Headlines In The News – August 29: DUCK DYNASTY, Kirk Cameron and More!



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Headlines in the News – August 29

DUCK DYNASTY, Kirk Cameron and More!

 

** DUCK DYNASTY is Still a Summer Hit!

While the summer box office has been sluggish, basic cable networks are showing strong numbers for new and established shows alike. Among the top shows is DUCK DYNASTY, though boasting its lowest ratings since 2012, is still the number one reality show this summer. Receiving an average of 5.9 million viewers, DUCK DYNASTY was the fourth most popular summer basic cable show among total viewers in all genres, right behind TNT’s RIZZOLI & ISLES, MAJOR CRIMES and THE LAST SHIP. This is a clear reminder that a large portion of America is hungry for TV entertainment that reflects their lifestyles or values.

- Sources:  Variety, 08/28/14.

 

** Kirk Cameron on a Mission To Save Christmas

Provident Films (MOM’S NIGHT OUT, COURAGEOUS) and Kirk Cameron have teamed together for a three-picture deal, the first of which is SAVING CHRISTMAS, scheduled to hit theaters November 14.

In a press release, Cameron said, “My hope for SAVING CHRISTMAS is that families all across the country will join with my family in putting Christ back into Christmas! For too many years, Christmas has been attacked and hammered by those outside the church, and it’s even changed how we think about Christmas inside the church. We are proudly going to put Christ back into Christmas and remind Christians why this is not only a holy day, but a celebration as well. I believe that families will love this movie!”

- Sources:  The Christian Post, 08/27/14.

 

** Chinese Entertainment Industry Won’t Hire Drug Users

After several celebrity entertainment stars were busted on drug charges, including Jackie Chan’s son, Jaycee, 16 of the top film and TV companies in China issued a joint statement saying they won’t work with any stars associated with prostitution, gambling or drug use.

Their statement read, “We hold a zero-tolerance policy toward those who are involved in such misconduct and expect all stars and fellow workers in the business to be self-disciplined and strictly abide by the law.”

- Sources:  The Hollywood Reporter, 08/28/14.

 

** Actress to Marvel:  Give Scarlett Johansson a Superhero Movie!

“Girl Power” was on display this week when actress Jessica Chastain of the MOVIEGUIDE® Award winning movies TREE OF LIFE and ZERO DARK THIRTY urged Marvel and Disney to give Scarlett Johannson, who plays the Black Widow in MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS and CAPTAIN AMERICA:  THE WINTER SOLDIER, her own superhero movie.

“Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie?” Chastain asked TheWrap recently. “I don’t understand it, why is it taking so long for this? To me, it’s a no-brainer.”

Though there are rumors that Marvel/Disney are indeed planning a Black Widow movie, Producer Kevin Feige said such a project is pretty much just a wish right now and he doesn’t know yet when Marvel will do such a movie, though “I hope we do it sooner rather than later.”

Interestingly, Chastain got some unexpected blowback from some Wrap readers, who wrote that they don’t think Scarlett Johansson is that great an actress anyway.

- Sources:  TheWrap, 08/27/14.

THE NOTEBOOK (2014)



THE NOTEBOOK is a bizarre, often disturbing 2014 movie from Hungary about two close-knit twin boys who have to fend for themselves at their elderly grandmother’s farm during World War II. The war’s brutality eventually causes the boys to turn on their mother and father, and on their Christian upbringing, and cling to their irascible, mean grandmother who grows to love and care for the boys in her own gruff fashion.
The movie opens on the boys having an idyllic time with their mother and father, who has a few days on leave before he must return to the war. They sadly say goodbye to their father, who gives them a blank notebook to write down everything that happens to them while he’s gone.
As things get worse in the city, the boys’ mother decides to dump them at the elderly grandmother’s farmhouse. The grandmother reluctantly takes the boys, even though she hasn’t seen her daughter in 20 years. However, she treats them really badly, calling them “bastards” because she wrongly thinks the mother had them out of wedlock.
The local townspeople think the grandmother is a witch, so they treat the twins as harshly as they treat her. Their only friends are a teenage girl with a harelip who takes care of her blind and deaf mother nearby and a German officer who takes over the guesthouse on the grandmother’s farm. To defend themselves against the people and their grandmother, the twins take a stoic, almost ascetic attitude toward life. This includes hitting and beating on one another. Even though they pour over their Bible, the teenage girl teaches them to steal to survive. This just earns even more wrath from the townspeople. However, the grandmother begins to care about what happens to the twins.
Things seem to go from bad to worse, especially when the Russian Army arrives, driving out the Germans. Sadly, the Russians rape and murder the teenage girl, a horrible act that the Russian Army was known for throughout Eastern Europe and Germany during the war.
Eventually, the mother, then the father, suddenly appear at the farm. The mother’s appearance results in tragedy, and the father’s appearance results in cold-blooded murder. This story is not, of course, a lovely (much less a fruitful) way to spend your time at the movie theater.
World War II definitely was a brutal time, and THE NOTEBOOK shows this to be the case in a way that’s not extremely salacious. That said, the movie ends on a thoroughly depressing note where neither God nor any sense of human decency comes out the victor. So much so that most moviegoers will leave the theater scratching their heads about the filmmakers’ intentions. THE NOTEBOOK also contains lots of foul language and some disturbing plotlines. The movie is based on the first book of an acclaimed trilogy by a female Hungarian novelist. After watching this movie, MOVIEGUIDE® has no desire to read the books. Ultimately, THE NOTEBOOK strikes us as a misanthropic, abhorrent work. Christianity seems to have no effect on the movie’s young protagonists.

