Evy Baehr and Lydia Jambazian
For years Hollywood has produced TV programs about “finding love” but really they are just finding sexual attraction. We all know these programs, the BACHELOR, THE BACHELORETTE, the new I WANT TO MARRY HARRY, etc., etc. Mostly, these programs are filled with catty reactions from girls who will put themselves out there to get the guy. It takes only a few minutes to realize that these programs do not have the same morals you have nor do you want your children’s, your own, or your grandchildren’s dating life to be anything like this!
Well, now there’s a new program allegedly applying Christian, biblical values to this subject, called IT TAKES A CHURCH.
What happens when you let your church play ...
By Dr. Ted Baehr
MOVIEGUIDE® thought that this brief chronological survey of the major movies and television programs featuring Jesus would be of interest to you.
THE EARLIEST REPRESENTATIONS
The earliest representations of Jesus on film were straightforward recordings of various Passion Plays.
This film was produced by American theatrical producers, Marc Klaw and Abraham Erlanger, in Horitz, Bohemia.
R.G. Hollaman and A.G. Eaves photographed the Passion Play on the roof of a NY skyscraper. The length of the film was 2,100 ft or about 20 minutes. A narrator took the place of captions.
Oberammergau Passion Play
This film was photographed by a Mr. Hurd, Lumiere’s Ameri...
By Lydia Jambazian, Contributing Writer
A remake of the first book in the best-selling book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, “Left Behind,” is coming again to the big screen October 3, 2014.
The movie stars Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray and Jordin Sparks in a story about the Biblical endtimes prophecy in Revelation. The movie takes a dispensational view of the Bible and focuses on the so-called “Rapture,” where Christians all over the world are taken up to heaven before the events of the Tribulation. Christian filmmaker, Paul Lalonde, produced and wrote the film, and Vic Armstrong (who has worked on movies such as THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and I AM LEGEND) is the director.
Lalonde and the main filmmakers of the u...
There’s Another Destiny for This Child:
Pop Star Sees Her Work as Evangelism, Not Titillation
By Caleb Fite, Contributing Writer
Destiny’s Child, the R&B women's group from the early 2000s, disbanded in 2005, but not before leaving behind a legion of peppy dance tunes and many songs that made their way to the top of the charts. Even though they were greatly recognized by secular listeners, in some cases, such as their single “Survivor,” the ladies even affirmed their Christian beliefs in the lyrics.
Upon their dissolution, the three ladies that made up the group went their separate ways and pursued their independent careers. The most successful to date has been Beyonce Knowles who has forged a path in her own right earni...
HUNGER GAMES Inspires Dissent in Thailand
Job Garcia, Contributing Writer
It is often said that “life imitates art,” and to a certain degree in many cases this statement is undoubtedly true. The news media often reports cases of individuals who imitate in real life what they have watched in movies, television and video games, read in books, or heard in music. These reports usually contain the positive and/or negative affects of art on reality.
On July 20, 2012, America awoke to a horrific, appalling massacre in Aurora, Colorado that caused an overwhelming amount of pain and suffering. A gunman, James Eagan Holmes, opened fire inside a movie theater during a midnight screening of Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and kil...
Denzel Washington Encourages Young Actors to Pray Every Morning
By Diana Anderson-Tyler, Contributing Writer
A popular Facebook video recently shared by R&B singer Tyrese Gibson showed Movieguide® Award nominee and Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington speaking to young actors about the importance of both prayer and humility before God as they achieve success on stage.
“I pray that you all put your shoes way under the bed at night so that you got to get on your knees in the morning,” Washington said, followed by an exuberant eruption of applause. “And, while you’re down there, thank God for grace, and mercy, and understanding. We all fall short of the glory. We all got plenty.”
Washington went on to underscore the f...
Are Some Hollywood Movies Leading Us to Domestic Military Intervention?
By David Outten, Production Editor, and Ted Baehr, Publisher
Reports have come out that a 2010 Pentagon directive details how United States military forces can be deployed against United States citizens in the case of emergencies – as authorized by the President.
This scenario is in many movies, including the top two movies so far this year, THE LEGO MOVIE and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. It’s only logical that some of the horrible disasters presented in Science Fiction and Fantasy movies (the two most popular movie genres today) would require every possible form of military, police and superhero involvement to restore a civil society. The interven...
An Important Message for Fathers:
Interview with Hollywood Actor David Henrie
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
Fathers Day is right around the corner, and one Hollywood actor wants to send a message to fathers via his new short movie titled CATCH.
California native David Henrie, 24, grew up in the entertainment industry and understood first-hand the impact movies and television has on the culture. After landing several recurring roles on TV shows like THAT’S SO RAVEN and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, David’s rise to fame began when he received a main role on Disney Channel’s WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE.
After a five-year run with Disney Channel, David has now poured his heart and soul into a short movie that he wrote and directed himse...
Media Discernment is More Crucial Than Ever Because of This!
By David Outten
Media does have an impact. Two 12-year-old Middle School girls in Wisconsin stabbed a “friend” 19 times and left her for dead, not because they were in a fit of anger, but because they wanted to please a mythical character they found on the Internet. The attempted murder was planned in advance. The plans were altered as the girls hesitated but they finally got up the nerve to attempt the killing.
The girl crawled out of the woods where the stabbing took place, was found and was rushed to a hospital where she was stabilized. It is hoped she will survive.
The girls who confessed to the stabbing are being prosecuted in adult court with the possibility of...
By Ben Kayser and Ted Baehr, with Tom Snyder
The Disney reimagining of the classic 1959 fairy tale SLEEPING BEAUTY stormed theaters this past weekend, and while earning a PG MPAA rating and being heralded as a movie for the whole family, MALEFICENT follows some current storytelling trends that should and will concern parents.
Last year, Disney, with good intentions, attempted to re-launch the beloved western THE LONE RANGER, but failed at keeping it child-friendly, along with inserting some politically correct content. This and some poor storytelling led Disney to a major loss of money.
While MALEFICENT doesn’t follow the exact path of THE LONE RANGER in its failures, it presents a new one by introducing the anti-hero to children...