Hollywood Worldviews was the first book to come out that taught Christians how worldviews are integrated into movies and television. It has guided a generation . Hollywood Worldviews. Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment. Updated and Expanded. by Brian Godawa · Cultural Analysis. In Hollywood Worldviews, filmmaker and screenwriter Brian Godawa (To End All Wars) weighs in on the task of “Watching Films with Wisdom.
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Lists with This Book. Jan 09, Hannah Rodriguez rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 03, Aimee Meester rated it really liked it Shelves: They are part of the language of our culture and generation.
I believe that many in my generation absorb their beliefs and worldview from the movies they watch without even knowing it. I also believe that our entertainment in general but movies specifically shape our values as a culture as much as it reflects our values as a culture. This is why, if I were so gifted, I would be making movies today. Movies that put the themes of the Gospel, of fall and redemption, of substitutiona I love movies.
Movies that put the themes of the Gospel, of fall and redemption, of substitutionary atonement, on the silver screen in a way that makes it real and palatable to the average viewer. Godawa is a Christian in the industry, making and thinking about movies with just such a motivation in mind.
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Worldviiews endorsing all movies wholesale, Godawa makes an argument for the value of movies to instruct, inform, and simply reflect the God-given creativity in the creature and the beauty of creation around us. Speaking worldviwws finding the value in movies, Godawa says, “Because all truth is ultimately God’s truth, we can find what we think is true in a movie and dissect what we think is false”.
Godawa goes straight to the hot-button topic for the Christian hollysood movies, addressing “Sex, Violence and Profanity” in Chapter 1. His key point about such issues is that “context makes all the difference between moral exhortation and immoral exploitation of sin”.
In hollyowod chapters he begins to address the Hollywood worldviews such as existentialism, postmodernism, and other worldviews. These chapters were some of the most personally enjoyable, as I saw many movies I’ve watched in a completely different light. Even for those of you who don’t spend much time talking or thinking about worldviews, this book has much to benefit from. In particular the first and last chapters lay out some excellent guidelines and principles for watching and engaging with Hollywood and it’s culture.
This book was well written, even better thought-out, and I endorse it to anyone who likes movies. I’m assuming that’s all of you.
Jun 12, G. Burrow rated it really liked it Shelves: I may not agree with every tiny aspect of Godawa’s take on certain movies, but he still gives really solid principles that each Christian should use like a ninja when they go to the theaters. Sitting down to watch a movie should not be synonymous with sitting down and shutting off our brains.
What is the story? What is the worldview–the “web of beliefs that contains a creation-Fall-redemption motif”?
What is the point? Godawa helps us determine which movies grian lots of treasure hidden in a litt I may not agree with every tiny aspect of Godawa’s take on certain movies, but he still gives really solid principles that each Christian should use like a ninja when they go to the theaters. Godawa helps worlcviews determine which movies are lots of treasure hidden in a little dirt, and which movies are just dirt.
Aug 06, Victoria rated it really liked it Shelves: I have issues with some of Godawa’s implications in the chapter about Christianity in film among othersbut otherwise, this is godawz great resource with workdviews of great stuff going on.
Finishing this book is like losing my movie-going innocence. I see how naively I drank in everything from the theaters without considering gosawa message behind the movie. We’re talking complete stupidity here–I was able to get through the Truman Show without realizing it was an allegory. He worldvlews beyond the surface level and accurately assesses the world views of the goodawa making the movies and the worldivews they convey. The scope of this book is much wider than a reference for movie reviews.
Godawa teaches you what to look for, how to analyze a movie’s plot, and gives you a primer on virtually every type of philosophy you will find worldviewd today’s movies. He also gives some eye-openening examples of passages in the Bible that would totally shock the cultural anemics who argue that Christians should have nothing to do with movies, and a very brief defense for why it is necessary that we familiarize ourselves with our culture.
