Posts Tagged ‘Friendship’

American Beauty

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This film won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1999.  This film can be somewhat difficult to watch as it has the same effect as the awkward feeling one experiences when a couple argues loudly during a dinner party at their house. It is real. It is uncomfortable.  But reviewer John Elam thinks it is worth your time!

Stolen Summer

Stolen Summer (2002)

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Written and directed by first time Pete Jones, this film tells the story of a young Catholic boy who tries to convert a Jewish friend so that he can get into heaven.  Union Presbyterian Seminary student Frank Cunningham offers his perspective on this 2002 film.

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Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia (2009)

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This film would be a great conversation starter with a variety of groups focused on several themes, including redemption, the sacramental quality of food, individual journeys, unhappiness at work, and the importance of doing something you love (even if it isn’t your job).

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Ratatouille (2007)

What can a rat teach us about using our gifts, welcoming the ‘outsider’ and considering how we treat those who we think don’t belong in the same places we do?  This wonderfully-animated feature film might help you think about these questions.

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The Visitor

The Visitor (2007)

How are we to treat our neighbors?  What does it mean to be community?  What does it mean to belong?  These are all questions that The Visitor can help groups consider.  Check out the review by clicking on the image!