Maybe “Just Enough” is a Selfish Prayer
Lyndee Fletcher, Contributing Writer
“And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed.” Hebrews 7:7
Today in the church and the Christian body as a whole there is a stigma that if a Christian is trying to acquire wealth they are selfish, absorbed and not depending on God for their needs to be met. This seems logical many times with a plethora of pastors on TV asking for, “$50 and you’ll be healed” or “Give to us and you’ll have financial breakthrough.” It makes sense that we as Christians are scared of money. After all, doesn’t the Bible say that money is the root of all evil? Actually, the Bible says...
2015 Variety Purpose Summit:
Hollywood Professionals Gather in Los Angeles to Discuss Faith and Film
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
Entertainment industry professionals gathered June 25th for the Variety Family Entertainment and Faith Based Summit in Los Angeles. At the 4th annual sold out entertainment summit, content creators and studio distributors gathered to speak, discuss and strategize on how to reach the faith based audience in an authentic way. “Faith has been a part of [movies and television] for a long time, from the beginning.” Peter Goldwyn, SVP of Samuel Goldwyn Films said. “It’s only been in recent years that studios have started catering to that audience.” One of the outcomes of successes like HEAVEN...
Principles of Visual Perceptions as Applied to Television
By Jack Hanick, Contributing Writer
There are basic principles that guide the visual perception of television. While it is well established that TV is a visual medium, it is necessary to break down this truth into practical rules to create an effective presentation.
Television audiences have a short attention span. This phenomenon is not correlated to innate intellectual capacities of audience members or to their ability to concentrate. This short attention span is universal across all cultures, ages and intellectual capacities. The root reason for this is the nature of the human imagination as it interacts with visual images on the TV screen.
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Dear Christian: It’s Not the End of the World
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
This morning, the Supreme Court officially decided that all 50 states, including those that ban same sex marriage must issue marriage licenses to same sex couples that desire them. The decision is being described as a turning point for America, or for some, another reason to sit back, vote for the candidates with the “R” next to their name and wait for Jesus to return. Liberals have taken to the street in celebration, quite literally, and conservatives are looking for one-way tickets to anywhere but here.
The truth of the matter is this: if you’re a Christian, your mission today and tomorrow is no different then it was yesterday. Same sex mar...
Let’s Get Down to Business:
Understanding the Negative Effects of Adult Content Inserted into Children’s Movies and How to Prevent It
By Elizabeth Shea Bolger, Contributing Writer
Edited by Dr. Ted Baehr
Imagine an 8-year-old you sitting on the couch in your favorite snuggly pajamas surrounded by your five closest friends, popcorn in hand, and a movie anticipating to be watched. You triumphantly choose TOY STORY 2, your favorite go-to movie. Popular among your friends, TOY STORY 2 is the pinnacle of classic children comedies. You laugh when Buzz tries to fly, cry when Woody finally makes it back home to Andy, and you relate to the adventure of their journey; however, what you did not realize but your subconscious 8-year-old ...
In Memoriam: Composer James Horner (1953-2015)
Movies would not be what they are without composers, and Hollywood just lost one of its greatest. James Horner died in a small plane crash June 22, 2015 just north of Santa Barbara, California. He was the pilot and was flying alone. The cause of the crash is still unknown.
Horner’s last composition listed on IMDB is THE 33 a powerful, redemptive movie about the 33 Chilean miners who survived for 69 days a half of a mile underground.
Horner began to be noticed with his acclaimed score for what is considered the best STAR TREK movie, STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN.
Among Horner’s most acclaimed soundtrack scores are BRAVEHEART, THE ROCKETEER, AVATAR, TITANIC, APOLLO 13, THE...
Filmmaker Judd Apatow Slanders Conservatives in TV Interview
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor and Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
Recently, Judd Apatow, the executive producer behind HBO’s feminist comedy, GIRLS, and the creator behind such popular raunchy comedies as KNOCKED UP and THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, attacked rich conservatives for not caring about other people while defending rich liberals in Hollywood because they would change the “system” that lets so much money into politics.
Apatow’s comments came during an interview with Mark Halperin on the Bloomberg Television program WITH ALL DUE RESPECT:
MARK HALPERIN: You’ve been outspoken about money in politics being a bad thing. Does that apply to money, big money, from Hollywood...
Jennifer Garner Set to Star in Upcoming Faith-Based Film
by Moriah Dee, Contributing Writer
After the recent success of the faith based movie HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, which grossed over $100 million worldwide, Sony is set to begin production on a new book adaptation this summer. It will be released through TriStar Pictures. The movie is called MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN and is based on the book by the same title. MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is going to be produced by the same team as its predecessor: Joe Roth, Devon Franklin, and T. D. Jakes. The movie will be directed by Patricia Riggen who produced the TV movie LEMONADE MOUTH for Disney. The newest name to be added to the MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN cast is movie star Jennifer Garner, who will be pl...
Top Fathers Day Movies
In honor of Father’s Day, here is a list of MOVIEGUIDE®’s 10 favorite movies celebrating fatherhood:
1. FINDING NEMO: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4− 2003: FINDING NEMO is a wonderful animated adventure about a small clownfish who goes in search of his son, who’s been put into a fish tank by human beings. Every second of FINDING NEMO is beautifully animated, spectacularly directed and written with great heart and strong moral values.
2. SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4– 1960: A rollicking good family movie adapted from a famous classic Christian novel. In accord with Johann Wyss' story, Christian elements have been designed into the s...
Family, Faith and Movies: A Summer of Film Festivals
by Moriah Dee, contributing writer
Summer is now upon us, which means it’s time for family vacations. Taking road trips as a family is one of the best ways to spend the summer. Summer is also the time for festivals of all types, including film festivals. While you’re visiting all of the famous beaches, parks, monuments and museums across the United States, why not take some time to check out some of the Christian film festivals that are occurring this year. Whether you are traveling or staying close to home, a film festival is a great way to spend time with the family. Here is a list of the upcoming film festivals that you may want to check out this summer.