By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Some Christians have launched several complaints and opposing viewpoints about the movie HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, which is based on a bestselling book about a little Christian boy who claimed he went to Heaven and met Jesus.
Some of these come from Christians we respect highly, and others come from people who are unfamiliar to us and seem to have no faith credentials whatsoever except a trail of anthropocentric booklets refuting many books, movies and people by using practically the same arguments while ignoring the text. In other words, these folks use the unbiblical method of eisegesis, rather than exegesis to attack books, movies and people. As a former L.S. Attorney in the US Atto...
By Amy Swanson, Contributing Writer
A friend of mine shocked me recently when she pinpointed the exact moment when she “fell in love” with Sandor “The Hound” Clegane from HBO’s GAME OF THRONES. “He grabbed a man by the throat and lifted him off the ground with one hand and with the other hand reached into the man’s stomach and pulled out his guts!”
That’s nice. . . wait. . . what? When did that become romantic?
Back in the Golden Age of Hollywood, women fell for the men in show business with nice eyes and a velvet voice like Bing Crosby or Frank Sinatra. As if that alone wasn’t intimidating enough, when did alluring take a turn for the dark and violent? How seriously should we take it?
Today, some of th...
By Carl Kozlowski, Contributing Writer
Ever notice how annoying people are getting with their connections to computers? Everywhere you turn, people have Bluetooths that attach to their ears or Google Glass devices that provide an instant video stream of what our eyes see to the World Wide Web. At what point, do we have to stop and say, “Enough’s enough?”
The new movie TRANSCENDENCE takes a powerful look at that dilemma, serving up frightening questions through the context of a thriller about a scientist named Dr. Will Caster, who is at the forefront of research into artificial intelligence (otherwise known as A.I.). As played by Johnny Depp in a rare role that doesn’t require absurd costumes or makeup, Caster seems to be a nic...
The Christian move wins again. This time the $12 million budgeted HEAVEN IS FOR REAL trounced the $100 million budgeted TRANSCENDENCE on Easter weekend. TRANSCENDENCE opening in over 1,000 more theaters and did about half the business. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL earned $21,500,000 while TRANSCENDENCE brought in only $11,150,000. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL averaged $8,895 per theater, TRANSCENDENCE $3,227.
This is the second shocking success in two months. GOD’S NOT DEAD with a budget of $2 million came in 10th in its fifth week in release and has now earned $48,327,000. It should soar past the $50 million mark this week.
The controversial NOAH movie, with a $125 million budget, came in ninth this weekend and has now made $93 million in the United...
By Jerry Newcombe, Contributing Writer
Jesus sells. That’s why they have cover stories on Him in magazines and TV specials, even if some of them offer strange theories to try to explain away things like the original Easter.
I’ll never forget the evolution of a famous TV newsman, the late Peter Jennings, the anchor ABC’s nightly news broadcasts.
In 2000, Jennings hosted a special, “The Search for Jesus.” He never found Him because he relied almost entirely on liberal Bible scholars who dismissed the reliability of the Gospel accounts. The special, though well done, needlessly cast doubt on all the basics about Jesus.
But in 2004, Jennings hosted another ABC special, on Jesus and Paul. This special was fairer, at least...
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, with Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Twenty years ago, when Jesus’ name was used in a movie, it was usually used as a curse word. Last year, 67 percent of the movies released had at least some pro-Christian, pro-biblical content. This year, in 2014, an incredible number of the major movies being released have positive, overt biblical, and often evangelical, content. As might be expected, many of these movies have attracted criticism. Sadly, some of the most spiteful, angry and mean-spirited criticism has come from Christians.
MOVIEGUIDE® was built on the premise of exposing the fruitless works of darkness and commending the good. As a result of doing this consistently for many years, we have seen a great growt...
Love and Hope:
Imagining Heaven in HEAVEN IS FOR REAL
By Carl Kozlowski, Contributing Writer
What is heaven like?
That is one of the greatest questions faced by mankind, as nearly everyone on the planet believes in some form of the afterlife, even as different religions think of it and even name it in different ways. Even among Christians, the stories of what people who have had near-death experiences have seen have varied greatly.
In 2010, a small-town Nebraska preacher named Todd Burpo took the world by storm with the release of his book, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, which claimed to detail the true story of what happened when his four year old son Colton believes he left his body during an emergency appendix surgery, visited Heaven and...
This is not the first time the British Broadcasting Corporation has been denounced for its largely left-wing viewpoints, but in an article published by Breitbart London, the BBC is taking it even further.
BBC Three (which, like the PBS-TV in the United States, is run by the government) recently aired a panel discussion show entitled “Free Speech,” but many critics are complaining that the panel is biased because it only had left-wing contributors. The panelists included:
Mehdi Hasan, who currently works for the Huffington Post UK, and has been criticized for describing Non-Muslims (especially atheists) as “people of no intelligence” and comparing them to “cattle.”
Baroness Susan Kramer, a member of the Liberal Democra...
When we started MOVIEGUIDE® in 1985, the major studios in Hollywood released few movies with any positive Christian content or values – less than 3%! By the time we started the Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry in 1992 and 1993, however, there were 27 such movies, or about 10.38% of the market share. Incredibly, 22 years later, in 2013, at least 179, or 65.57%, of the movies released by the movie industry contained at least some positive Christian, redemptive content! That’s a numerical increase of almost 563% and a percentage increase of nearly 532%!!!
Also, when we started in 1985, less than 6% of the major movies were aimed at families. In the past several years, mo...