THE NOVEMBER MAN



THE NOVEMBER MAN is a hard R spy thriller starring Pierce Brosnan as a retired CIA agent who goes up against his former bosses when one of them orders a hit on the woman who happens to be the mother of his 12-year-old daughter. Although you root for the retired agent’s success against his former bosses and against an evil Russian politician, he undermines his moral standing when he threatens the life of an innocent bystander about halfway through the movie. NOVEMBER MAN also contains excessive crude language and two explicit sex scenes, including a brief rape scene where the camera lingers a bit too long on what’s happening.
The movie’s lewd content and its depiction of rank corruption within the CIA is abhorrent and Anti-American. Depicting corruption in the CIA or the American government isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the CIA in this movie is depicted like some kind of Nazi or communist organization where following orders no matter what is a basic rule. Ironically, one of the story’s major character conflicts is between the hero and his former trainee, who fails to follow the hero’s orders in an opening sequence. The trainee’s failure results in the hero holding a grudge against him through most of the movie. These plot points seem inconsistent, to say the least. If the bad guys are evil guys who demand that their underlings follow orders for the good of some higher purpose, no matter what, then the hero has the same major flaw. It’s hard, if not impossible, to sympathize with such a “hero.”
In the story, based on one of 13 novels in a spy series, Pierce Brosnan is Peter Devereaux, a former CIA agent living in Switzerland. The movie opens on Peter’s last mission in 2008 before retiring, where he was still training a CIA spy named David Mason. For some reason not clear in the movie, Peter gets really upset when David shoots and kills an assassin at the wrong time.
Five years later, Peter’s old boss, a man named Hanley, asks him to help bring out an undercover agent named Natalia. Natalia is working undercover with an evil Russian politician named Federov, who just may be the next president. Federov has a shady past in the second war against the Muslim Jihadists who were slaughtering people in the Russian province of Chechnya (circa 1999 to 2001).
In Belgrade (now in Serbia, which used to be called Yugoslavia) during a conference, Natalia leaves with the identity of a young Chechen refugee Federov raped and forced to become involved in the sex trade. The refugee knows some other secrets regarding Federov’s military career in Chechnya, secrets that could ruin him.
During Natalia’s escape, Federov gets wind of her betrayal and orders Russian spies to kill her immediately. As they close in while Peter spirits Natalia away, the boss of Peter’s former boss orders a CIA assassin to shoot her dead. The assassin is Peter’s old protégé. The problem is, Peter at one time loved Natalia, who also just happens to be the mother of his 12-year-old daughter.
Peter decides to explore the reasons behind Natalia’s death, including locating the Chechen refugee and finding out what she knows. This leads him to a young female social worker in Belgrade who helps female refugees, especially those who became trapped in the sex trade. It also pits him against the CIA, his former protégé and Federov, the evil Russian politician.
Though well made to a certain extent, THE NOVEMBER MAN makes a major storytelling mistake when it has its hero threaten the life of an innocent bystander, a young woman who has a one-night stand with the hero’s former trainee. MOVIEGUIDE® stopped rooting for this character during this scene and found it hard to get back on track with the story’s flow from that point, even during the end when the villain kidnaps the hero’s daughter to force him to surrender the young woman he’s trying to protect. This, and the movie’s gratuitous lewd content, which also interrupt the narrative flow, prevent NOVEMBER MAN from becoming a four-star movie. Coupled with the excessively negative portrayal of America’s major spy apparatus, this renders this particular spy thriller abhorrent. Even the violence gets excessive and distasteful, with a few too many graphic gunshots to the head, complete with blood spraying. To a certain extent, all movies with lots of action violence are meant to titillate the audience, but NOVEMBER MAN always seems to go too far. MOVIEGUIDE® has to wonder if the filmmakers purposely went out of their way to offend. Whatever the case, their movie not only offends, it also seems to leave some unanswered questions and some confusion behind it.
Today’s filmmakers and storytellers need to remember the words of the mystery writer Raymond Chandler, one of the inventors and most talented practitioners of what used to be called “hardboiled” fiction, which became the foundation for what is called “film noir,” the atmospheric genre created by Hollywood in the 1940s. Chandler said all true art contains a “quality of redemption.” Also, although he specialized in writing about private detectives as the hero, his words can apply to all heroes. The hero doesn’t have to be perfect, Chandler said (in fact, he preferred it if the hero had at least a couple flaws, or a bit of an edge, because that’s the reality of the human condition and the “mean streets” that every modern city has). Thus, the hero should be a man (or a woman) “who is not himself mean, and neither tarnished nor afraid. . . . a man of honor – by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world. . . . [and] if he is a man of honor in one thing, he is that in all things.” MOVIEGUIDE® could add a lot more to what Chandler says here in his little article on murder mysteries and heroes (hardboiled or not hardboiled), “The Simple Art of Murder,” but suffice it to say that THE NOVEMBER MAN not only fails the Chandler test, it also fails the MOVIEGUIDE® test.

