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The Missing Ingredient at Film Festivals and Award Shows

Objective Standards:

The Missing Ingredient at Film Festivals and Award Shows

By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor

The Cannes Film Festival recently ended and some critics are complaining that the festival jury’s pick of socialist director Ken Loach’s movie about the failures of Britain’s welfare state in meeting the needs of people was undeserved.

Of course, the real problem is, neither the global entertainment industry, including the prestigious filmmakers on the Cannes jury, nor the critical establishment, have objective aesthetic standards for what makes great art or a great movie.

Thus, the choices at awards shows and in film festival competitions often come down to a popularity contest among the filmmakers or a politically correct (and mostly leftist) contentious judgment divorced from real Truth, Beauty and Goodness.

For example, I recently read another glowing assessment of French film director Godard’s famous, influential, acclaimed 1959 gangster movie, BREATHLESS, a movie that, with all due respect, is just not that great of a movie, no matter how influential the movie may or may not have been on the world’s elite filmmakers down thru the years. Something can be influential, but still be terrible.

Movieguide®, however, tries to rely on the objective standards of Truth, Beauty, Justice, Goodness, and Storytelling set forth in God’s Word, the Bible.

Also, unlike most movie critics and film festivals, you can find Movieguide®’s explicit, objective standards on its website, at https://www.movieguide.org/what-the-ratings-mean.

You can also find a discussion of what makes a great, successful movie in Movieguide® Publisher Dr. Ted Baehr’s book, HOW TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD (WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL).

 

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Our small team works tirelessly to provide resources to protect families from harmful media, reviewing 415 movies/shows and writing 3,626 uplifting articles this year. We believe that the gospel can transform entertainment. That’s why we emphasize positive and faith-filled articles and entertainment news, and release hundreds of Christian movie reviews to the public, for free. No paywalls, just trusted, biblically sound content to bless you and your family. Online, Movieguide is the closest thing to a biblical entertainment expert at your fingertips. As a reader-funded operation, we welcome any and all contributions – so if you can, please give something. It won’t take more than 52 seconds (we timed it for you). Thank you.

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