HEART OF THE BEHOLDER (2005) & THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (1988)

Heart Of The Beholder (2005) poster

In 2005, Ken Tipton made a labor of love, an indie film called Heart of the Beholder, regarding the true story of the initial video release of Last Temptation of Christ and the effects it has on a family who owned a small video chain in St. Louis, Missouri during the 1980s.

Heart Of The Beholder (2005) screenshot

The CFD, Citizens for Decency, arrived when the owners of the chain chose to carry  Martin Scorsese’s controversial film.  These God-loving red, white and blue, flag- waving Americans came out in droves to harass, bully and literally threaten their employees, family, business and life.

Heart Of The Beholder (2005)

These are the same Americans who undoubtedly burned Dixie Chick albums when that group criticized God’s ambassador here on earth, little George W, and are the same Americans who still visit the Heart of the Beholder website telling Mr. Tipton and company that they are going to  hell while undoubtedly pleasuring themselves at the thought of the filmmakers frying for all eternity. Heart of the Beholder is a damned important, desperately needed film.

Heart Of The Beholder (2005) poster.

Although Heart of the Beholder received positive reviews and even won some festival awards, predictably, no distributor would touch it.  One would surely think that the making of the film would have brought in some support, perhaps from Temptation‘s producers, Scorsese, etc.  However, even in matters of something this vital, money talks.

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PASSION OF THE CHRIST (2004): MEL’S LETHAL JESUS

Mel Gibson’s 2004 “Lethal Jesus” seems an all too vivid symbol of what exactly is wrong with the bankruptcy of authentic spirituality in film.” Indeed, for this to pass itself off as a “spiritual film” is something akin to a satanic theology. This film’s vision was first seen in a Jack T. Chick fundamentalist comic tract from the 1970′s which depicted the Passion with a suffering Christ who looked like Hamburger Helper as hooked nosed Jews screamed for his death. The same company produced numerous, blatantly anti-Semitic tracts, including one in which a Rabbi was fried in the fires of … Continue reading PASSION OF THE CHRIST (2004): MEL’S LETHAL JESUS