Christian Film Pioneer Russ Doughten Dies
Christian Film Pioneer Russ Doughten Dies
August 30, 2013

By Jeremy Reynalds, ASSIST News Service If you ask any long-time Christian 40 years or older what the top five all-time classic Christian films are, "Thief in the Night" would almost certainly be on their list.   According to a tribute by Brad Mix, president of International Christian Visual Media (ICVM), Doughten began sharpening his movie making skills in the mid 1950's . He was associate producer on Steve McQueen's first film, "The Blob" in 1958.Producer Russell Doughten Jr. was one of the great pioneers of Christian film. He died at the age of 86, Aug. 19, in Carlisle, Iowa, following a long battle with a kidney ailment. Paul Marks, ICVM's Director of Operations said, "'The Blob' was Directed by 'Shorty' Yeaworth, who was also t...
 

 
Lord Have Mercy on Miley Cyrus and Hollywood
Lord Have Mercy on Miley Cyrus and Hollywood
August 29, 2013

By David Outten Miley Cyrus has gone from Disney Channel kid favorite to raunch queen performing simulated sex with a foam finger wearing a flesh colored costume while Robin Thicke repeatedly sang "Lord have mercy."  Her behavior was an in-your-face rejection of decency.  As offensive as the stage act was, the greater offense is the message it sends to youth. This former Disney child actress is remaking herself into a pied piper of immorality. Every gesture was as if to say, "I've sold my soul to the devil, and you Bible believing types can just go to. . . " The "Lord have mercy" lyrics accompanying her behavior were a tweak at God. Why does this happen? It happens when there's a disconnect between the image someone has been present...
 

 
Why Science Fiction Needs God
Why Science Fiction Needs God
August 27, 2013

By Alex Wilgus, Contributing Writer  Every moving fantasy adventure tale elevates its audience to some sort of transcendence. Luke discovers the ways of The Force, Frodo discovers the Ring, Neo discovers the Matrix, Harry discovers the world of wizardry, Jack discovers the secret power below the Island. In each story, the adventurers onscreen, and the audience vicariously, is invited to peek behind the curtain of reality to glimpse what it’s really all about. The transcendental power usually also functions as the story’s moral universe, showing our hero his true purpose for living. The adventurer, in order to overcome, must learn to act in concert with the transcendental power or use it as it was meant to be used. Luke has to discov...
 

 
The VMAs -- Is Virtue Dead?
The VMAs -- Is Virtue Dead?
August 26, 2013

Virtue – Not Dead Yet! The Video Music Awards show that aired Sunday night has generated a lot of shock and very little awe as America was subjected to an immoral display of obscenity that has lowered the bar of decency yet again. Five things Miley can learn from Duck Dynasty.. Certain performances aimed at young girls were mostly met with reactions of anger and disgust from the public, including the “news” media. Read more about Miley's performance here.. Virtue isn’t dead in the media, however, and there’s some great movies you can watch without being ready to cover your own eyes. Take a look:   SOUL SURFER Quality:  * * * *  Acceptability:  +4 SOUL SURFER is a powerful story about young surfer Bethany Hamil...
 

 
Weekend Report August 23-25, 2013
Weekend Report August 23-25, 2013
August 25, 2013

August 23-25, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card THE BUTLER serves up another winning weekend With a meager $17 million THE BUTLER won a back-to-school weekend. IRON MAN 3’s opening weekend was ten times as large back in May. In second was the vile WE’RE THE MILLERS followed by two newcomers THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES and THE WORLD’S END. Bringing up the rear in slot five was Disney’s PLANES.   Fall is frequently loaded with adult and horror fare, frequently R-rated. Two bright spots might be CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 in late September and on October 4 the top-notch Christian movie, GRAC...
 

 
Stars, Action and Money Don’t Win at the Box Office
Stars, Action and Money Don’t Win at the Box Office
August 23, 2013

By Alexandra Harmening, Contributing Writer Last weekend, Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth got in line behind Matt Damon, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, and other mega stars whose big budget flicks have failed at the box office this year.  It has been a somewhat disappointing summer for theaters. High expectations and even higher budgets, with 20 movies boasting budgets over $100 million in just one summer, have not attracted an audience. Businessweek said that Hollywood’s strategy was imploding as it faced the innovator’s dilemma—simply improving a popular product rather than branching out in new directions. This lines up with Steven Spielberg’s prophecy that Hollywood’s heavy reliance on action, violence and special e...
 

 
Weekend Report August 16-18, 2013
August 19, 2013

August 16-18, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card THE BUTLER tops smaller weekend THE BUTLER topped a modest weekend as the Summer gives way to fall. The vile WE’RE THE MILLERS hung on to second place and ELYSIUM sank to third. KICK-A** 2 bombed in fourth as it was expected to win the weekend. Disney’s PLANES rounded out the top five. It looks as if it will be hard pressed to top the $100 million mark.   With Summer winding down it looks as it the box office numbers will come in just ahead of last year but not because more people went to movies. Rather, because ticket prices rose again. Several animated movies und...
 

 
Why You Should Read Christian Comic Books
Why You Should Read Christian Comic Books
August 17, 2013

  By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor of MOVIEGUIDE®  Since the early 1900s, comic books and graphic novels have engrossed young and old. The intriguing stories with colorful and imaginative artwork are no longer considered a children’s activity. The fun clean comics from the early years turned toward darker territory.  While there are some good recent comics, many of them tend to have gritty, dark and salacious content and artwork.  Even comic book series like Batman and Superman show scantily clad women and over-the-top stylized violence that adds nothing to the actual story. For this reason, many Christians choose to ignore comic books altogether.  Thankfully, this is no longer necessary, because of a company called Kingston...
 

 
Duck Dynasty Shoots Down Cable Records
Duck Dynasty Shoots Down Cable Records
August 16, 2013

By Peter Moorman, Staff Writer of MOVIEGUIDE® The family reality television show “Duck Dynasty” shattered records on Wednesday with its season premiere drawing in over 11.8 million viewers. This makes it the most-watched non-fiction series telecast in cable history.  To the loyal readers of Movieguide®, this is no surprise. Each year at our annual Movieguide Awards we show Hollywood that movies with pro-family, and pro-Christian content do significantly better at the box-office than movies promoting anti-Christian anti-Biblical content. Duck Dynasty’s record-breaking season premiere featured a wedding celebrating the 49th anniversary of Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson and his wife Kay. It turns out audiences prefer shows...
 

 
Weekend Report August 9-11, 2013
August 12, 2013

August 9-11, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card ELYSIUM tops a busy weekend Sony’s ELYSIUM topped a weekend with four newcomers taking the top for spots. Warner Bros rauncy WE’RE THE MILLERS came in second followed by DISNEY PLANES (a straight to video turned theatrical release). Rounding out the top five were PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS and 2 GUNS.   DISNEY PLANES is a lower budget animation follow up to Pixar’s Cars. It was a very similar story told with planes. The lower budget showed and the August release is not ideal for family movies. PLANES might sell more toys than tickets. With a budget not much la...
 

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