Abandon all hope, you who seek Dante here.
By Stephen W. Smith
Although skillful and clever throughout, Dan Brown’s Inferno is finally more of a gateway argument on behalf of population control than a simple thriller about Dante, Florence, or bioterror. Considered as a whole, the novel serves as something like a “gateway to the Posthuman age,” as the seeming villain of the novel says when describing the goal of his plot. While the gateways in Dante lead either to Hell and self-knowledge or to Mount Purgatorio and a climb to the stars, this novel leads the reader into a brave new world of genetic engineering and suggests that we embrace the new means required to “save the world,” even if we find them “uncomfortable.”...
The Producers Guild of America held their annual "Produced By Conference" at Fox Studios June 8-9, 2013. Movieguide's Ted Baehr, Tom Snyder, and Evy Baehr were present to report on the event.
According to www.producedbyconference.com, the Produced By Conference is "...the only event in the world where the most influential decision-makers in the entertainment industry --producers-- gather in one place over one extraordinary weekend."
Movieguide was honored to be among these influential decision makers, and snagged some photos of JJ Abrams, Jerry Bruckheimer, and many other important speakers and interesting moments from the weekend.
A full article will soon follow, but here are some of the best images from the exciting event! [Hov...
June 7-9, 2013
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Low Budget PURGE tops a Summer Weekend?
Who says low budget movies can’t compete in the Summer? Shot for around $million, THE PURGE took the top spot in this weekend’s domestic box office. It slipped by last wekend’s top movies FAST AND FURIOUS 6 and NOW YOU SEE ME, as well as this weekend’s more costly newcomer THE INTERNSHIP. In fifth place the family animation EPIC is failing to be epic at the box office.
It looks as if EPIC will limp across the $100 million line but fade far before it reaches $200 million. THE CROODS at $184 million looks as it it may fade o...
Behind the Scenes of Hollywood:
The Politics of ‘THE PURGE’
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
The new horror thriller THE PURGE has too many disturbing themes, too many strong profanities and crude obscenities, too much violence, and too much of a liberal mindset to make it acceptable viewing. However, despite its liberal mindset and negative content, there are some interesting, provocative political points about THE PURGE that are worthy of discussion.
The other day, MOVIEGUIDE® was able to discuss some of these points with Producer Jason Blum and actor Ethan Hawke, who plays the frazzled father at the center of the story.
THE PURGE is a futuristic Twilight Zone movie that comments on American society and its penchant and fascination f...
Grumpy Cat – Internet Phenom Gets Movie Deal
By Ben Kayser and Tom Snyder
If you spend any time on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter, it’s likely you’ve seen the incredibly popular Internet meme of a picture of a “cranky-faced” cat. This comedic picture of “Grumpy Cat” spread like wildfire on the internet creating almost instant fame for the furry creature. The cat, whose real name is “Tarder Sauce,” was named by MSNBC the most influential cat of 2012 and has appeared on a number of TV shows.
Grumpy Cat has a major following on Facebook and YouTube and even has merchandise selling at Walmart. With this fame, it’s no surprise that Tarder Sauce’s representatives and managers (yes, even animal celebrities ...
Clean the Screens!
Hollywood Needs to Revisit the Code of Decency
By Ted Baehr and Tom Snyder
EDITOR’S NOTE: Movieguide® is an international guide to entertainment media, based in Los Angeles. Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, directed the TV Center at the City University of New York and Tom Snyder, Editor, has a Ph.D. in film studies from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
Teenagers' entertainment budget marks them as the No. 1 target for both movies and television programs. Yet according to Movieguide's extensive documented research, Hollywood's attempts to reach their most valued customers are misguided. As a non-profit Christian group, Movieguide holds tenaciously to the Motion Picture Code of Decency...
May 31-33, 2013
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A Not As Furious Weekend
FAST AND FURIOUS 6 topped a second weekend as neither of the newcomers NOW YOU SEE ME, second place, or AFTER EARTH, third, could overtake it. AFTER EARTH actually came in well below expectations. EPIC came in fourth and looks as if it may struggle to make respectable numbers for a Summer animated movie..
IRON MAN 3 is cruising toward a $400 million domestic total and STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS appears headed to break the $200 million mark.
The next really big summer release appears to be MAN OF STEEL June 14. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY comes out June 2...
Jesus in Armani
by Prof. William L. Blizek
The movie “5 Minuti” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UghevhHJSVU) expresses much of Christian theology in a mere eleven minutes. Barbara is about to jump to her death when she is approached by a handsome young man who turns out to be Jesus. She tells Jesus that she will give him five minutes and in that five minute conversation we discover that Jesus is a being beyond time and place, that Jesus suffered greatly on our behalf, that God is the Creator of the Universe, that faith is important to salvation and love is an overriding good, that we should be humble and that we can have an intimate, personal relationship with the ultimate being in the Universe.
“5 Minuti” is ...
By Dr. Ted Baehr and Dr. Tom Snyder
Our comprehensive movie reviews at MOVIEGUIDE®, the definitive family guide to movies and entertainment, not only tell parents the amount of foul language, sex, nudity, alcohol use, smoking, and drug use occurring in movies like the reboot of SUPERMAN and IRON MAN 3, they also tell them the level of violence the movie has.
Even so, however, people still get confused about the issue of violence. In fact, many well-meaning Christians think that God the Father and His one and only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, are pacifists. Thus, they shun all but the softest levels of violence.
They also use the inaccurate translation for Exodus 20:13, “Thou shalt not kill,” when the original Hebrew text actuall...
Warner Bros. did well restarting Superman with MAN OF STEEL and and later will continue the Hobbit story with THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG. Most of the rest of their spending is one on violence, horror and adult comedy. 42, the inspiring story of Jackie Robinson, did pretty well.
Average Box Office Warner Bros. $94,997,878
+3 MORAL+2 GOOD+1 WORTHWHILE
-2 EXTREME CAUTION-3 EXCESSIVE-4 ABHORRENT