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Facing the Movie Facing The Giants

Don’t know how I missed this back in October, but this Barbara Nicolosi review of the movie “Facing the Giants” is well worth reading.  I’d love to hear your response.

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  1. Yikes, chill a bit Babs. I just read the article by Barbara Nicolosi about “Facing the Giants”. Let me sum it up in a line or two… these stupid idiots in Georgia had the audacity to actually make a movie, which amazingly got national distribution, and now their stinkin little home made movie might screw up my chances to get a big lucrative movie deal because obviously Hollywood is going to think that Christians like low budget crappy movies. I think we caught Barbie on a bad day. I don’t recall anyone in Hollywood throwing fits when the Blair Witch Project did well, fearing that this low budget, poorly shot and produced movie would be the end of big budget, effects driven horror films. Did I like “Facing the Giants”? Not really. It was trite and I thought the coach should have been healed of cancer as well to really make it powerful (a joke) but you cannot and should not trounce someone because they go down a path other than the one you are on. What did Jesus say (besides all that love one another stuff)? Something like: leave them alone, if they aren’t against us, they must be for us. Keep on making movies, you Giant Facers, there are plenty of screens to fill. Joe – Director of Media & Marketing –
    Grand Rapids First

  2. Good on them for making the movie and good on Barbara for giving them some stick! The only way the landscape will change is for movies to be successful in the mainstream – bums on seats do the real talking – and I’m pretty sure the attitude of ‘I’m making a movie for Jesus so it don’t matter if it looks ordinary and my actor’s can’t act’, will see many more movies get made…but I’m sure I saw this written somewhere too: ‘faithful with a little…

  3. OK, I've given myself a day to recover from Barbara's no-holds-barred, both-guns-blazing, take-no-prisoners criticism of "Facing the Giants".  Perhaps I'm hypersensitive, but I seemed to pick up a bit of an attitude of elitism — more in the tone in which it was written than in the actual facts of criticism.  What does this "review" imply about the thousands of persons who, even considering its shortcomings, enjoyed and appreciated the spiritual encouragement conveyed by this film?  Since it was such a "bad" film by Hollywood standards, are these people then to be considered naive, midwestern and deep southern "hicks" who aren't able to comprehend what "good" cinema really is? 

    Sherwood Films second effort was an order of magnitude improvement in technical quality from their first offering, "Flywheel" — although that film was absolutely remarkable in what was achieved with basically no money and no experience.  I'd like to see more constructive criticism delivered in an encouraging tone.  I don't think they could have done what they have done without God's calling and help.  God's people should be careful as to how they respond to a work of God in progress.

  4. I am not sure how to reply to your post but I am going to try.  The 2 movies put out by Sherwood films are the best movies I think have hit theaters in a long time.  I am glad to see that someone isn't afraid to tell the true power of prayer which is the whole purpose of the films.  The Lord is is who give us every breath that we take.  He can take it away anytime he feels.  I am proud to say that I am "born again".  I also ask that you read John 3:6-8 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=50&chapter=3&verse=6&end_verse=8&version=9&context=context

    Please read the following link.  I will keep you in my prayers.  You will be suprised at how powerful my God really is.  

  5. And what film has Barbara Nicolosi made recently? The tone of her rant sounds like David's older brother, Eliab, intimidating him, just before David slayed Goliath (something he [Eliab] was on the battleground for with all the military training of Israel behind him and yet still couldn't do a thing)! It is typical that those who criticise the most make the least likely impact ever because they hide behind the knowledge of the world but grossly fail to apply or implement any change whatsoever because they are waiting for that perfect time in history when it will finally make sense to them – at the end, they discover that time is an extremely viscious thing – it never stops no matter who you are. So make they made mistakes but at least they tried and it paid off in the end no matter how many critics hate it. Sherwood Baptist Church live fearlessly and keep it up. I am so sure that if you keep at the rate you are going and growing – you will probably teach Hollywood a thing or two. And Barbara Nicolosi for your information a little thing you may need to remember; the only thing that will stand in eternity is what we did for Christ. Live fearlessly, die purposefully.

