Friday, May 25, 2007

Film and The Christian

Do you like going to the movies? There nothing really like sitting in a darkened theatre, fragrant popcorn in hand, that sense of expectation that you are about to enter into another world, into someone else’s stories. However movies today seem to be increasing vile and depraved, full of violence and sexual immorality, language and all sort’s of foul behavior. How are we to respond to this? Should we walk away? Just boycott the entire industry? Should we picket movie theatres protesting loudly? I don’t believe that this is what we should do. Hollywood is a major influence on the world’s culture and, if Christians walk away from Hollywood, it is only going to get worse. We need to make sure that decent films are well supported at the box office for above all else the movie industry is about making money, if decent family films make money, then more decent family films will be made. That is why the story behind Walden Media the producers of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe is so exciting.
Founded by Cary Granat, the producer of films such as Scream and Scary Movie, Walden Media found its Genesis when Granat, in a road to Damascus moment discovered his terrified 2 year old daughter watching the dailies from Scream. While Walden Media is funded by billionaire businessman and Christian conservative Philip Anschutz, it must be stated that they are not a "Christian" film maker however Walden’s signature strategy of high-quality adaptations of kids literature classics supported with aggressive, education-focused grassroots marketing deserves our support. Walden are not very keen on fart jokes, dirty words, and cynicism. They are determined to make positive family friendly movies, movies that evoke wonder and fantasy, engaging the imaginations of children. That alone makes it a company worth supporting,
Cris
There are numerous resources available to Christians, who wish to go to the movies. One of the best is http://www.pluggedinonline.com/ a ministry of Focus on the Family on this site you can find christens reviews of the latest movies and DVD’s other Christian movie review sites include http://past-the-popcorn.gospelcom.net/ &
http://www.hollywoodjesus.com/
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