Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +1
RELEASE: May 2009
AUTHOR: Peter E. Dans
PUBLISHER: Rowman and Littlefield
CONTENT: (CCC, BBB, M) A very Christian worldview leaning slightly to a Roman Catholic perspective; discussions of violence, sex, drugs, blasphemy and other aspects of the films Peter is reviewing, but nothing salacious; and, nothing else objectionable.
GENRE: Christian/Film History
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Teenagers and above
REVIEWER: Dr. Ted Baehr
REVIEW: In his book, CHRISTIANS IN THE MOVIES: A CENTURY OF SAINTS AND SINNERS, Peter E. Dans revie...
THE BANG-BANG CLUB
By Dr. Peter Hammond, contributing editor of MOVIEGUIDE®
A Time of Violence
The Film, The Bang-Bang Club was shot on location in Thokoza township by South African filmmaker Steven Silver. It is the story of four famous photojournalists and their coverage of the violence in the townships between 1990 and 1994.
Snapshots from a Hidden War
The film is based on the book published in 2000: The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War, by two of the surviving photographers: Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva. The other two members of the group, Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek are both deceased. Greg Marinovich worked as a consultant on the film.
Victims of Friendly Fire
Ken Oosterbroek was famously killed by the N...
Dr. Ted Baehr Gives Keynote Speech on Human Dignity and Faith
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission®, gave the keynote speech Friday night at the World Congress of the International Christian Studies Association in Pasadena, Calif.
Dr. Baehr spoke Media Manipulation and Human Dignity, about the influence of the mass media of entertainment on human dignity, including its effects on religious belief and practice, at the academic conference.
Other speeches and papers spoke on genetic engineering and human dignity, the effects of new science and new technology, and reason and divine providence.
“After my lecture,” Dr. Baehr said, “I was asked to speak at several uni...
God Bless Chick-fil-A
By Kathryn Sommers, Contributing Writer
Crowds inundated parking lots and waited in long lines for their chance to eat chicken meals on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, August 1, 2012. A Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day video from Paramus, New Jersey shows that the recent controversy over Chik-fil-A has generated a host of support over the restaurant and its founder’s beliefs. This year on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, the restaurant surpassed the record for day’s sales, showing overwhelming support for the company.
"We are very grateful and humbled by the incredible turnout of loyal Chick-fil-A customers on August 1 at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country," declared executive vice-president of marketing Stev...
DOES GLAMORIZING VIOLENCE AND VILLAINS IN FILMS INSPIRE COPYCAT CRIMES?
By Dr. Peter Hammond
The Joker Massacre
James Holmes, the man identified as the killer responsible for the massacre at the premiere of the latest Batman film: The Dark Knight Rises, dressed himself up as the Joker, the arch villain in the previous Batman film: The Dark Knight. James Holmes, who announced himself to the police as "the Joker", has clearly modelled himself and his actions on the extremely demented character played by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight of 2008.
Natural Born Killers
Oliver Stone's 1994 film, Natural Born Killers, was blamed for 8 murders which the killers modelled on the film. As 18-year-old Christopher Smith was being led away by ...
Editor’s Note: MOVIEGUIDE® sent one of our writers, Ben Kayser, to interview Bart Layton, director of THE IMPOSTER, an intriguing new documentary about a young man who claims to be a missing teenage American boy.
Ben: One thing that really stuck out to me was that the subject of self-deception seemed so prevalent in your movie. In what ways do you think audiences can relate to that issue.
Bart: I think that there is definitely a sense in which the film is not only about how could someone get away with this these unbelievable lies in deception, but how could anybody believe these unbelievable lies and deception. So kind of what are people prepared to believe if it suits their purpose and why would they be prepared to...
In an interesting though not totally surprising turn of events, the Cable-TV channel E! Entertainment has decided to display a more sophisticated range of television shows.
Instead of simply focusing on rather scandalous film and television celebrities, producers of E! Entertainment says they’ve now chosen to show “squeaky-clean” celebrities with more normal lives.
The change began a year ago when Comcast Corp., the owner of the network, bought out NBCUniversal and enlisted its “turnaround specialist” to redesign E! and make it more profitable.
The channel was already profiting much for Comcast and brought in $300 million last year, but the management recently found that stories on Christian football star Tim Tebow and fait...
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOGS DAYS opens next week and is the third installment of the WIMPY KID movie franchise. Check out the reviews of the first two below.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID
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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODERICK RULES
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Joss Whedon, the wealthy director behind the recent smash hit MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, recently said socialism should replace capitalism.
“We are watching capitalism destroy itself right now,” adding that America is transforming into a Tsarist Russia, and “creating a country of serfs,” making it difficult for the average person to succeed. Yet, Whedon’s solution seems to be to implement more government programs, control and interference.
The multimillionaire went on to state how he wishes to “champion the working class” and give voice to the helpless. However, while attempting to distance himself from both systems, the solutions he advocated clearly fall in line with the overall socialist plan.
TOTAL RECALL (2012)
A re-make of the 1990 Schwartenegger action movie finds Colin Farrell as the man who is a unknowing spy with an implanted fake memory.
Check back closer to release for the full review.
You can read the review of the original TOTAL RECALL HERE
DIARY OF WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS
The gang is back and they are trying to figure out a daunting question: What to do all summer? This is the 3rd installment of the movie franchise (though it’s based on book 4 of the book series).
Check back closer to release for the full review.
You can read the review of the original DIARY OF A WIMPY KID HERE.
You can read the review of the sequel DIARY OF A...