By Mike McManus
The Academy Awards garnered an audience of 43 million – the largest for the Oscars in a decade and the largest outside of the Super Bowl.
My yardstick for evaluating them was the analysis of MOVIEGUIDE, a publication of The Christian Film & Television Commission. It reports that all 10 of the top movies in terms of sales had “strong or very strong Christian, redemptive, moral or biblical content.” The top ten films earned $4.95 billion.
By contrast, the nine films nominated for Academy Award Best Picture earned a total of only $792 million. The only picture, with uplifting moral themes – GRAVITY – earned a third of that total, $270 million. By contrast, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, which won best picture,...
Big Oscar Voting Scandal:
Some Voters Didn’t Watch Best Picture Winner 12 YEARS A SLAVE
By Ted Baehr and Tom Snyder
A big scandal has reared its head in the wake of last weeks Oscar ceremony:
Some Oscar voters are admitting they simply didn’t want to watch the Oscar winner for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor and Actress, 12 YEARS A SLAVE. One voter actually said she didn’t want to watch the movie because she didn't want “more terrible stuff to keep in my head.”
And, at least two anonymous voters admitted they didn’t see the movie, but voted for it anyway because, given the movie’s political message and historical relevance, “they felt obligated to do so.”
In fact, during her Oscar monologue, even hos...
MOVIEGUIDE® Announces Winner of First Annual $50,000 Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers
Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, founded by Dr. Ted Baehr, awarded the winners of the First Annual Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers at the 22nd Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Awards on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, to be presented annually by MOVIEGUIDE®, the Chronos Prize awards $50,000 to the top screenplay as chosen by Hollywood leaders. The prize, the first ever of its kind, honors established writers whose work seeks to “increase man’s love or understanding of God.”
1. Something to look up to
“I want to thank God because that’s who I look up to”
2. “God has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand”.
via: Reuters: Lucy Nicholson
3. “When You Got God you Got a friend.”
(Credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)
4. Something to look forward to.
“My family, that’s who and what I look forward to”
Source: Getty / Christopher Polk
5. Respect ourselves in order to respect others.
Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
6. People Need Som...
By Dr. Tom Snyder
Back in 1944 there was a song called “Accentuate the Positive” that instructed people to “accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative, and latch onto the affirmative.” Although the song’s lyrics, written by the great Johnny Mercer, were inspired by a heretical preacher in the 20th Century named Father Divine, the lyrics echo, in a way, what God’s Word, through the mechanism of St. Paul, teaches us in Romans 12:21, “Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
This is exactly Movieguide®’s approach to movies and television. Although we do advise people that they probably don’t want their family to see certain movies, especially movies that we rate Minus 3 or 4, our focus...
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
When the SON OF GOD surpassed expectations and earned $25 million on its first weekend, it was once again clear that the Christian community has power over the box office.
Not surprisingly, Non-Christian skeptics criticized the movie, but they weren’t alone in some of their criticism. Many Christians, for various reasons, have issues with how the Bible was adapted for screen in SON OF GOD. They rightly compare what is shown in the movie to the Holy Scriptures and point out where the movie has deviated. This is beneficial, for Acts 17:11 calls us to be like the Bereans, searching out the Scriptures to find out what is true. No Christian wants to see the Savior misrepresented on screen.
Sadly, however, ...
By Dr. Ted Baehr
“And the angel said unto her, ‘Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.’
“Then said Mary unto the angel, ‘How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?’
“And the angel answered and said unto her, ‘The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son o...
Feb. 28, 2014, marks the first wide release of a Christian or biblical movie since 2011’s COURAGEOUS and SOUL SURFER – SON OF GOD.
SON OF GOD also marks the first wide-release movie about Jesus since Mel Gibson’s brilliant THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (2004).
On March 28, 2014 Paramount Pictures will release NOAH, a biblical epic starring Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins. The poster proudly proclaims “The end of the world is just the beginning.”
However, SON OF GOD marks the first time in more than 15 years since a major Hollywood studio has put major money into a movie aimed at depicting the life of a biblical character, since 1997’s THE PRINCE OF EGYPT about Moses.
20th Century Fox is releasing SON OF GOD, a movi...
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
Tolerating self-destructive or socially destructive behavior in our children is not a sign of love, but hate, as well as parental neglect. If a child has a propensity to beat themselves or beat other children, the parents are required by love to intervene and help the child get over such abhorrent, intolerable behavior. To do anything less is a sign of child abuse!
Our narcissistic society is on the brink of stewing in the vile juice of its own self-destructive behavior. Consequently, we seem to have forgotten what love entails.
God calls us all to love our neighbor as ourselves, both Jew and Gentile. That divine call entails helping ourselves and our neighbors get over intolerable destructive behavior, ...
‘Duck Dynasty,’ ‘Grace Unplugged,’ ‘The Bible,’ ‘Shark Tank,’ ‘Frozen,’ ‘Last Man Standing’ Take Major Honors at 22nd Annual Movieguide® Awards
Universal City, Calif. – The 22nd Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry honored the best, most family-friendly, and most inspiring movies and television programs of 2013 at its annual awards show, held last month in the Grand Ballroom of the Universal Hilton Hotel.
A one-hour version of the 22nd Annual Movieguide® Awards was telecast three times on the ReelzChannel.
GRACE UNPLUGGED and THE BIBLE took home the two $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for the Most Inspiring Movie and TV Program of 2013. Supported by a gran...