♥ Book Title : From Star Wars to Superman
☯ Full Synopsis : "When cultures such as ours toss Jesus out one door, He comes in – albeit disguised – through another. That’s why author Jim Papandrea turned to Star Wars, Star Trek, The Matrix, Terminator, Spider-Man, Batman, Dr. Who, and half-a-dozen other modern shows, discovering in each one powerful images of Christ and salvation. Nor is that surprising. In stories of alternative universes, people always need rescuing; somebody needs to save the day; and sometimes the whole world cries out for a savior . . . which is just what a hero is. About the heroes of some of the most popular sci-fi stories of all time, author Papandrea here answers questions that concern Christians who are also Trekkies, Whovians, Matrix Dwellers, or aficionados of popular science fiction: What kind of “Christ-figure” is the hero of this story, and what does that say about the show’s vision of Christ, humanity and salvation? In the interest of being scientific, Papandrea even gives each hero a Numerical Orthodoxy Score based on the description of Christ in the Nicene Creed, Christianity’s common definition of orthodoxy. Included herein are astute Christian analyses of: Batman * Captain * America * Doctor Who * The Fifth Element * I, Robot * Iron Man * LOST * The Matrix * Planet of the Apes * Pleasantville * Spider-Man * Star Trek * Star Wars * Superman * The Terminator * The Time Machine * Tron * Wonder Woman Here you’ll read about: The pervasive Christian imagery in Doctor WhoStar Trek’s predicted “death of God”Free-will: the stumbling block in the first MatrixThe crucifixion of Spider-ManWhy Wonder Woman is an image of a gnostic saviorThe meaning of salvation in Star Wars (It masquerades as Christian)How Superman’s life begins as a parallel of Moses.I, Robot: the religious reason why the robot is called “Sonny”Whether, in any Christian sense, Neo is The One?Captain American and Iron-Man: one defends the innocent, the other brings justice to the guiltyThe tomb scene in the Fifth Element: it’s not the resurrection we needMatter vs. Spirit in Tron: gnostic to the coreThe anti-Christian bias of Planet of the ApesWhy the Force in Star Wars is no analogy to Grace or the Holy SpiritThe Star Wars Christ figure: Obi-Wan? Luke? Or even, ultimately, Darth VaderWhat Heaven is understood to be in the LOST universeTime travel as incarnation in The Terminator: a compelling analogyRegeneration as resurrection in Doctor Who: Is it Christ-like?How Pleasantville reverses the dynamism of the FallThe baptismal significance of the plane crash in LOSTPleasantville: a twisted version of EdenThe incarnation of the Christ-figure in Planet of the ApesTron’s parallels between Christianity and the Roman Empire . . . and much more about other science fiction and superhero shows! Christians who enjoy popular culture will greet this fun book with interest and acclaim."Article| James Papandrea| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Using the Force
☯ Full Synopsis : "Author's website: AnthonyDigmann.com Description:Using the Force: Star Wars and Catholicism offers an incredible opportunity to fuse these two cultural monoliths in a fun and productive way. Star Wars fans, youth, parents, ministers, teachers, and others will find this book an invaluable resource to illustrate the connections between the mythology of the Star Wars franchise and the eternal truths and richness of Catholicism. By exploring Star Wars through a Catholic lens, we may rediscover elements of our faith from a new perspective and share them more effectively with an increasingly post-Christian culture. Endorsement from Mark Hart: "In Using the Force: Star Wars and Catholicism, Digmann combines two of my favorite topics--the Catholic faith and the characters and events that unfolded 'a long time ago . . . in a galaxy far, far away.' As a Star Wars nerd, I found this book intriguing--a thoughtful and well-researched summation of the various episodes and (even the lesser known) storylines. As a Catholic Catechist and 'Bible Geek' I found the book edifying--an impressive and creative way in which to unpack the faith to a generation and cross-section who might not otherwise discern the truly dogmatic 'trees' within Endor's forest. If the Star Wars fan in your life (or in the mirror) loves the Catholic faith as much as the not-so-holy Clone Wars and galactic battle between Empire and Rebellion, this is soon to be a surefire favorite on their shelf." - Mark Hart, Executive Vice President, Life Teen and Catholic Author, Speaker, Radio Host Author Bio: Anthony Digmann serves the Catholic Church as a speaker, author, and educator. He has appeared internationally on Catholic television and radio, such as EWTN and Radio Maria. Anthony has a MA in Theology and has served professionally in Catholic schools, parish ministries, and on councils of the Archdiocese of Dubuque since 2006."Article| Anthony Digmann| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Superheroes
☯ Full Synopsis : "What is it about Superman that we all know his name? And he is not alone. There's Spider-man who has leapt from comic books onto the big screen. Anakin, the Jedi Knight in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones wields the power of the Force, while Buffy the Vampire Slayer defends the world from evil on TV. Superheroes are in! Why are we so fascinated by these 'great ones'? What does the Bible have to say about their call to heroics? Do they have weaknesses? How do they cope with their enemies? Just how easy is it to be a Superhero? Can they teach us anything about living real life?* Innovative, Contemporary Home Group Bible Studies * Includes Leaders Notes * 4 Week Studies *Background reading and online discussion groups at www.connectbiblestudies.com These small group studies link a passion for the Bible to a desire to be relevant to today's society. The material is produced in sets of four studies, each set based on a secular book, film or song, which is attracting a great deal of popular attention. The topical issues raised by these are explored from a Biblical perspective and group members are encouraged to link God's Word to the world."Article| Damaris| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Watching Skies
☯ Full Synopsis : "Mark O'Connell didn't want to be Luke Skywalker, He wanted to be one of the mop-haired kids on the Star Wars toy commercials. And he would have done it had his parents had better pine furniture and a condo in California. Star Wars, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Superman didn't just change cinema - they made lasting highways into our childhoods, toy boxes and video stores like never before.In Watching Skies, O'Connell pilots a gilded X-Wing flight through that shared universe of bedroom remakes of Return of the Jedi, close encounters with Christopher Reeve, sticker album swaps, the trauma of losing an entire Stars Wars figure collection and honeymooning on Amity Island.From the author of Catching Bullets - Memoirs of a Bond Fan, Watching Skies is a timely hologram from all our memory systems. It is about how George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, a shark, two motherships, some gremlins, ghostbusters and a man of steel jumper a whole generation to hyperspace.**action figures sold separately."Article| Mark O'Connell| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Superman Vs. Hollywood
☯ Full Synopsis : "Uses interviews with screenwriters, producers, cast members, and crew to tell the behind-the-scenes challenges faced by those playing, directing, and producing films starring the Man of Steel."Article| Jake Rossen| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Musical Biography of John Williams
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♥ Book Title : Space and Beyond
☯ Full Synopsis : "Although the exploration of space has long preoccupied authors and filmmakers, the development of an actual space program, discoveries about the true nature of space, and critical reconsiderations of America's frontier experiences have challenged and complicated conventional portrayals of humans in space. This volume reexamines the themes of space and the frontier in science fiction in light of recent scientific and literary developments. Included are the observations of noted science fiction writers such as Arthur C. Clarke, Gregory Benford, James Gunn, and Jack Williamson, along with contributions from leading scholars in the field."Article| Gary Westfahl| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Advertising
☯ Full Synopsis : "Advertising provides a comprehensive coverage of the subject matter. It gives some sample of case studies. There are ten classes of the subject matter. These are classified as being persuasive, informative, institutional, financial, classified, retail, cooperative, industrial, government, and trade. Each of these types is defined and comprehensively explained. The subject matter also has a role to society and this is discussed in the text. The book defines such term as marketing, propaganda, and public relations. Different medium of commercial delivery are outlined. Such medium as via press, television, radio, cinema, direct mail, and exhibitions are analyzed. The process of doing an advertisement is discussed in detail. This is followed by a description of the six sides to advertising. Several advertising organizations are described in detail. And a section of the text identifies the ways in which commercials are being funded. The book will provide useful information to commercial creators, marketers, agents, students, and researchers in the field of marketing."Article| Frank Jefkins| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Filmcraft: Production Design
☯ Full Synopsis : "Production Design, the fifth title in the FilmCraft series, addresses one of the most important roles in cinema. Production designers do nothing short of creating whole new worlds, turning the bare bones of the script into a physical 3D environment that can be filmed. This book introduces that art in the words of the people best-equip to explain it, as well as looking at the legacies of the great innovators of the past. This volume also looks at the work of key influential figures, like Sir Ken Adam (winner of two Academy Awards and two BAFTAs) and Oscar winner Rick Carter (Jurassic Park, Avatar). These in-depth interviews with some of today's most distinguished practitioners, examine the training, personal qualities, pitfalls, technical expertise, management, luck and qualities which this demanding job requires."Article| Fionnuala Hannigan| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Popular Italian Cinema
☯ Full Synopsis : "Exciting new critical perspectives on popular Italian cinema including melodrama, poliziesco, the mondo film, the sex comedy, missionary cinema and the musical. The book interrogates the very meaning of popular cinema in Italy to give a sense of its complexity and specificity in Italian cinema, from early to contemporary cinema."Article| L. Bayman| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Contested Culture
☯ Full Synopsis : "Jane M. Gaines examines the phenomenon of images as property, focusing on the legal staus of mechanically produced visual and audio images from popular culture. Bridging the fields of critical legal studies and cultural studies, she analyzes copyright, trademark, and intellectual property law, asking how the law constructs works of authorship and who owns the country's cultural heritage."Article| Jane M. Gaines| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : John Williams's Film Music
☯ Full Synopsis : "John Williams is one of the most renowned film composers in history. He has penned unforgettable scores for Star Wars, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Superman, and countless other films. Fans flock to his many concerts, and with forty-nine Academy Award nominations as of 2014, he is the second-most Oscar-nominated person after Walt Disney. Yet despite such critical acclaim and prestige, this is the first book in English on Williams’s work and career. Combining accessible writing with thorough scholarship, and rigorous historical accounts with insightful readings, John Williams’s Film Music explores why Williams is so important to the history of film music. Beginning with an overview of music from Hollywood’s Golden Age (1933–58), Emilio Audissino traces the turning points of Williams’s career and articulates how he revived the classical Hollywood musical style. This book charts each landmark of this musical restoration, with special attention to the scores for Jaws and Star Wars, Williams’s work as conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and a full film/music analysis of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The result is a precise, enlightening definition of Williams’s “neoclassicism” and a grounded demonstration of his lasting importance, for both his compositions and his historical role in restoring part of the Hollywood tradition. Best Special Interest Books, selected by the American Association of School Librarians Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the Public Library Reviewers"Article| Emilio Audissino| Statement ..."