Relevant listed, in their July/August 2008 issue, their list of the ten most spiritually significant films of the last decade.
I can say that I am not surprised by the broadness of their choices, but I am surprised by the choices themselves. This is how they introduce the films:
Film at it’s worst can be a pretty bleak medium. With Hollywood churning out formulaic comedies, sappy dramas and brainless action, it can be hard to find the bright spots. However, some films seem to transcend entertainment and speak to deep truths. Here’s our look at the 10 most spiritually significant films of the last decade.
I want to share their choices with you, and ask if this is a complete list, or are there films which hold no place here.
These are in no particular order.
- O Brother, Where Art Thou? Chosen because the skepticism of the character, Everett, is replaced eventually in the film by a very real God.
- The Big Kahuna. Chosen because of the character Phil, and his lifestyle, which exemplifies Christ better than the character, Bob, who is a born-again Christian.
- American History X. Chosen because it shows that “no one is beyond redemption. Even long-seated hatred can be overcome.”
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Chosen because they believe the film shows that pain does have a purpose.
- American Beauty. In their words, “It’s a story about the beauty of life, even when it seems mundane. [It] shows us that the things for which we should be most grateful are often the things we overlook.”
- Crash. Chosen because it shows “the gritty reality of the hatred and prejudices that can live in all of us. [The film] … defuses our preconceived notions by humanizing everyone involved.”
- The Green Mile. Chosen because, they believe, of these ten, it is the most overtly spiritual, and the story which never questions the intervention of God.
- No Country for Old Men. Chosen because they believe there is a hidden message in this film, one that says “good people must carry the spark of human kindness even when all around is dark.”
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It is a true story, and it “gives us a look at what makes us human. We are more than the sum of our parts.”
- The Royal Tenenbaums. The story shows that “any of us can change, even when we’ve spent our entire lives being selfish.”
There were an obvious two or three that I thought, maybe, should not have been chosen. But nevertheless, it is their list.
And though I’ve never used this as a forum, I’m a little curious. Are there any films that should be worth a mention? Or should some of these have never been considered?
If you have some time, share your opinions.