With Easter approaching I thought it would be apropos to make note of themed movies. Naturally a majority are of a religious nature, but not all. There is something for everyone!
Easter Parade Starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. The beloved Irving Berlin musical about a dancer who tries to forget his ex-dance partner (and ex-flame) while rising to stardom with a new sidekick. 1948
The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town In Kidsville, youngsters make their own laws, run their own shops and maybe even stay up as late as they want. Each Spring, everyone – including Sunny the Bunny – pitches in to make Easter holiday goodies. Then it’s the Bunny’s job to take the painted eggs and yummy jellybeans to a nearby town called Town. But he better watch out. Because grouchy old Town doesn’t allow kids or a hippity-hoppity Easter bunny! With a childlike sense of wonder, this perennial favorite shows how Sunny and his pals win over the meanies of Town by inventing many of our happiest, hoppiest Easter traditions!
Hop He was destined to be the Easter Bunny, but all he wanted to do was rock! When teenage E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream to become a rockstar drummer, he meets Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals. Together the two encounter a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures and in the end help each other recognize the importance of family.
Mallrats Set over Easter weekend in 1983, this outrageous story is of two loafers, T.S. (Jeremy London) and Brodie (Jason Lee), who spend way too much time hanging out at the mall. When Brodie is dumped by his girlfriend he retreats to the mall with his best friend T.S., whose girlfriend has also left him. Between brooding and visits to the food court, the unmotivated twosome decide to win their girlfriends back with the help of the ultimate delinquents, Silent Bob and Jay, whose continuing adventures take the word “nuisance” to a whole new level.
Focus on Christ Movies~~
Jesus of Nazareth Starring Robert Powell as Jesus and Olivia Hussey as Mary. Franco Zeffirelli creates an unforgettable portrait in his legendary interpretation of the life of Jesus. James Mason, Anthony Quinn and Anne Bancroft are included in the all-star cast. 1977
The Greatest Story Ever Told Starring Max Von Sydow as Jesus, this glorious epic is an inspiring, grand-scale recreation of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, from His humble birth and teachings to His crucifixion and ultimate Resurrection. Lavishly produced at a cost of $20 millionan enormous amount for the timeand honored with five 1965 Academy Award nominations. 1965
The Passion of the Christ Starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus, this movie focuses on the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth’s life. The film begins in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Jesus must resist the temptations of Satan. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Jesus is then arrested and taken within the city walls of Jerusalem where leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy and his trial results in a condemnation to death.
Jesus Jeremy Sisto stars as the son of God in this movie that vividly explores the life and mission of Jesus of Nazareth. Epic in scale and featuring a strong supporting cast (Gary Oldman, Debra Messing, Jacqueline Bisset, and David O’Hara), this drama traces Jesus’ journey from simple carpenter to spiritual leader, philosopher and martyr–focusing on his compassionate teachings as well as his relationships with Mary, Joseph, his apostles, persecutors, and the heavenly father.
Other POV Religious Movies~~
The Robe Nominated for five Academy Awards in 1953, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Richard Burton. Burton stars as Marcellus Galilo, the Roman centurian charged with overseeing the crucifixion. But when he wins Christ’s robe in a gambling game at the foot of the cross, his life is forever changed.
Ben-Hur After his boyhood friend Messala’s fanatic loyalty to Rome makes him a powerful enemy, Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) is found guilty of an attempted murder he did not commit. His family is banished and he is enslaved on a warship. Through his ferocity in a raging sea battle, he is able to escape and become a horse trainer. To exact his revenge, Ben-Hur decides to compete against Messala in the Roman chariot races. They race, locked in a battle to the death. Barely surviving, Ben-Hur forsakes the sword for Christ and finally finds redemption. Winner of a record 11 Academy Award, including Best Picture and Actor Charlton Heston.
Amazing Grace Starring Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Romola Garai, Benedict Cumberbatch, this movie tells the inspiring story of William Wilberforce and his passion and perseverance to pass a law ending the slave trade in late 18th century England. Several friends, including Wilberforce’s minister, a reformed slave ship captain who penned the beloved hymn Amazing Grace, urge him to see the cause through.
The Ten Commandments For sheer pageantry and spectacle few motion pictures can claim to equal the splendor of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 epic. Filmed in Egypt and the Sinai with one of the biggest sets ever constructed for a motion picture, this version tells the story of the life of Moses (Charlton Heston). Once favored in the Pharaoh’s (Yul Brynner) household Moses turned his back on a privileged life to lead his people to freedom. The story of the Jewish Passover brought vividly to the screen.