Just got back from New York City and a Creative Summit for artists. Will post on this soon.
I also saw the passion last night. It was moving but I and my wife were overprepared. Nothing is ever as bad as you imagine it to be. Also the stylized and very artistic feel of the film actually takes some of the brutality out of torture. Real torture doesn't have a soundtrack. It's still powerfully done but not as gut level grotesque as some have said. Of course if I had seen it unawares, I might have been more shocked.
I'm going to add more Passion thoughts later on:
- Jesus relationship with his Mother
- Art and it's limits and possibilties
- Idolatry and Jesus movies