Boring and Tasteless: The 2013 Oscar Broadcast
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Boring and tasteless are the two words that come to mind after watching last night’s Oscar ceremony. And, I include First Lady Michelle Obama’s vapid introduction to the Best Picture presentation.
The evening opened okay, with William Shatner making an appearance as Capt. Kirk of STAR TREK. The bit went on too long, however, and included Oscar host Seth MacFarlane, of FAMILY GUY and TED infamy, singing a tasteless song about female body parts.
Of course, leave it to MacFarlane making the Oscar telecast all about him and his performance, instead of about Hollywood and the wonderful world of cinema.
Be that as it may, the show went fast downhill ...
By Mark Joseph
By Hollywood standards, Lincoln has done respectable business at the box office and Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance as America’s 16th president is stunning, but a botched marketing campaign and a lack of ideological diversity among those who made the film have left tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars on the table — money that could have lined the coffers of legendary director Steven Spielberg and his partners, Disney and 20th Century Fox.
First, there was the team that brought forth this film about the president who founded the Republican party, a team led by the blue-state heroes Steven Spielberg, screenwriter Tony Kushner, author Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Daniel Day-Lewis. To understand the message...
The Oscars® have been announced!
Here's a round up of Movieguide® reviews for Best Picture nominees. Take a look and see who you think should win.
Nominees for Best Picture (in alphabetical order)
Quality: **** Acceptability: -2
ARGO tells the strange but true story of how one CIA agent, with help from the Canadian ambassador and his household, helped get six Americans out of Iran during the hostage crisis under President Jimmy Carter in 1980. ARGO is a truly riveting, uplifting, mostly patriotic spy thriller laced with some funny comedy, but there’s plenty of strong foul language and some politically correct in one sequence that undercuts the movie’s patriotism.
READ THE MOVIEGUIDE® REVIEW HERE
Editor’s Note: MOVIEGUIDE® Associate Editor Evy Baehr got a chance to attend the press conference with Jackie Chan, the beloved international action star from Hong Kong. His family moved to Australia when he was young, but at age 6 his parents sent him back to Hong Kong to attend the China Drama Academy, where he learned music, dance, and traditional martial arts. After a visiting film director gave him a stunt part, Jackie left the Academy and began his career in movies.
Jackie: All my company and everybody calls ‘Jackie! Everybody say you’re retiring!’ Now, I want to correct. NOT retiring. I just do LESS dangerous stunts. I’m hurting. . . my body is telling me I have to stop. Weird dilemma. Really, weird dilemma.
The Good, the True and the Beautiful: Box Office Study Shows Movies with Christian, Redemptive Worldviews and Values Earn the Most
Moviegoers prefer movies with Christian, redemptive values, reveals an annual study of box office figures among the major movies produced by Hollywood.
According to the 2013 Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry by the Christian Film & Television Commission®, an advocacy group in Hollywood, movies with very strong Christian, redemptive worldviews reflecting traditional moral values earned four times as much money on average as movies with very strong Non-Christian, Anti-Christian, or mixed worldviews, $90.78 million versus $20.22 million.
Movies with very strong humanist or atheist worldvi...
LES MIS Takes $100,0000 Epiphany Prize; Most Inspiring Movie of 2012
LES MISÉRABLES starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway took home the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2012 at the 21st Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Friday night.
The Game Show Network’s THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE starring Jeff Foxworthy won the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program of 2012.
Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation since 1996, the Epiphany Prozes are giving to the best, most entertaining, most inspiring, and spiritually uplifting movies and TV programs that “greatly increase man’s love or understanding of God.”
The Faith & Values Awards were he...
The Kairos Prize winners were announced Friday night, February 15th as part of the Movieguide® Awards.
Simon Swart, Executive Vice President and General Manager, North America, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, presented the winners:
$25,000 Grand Prize
Randall Hahn wrote GIDEON, an emotionally gripping tale of a mysterious boy with Christ-like powers who must bring together a racially charged town before the Mayor’s vindictive son murders him. It’s a story of love, healing and resplendent redemption.
$15,000 First Runner Up
Romeo Ciolfi scribed PLAY BALL, a heart-warming story of a minister whose life is now crippled by early dementia. With overwhelming visions of his deceased son and mother, his final sermo...
21st Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry
Winners and Nominees
Feb. 15, 2013 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles
10 BEST MOVIES FOR FAMILIES
ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT (Best Movie for Families)
MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED
THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN
JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
HERE COMES THE BOOM
WON'T BACK DOWN
THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI
10 BEST MOVIES FOR MATURE AUDIENCES
MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS (Best Movie for Mature Audiences)
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
ACT OF VALOR
THE AMAZING SP...
This Valentine’s Day Don’t Settle
By David Outten, Production Editor
According to Hollywood, people fall in love.
They also fall out of love in huge numbers.
When “love” is understood to be a warm feeling about a member of the opposite sex, there’s the very real problem of feelings growing cold. When love is a profound commitment to treat someone a specific way, however, the feelings of love grow stronger over the years.
Falling in love is fun. There’s much to be said in favor of it. It’s better than your favorite team winning the Super Bowl or the World Series. However, the thrill of such victories, while very exciting, is very brief. You’re left with fond memories but the excitement fades quickly. ...
Lynn and Foster Friess create the $50,000 Friess Free Enterprise Prize,
to be Awarded at the 21st Annual Movieguide® Awards, Feb 15th.
By Natalie Fertig
As the buzz for the 21st Annual Movieguide® Awards builds, the show famous for singling out family-friendly movies has announced a new award to their roster.
Foster Friess and his wife, Lynn Friess, sponsor the Friess Free Enterprise Prize, an impressive addition to the Hollywood awards landscape. Accompanied by an impressive $50,000, the Prize awards the movie that, “through fine craftsmanship and inspirational storytelling, does the most to encourage appreciation of free markets, ownership, and stewardship.”
Lynn and Foster Friess are well-known humanitarians, do...