Hello, one and all! It’s Good Friday, the day Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. So to mark the occasion, we thought we’d take a look at two films that do the same. Well, rather one film that uses artistic licence to gratuitously depict the crucifixion, while the other is a scathing satire of contemporary consumer culture with a Christ allegory at its core. That’s right, folks! We’re celebrating Good Friday with Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop. While the episode leans a bit heavy on Gibson’s questionable flick – let’s face it, he gave us a lot to talk about – we discuss the difference between Gibson’s and Verhoeven’s representation of Christ. While one filmmaker mourns his faith, the other turns a critical gaze towards society at large, while re-positioning the Messiah as a peace-keeping, law-abiding cyborg. What’s not to love?!
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Happy Easter and Chag Sameach to everyone!