Saturday, September 27, 2008

Watching Theology: Kevin Smith's Dogma (1999)

(Joe and Melissa take the film seriously and I learned some new insights into the religious aspects of the film.)

Kevin Smith's Dogma (1999)
Watching Theology
by Joe and Melissa Johnson

Religious movies sure have a way of making religious people angry. Kevin Smith’s 1999 film, Dogma, is no exception. Fearing death threats - from the “Thou Shall Not Kill” folks who ought to know better - Smith went as far as putting a disclaimer at the beginning of the movie to let people know he’s just having some fun (the disclaimer thing didn’t work for Scorsese either). In the midst of Smith’s fun is a film that is a bit long on exposition, a bit indulgent in profanity and a lot smarter than given credit. Dogma may be one of the most original films of recent years, and the perspectives it offers are more than enough material for a little half-hour show. Join us as we talk about a few of the primary players and wonder if God is really a Canadian pop star.

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