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Pamela's Prayer (1998)
I Am Also An "MST3K" Fan, _But_...
STD's, unplanned pregnancies, and the abortions that usually follow, are no laughing matter. Sure, the acting in _some_ Christians films isn't the greatest (although they've improved in the last few years), that's not the point. "Pamela's Prayer" is about living right in a world living wrong. The parameters in Pamela's life, put there by her father, are no different from the parameters the heavenly Father sets before those he adopts as _his_ children. God wants only the best for his children (as any human parent would), and so those rules are there to protect, not only the adopted child of God, but their future marriage as well. Pastor Paul Sheppard (Enduring Truth Ministries), once shared in a sermon that 80 to 85 percent of people who engage in premarital sex, divorce later on compared to those who don't.
If this movie can keep just one young person from making the same mistakes I did, then this wonderful piece of celluloid has done it's job. Kudos to Rich Christiano and "Pamela's Prayer"!
Salem's Lot (2004)
If you've had the good fortune of missing this movie, consider yourself lucky. However, if you are even *toying* with the idea of watching it, consider yourself...*warned*! Remakes, for the most part, are pretty bad, but *this* Lowe-grade film *really* stinks. I don't know *when* I've seen a worse cover of a movie. Oh, wait a minute. There *was* that horrid little TV version of "Carrie" from a few years ago. But I digress. This "Salem's Lot" is *so* boring, you couldn't sell it on ebay! And slow? I've had bowel movements that were less painful! The tagline for this movie *should* be changed to, "Friends don't let friends...watch this movie!" If you want a really *good* scare, watch the original, starring James Mason, David Soul, and Bonnie Bedelia. It is absolutely...*terrifying*!
Turn up the volume on this one! "Radio" is one song *everyone* should play at least once!
This wonderful and true story centers on the friendship between a mentally retarded young man named Radio (played excellently by Cuba Gooding, Jr.!), and Coach Jones (Ed Harris), the football coach who befriends and defends Radio, taking him under his wing and teaching him the basics of education (reading, writing) and the value of work. Radio soon earns the respect of the football players and becomes the darling of Anderson High as Hall Monitor.
"Radio" is not *only* a beautiful story, but a wonderful example of the good that can happen when we care enough to invest our life in the life of another. It also serves as a reminder of what Christ taught: Love one another and treat others the way we want to be treated (a.k.a. The Golden Rule).
And for those concerned with language, there is very little swearing in this film (which serves no purpose in the first place) and absolutely *no* blasphemy. As a Christian, I loved that the most. That and my own personal walk down memory lane: Those great 'ol songs of the'70's!
The Appointment (1991)
*Today* is the day of your salvation. *Now* is the right time. Contains spoilers.
Disturbing But P-O-W-E-R-F-U-L!
If I were not already a Christian, after seeing this film, I would have *run* to Jesus and thrown myself at his mercy for the forgiveness of my sins and eternal salvation.
I liked the Way Of the Master type interviews "Liz" conducts as she tries to find the way to heaven. Over and over again (except for one person who answers correctly), she gets the same responses to her question: Being a good person, living a moral life, even, "Who cares?", instead of trusting in what Jesus Christ did for us when he shed his blood and died on the cross as full payment for our sins. Typical, just as in real life. Typical of *myself* before my own conversion recently.
God was gracious to "Liz", and gave her something that people in real life (though I could be mistaken) never get: Being told the exact day and time of our death--not to mention the extra time to come to our senses and repent of our sins. But like people in real life, she blew it. She blew off her one chance to be reconciled to God and to receive his grace and free gift of eternal life. And it's in *this* life we get that one chance. After (physical) death, comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
While it's true that some of these films don't have the best acting or lighting or whatever, is not the point. Forgiveness of sin and salvation through faith in Christ alone are.