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Beyond the Heavens (2013)
Faith-based family film
I enjoyed this film. The story centers on a boy who begins to question many things in his life and family and whether God exists. The theme is universal in that nearly all childhood beliefs are shattered at some point either through real proof or circumstances that seem to disprove one belief or another.
There are several sub-plots utilized to flesh out the characters, many of whom either show no evidence of a belief in God, even some that attend church, or a belief without a practice of God's love. But they do believe in celebrating a strange occurrence that occurred in the small town in the recent past.
The acting is strong from several participants and the story moves along at a swift pace. The outcome demonstrates that intelligence and a mind for the sciences does not have to exist at the exclusion of faith in the unseen and difficult to prove.
Harry's Law (2011)
NBC screws the pooch again.
When will TV writers learn that most people watch network TV to be entertained and not to be preached (read told who to like and dislike)? I can get that on so many other networks like CNN, or Comedy, or MSNBC, etc., etc. I was so disappointed by the cheap shots at real people in the middle of what I thought was a program based on fictional characters. I had looked forward to Kathy Bates' new venture, her dry sense of humor and perfect comedic timing. But I turned the premiere episode off midway. I will not watch it again. It's a shame because there are so few character-driven programs left. Everything is turning into reality TV whether the premise makes it evident or not. Shame on David Kelley. Clearly he is stretched too thin.
Touched by an Angel (1994)
TBAA serves a purpose - as we all do
After watching another episode on Hallmark today I decided to check out the IMDb site for the series. I read several comments and realized that whether or not individuals 'liked' the show is not as relevant as the fact that individuals reacted to it, some very strongly one way or the other. I suspect the producers saw an opportunity in the 1990's to fulfill their own purpose by creating a forum for positive messages, provocative and thought-provoking story lines and by recognizing the place faith has for billions of people on earth. And I think they did just that. I only wish more people sought such a worthy purpose and fulfilled it. The world might be a better place.