Iraq War & American Sniper Chris Kyle
By Richard M. Reinsch II
Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper tells the story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in American military history with 160 confirmed kills. The film opens in Fallujah with Kyle confronting what will be his first two kills, a woman and a young boy who advance with a grenade toward a column of Marines. Kyle’s juvenile Marine escort states the obvious: “If you’re wrong, they’ll send your ass to Leavenworth.” Kyle shoots the boy and then the woman when she picks up his dropped grenade and attempts to throw it.
Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Kyle here and throughout the film might be called the “inward turn.” Kyle isn’t overwhelmed by the event...
America’s Favorite Movies and TV Shows Snubbed
By Tom Snyder, Editor, and Dr. Ted Baehr
Once again the Golden Globes Sunday night handed most of their awards to movies and television programs that few people have seen or watch, comparatively speaking.
For example, on the dramatic television front, a big winner was Showtime’s series THE AFFAIR, about an adulterous love affair.
Though the co-creator of the show said that the intent of the program is to show that adultery has bad consequences and to prove that marriage vows are “sacred,” the program had less than 750,000 viewers in the 2014 ratings, according to TV Series Finale on Dec. 23.
Also, the Globes gave its biggest movie award in drama to the mo...
On a Mission Anointed by God:
Actor Says God Told Him He Would Play the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
In an exclusive interview with Movieguide®, breakout actor David Oyelowo boldly shared that God spoke to him and told him he would be playing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in SELMA, a powerful movie about the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1965 march on Montgomery, Alabama for voting rights for African Americans.
“I first read the script in 2007,” Oyelowo told Movieguide®, “and felt very strongly that God told me I would play this role in this film. That’s the only way I could even entertain the crazy idea of me getting to play this.”
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Oyelo...
An Opinion About Everything: Interstellar Cosmology and Ontology
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
The movie THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING about physicist Stephen Hawking and to a large degree about his first wife is an overt clash of worldviews, but we live in an age of relativism where we deny the value of worldviews. Hawking’s first wife has been in the press quite a bit after the movie was released, making the point that his first mistress was physics. In fact, his first mistress was ontological materialism, as the character who plays his wife says in the movie, “Stephen, you won’t receive the knighthood because you’re just an old socialist.”
Of course, Socialism is humanism, and most modern humanism desires to make man the cent...
Christian Film/TV Awards Encourages Hollywood
To Insert More Faith and Values in Its Entertainment
For 30 years, Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry (CFTVC), has encouraged Hollywood to put more faith and values into its movies and television programs.
The number of movies with strong or overt Christian content has increased from only one or two a year to more than 65.
Many Entertainment Industry leaders say that the main reason for this positive change is the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry.
The Awards Gala doesn’t just honor the best, most inspiring movies and television prog...
The Miracle of Second Chances:
This Is Why We Celebrate New Years!
By David Outten, Production Editor
Why do we celebrate New Year’s Day?
What’s so new about January 1st?
Think of it like this: It’s a time when we emotionally put the past behind us and start fresh. Sometimes, we make resolutions about how something’s going to be better. Sometimes, we just want to emotionally declare an end to a difficult segment of our life.
The key concept of New Year’s is the opportunity to begin again.
There is no more profound way to begin again than to give your life to Jesus Christ. Jesus described it as being born again. All the mistakes of your past are forgiven – wiped clean from God’s Book of Life. In re...
How To Please Christian Audiences (and Make Lots of Money)
By David Outten and Tom Snyder
Why did GOD’S NOT DEAD and HEAVEN IS FOR REAL do so well while MOM’S NIGHT OUT and THE IDENTICAL didn’t?
Could NOAH have been as big a hit as THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST?
Why did FIREPROOF and COURAGEOUS do better than THE SONG?
Dr. Ted Baehr, Chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission has been meticulously studying audiences – and Christian audiences in particular – for more than 30 years. Movieguide® reviews, rates and analyses up to 300 or more movies a year, and sees and analyses more than 400 TV episodes and programs.
Dr. Baehr urges people wishing to make movies that will please the Christian audience to...
Redeeming the Broken Relationship Between Hollywood and Christ’s Church
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, with Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Lately, there have been several edgy Christian articles gloating over the financial failure or near failures of some mediocre Hollywood movies. Too often, these articles sound like schadenfreude, which means taking pleasure in other people’s pain.
The church wants Hollywood to make movies reflecting a biblical worldview. MOVIEGUIDE(r) wants these movies to get better and better. Even so, when Hollywood makes mistakes, we shouldn’t gloat and take pleasure in their mistakes. Instead, we should try to help these Hollywood filmmakers to 1) Know the Truth that will set them free; 2) Underst...
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
MOVIEGUIDE® has put together a list of great movies for the Christmas season, starting with the movie that shows clearly the reason for the season, THE NATIVITY STORY.
1.THE NATIVITY STORY
NATIVITY STORY is one of those very rare movies that brings the Gospel alive in a compelling, interesting, entertaining manner that shatters expectations. The movie references and quotes Scripture throughout. King Herod sends out the troops to kill all the innocents in Bethlehem and stop the prophecy that there will be born a King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The movie then flashes back to a year earlier in the town of Nazareth, introducing the audience to the life of Joseph and Mary. Soon, an angel of G...