I recommend this book to every Christian. It is indispensable for parents who need to be aware of the subtle messages their children are imbibing in the seemingly innocent movies they watch; or really anyone who is serious about interacting with their culture. My only regret is that Godawa seems to be done, at least for now, with movie criticism, focusing on other pursuits, instead. Apr 02, Logan rated it liked it.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It does a good job of getting you to consider the films you watch beyond the surface-level and pushes you to explain why you thought a film was good, bad, or somewhere in-between. I appreciated the look at different philosophies, and the examples provided in various films. However, some of the examples began to drag out chapters to the holylwood that dulled my brain into boredom. Sometimes I found myself reading parts of the chapters on different philosophies and asking Overall, I enjoyed this book.
Sometimes I found myself reading parts of the chapters on different philosophies and asking, “So what? What does this add to what you already said? This section felt as if something was missing. The book ended in an anti-climactic and rushed fashion. I was hoping worldview a chapter that would tie the entire book together but instead was left with a short paragraph that sort of attempted a resolution.
The Denouement at the end, in my opinion, should have been at the beginning, as Hollyowod cleared up some of gocawa recommendations in the book. All in all, it’s a good book to start with in a study on where film and theology intersect. It has its issues but they shouldn’t hinder you from seeing films from the Christian worldview.
This is a really great book that is a must-have in your library, especially if you are wanting to know about the worldviews in movies.
In this book, Brian really goes into detail about the different worldviews biblical, humanistic, neo-paganisic, etc and how they are portrayed in movies. He also goes into detail about how the themes, concepts, and ideas found in movies are also in the Bible, and covers how they are used for very different reasons.
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This is a resource needed in your library to h This is a really great book that is a must-have in your library, especially if you are wanting to know about the worldviews in movies. This is a resource needed in your library to help you gain clearer insight into what worldview is portrayed, and how to understand the agenda in Hollywood.
I always knew that a creator’s worldview is portrayed in their works, but I wanted a more deeper understanding of how they are portrayed.
This book helped immensely, especially in helping understanding the worldview in the media I watch. Not just movies either. I could go into more detail, but I will keep this spoiler-free. You’ll have to buy Hollywood Worldviews to really dig in.
It will be worth the investment. Nov 18, Adam Calvert rated it really liked it Shelves: Really good book on how to evaluate movies from a Christian worldview. Although I don’t always find myself in agreement with his assessments, he does a great job of articulating great questions to ask while evaluating a film, its story, and its corresponding worldview.
The only wish I might have is that he writes an updated version with more recent films as examples. Other than that, it’s a great work on getting us to ask the right questions and to teach our children to ask the right questions Really good book on how to evaluate movies from a Christian worldview.
Other than that, it’s a great work on getting us to ask the right questions and to teach our children to ask the right questions when it comes to evaluating films from a Christian perspective. This is a great book for anyone concerned about what worldviews are presented in the movies they are watching. It explores postmodernism, exstinsilism, neo- paganism, evolution, and many others.
Jul 20, Meredith added it. Brian Godawa addresses how to identify worldviews in films and discusses the most prevalent ones. He talks about how Christians should approach movies and how to assess quality therein. I wish he had emphasized the importance of quality a little more since a movie can have a great worldview and still be a cinematic disaster but I guess, after all, worldiews are what the book is about. I ended up skipping the first half of the appendix.
He was just giving Biblical examples of those content concerns but sometimes in more explicit? A thorough and thought-provoking analysis of film and worldview that strikes a much needed balance between love of film and faithfulness to Christ. I think my favorite thing about this, or perhaps the most unexpected thing, is that Godawa is really careful not to cast out films that have worldviews decidedly different from our own.
His emphasis is on engaging intelligently with art, which means being honest about the good as well as the bad. I really cannot recommend this enough to any Christian A thorough and thought-provoking analysis of film and worldview that strikes a much needed balance between love of film and faithfulness to Christ.
I really cannot recommend this enough to any Christian moviegoer. Sep 23, Mikel Wisler rated it it was ok. Some good information, especially for any conservative Christians taking early steps in engaging cinema.