What Does Philippians 4:8 Really Mean?

Editor of Movieguide, Tom Snyder writes:"Alan Noble’s biblical exegesis here is poor..."and..."Regarding his Old testament verses, Jesus Christ has overcome the world and our duty is to preach the Great Commission and transform the world (we are ecumenical Evangelical Bible-believing Christians at MOVIEGUIDE®, so we do not buy into the doom and gloom approach of Dispensationalism, which is a controversial end-times construct that is a very recent addition to Christian theology with di … [Read more...]

Reviewing the Critics: Can We Trust Secular Film Critics?

Editor of Movieguide, Tom Snyder writes,"Just because the secular movie critics and secular elites in Hollywood don’t like some of the movies we pick does not mean that they are really bad movies within the categories in which we pick them. In that sense, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS was a very entertaining, uplifting family movie that kids would enjoy. The mainstream critics trashed it, but the American audience, many of whom still have strong vestiges of their Christian heritage, even though not a … [Read more...]

Movieguide: "Alan, You're Wrong!" and CAPC Responds

On Friday, we published a post called "Whatever is Pure" by Alan Noble about Movieguide's Faith and Values Awards. You'll want to go ahead and look over that to get the full context.To our surprise, the first comment was a response from Movieguide themselves, particularly from their editor, Tom Snyder. While we have some issues with the tone of the response, we have decided to publish it in full at the end of this post, in order to give them a sort of equal opportunity.After reading Tom's … [Read more...]

Whatever is Pure: Movieguide's Faith and Value Awards

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." (Phil 4:8)Last week, Ted Baehr and the folks over at Movieguide.org held their 16th annual Faith and Values Awards Gala. The show is dedicated to awarding the best family-friendly films of the year and the best films for mature audiences. In addition, every year … [Read more...]

Podcast #20: There Will be Blood

Click here to listen!**WARNING** THIS PODCAST HAS SPOILERS.The Christ and Pop Culture Podcast is back! This week, we introduce our new host, Ben Bartlett, a long-time listener and writer for the Christ and Pop Culture Website.After that, we discuss There Will be Blood. With tons of critical success, you'd think this film would be perfect. So why do so many regular people hate it? Is it worth sitting through the whole thing? And does P. T. Anderson hate Christians?We'll discuss these … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Film

The medium of film is considered to be one of the most helpful in terms of thought-provoking, entertaining, and challenging art. I explored and defended this claim in my last blog. But film is not immune from causing both the consumer and film-maker to lean towards certain unfortunate mistakes and problematic decisions. Here’s a few things to be wary of when we check out the latest blockbuster or award-winning film.(Of course, film isn't all bad. If you haven't yet, check out Part 1: In Praise … [Read more...]

2008 Summer Movie Calendar: July-August

To start some early buzz for the summer, I thought I’d round up information on the big releases so you can be better informed about what’s coming down the pipe. Below you will find a chronological listing of 16 featured upcoming summer of 2008 movies and links to their respective websites. Fair Warning: most of these films are made by non-Christians and may contain questionable material. Hopefully you can save this list for when things begin to thaw out, to help you decide what to see this sum … [Read more...]

Who Cares About Hollywood?

I imagine a large number of people don't usually care about the Oscars, but those numbers must have increased this year. The nominees have been announced and the season is upon us, and yet this year Oscar the Grouch is probably gaining more attention (though Ben Bartlett would probably say that he always gets more attention). But it's not just the mediocre awards show that is gaining little-to-no applause from fans this year, it seems to me that no one really even cares about Hollywood at all … [Read more...]

2008 Summer Movie Calendar: June

To start some early buzz for the summer, I thought I’d round up information on the big releases so you can be better informed about what’s coming down the pipe. Below you will find a chronological listing of 16 featured upcoming summer of 2008 movies and links to their respective websites. Fair Warning: most of these films are made by non-Christians and may contain questionable material. Hopefully you can save this list for when things begin to thaw out, to help you decide what to see this sum … [Read more...]

Sorry, Cloverfield: Love Won't Keep Us Together

Warning: There are spoilers here. Go see it first, then read this.There are two types of people who will see J.J. Abram's monster thriller, Cloverfield: those who know and celebrate J. J. Abrams as the creator of Lost and are looking forward to a fun movie instilled also with poignant meaning, and those who just want to see a good monster movie. I found myself in the first camp. Lost is surprisingly meaningful for serialized television drama, concerned constantly with deep human issues such as … [Read more...]


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