Of Princesses and Kings:
Behind the Scenes of MALEFICENT
By Evy Baehr, content editor of MOVIEGUIDE®
MALEFICENT is a live action take on Sleeping Beauty, but from the perspective of the villain. Angelina Jolie plays Maleficent who is the most powerful fairy in the forest with strong wings and powers. When Maleficent is hurt by the king, she puts a curse on baby Princess Aurora, saying she will prick her finger on her sixteenth birthday, and if she does not receive a true loves kiss, she will die. Because of some of the darker elements in MALEFICENT, Movieguide® highly recommends you read the review before seeing it.
Though this is the case, Movieguide® had the opportunity to talk with Elle Fanning about playing a princess and ...
Stop the Next Murder Spree
By David Outten and Ted Baehr
The recent murders in Santa Barbara reveal in sad detail the worst of the sexual revolution. Elliot Rodgers killed six people, and then himself, because he felt he was denied sex by girls who gave it freely to other boys. His Facebook video announcement of his murderous plans is dangerous. There are undoubtedly other unstable boys who feel denied and may be inspired by his remarks and his example.
You may need to take action today to prevent copycat killings.
A self-confessed pornography user, Rodgers was known to play World of Warcraft up to 14 hours a day (the same game preferred by James Egan Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado theater killer). In his video, Rodgers said, “I w...
Anatomy of a Murder Spree:
Media Terrorism on California’s Gold Coast
By Dr. Tom Snyder and Dr. Ted Baehr
Once again, sadly, America is transfixed by the story of another murder spree by a lone male killer – this time on California’s Gold Coast near Santa Barbara, one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in the state.
This time, the murderer didn’t just use guns. He also reportedly used knives and his fancy car to commit his murder spree. So, you can’t just blame guns and the National Rifle Association, although some people are still trying to make that mistaken connection.
As with other recent notorious murder sprees, however, the killer was obsessed with violent video games, including World of Warcraft, an addic...
Fooled by Festivals
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
More and more frequently, neophyte faith and family movie producers are asking us to review their movies that may not have a major theatrical release, but bragging instead that they’ve won awards at several film festivals. Their hopes are high, but all too often their movies are lackluster, the type of movies that give a black eye to Christian filmmaking.
In my book HOW TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD (WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL), I mention the wise advice of Lajos Egri, which can be paraphrased:
Don’t show your script to your mother because she’s going to love it no matter how terrible it is. Instead, show it to your worst enemy so you can get an honest critique and make it better.
They’re Not Loving It
By Grace Margaretha, Contributing Writer
When McDonald’s Hamburgers is mentioned, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? What about a company that advertises on shows with sex orgies, strip clubs and “jokes” about child molestation?
All McDonald’s food chains have some things in common: Happy Meals with toys, playgrounds with colorful slides and a smiling Ronald McDonald to welcome the customers. McDonalds has become a global phenomenon that children all over the world have come to love. However, its recent decisions have proven to be quite questionable.
McDonald’s has recently decided to support some very raunchy, ultraviolent television programs such as FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD, and THE ...
Editors Note: This article was originally published on Charisma News
Nothing succeeds like success.
Reportedly, this oft repeated proverb was first put into print in 1854 by Alexandre Dumas, the author of THE THREE MUSKETEERS and THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO.
Now, 160 years later, Christians are seeing the truth of this proverb bearing much fruit. This year, the movie industry is releasing more than 15 faith-based movies in theaters nationwide; and, so far, these movies are having a tremendous success at the box office.
In March and April, for example, faith-based movies made it into the Top 5 Movies at the box office, sometimes at No. 2 or No. 1, and sometimes at No. 3, every week, including SON OF GOD, NOAH, GOD’S NOT DEAD, and...
Should Cable TV Rethink Its Business Model?
Nielsen Research Shows Americans Watch Only 9% of Their Cable TV Channels
By Grace Margaretha, Contributing Writer
“Quality, not quantity.” This quote may be rather clichéd, but there’s truth in its message. People want good content, not just a large variety to choose from. People enjoy variety, and, according to Dan Rayburn of the business consulting firm, Frost & Sullivan, the large assortment that Cable TV offers is a key factor in its success. The average American household can now select from 189 different channels as opposed to the 129 offered in 2008.
However, according to research done by Nielsen, consumers don’t seem to need that many choices. Results from the conduct...
Pinewood Studios: From Faith to Faith
By Chuck Cleveland, Contributing Writer
J. Arthur Rank’s millionaire father referred to his son as a dunce, suggesting his child would never accomplish anything on his own. Fortunately for Fayette County, Joseph Rank was quite wrong.
J. Arthur, a long-time Sunday School teacher at his Methodist church and President of the National Sunday School Union, was a member of a small group of citizens concerned with the lack of Christian values in the movies of their day, and they formed the Religious Film Society to distribute Rank’s own productions. That effort had limited success until he established a vertically-integrated entertainment conglomerate in 1935, which was called Pinewood Film Studio...
By Drew Zahn, World Net Daily (www.wnd.com)
Editor's Note: This article is reprinted from WorldNetDaily, a leading news website at www.wnd.com.
In 2014, Hollywood has set its eyes squarely on the faith and Christian movie market – a noticeable change that's been nearly 30 years in the making.
So far in 2014, in what many publications have dubbed “The Year of the Bible,” moviegoers have flocked to faith- or Bible-based films “Son of God,” “Noah,” “God’s Not Dead” and “Heaven Is for Real,” with many more in store for the coming months, including Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “A Long Way Off,” “Left Behind” and “Alone, Yet Not Alone,” to name only a few.
“There hasn’t been this m...