Profanity in Film (Part 2): Profane Language and the Third Commandment

The original Production Code for motion pictures in 1930 (called the "Hays Code") contained strict prohibitions against "pointed profanity", defined as "the words, God, Lord, Jesus, Christ -- unless used reverently". While falling out of favor quickly (the Hays Code also contained strict prohibitions against things like "sexual relationships between the white and black races" and "ridicule of the clergy") this original code for … [Read more...]

Movie Ratings and Content: Judging Profanity in Film

Series Introduction: Movie ratings are traditionally based on three primary criteria:  profanity, sex, and violence, with some additional emphasis on drug use.  One of the flaws of the current rating system is that each level of PSVD content is wrapped into the same rating, without considering the different categories of content individually.  As such, the current rating system provides no additional information about content for viewers who might care about one … [Read more...]

The State of LDS Cinema — 2010

Let’s take a quick glance at box office figures for LDS films released since 2000:  (films are arranged chronologically by release date -- box office figures are in thousands) … [Read more...]