking these questions.

The Guilt Trip (2012) Poster

The Guilt Trip (2012)

THE BUZZ: Reviews indicate that a subdued Seth Rogen and a hammy Barbra Streisand make for one familiar and unwelcoming road trips in some time. At first we thought it would be a coup for Seth to get his movie mom to take a hit on camera, but now we’re more focused on what exactly is going on with his career choices. [IMDb]

  1. What does this movie tell us about honoring our parents?
  2. How does this movie define the role of ‘son’?
  3. What are the negative and positive truths this film communicates about family?
Jack Reacher (2012) Poster

Jack Reacher (2012)

THE BUZZ: Sure the title of the movie is akin to the “Tug Toner”, but Tom Cruise’s reunion with Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and produced Valkyrie marks the beginning of creative marriage between star and filmmaker: McQuarrie wrote the All You Need Is Kill screenplay and just might write and direct the fifth M:I outing. But here McQuarrie takes a second turn behind the camera as director of the adaptation of Lee Child’s novel, which has been on the Paramount lot since 2008. It’s a tall order to make a movie as universally entertaining as M:I4, but if the world embraces Cruise as homicide investigator Jack Reacher, there’s a bounty of other Reacher adventures from which to choose. But this will be the only one bold enough to cast Werner Herzog as the villain. [IMDb]

  1. How does this film distort justice?
  2. How are the lines between good and evil blurred?
  3. The tagline read “The law has limits. He does not.”; what does this teach us about our sovereign God?
This Is 40 (2012) Poster

This Is 40 (2012)

THE BUZZ: One of the smartest ideas Judd Apatow has made since he segued into super-producer/occasional director mode was promoting the supporting characters from his best comic environment to their own movie. Pete and Debbie and Jason (Jason Segel) were the true stars of Knocked Up; and I’d make a needless argument that Leslie Mann is funnier than KU and Bridesmaids combined. [IMDb]

  1. Does the film portray marriage more positively or negatively?
  2. Can we agree with some of the negatives/difficulties of marriage portrayed in the film?
  3. In what ways does this film miss biblical truths about marriage?

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