The Power of Point of View


“The Enemy Within” Pilot. . .A Missed Opportunity – GARY YAMASAKI

March 28, 2019

As I was watching the pilot episode of the new NBC series “The Enemy Within,” I was hooked from the very first minute, and held captive for the whole episode. . .well, actually, for almost the whole episode, for a point-of-view move in the closing moments threw me for a loop. The central character of… Read More ›

“Crazy Rich Asians”: an ALMOST perfect movie experience

by GARY YAMASAKI   It’s rare that I see a movie that grabs my attention in the first scene and has a stranglehold on it ’til the last. . .but I saw one just recently: Crazy Rich Asians. I found it to be the most perfectly executed movie I’ve ever seen. . .except for one thing: the… Read More ›

Perspective Criticism in the Classroom

by GARY YAMASAKI   This past semester, I was approached to teach a seminary course that provides a survey of the various different ways the Bible has been interpreted during the past couple of centuries. And, naturally, I thought of “Perspective Criticism” as one of the methodologies to include in this survey. Given all that I… Read More ›

The Fire Scene of “This Is Us” from a Different Perspective

by GARY YAMASAKI   The NBC hit “This Is Us” is known for its deft interweaving of one family’s experiences back in the ’80s and ’90s with its experiences in present day, and this skillful juxtapostion of past and present events is, of course, point-of-view manipulation. . .the first scene serving to position the viewers in… Read More ›

“The Sermon on the Mount” from the Perspective of “First-Century Culture”

by GARY YAMASAKI   At the recent Society of Biblical Literature meetings in Boston, I was invited to participate on a panel addressing the topic of “Preaching The Sermon on the Mount as Resistance Literature.” My contribution explored how the Sermon on the Mount ends up being “resistance literature” when viewed from the “perspective” of 1st-century… Read More ›

Insights from Filmmaking for Analyzing Biblical Narrative

This fall Fortress Press introduces its new series on Reading the Bible in the 21st Century.  Insights from Filmmaking for Analyzing Biblical Narrative by Gary Yamasaki is one of two inaugural offerings of this series. This volume develops an innovative approach to biblical narrative, exploring the way stories are treated in filmmaking, including point of view… Read More ›