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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“Fr. Scorsese” in need of a masterpiece?

Scorsese in the late 1960s, pre-beard. He went on to chose cocaine over the collar.

Just stumbled across this piece, His Catholic Conscience – Sin and grace in the work of Martin Scorsese from Rev. Robert E. Lauder for America magazine. Figured it would be a rubbishy oul religious thing, but turns out it’s actually worth a read.

Marty was actually all set to be a priest as a young man living in the Bronx. There’s a quote often attributed to him which shows just how ready he was to go down the path of following his vocation – “I just wanted to be an ordinary parish priest“. Thankfully he realised he might actually be pretty good at this movie game and went on to create some of the greatest films of the 20th century. Since the 1970s, critics and academics have always looked for signs of how religion has informed his body of work, but truth be told I’m not sure there is any huge influence.

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Bob Dylan tips his hat to Scorsese. [video]

Martin Scorcese was the recipient of the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s “Music+Film Award” at the Critics Choice Movie Awards on VH1 last night.

This slightly bizarre award was first given to Quintin Tarantino last year and “honors a single filmmaker who has touched audiences through cinematic storytelling, and has heightened the impact of films through the brilliant use of source and original music.”

Fair enough so.

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Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel [trailer]

Roger Corman, sitting on a table. You would too if you were 85.

I first came across Roger Corman in the wonderful Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood documentary that came out in 2003. It’s based on Roger Biskand’s 1998 book of the same name, and it really is a must watch if you haven’t already seen it.

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