On this week’s episode of Good Things Radio, Brooke shares a list of “Movies that will change your life.”
What qualities does a film need to contain to qualify as “life changing?” According to C.S. Lewis, art functions as a “window” onto worlds unseen. He writes, “as humans we seek an enlargement of our being.” In really good movies, we see the pain as well as the potential of human beings in a way that enlarges our being. Our understanding of the human person expands as we enter into “worlds unseen” outside of our daily sphere. It brings us into something metaphysical.
Pope Saint John Paul II said that every person we meet, every situation in which we find ourselves, is a encounter or scene in the drama of life: the great cosmic drama, as he called it.
Working in media for so many years both in secular and Christian ministry I have seen the power of film, radio, and the broadcast medium to influence people and shape hearts. There is no question that we are living in a time of spiritual warfare on every front. So, protecting the spirit of my family through media and what enters their ears and eyes, has been a big priority.
This list is just a starting point. It is by no means a comprehensive guide. It represents films that I feel impart an uplifting, inspiring, and redemptive cinematic substance . **PLEASE NOTE** Not all of these films are safe-for-the-whole family. I am not attaching an age recommendation to any of these films. That responsibility lies with the parent. EVERY family has a different standard of what is allowed in the home, the maturity of the children and ability to grasp some of these concepts, so while I have found these films beneficial for US (for me, or our family) that has to be something you determine by prudence and discernment.
I have categorized the movies by theme. Please feel free to add to the list by sharing your comments and feedback!
My Left Foot (the story of Christy Brown)
The Perfect Game
Unbroken (also good in the category of sports)
The 5th Quarter
Duck Soup (Marx Bros. 1933. Harpo and Groucho)
The Cokeville Miracle
On the Way to School
Anything you would add?