Cross Processing is a blog born from the marriage of creative storytelling and worldview veracity. Every story has a storyteller, and every storyteller has a worldview. At Cross Processing, we look at the stories that are shaping our world, both in our fiction and in our reality, and do our best to compare and contrast each with God’s Word and the saving truth of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.
This isn’t your usual film blog. In fact, I wouldn’t go as far to say this is a film blog at all. Cross Processing won’t be ranking films on a star system based off of our subjective experiences which are always clouded thanks to our deceptive hearts, Instead, we’ll be talking about films based on their own merits and the worldview and themes that the film present. We’ll also be taking into account the stories that helped shape the films we highlight, whether they’re creative works that have inspired the writers and directors to take on the project, or news stories, biographies, and ideas that gave birth to the work.
At Cross Processing, we’re not interested about a film checking off all of our own personal boxes for it to achieve our own greatness levels. We’re interested in what a film is actually saying. The way humans digest stories has evolved into a very polarizing manner that isn’t a far cry from our own polarizing political and cultural climate. Instead of thinking about what the movie is actually saying, we impart our own subjective feelings onto the film, and as we’ve been groomed by society, moviegoers tend to rank films in one of three manners: Love It, Hate it, or “Meh.” No doubt that this has been groomed by websites such as Rotten Tomatoes and Netflix ranking systems such as “thumbs up” or “thumbs down,” as if movies were made to be consumed by gladiatorial audiences, built to win the battle for our short attention spans. Our stories are so much more than that, and deserve to be thought of respectfully in the same manner as their artists think of them.
What we also fail to remember is that the artists who create these stories are affected by the same things that audiences are affected by. Whether it’s the merits of a national leader, human rights, freedom to express one’s religion, or the latest tragedy to befall our national headlines, artists create their stories to express their closely-held beliefs. Moviemaking is a way to have a voice, and a finished film means the right to speak at the cultural pulpit and starting a conversation (if not convicting others to act along the way). It’s hard to believe that we’ve now reached a point where audiences have become so seemingly illiterate regarding the messages stories give us that they now go to the critics to find out what they should think about a film instead of letting the film speak to them directly.
Cross Processing doesn’t aim to make its readers convinced about how “good” a movie is. Our goal is to help you understand the film – and its context – better, thus improving your filmgoing experience on the whole. We will provide resources on our website for thinking about films and the lessons they give us with the idea that you will bring the conversation to your friends and family. In doing so, the comments sections will be closed on each post in the hopes that the discussions will take place away from this specific hub and into the communities you love – your living rooms, churches, or the public square. We want to change the way you digest films, and you’ll either love us or hate us for it.
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