Terminally Ill And Eternally Full Of Life: ALS Stricken GOD’S NOT DEAD Producer Has A Message For The World



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Terminally Ill and Eternally Full of Life

ALS Stricken GOD’S NOT DEAD Producer Has a Message for the World

By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor

On August 19, as thousands of videos poured over the internet of people participating in the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, creating awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, one video especially inspired many.

Russell Wolfe is a producer for the recent hit GOD’S NOT DEAD and many other Christian movies. Recently diagnosed with ALS, Russell took to Facebook to contribute to spreading awareness and raising money for scientific research of the incurable disease.

Regarding the Ice Bucket Challenge, Russell told Movieguide®, “So few people even know of the disease or even know what it is. I think it’s done a great job at raising awareness for that, but I felt that it was particularly good to link it to the fact that God’s not dead, mainly because I have faith that I’m healed, and I’ll receive that manifestation of that healing. Maybe there are some people I can encourage along the way.”

Encourage people he did. Within a week, his Ice Bucket Challenge had been shared over 34,000 times and over 3,000 comments flooded in with encouragement, prayers and others with ALS stories.

Moved by the huge response to the video, Russell said, “One thing that speaks specifically to me is the outpouring of people and their prayers. I’m so grateful for that. I’m actually taken back by how much it was shared, and how many people have included me in their prayers.”

When the news of his terminal diagnosis was revealed to him, Russell said his doctor was more surprised than he was because of Russell’s demeanor.

“I was so calm in reaction to the news,” Russell explained. “I’ve been through a lot of storms in my life, and God has certainly delivered me from each one. When I’ve had things that have happened that are bad, at the time, they might have seemed disastrous, but God has turned each and every one of them around so that in retrospect, I can look back at those, and I’m thankful that they happened, and I don’t feel any different about this. So when he gave me the news, I just looked at it as an opportunity to stand in my faith, and now we’ll just see God uses this for his Glory.”

Romans 8:28 is a special encouragement to Russell, because God’s work and plan for his life is already so apparent.

“A part of the movie [GOD’S NOT DEAD] is sort of ironic, not only that I play the doctor that was delivering terminal news, and then I received that [same news] thereafter, but the letter that was in the movie that Kevin Sorbo read.

When we had the script, I felt that there needed to be a bridge between him being a solid atheist, and then converting to a Christian on the screen. So, I felt that while he was sitting in his office, he could pull out a letter from his mother. So, I wrote that letter. The idea behind that was, what would I tell my kids if I knew I was going to die at a young age? That letter that’s in the movie, I wrote it in that perspective. Again, the irony of writing that letter, and then getting a terminal diagnosis expresses the way I felt at that time and feel now knowing that I have this diagnosis.”

