Disney’s new animated film, The Princess and the Frog, has proved a modest success at the box office and a lightning rod in the blogosphere. The film, which portrays Disney’s first African-American heroine in the company’s eighty five-year history, has received heavy criticism for what many perceive as denigrating ethnic stereotypes. The Disney film is not alone in raising issues of race. Several of 2009’s top films deal with the topic directly or indirectly.
Taking this top-of-the-decade moment to pause and look back, what does the bookshelf-of-the-past-ten-years look like? For the Adventist community in particular (and, perhaps we should add, the English-speaking portion of that community), which titles leap off the shelves in multi-colored fireworks or have become so ubiquitous in our discussions as to acquire nicknames?
It's that time of year when two things happen: First, as one Facebook friend quipped, "We sit and look at a dead tree and eat snacks out of our socks." Second, this is the time of year for a total onslaught of many of the year's most anticipated films, hitting the big screen all at once.
With so many holiday-time films to choose from, and in the spirit of year-end, top-ten lists everywhere, we offer a list of the top ten holiday films to be sure to see before the clock strikes 2010. Most are in theaters now; a couple are available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Just what lies beyond Ellen White for Australian Adventism and Avondale College Michael Chamberlain is not entirely sure. He is quite certain, however, that Desmond Ford and the Reformation Gospel Ford has long advocated are the crucial catalysts for taking the church and its college beyond a sociocultural identity that lasted more than 70 years (283) and then fell apart decisively in the years surrounding the annus horribilus of 1980.
In his “The Progressive Corner’s Blog” African American History Professor Ibram H. Rogers blasts the new Hollywood release The Blind Side – a true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American who is taken in by a well-to-do white family that helps him fulfill his potential: “the plot is old, just like many of the other White Savior Flicks.
When this former nun fled the convent and became a scholar of literature at Oxford, Karen Armstrong thought she'd put all things theological well behind her. But, as the saying goes, if you want to make God laugh, tell Him, or Her, your plans. Next thing you know, Armstrong was creating documentaries.
While working on a film in Jerusalem, the ancient city where Islam, Judaism and Christianity converge, the connections among that trio of faiths rekindled Armstrong's imagination and led to another new career.