  6. I have seen thousands of movies in my lifetime, and I have to say I have NEVER seen a better movie than "Facing the Giants".  I have seen 200 million dollar movies that were a complete waste of time to make and view.

    I cannot believe that total amatures could produce a movie of this quality.  If I was giving acadamy awards out I would give this film the oscar for Best Picture and the man who played Grant the oscar for Best Actor.

    My wife and I sat spellbound for through the entire movie, and wept through a third of it.  Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

    David

  7.  Regarding Barbara's review (if you can call it that!):  Let's not forget that the "evil force",( otherwise known as "Satan") must always raise his ugly head at anytime the Lord succeeds through His people.  Obviously "Facing the Giants" has a powerful impact that will through the movie industry reach and touch the hearts of many people who would not otherwise be presented with the message of salvation. Satan will try any method or use any PERSON to try and defeat that.  It  appears that Barbara is his mouthpiece because she has an audience, too, and (perhaps unknowingly) she has helped him out.  This new frontier of simply made but message bearing Christian movies is going to succeed because God has planned it that way, and voices like Barbara sound like  just so much "sounding brass or tinkling cymbal". We need more movies like "Flywheel" and "Facing the Giants". 

  8. Barbara appears to be adopting the viewpoint that in order to reach the culture the message has to be adapted to fit the culture.  That's a truism and fine as far as it goes.

    But that is also a statement of degrees.  I think Barbara has lost sight, perhaps, of the important fact that the message is intended as well to challenge and change the culture.  Message and medium are in tension in that regard. When the culture or medium trumps the message, you've thrown out the Baby with the bath water.

  9. me parece maravillosa la pelicula que hicieron. Dios es Dios en todo, aun en la tecnología y en los medios de comunicación. queese poderoso Dios los inspire para seguir hacuçiendo films que eleven los valores de nuestra juventud y los haga acercarce a El. Dios los bendiga .- (Gustavo A De cicco- de ARGENTINA)

  10. How is saying this is a bad movie being an agent of Satan? That’s ign’nt. It has a good message, yes, and the story it’s based off of is phenomenal. (I also concede some of it’s problems comes from it’s low budget. However, this movie was much, much, much to predictable and the acting was bad. I GET that it’s for Jesus, but don’t you all think that Jesus deserves a movie that is actually GOOD, rather than having movies that his followers cherish just because of it’s message. A bad movie is just that, a bad movie, no matter if it’s made for Jesus, G.W. Bush, your grandma or Hitler.

  11. I think Barbara has lost sight, perhaps, of the important fact that the message is intended as well to challenge and change the culture. Message and medium are in tension in that regard. When the culture or medium trumps the message, you’ve thrown out the Baby with the bath water

  12. low budget. However, this movie was much, much, much to predictable and the acting was bad. I GET that it’s for Jesus, but don’t you all think that Jesus deserves a movie that is actually GOOD, rather than having movies that his followers cherish just because of it’s message. A bad movie is just that, a bad movie, no matter if it’s made for Jesus, G.W. Bush, your grandma or Hitler.

  13. But that is also a statement of degrees. I think Barbara has lost sight, perhaps, of the important fact that the message is intended as well to challenge and change the culture. Message and medium are in tension in that regard. When the culture or medium trumps the message, you’ve thrown out the Baby with the bath water.

  14. perhaps, of the important fact that the message is intended as well to challenge and change the culture. Message and medium are in tension in that regard. When the culture or medium trumps the message, you’ve thrown out the Baby with the bath water

  15. hat would there be to watch if everyone just agreed with each other and went on to the next topic? Seeing one guest go off on some tangent and then dvorak call him a crackpot is what makes this show so fun to watch.

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