With his health deteriorating, Russell is still full of encouragement, faith and hope.

As he says, his message “is that God didn’t give this [ALS] to us. God didn’t give me ALS. I believe we live in a fallen world, and as such, bad things happen to good people. . . . What I do believe is that God can take any of those bad things and turn them into good. My message is to keep your faith. God is good all the time. He will turn things that are bad to the good. So, look for the hope in that.”

Pray for Russell Wolfe, his family and the thousands of others that suffer from ALS. Pray for physical healing through miracles and scientific advances through medicine, but especially, pray for a spiritual healing for all those who don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Who Goes To The Movies?



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Who Goes to the Movies?

Source:  MPAA U.S./Canada Theatrical Market Statistics, Attendance Demographics for 2013, March 2014.

All of these figures apply to Americans and Canadians seeing movies in theaters in 2013, the last year for which statistics are available. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) will publish a new study of movie attendance in March 2015.

According to the MPAA, the population of the United States and Canada age two and over totaled 334.6 million people in 2013.

All Moviegoers by Age Group, 2013

AGE PERCENTAGE OF MOVIEGOERS PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION
2-11 15% 14%
12-17 11% 8%
18-24 13% 10%
25-39 23% 20%
40-49 14% 14%
50-59 11% 14%
60+ 13% 20%

 

Most Frequent Moviegoers by Age Group, 2013

AGE PERCENTAGEOF MOVIEGOERS PERCENTAGEOF POPULATION
2-11 12% 14%
12-17 15% 8%
18-24 20% 10%
25-39 23% 20%
40-49 9% 14%
50-59 11% 14%
60+ 10% 20%

Of the 228.7 million who went to movies at least once in 2013, more than 34.3 million were age 2-11 and 25.157 million were age 12-17, while 29.731 were age 18-24 and 52.6 million were age 25-39.

Thus, about 59.46 million children and teenagers in the USA and Canada went to the movies at least once.

Children age 2-11 are going to movies more, while the rate of moviegoing for teenagers remained steady. That said, the amount of moviegoing is higher among people age 12 to 39, with people age 25 to 39 going more often than anyone.

Of course, some of the people age 18-24 and many of the people age 25-39 have children or teenagers, and went to the movies with them.

Thus, the age groups that also include parents and their children, 2-39, make up 62% of all moviegoers, or 141.79 million people, but only 52% of the U.S./Canadian population, according to the MPAA. Also, moviegoers age 18-39 make up the bulk of frequent moviegoers, 43% percent, compared to 35% for frequent moviegoers aged 12-24 and 27% for frequent moviegoers aged 2-17, according to the chart titled “Most Frequent Moviegoers by Age Group.” However, youths aged 12-17 make up 15% of that 27%.

Finally, the MPAA estimates about 36.8 million people in the United States and Canada are frequent moviegoers (once a month or more).

Here, it is very interesting to note that, instead of peaking between the ages of 18-24, as was typical, frequent moviegoing was still peaking at ages 25-39 in 2013, when 8.46 million frequent moviegoers were aged 25-39 but only 7.36 million frequent moviegoers were aged 18-24, 5.52 million aged 12-17, and about 4.42 million aged 2-11.

Admissions by Rate of Moviegoing, 2013

FREQUENCY PAID ADMISSIONS
Frequent (12+ a yr.) 50%
Occasional (2-11 a yr.) 48%
Infrequent (1 or less) 2%

 

Admissions by Rate of Moviegoing, 2012

FREQUENCY PAID ADMISSIONS
Frequent (12+ a yr.) 57%
Occasional (2-11 a yr.) 41%
Infrequent (1 or less) 2%

 

Admissions by Rate of Moviegoing, 2011

FREQUENCY PAID ADMISSIONS
Frequent (12+ a yr.) 50%
Occasional (2-11 a yr.) 48%
Infrequent (1 or less) 2%

Those who habitually see movies in the U.S. and Canada accounted for 50% of total tickets sold in 2013. Comparing this to the percentages for 2012 and 2011 above, it seems that the increase in frequent moviegoing in 2012 was just a statistical anomaly.

