Movies connect with us on all kinds of levels. Whether it is the protectiveness of Bryan Mills in Taken, or the honesty and hopeful goofiness of Bridget Jones, films can connect with and speak to our emotions and thinking.

We spend time thinking about the films we’ve seen, enjoy watching them with others, and can even find ourselves expressing how we feel by referencing characters. But what if there was a way to intentionally build bridges into the big questions of life that movies inevitably raise? How can we be part of these conversations which often touch upon spiritual topics?

Found in Film will provide you with what you need to watch, discuss and share these conversations with friends. 

We’ll recommend two films to watch and provide discussion questions for afterwards. We’ll also host an online discussion about each film. You can either join us live, or get the recording later as a video or podcast.

Found in Film is hosted by Tom Price

Tom is a Senior Tutor at OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics | Read Tom’s bio

Tom Price & Lara Buchanan

Join Tom and Lara as they talk about Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the beloved book by JRR Tolkien.
25 min

The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey

A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.

Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay)
Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
2012 | PG-13 | IMDB

Discussion questions

  • Have you read the book? What did you think of the film?
  • Why do you think Bilbo Baggins feels conflicted by the opportunity to go on the adventure with the Dwarves?
  • Have you ever felt like you wanted to do something but were afraid? What was it?
  • Where would you love to visit?
  • Gandalf says: ‘The world is not in your books and maps. It’s out there.’ How can life still be an adventure?
  • Did you ever have the feeling that things were meant to be? What did you put this down to?
  • The choice that Bilbo makes was a defining moment for him. Have you ever had a defining moment?
  • How could the story in John 1:35-42 have been another example of a defining moment?
Tom Price & Sharon Dirckx

Listen in as Tom and Sharon discuss themes of human value in Ridley Scott’s film, and whether science has answers to all the big questions in life.
25 min

The Martian

An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Drew Goddard (screenplay by), Andy Weir (based on the novel by)
Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
2015 | PG-13 | IMDB

Discussion questions

  • Which was your favourite scene in the film?
  • Who do you think the hero of the film is and why?
  • What do you feel was hardest for Mark Watney?
  • Does the film say why Mark Watney is worth rescuing?
  • Does Mark Watney’s rescue make sense in a naturalistic (atheist) worldview?
  • How does the ability to communicate improve the situation? Does this change who the hero is?
  • Rich Purnell’s mathematical ability provides an important link. Is it interesting that human beings have minds that can work in this way?
  • Do you feel that science can provide a way out of every challenge that humanity faces?
  • What problems or issues can’t science solve in your life? What do you turn to?

Additional Resources

Superheros, Science and Spirituality

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