Scorsese's Silence

Faith no more: Why Scorsese’s Silence is a haunting work of art

‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ The desolate words of Jesus Christ on the cross offer one way into Martin Scorsese’s new film, Silence. The film inhabits the character of a 17th Century Jesuit missionary to Japan who is forced to recant his faith. The ‘silence’ being referred to in the film’s…

By Ed Rowe
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Rethinking Birdman: Buddha comes to Broadway

The first frame in Birdman has Michael Keaton levitating in mid-air, in a meditational posture. At other times the camera lingers on a golden head of the Buddha. What is going on? Is Birdman, as some have claimed, a Buddhist film? There is other evidence for this. In the midst of his panic and egoistic…

By Ed Rowe
Calvary John Michael McDonagh

John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary: The Mystery of Faith and Forgiveness

“I am going to kill you, Father, because you are innocent.” That line, delivered by an anonymous and unseen penitent in the opening scene of John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary, dominates all that follows. And yet, the actual plot of McDonagh’s second feature pays little mind to the threat and all it entails. And because of…

By Jonathan Eig
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Religion in the movies: The Kendrick case study

God is making a comeback in movies, and this time, it’s personal. After several years free of biblical cinema, 2014 may well be remembered as the year that Hollywood found religion again. First up is Son of God, produced by Touched by an Angel’s Roma Downey and her husband, Survivor mogul Mark Burnett (perhaps the…

By Niall McArdle