CT Movies getting something other than rage mail

Hooray! More who see the point and appreciate the efforts of Mark Moring and company at CT Movies!

Finally, a Christian movie website that makes sense — educated and well informed. I am a movie buff, a strong Christian and someone quite frankly who was so tired of reading Christian movie reviews that basically said I was going to “pay” if I saw a movie that might have the F-word in it. I’ve added your site to my favorites list and will frequent it quite often. Kevin

And now you’re on my favorites list, Kevin!

I always wonder why movie companies feel they have to have a story plot that pleases both the adults viewing the movie and the children. Having said that, would it be so terrible for adults to just take a couple of hours out of their “I’m so busy” day for a movie with a kidthey love, and not feel like it was a waste of their time? Should it matter if the adults didn’t like the movie? Lori

Lori, I see your point. Certainly, we shouldn’t demand that kids entertainment pander to adult interests. My parents didn’t sit around and watch Sesame Stree all the time with me, and I don’t blame them.

HOWEVER, I don’t think that any filmmakers … or moviegoers… should compromise quality just because it’s a movie for kids. If a movie doesn’t stand up to high standards of good craftsmanship or good storytelling, it shouldn’t be shown to anybody, especially children, who are impressionable and who learn and develop their own standards based on what they’re exposed to. Nobody would say, “This food is full of unhealthy ingredients. I won’t touch the stuff, but I will give it to my kids.”

In my experience, the best entertainment and art that is intended for children usually has something in it worthwhile for adults as well. Consider The Muppet Show, which was so well done, and which dazzled and entertained viewers of all ages. Consider Pixar’s films, which have as many adult fans as they do child fans. Consider A.A. Milne’s Pooh stories, or C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. I still keep a collection of Dr. Seuss around, and I’m not ashamed to say so.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • BethR

    About time, too. I hope as CT Movies continues to establish itself, more and more readers will discover that these are the kinds of critical perspectives they WANT to read. Keep up the good work.