"Don’t Come Knocking" – full of "Christian content"?

By the way, one of the films I recently really enjoyed -- Don't Come Knocking -- contains the following content, listed for your convenience by the "Christian reviewer"* at Movieguide: Content: Very strong humanist, anti-biblical worldview with immoral characters who are driven by their broken souls to make life decisions, as well as light Christian elements can be seen by discerning viewers that shows the fruitlessness and emptiness of immoral decisions and God-less lifestyles;24 … [Read more...]

Chattaway’s Back (and Under Attack!)

Chattaway's back to regular blogging, now that his wife Deanna and the twins are home from the hospital. (Congratulations again, Chattaway family!) Well, in truth, Peter never really stopped blogging, but he's got so much interesting stuff this week, I won't get specific. I'll just send you over there. Oh, and I should also note another stamp of approval for Chattaway's work. He's must be doing some good work, if he's provoked Ted Baehr to say THIS about him: It's shocking to find out that … [Read more...]

After condemning Christianity Today in public, what’s Mr. Ted Baehr’s next amazing statement?

Here is Ted Baehr, still thinking he is the voice of Christian film criticism ... and frighteningly enough, many of them would say that he is... as he sums up the Oscars. Here are a few choice statements: Of course, by shutting out the best family movies with godly, Christian messages – like "The Chronicles Of Narnia," "Dreamer," "Madagascar" and "Chicken Little" – the Oscar ceremony ensured that it would get the lowest ratings ever from the TV audience, the vast majority of whom are … [Read more...]

A Movieguide Survivor Responds to the Previous Post

This comment was added to my previous post, and I'm grateful to Sean Gaffney for his input and perspective. Wow, Jeff, where to begin. I had the interesting experience of writing freelance reviews for Movie Guide years ago (way too far down the food chain to even meet the founder). On one hand, I feel for you, brother. On the other – congratulations! If Mr. Baehr thinks you deserve attack, it probably means you are doing quality work. And my heart goes out to all the reviewers working … [Read more...]

There He Goes Again: Ted Baehr Slanders Christianity Today On the Air.

Yesterday during the James D. Kennedy Coral Ridge Broadcast, Ted Baehr once again slandered Christianity Today and my colleagues in Christian film criticism. And in the meantime, he either got the facts wrong, or he lied... you decide. From a friend who heard the broadcast: Ted Baehr (who starts the broadcast by taking credit for The Passion, Chronicles of Narnia, Madagascar, and other films) notes that he gave The Passion a “movie of the year” award last year. Then he says: … [Read more...]

Ted Baehr on Ted Baehr on Ted Baehr

I got into the business of writing film reviews partly to combat the only kind of "Christian perspective on film" available to me at the time ... and that narrow, judgemental, overly legalistic, and hypocritical style is best manifested by the movie reviews at Movieguide. Most of you who have read my rants and raves over the years know my pet peeves with Movieguide. I have, in fact, been trying to go forward as though they don't exist, focusing on the brighter side of Christian engagement … [Read more...]