A Liberating Project:
Behind the Scenes of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor, and Barbara Dahl, Contributing Writer
Movieguide® had the opportunity to screen GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and hear from its cast and director.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is a new superhero Marvel movie about Peter Quill, a human who was taken from earth when he was a young boy and brought to a whole new Galaxy with strange people, aliens and creatures. Raised to be a criminal and thief, Peter gets possession of a mysterious orb coveted by the evil Ronan who wants to use its power to a whole planet and the billions of lives inhabiting it. Peter, along with five other misfit criminals, decide it’s up to them to protect the galaxy from dest...
Drugs Vs. Religion
By Jerry Newcombe
Americans are accepting pot in seemingly unprecedented ways. Even as it is becoming legal in more places, such as Colorado by an act of the voters a couple years ago, there are still consequences to face with the widespread use of marijuana. We still reap what we sow.
Just the other day, a headline from the Associated Press (7/26/14) read, "Pot seen as reason for rise in Denver homeless." The article states, "The Salvation Army's single men's shelter in Denver has been serving more homeless this summer, and officials have noted an increase in the number of 18- to 25-year-olds there." Just in the prime of their life, and they already need help.
I find this ironic because last month, comedian Bil...
Mendacity and Perfidy
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
The news media, whether consciously or unconsciously, by commission or omission, has supported the transformation of the United States from the Land of Freedom to the Land of Socialist Tyranny.
As Paul Johnson points out in his classic work MODERN TIMES about the 20th Century, the sea change in the intellectual community occurred in the 1930s when the press was supporting Joseph Stalin, who was killing millions of peasants and farmers in the name of Marxist, socialist communism. When Stalin opposed Hitler, who was doing his worst in Germany too, the press opposed Hitler. When Stalin switched and signed a treaty with Hitler, Duranty at the New York Times and other communists elsewhere ...
The Swine in Church
By David Outten, Production Editor
A popular expression is to say there’s an elephant in the room. The implication is that there’s a huge problem right under everyone’s nose that no one wants to address.
The church faces just such a problem. Surveys show that almost 50 percent of men in church have a problem with pornography. All too often the pastor is one of them.
I was one of them. I came to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord, in large part because I was drawn to pornography, even though I knew in my heart it was wrong. I wanted help. I was in a battle that I wanted to win, but kept losing. At risk was my marriage. At the time I had a son. I dreaded a life of child support and visitation. I knew my desires w...
Stylish Fantasy Series About Angels Premieres
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
Not only are there more movies with faith and values opening at the box office, but there are more TV networks aimed at the large faith and family audience in America. UP TV has set the pace by improving the quality of its programming with each TV movie.
Now, Parable TV has produced a very stylish series called THE RECORD KEEPER.
This 11-part series has the look of the movie HUGO, combined with DOCTOR WHO. However, it takes place in Heaven as the Record Keeper tries to keep track of all the angels, not just all the good angels but all the fallen angels.
This is a fascinating concept. To make it dramatic, which it is, several episodes deal with two angels ...
What Do the Emmy Nominations Teach Us?
By Michelle S. Lazurek, Contributing Writer
Remember when you were in high school and in order to be a part of the popular crowd you had to dress and act just like them? Then, once they deemed you worthy to become one of them, you had to constantly conform to their standards, even if what they were doing conflicted with your values and belief systems?
Some things never change.
Last week, Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly hosted the live broadcast of the nominations for the 2014 Primetime Emmy awards. Leading the pack was Netflix’s original series HOUSE OF CARDS with 18 nominations. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK followed closely behind with 12 nominations, the most of any comedy, while highly acclaim...
The Importance of Dialogue and Dialect
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
There are a few successful popcorn movies that ignore dialect, such as DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES where one ape sounds British and another sounds American, while a third sounds Australian. Furthermore, there are, of course, people who couldn’t care less.
More often than not, however, great sound and great dialect makes a movie better. One of our favorite animated movies was THE IRON GIANT. Brad Bird didn’t have a big budget, but he used sound in such a powerful way that the movie became a classic. Dialect can take a little movie like RETURN TO THE HIDING PLACE and turn it into a fascinating feature film.
One of the top dialect and dialogue coaches is Dr. Diane ...
New STAR WARS Actor Takes Jabs at Marvel’s Political Correctness
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
Tuesday morning, breakout star John Boyega who has a leading role in the upcoming STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, went on a tongue-in-cheek rant against political correctness regarding recent Marvel Comics news.
Recently, Marvel made two announcements regarding two pivotal Avengers characters who’ll be stepping down from their heroic duties in the print versions of their comic book characters.
As announced on The View, a woman is replacing the male character Thor, but she will carry on his name and legacy in the comics, even though, in Norse mythology, Thor was male. Later, it was revealed that Steve Rogers is setting down his shield as Cap...
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Hollywood Actresses Put Family First
By Diana Tyler, Contributing Writer
Actress Mila Kunis (“The Book of Eli,” “That ‘70s Show”) recently told W Magazine that after her baby with fiancé Ashton Kutcher is born, she plans to become a full-time mom. While most Bible-believing Christians would agree that Kunis’s having a child out of wedlock isn’t something to be celebrated, her decision to step out of the spotlight for a while in order to focus on her child is certainly commendable, especially when one considers the fame-seeking, celebrity-crazed, “selfie”-obsessed society in which we live.
Ms. Kunis isn’t the first actress to bid farewell to Hollywood’s glitz and glamour after becoming a mother.