Some Religion Wow! Moments in Film
1. Samuel L. Jackson reciting Ezekiel in Pulp Fiction
Despite Pulp Ficton’s entire badASSness, Sam L. Jackson’s specific rendition of Ezekiel is exceptionally awesome. For those of us who grew up fearing God anyway, Pulp Fiction really instills terror… of badassness. We find out later, of coarse, that Sam himself is conflicted about the message and/or his own interpretation of the passage. Either way, a man wielding a shotgun, half yelling, half preaching about walking through the valley of death, right before your untimely and gruesome demise in the name of what? It’s one hell of a way to go out.
2. Woody Allen in Love and Death (and Woody Allen all the time, really)
3. A Serious Man‘s rabbi
‘Cause it’s all about perspective, isn’t it? Am I right? Or am I right? Or am I right? Or am I right, or am I right?
4. I Heart Huckabees Dinner moment
5. Monty Python’s Life of Brian‘s The Bright Side of Life
About to be crucified for all of mankind? About to experience a excruciating, slow, horrifying death? Your virgin mom is really ticked at you? Just sing a little ditty, eh? Life of Brian is a classic, and forever will be, much to the distaste of many religious followers. But it’s one of those brilliant movies thats makes a lot of jokes (and good ones) for fear of everyone taking everything just a wee bit too seriously, like Jesus and all that.
6. George Carlin introducing Buddy Christ in Dogma
Catholicism WOW!? Buddy Christ? Nothin’ hokey about that. In fact it’s just downright hilarious. Where do we sign?! And yet it’s an interesting look into the commercialization of religion. Eventually, too much bad publicity can turn itself right around. Or at least that’s the hope.
7. Dogma again, with Matt Damon’s interpretation of Through the Looking Glass
8. Jack Nicholson as the Devil in The Witches of Eastwick
The Witches of Eastwick, based on the 1984 novel by John Updike, stars none other then Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon, and Jack Nicholson. It’s like our own little Bible cast right there! Yes, please! Witches and the devil inhabitate a small town for this flick, and it’s fantastically sexy, witty, dark, and religious. Nature vs. Evil? Women? These are the questions. Cherries? Probably never again. But it begs the question of whether or not there is such thing as a perfect entity, in as much especially, when the devil is so obviously flawed.
9. One of Darjeeling Limited‘s many temple moments (It’s a long clip, sorry, but the moment comes at the end. And the beginning isn’t too bad to watch anyway)
‘Cause I mean, who can really go on a spiritual journey without their belt? Really?
10. A poignant moment of reflection in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas