Christ is risen! Cinema’s greatest Jesus films.

Je·sus

/ˈjēzəs/

The central figure of the Christian religion. Jesus conducted a mission of preaching and healing (with reported miracles) in Palestine in about ad 28–30, which is described in the Gospels. His followers considered him to be the Christ or Messiah and the Son of God, and belief in his resurrection from the dead is the central tenet of Christianity.

It’s Easter, the time when Christians the world over get fierce excited about our Lord kicking the can, then, like any good man who gets knocked down, he got back up again.

Being brought up in Ireland, religion played a big part for both of us growing up, Páraic on one side of the Reformation fence and Nigel on the other – the fact one of us has a fada in his name and the other gets the quintessentially British name probably reveals our parents’ allegiances.

Anyway, no matter where you go on Sunday mornings, it’s hard not to be even a little bit interested in the story of Jesus Christ. Cinema is no different with countless adaptations down through the years. For the weekend that’s in it, we present our seven favourite Jesus films – in no particular order…

(P denotes a Páraic pick, N is Nigel’s)

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Red State

Stating his case - ★★★½

It’s been five years since Kevin Smith’s last good film (Clerks II). So has it been worth the wait? Kinda.

I’ve been a follower of Smith’s recent foray into podcasts so I heard about Red State a long time ago and have been eagerly anticipating its release ever since I paid money to see the atrociously bad Cop Out. Everyone knows how bad Cop Out was, even Smith and when the best thing about a film is a cameo from Stifler you know you’re in trouble. Red State was funded privately without any big studio backing and taken out on a tour across America before being optioned and released into theatres. So horrible must his experience of big studios and even bigger actors been that he’s done a complete 360 returning to his Clerks roots of a small budget, solid actors and a great yarn. Read More