A Gift for the Lent & Easter Season 2014: SON OF GOD

Friday, February 28, 2014

My mother is one of the least social people I know.  Not a recluse or agoraphobic, but the idea of joining a church where people get into your business, participate in community activities, gossip and greet each other with a hug or a kiss, is something that my mother has never and will never be able to tolerate. So we didn't attend church growing up; but my mother has also always been a woman of strong faith and wanted us to learn the Scriptures, so early on she made sure each of us (5 children) attended Bible Study either an after school or a Vacation Bible School, or both. In fact, from about the age of 8 until just last year, I have more regularly than not, attended a Bible Study at one church or another.  But please don't quiz me, cause I have a terrible memory and I've yet to attend a class where we cover The Good Book from cover to cover.

At the age of 18, I joined a Lutheran church, all by myself, didn't consult with my sisters or brother and just
casually mentioned it to my mother. I moved out on my own for the first time around 25 years of age, into Center City and joined an Episcopal Church, St. Luke and The Epiphany; made it my church home, attending services regularly, with the exception of summer, when I'd take a hiatus and come back in the fall, as if it were an academic endeavor.  That is until last summer. I didn't go back to church after Labor Day as had been my practice for more years than I'm willing to say.  But why?  I still don't know. Too busy? Too poor? Needed a change? A crisis of faith? I'm still pondering it all.

Although seeing the movie Son of God, does shine some light on the subject.  It seems to be a matter of needing more. More than what we know of God and Jesus and faith from what we learn through the Testaments, new or old.  I know Jesus lived, and I know he came to make his spirit and God's love known upon the world. But I also believe, as powerful as the Gospels are, and they are the only knowledge we have of Christ's teachings, that something got lost. Something important that Jesus really came to impart got lost in translation, lost in history of power struggles and politics, lost in the Church.

Leaving aside my beliefs and thinking, director Christopher Spencer and husband and wife producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, have created a beautiful retelling of the life of Jesus as told by the Gospel of John.  The movie starts with John in exile by the sea, reliving the story in his head from the birth of the Messiah in Bethlehem, to Jesus recruiting Peter to become a fisher of men, to the Pharisees mistrust of this teacher who calls himself the Son of Man, to the healing of the paraplegic, Sermon on the Mount, to the degradation and death upon that cross at Golgotha. And most importantly, Jesus triumphant, risen from the dead.

#SonofGod has excellent production value; with obvious intention to depict certain scenes as if they were familiar paintings of stories from the Gospels.

Portuguese decent Diogo Morgado as Jesus
Said Bey as the Disciple Matthew

Diogo Morgado does makes for a beautiful and charismatic Jesus.  However, although born in Portugal, Morgado looks a bit too much like the Anglo-Saxon, museum portrait, rock star version of Christ we've all come to know, at the same time knowing someone born in Israel would not resemble this image. Even if Fox News Megyn Kelly disagrees. Casting credit for the rest of the disciples, who do look the part.

For those who don't know,  Spencer, Downey, Burnett, Diogo as Jesus, and some of the writers are the same creative team behind the ratings giant Bible TV mini-series on the History channel. Therefore, I'm sure 20th Century Fox wanted to appeal to that audience, keeping @SonofGodMovie, intentionally safe. It doesn't go too far on the miracles and magic and it doesn't take the stance of a logical explanation for all that Jesus was able to do. The movie will offend no one, except the atheists, and there's no pleasing them.

I didn't expect or want Son of God to be The Passion of Christ, yet I was hoping it would make a statement to set it apart from the typical retelling of the life of Jesus Christ.

T &T's LAMB Score: 3.5 outta 5

Thoughts? good, bad, spiritual, secular - Chime in!

While You're Here Check Out This 2012 Post

Was invited to a screening of a biopic on the Apostle Paul called A Polite Bribe by filmmaker Robert Orlando. Told through chiaroscuro animation, a style which features a single light source. Orlando focuses on Paul's unwaveringly resilience and determination to form a Jewish/Gentile Church. His message often invoked... READ MORE

Philly Film, Food & Events Blog

Post a Comment

Recent Post: I Origins

Recent Post: I Origins
The movie theorizes that eyes are like snowflakes, no two are the same. So if you were to find a match in the eye scanning database (which actually exists) of someone who's already dead, then it begs the question, would that be a glitch in the system? Or has that person returned for a second life, seeing things anew through their old eyes?READ MORE

Google Adsense


The wait is finally over! See the BRAND NEW teaser trailer, which made its debut this weekend at San Diego ComicCon and at Best Buy stores nationwide for the highly-anticipated film: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1.