Frequency of Moviegoing, 2013

FREQUENCY PERCENT OF POPULATION
Frequent (12+ a yr.) 11%
Occasional (2-11 a yr.) 47%
Infrequent (1 a yr. or so) 10%
Never 32%

About 32% percent of Americans and Canadians never went to see a movie in theaters in 2013, compared to 32% in 2012, 33% in 2011, 32% in 2010, and 26% in 2006. Of those who do see movies, only 11% go 12 or more times each year, 47% see up to 11 movies and 10% people go infrequently, about one movie each year.

Tickets Sold Among the Sexes, 2013

SEX TICKETS SOLD
Males 50%
Females 50%

According to the MPAA, females purchased much fewer movie tickets in 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 in the U.S. and Canada compared to 2009, going from 55% of movie tickets sold to 50% of tickets sold. Males purchased more tickets in 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 compared to 2009, from 45% of the tickets sold to about 50%.

 

Tickets Sold by Ethnicity, 2013

RACE TICKETS SOLD PERCENT OF POPULATION
White 54% 63%
Hispanic 25% 17%
Black 13% 12%
Other 8% 8%

 

Tickets Sold by Ethnicity, 2012

RACE TICKETS SOLD PERCENT OF POPULATION
White 56% 64%
Hispanic 26% 17%
Black 11% 12%
Other 7% 7%

 

Tickets Sold by Ethnicity, 2011

RACE TICKETS SOLD PERCENT OF POPULATION
White 58% 65%
Hispanic 22% 16%
Black 11% 12%
Other 9% 7%

Hispanics bought a higher percentage of tickets in 2013 and 2012, (25 and 26%, respectively), up from 22% in 2011. They still have the highest moviegoing per capita compared to whites and blacks, 6.0 per capita compared to 4.2 per capita for blacks and 3.4 per capita for whites.

Ticket sales among whites in the U.S. and Canada show a steady decline, decreasing to 724 million tickets in 2013, compared to 760 million tickets in 2012, 750 million tickets in 2010 and 742 million in 2011. They bought about 909 million tickets in 2007 and 845 million in 2009, according to MPAA reports.

Meanwhile, internationally, box office for all movies outside the U.S. and Canada seems to be slowing, growing from $23.9 billion in 2012 to about $25 billion in 2013. It increased overall about 4.6% in 2013, compared to a 6.7% increase in 2012, a 6.7% increase in 2011 and an 11.7% increase in 2010.

Also, an increase in box office occurred among moviegoers in Latin America, going from $2.8 billion to $3.00 billion, more than 7.1%. Asia Pacific became the top region in international box office in 2013, growing 6.7% increase, from $10.4 billion to $11.1 billion! Meanwhile, Europe, Africa and the Middle East grew from $10.7 billion to $10.9 billion.

Finally, China became the first international market to exceed $3 billion in box office revenue, earning $3.6 billion.

What’s Next After GOD’S NOT DEAD?



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What’s Next After GOD’S NOT DEAD?

If you received a text message this past spring which consisted of the simple, yet powerful words, “God’s not dead,” it’s probably because the sender was one of the millions of people who watched and was touched by the movie whose message and title proclaimed that life-changing truth.

GOD’S NOT DEAD earned $62 million in revenue worldwide, startling Hollywood and further proving once again that faith-based movies – even those produced outside of the Hollywood Entertainment Industry – strike a resounding chord with audiences.

PureFlix, the company that made GOD’S NOT DEAD, recently announced its follow-up project, DO YOU BELIEVE?, which begins shooting next month.

Mark Borde, co-president of Freestyle Releasing, the company that released the movie on behalf of the producers, isn’t at all surprised by GOD’S NOT DEAD’s success.

“While this huge opening may be a surprise to the industry, it is not so much to us,” he told the Wrap. “The in-house tracking, the legitimate one million Facebook fans, the very high trending on Twitter and Fandango among many other platforms, and the huge positive reaction from the hundreds of screenings over the many past months, gave us hope for a significant opening.”

Today, the GOD’S NOT DEAD Facebook fan page has more than four million “likes” while the movie’s Twitter account, @GodsNotDeadFilm, boasts over 28 thousand followers. At the time of this writing, the Facebook page posted just three hours ago about the movie’s DVD release, and one of the 11,798 “likers” commented with this marvelous piece of praise:

“I just finished watching it, and I ended up re-dedicating my life to the Lord! This movie is powerful.”

Clearly, the social media activity surrounding the movie and its intrinsic evangelistic mission helps to solidify the notion that people are hungry for and excited about the hope-restoring, faith-building, God-honoring themes movies like GOD’S NOT DEAD portray. Five months after the movie’s theatrical release, its momentum shows no sign of decreasing; eager fans around the world are wondering, “What’s next?”

