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 ca … [Read more...]

CleanFlix and Clean Flicks: A Look At Edited Films

Once upon a time, my wife and I watched a TV movie on a basic cable channel -- the TV-edited version of a movie that was originally rated R in theaters.  It was okay, but the interesting part was what we didn't see. … [Read more...]

Review: 8: The Mormon Proposition

8: The Mormon Proposition is described as being “an indictment of the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion & passage of California's Proposition 8”. Directors Reed Cowan and Steven Greenstreet (This Divided State) – both former Mormons -- have spent the year and a half since the November 2008 election researching and compiling this documentary.One basic question, before we dive into the details: what’s the purpose of this documentary?You might consider that a … [Read more...]

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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...]

Searching For Decent Films (Part 2): Using The Rating System Appropriately

(Continuing from Part 1)The movie rating system gets a lot of criticism – most of it deserved.  However, it also gets prematurely dismissed as unhelpful and irrelevant.It’s not irrelevant.  A movie’s rating – even if it is just a highly subjective label from a panel of people you’ve never met – still presents information about that movie.There is a big difference between a PG movie and a NC-17 movie, for example, even when the boundaries of each individual rating may be a little vague.  Bor … [Read more...]