As many of you know, the pro-life movie “Bella” was released this past weekend in the U.S. What you might not know is that it finished in second place in box office sales, a wonderful achievement by any standards. Predictably, the critics were not amused. 64% of them gave Bella a thumbs down, despite it winning numerous awards including the People’s Choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
These days, of course, any thumbs down by the critics really translates into a thumbs up for the rest of us. It looks like it’s going to be another “Passion” reaction from these secularists at Bella’s success. The amusing thing to me is, of course, the stunned reaction from these critics – as if they think everyone thinks like them. Well, newsflash for them: the public doesn’t. And as much as they want to consider it a dead and buried issue, abortion is never going to be settled in favour of the pro-aborts’ wishes. Much to their chagrin, the pro-life movement is garnering momentum and now we have a movie to bust into their little silver screen club.
But we cannot let the momentum end. Bella needs more distribution in the U.S. and when it comes to Canada in the near future, we need to get on the horse and guidyup! That means you need to put pressure on the movie theatres to bring the film to your own city. You can learn more the film and about the details on how you can help by visiting the the film’s official website here:
To learn more about the movie and the wonderful, inspiring stories about its movers, you can read about it through LifeSiteNews.com’s coverage:
For everyone in Ottawa, we need to get organized and be ready to show the theatres here that we mean business. Practically speaking, we need people to commit to helping to promote this movie in their families, churches, associations and other organizations. It’s very simple and I have offered Bella’s promotion team to co-ordinate events here in Ottawa. If you’re interested – and I have absolutely no idea why you wouldn’t be – please email me to get started.
Bella is not a second rate religious or cheesy pro-life movie. It’s first rate and hits the spot BIG TIME. It’s exactly the shot in the arm that we need. Let’s not drop the ball on this. To impact the culture at large in a significant way, we need to be on the big screen. That’s where a large part of this war is won and lost.
There is a side story to this movie and it concerns the actors and producers who moved when God asked them to move. Their own conversions and heroic struggles in bringing this movie into production could be a movie on its own, the drama is so thick. If we want to see a real change in this culture, we have to do the same thing. And here is our golden opportunity. If this thing takes off, it will spawn other opportunities for Catholic film makers which, in turn, could have a reverberating and revolutionary effect on the motion picture industry. I have a film-maker friend who once worked with the big studios in Hollywood, and left, in part, because of the filth there. After reading a rough transcript of his own special effect dream project, I thought to myself “if we could ever get this to the Screen, we’d evangelize millions and we’d make buzzillions of dollars to start our own bank!” It’s that good. But first things, first. We need to support “Bella” in the hopes that we can kindle a movie film industry that produces “subtle” Christian messsages but with a big stick.
It’s time to start forging that big stick.
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