One of the movie stars and co-producers, David A.R. White, told TheBlaze recently that the movie’s production company, Pure Flix, is preparing to produce its next project, DO YOU BELIEVE?, which will have a completely different cast and crew from GOD’S NOT DEAD.

White said the movie “deals with the power of the cross and the relevancy of the cross in today’s society. ‘GOD’S NOT DEAD’ really dealt with, ‘Is there a God?’ The next step – as Christians – we believe [God] is Jesus Christ.”

Regarding a GOD’S NOT DEAD sequel, White disclosed that Pure Flix is considering the possibility in response to fans’ positive feedback and curiosity concerning what happens next to the characters.

DO YOU BELIEVE? begins filming in September and is slated for a spring 2015 release.

MOVIEGUIDE® has been supporting the production of faith-based like GOD’S NOT DEAD and faith-friendly movies like FROZEN since 1985 when it opened its doors. Its Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry, released each February, shows Hollywood that such movies are the most popular and the most financially successful on average.

- Sources:  The Blaze, 08/20/14, and The Wrap, 03/22/14.

Editor’s Note:  Diana Anderson-Tyler is the author of “Creation House’s Fit for Faith: A Christian Woman’s Guide to Total Fitness and Perfect Fit: Weekly Wisdom and Workouts for Women of Faith and Fitness.” Her popular website can be found at dianaandersontyler.com, and she is the owner and a coach at CrossFit 925. Diana also can be reached on Twitter.

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CREED OF GOLD



CREED OF GOLD starts out in Russia with a man who is a reporter finding out there are three trains full of gold coming to Russia to instigate the Bolshevik revolution. After a long chase, he’s killed. Years later, the man’s son is killed for possessing the list of names of the people who financed the Russian revolution. His wife sent their son to America to escape the conspirators trying to get the evidence.
In America, the son goes to a prestigious university and takes the name Adam Smith. In his course on the Federal Reserve, he sits next to Kristin Stanford, whose father is on the Federal Reserve. They pair up to do a term paper on the Federal Reserve. Adam wants to expose the Fed’s tangled weave of intrigue and manipulation.
In the process, he alerts the power brokers behind the Federal Reserve unwittingly. They decide he must be removed. He decides to recruit his best friend and computer nerd, Cody, to expose the Federal Reserve. So, the game is afoot. While being imprisoned and shot at, Adam witness to Kirstin about Jesus Christ. With the clock ticking, can Adam bring down the international money syndicate before they kill him?
CREED OF GOLD is actually very well structured. It keeps the audience intrigued throughout the whole movie. It’s a low budget movie but it has a good look to it. There are a few static moments but they are very few and far between. Whether or not someone believes the Federal Reserve is evil and all bankers are nefarious won’t diminish the movie’s entertainment value. The good news is that CREED OF GOLD has no sex, nudity, profanity, or unwarranted violence. However, it does have suspense, action, and adventure, and sometimes a little too much exposition.

JEALOUSY



JEALOUSY is a French movie about an actor more committed to the theater than he is to the women in his life, including the wife he left. Ultimately, the jealousy in the title seems to really be about the man’s jealousy for his profession. This leads to a movie that pretty much lacks any kind of passion, though the movie does show that the man still cares for the daughter he had with his wife and still sees regularly.
Shot in black and white, the movie opens on the man’s wife, who cries when her husband, Louis, tells her he’s leaving her for another woman. The woman, Claudia, is an actress who hasn’t gotten a part in six years. She and Louis live in a cramped apartment. To relieve themselves of this claustrophobic environment, they take walks in the streets of Paris. Periodically, his daughter comes to visit with Louis.
Suddenly, Claudia tells Louis that she’s decided to take an office job. Apparently, she’s having an affair with the man who offered her the job. Louis seems more disturbed, however, that the new job means Claudia has given up on the theater.
Alone now, Louis tries to commit suicide. He survives and discovers that he still has his sister and his daughter by his side.
The filmmakers and actors wring almost every sense of passion out of JEALOUSY. This is one of the more boring French movies you’re likely to see. The only thing that saves it are the scenes of Louis with his daughter. Also, it has a short running time. Other than that, there’s nothing particularly uplifting, much less moral or redemptive, about the French movie JEALOUSY.

 

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