Lionsgate presents, a Color Force / Lionsgate production, a Francis Lawrence film. Cast (Character): Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Julianne Moore (President Coin), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee), Jeffrey Wright (Beetee), Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), with Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), and Donald Sutherland (President Snow) Directed by: Francis Lawrence Screenplay by: Danny Strong and Peter Craig Based upon the novel “Mockingjay” by: Suzanne Collins

Recent Post: Earth To Echo

Recent Post: Earth To Echo
Those expecting to see a PG movie with epic explosions and alien action will have to change their expectation, as this film focuses more on the power of resiliency, bravery, and taking a stand for what’s right. READ MORE


Personally, I still maintain, what made the book(s) a guilty pleasure can't be captured in a movie, it's just not the type of story that will translate well on screen. That being said, I'll still be the first one there come Valentine's Day 2015! Here's Tinsel & Tine's Review of the Books - My Two Cents on Fifty Shades of Grey (Book / Movie)


I'm sure every decade has a movie that you love because you're balling your eyes out; however, I truly think Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in #TFIOS could be what Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal were to Love Story for audiences in 1970.READ MORE



Great to rent/stream - vibrantly colored with colorful characters, fanciful and inventive!

In “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” a charming murder mystery and crime caper set against the backdrop of a troubled Eastern Europe about to head into an era of fascism, Ralph Fiennes stars as Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel who enchants his guests with a renowned hospitality that makes the mountain chalet the destination of the wealthy and affluent in Europe. A new lobby boy (Tony Revolori), the mysterious death of an aged guest (Tilda Swinton) and the disappearance of a priceless painting (Boy With Apple) set off a chain of events that make for a madcap adventure.


Recent Post: BELLE

Recent Post: BELLE
#Belle is a beautifully shot film (on the Isle of Mann), the writing gives us many poignant thoughts and thought provoking dialogue. The romantic chemistry between Dido Belle and Mr. Davinier (Sam Reid) is what all us hopeless romantics look for in a movie. And Gugu Mbatha-Raw acts with such expression in her eyes, she's simply lovely (despite her unappealing name). I adore this movie! I also got such a delight every time someone referred to Dido as Miss Lindsay, as that's my last name, of course it makes me wonder, could I be a long, long lost relation?...READ MORE

Hot Movie Coming this Fall - ADDICTED

This rather reminds me of one of my favorite movies "Unfaithful"

SYNOPSIS: Based on the best-selling novel by Zane, ADDICTED is a sexy and provocative thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion. Successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all – the dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career. As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist. As she pursues a secretive life, Zoe finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path she may not survive.

DIRECTED BY: Bille Woodruff
CAST: Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Tyson Beckford, Kat Graham, and William Levy
SCREENPLAY BY: Christina Welsh and Ernie Barbarash

#ADDICTED opens in theaters nationwide on OCTOBER 10th, 2014!

Spotlight: Philly Phaithful Event

Spotlight: Philly Phaithful Event
I'm moving into West Philly next week from Mt. Airy in an effort to be closer to happenings in Center City and the outlying areas. I'm hoping a shorter commute will allow me to cover more events, events like this one that kicked off my Memorial Weekend. The Philly Phaithful Launch Party for the World Cup Collection by Live, Breathe, Futbol READ MORE


Latest distribution from AFFRM - VANISHING PEARLS:Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Nailah Jefferson's VANISHING PEARLS chronicles the untold story of personal and professional devastation in Pointe à la Hache, a close-knit fishing village on the Gulf coast.

Recent Post: Cake Competition Recap

Recent Post: Cake Competition Recap
If you read this blog frequently, you know I mention cake quite a lot. I'm a self-confessed cake-aholic, but I'm also a cake snob. I don't want just anything with icing on it, and in fact, it is crucial that the icing not be too sweet, too thick and preferably only on top. It's difficult to put into words what constitutes good cake, it's like describing a sunset or an orgasm, you just know it when you're in the moment of it...READ MORE

Philadelphia Magazine » Blog » Foobooz

15 Top Food in Film Flicks

15 Top Food in Film Flicks
Cozy Quilt of Food Movies, we'll add more patches as T &T discovers more films where food plays the biggest "roll"


Large Association of Movie Blogs

Tinsel & Tine was nominated for a VBA



group of 10,000 women bloggers dedicated to supporting one another by leaving comments

Women Online

The Blogstress Network

The Blogstress Network
Female Bloggers Unite

Contributor from 2010 - 2012

Listed on

Movie & Film Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory Add website

About This Blog

is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.

Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

Share it

Camera Tips


  © Blogger template On The Road by Ourblogtemplates.com 2009

Back to TOP