Isn't it interesting that Aristotle had it right all along.....“When
the storytelling goes bad in society, the result is decadence.” Love that
quote.Movies really are our storytellers now, and I agree that we need to
tell better stories.....stories that reflect how good our culture and our
society still are, despite the minority that only wants to show us the
decadence!The way to fight the dark is to bring forth more of the
light!Come on good film producers. Onward and upward. Give us more!
For the most part, the storytelling has gone bad in our society. I was very
pleased when I attended last week's screening of "Nowhere Safe"
(mentioned in this article). The story was superb, my family and I were
entertained, and most importantly we left the theater uplifted and inspired.
Movies can have positive messages!
So, why even go to movies if they are inappropriate? About 98% of movies peddle
violence and/or sex. Of those that don't, even they have costumes that are
immodest. The so-called LDS based movies are just as bad when it comes to
immodesty. If the movies doesn't fit church standards, then NO ONE should
see them. The fastest way to change what is shown in movies is for nobody to go
to the ones that are inappropriate.
Books are almost always better than the movie. I don't know why: maybe the
director wants to put his own imprint on the story; maybe they figure that the
movie should be different, so that people will desire to see the difference;
maybe they just lack the ability or resources to follow the book. Having said
that, there are great movies out there.
Well said Eyres!! I am grateful to this Utah filmmaker who has made a movie
about such an important social issue. As a mother, I am always looking for
movies that will uplift and teach my kids without the sex, violence, and
language. We are always looking to see a movie all together as a family but, it
seems these days, the only movies we can all see together are animation movies.
It seems that most movies made here in the great state of Utah are great
family movies with a great message. I hope that we can give more attention to
movies like "NoWhere Safe" and "Ephraim's Rescue". Thank
you to those that put their time and resources into making these important
It would appear that our society is following the path our storytelling is
taking. I agree with Richard and Linda - movies help shape our values. We need
more movies that shape our values positively- Paul Fife - Colorado
Indeed! What a person sees and hears influences them. As we get older we like
to think that we're independent and can't be influenced by what we
participate in whether it's a movie, video game, song, novel, comic, play,
or anything else... But we, people, are unalterably influenced by what is
around us.I was particularly impressed with the mention about
"amorality" vs. "immorality", and the lack of context in film
ratings, because those are consistent problems I have in trying to engage in the
world. It seems like most people focus entirely on "what" is
involved-whether it's being decedant for the sake of being decedant, or
censoring the parts of the bible where people get hurt-without assessing things
in their proper and full context.
I was lucky enough to fly in from Oregon and attend the special screening of
"Nowhere Safe" mentioned in this article. My work is in the field of
bullying, thus my special interest. The response from the audience that night
was overwhelming - I don't remember the last time I saw everyone clap at
the end of a movie! Richard is right - it was refreshing to see a movie with
such a positive message.
I often enjoy reading the articles written by the Eyre's They have some
great in-site into parenting and family life in general. I really liked their
take on movies and media particularly the need for media that inspires and
elevates. Linda and Richard have hit the nail on the head. As consumers, and
as the silent majority it seems, it is time we stand up and support that which
elevates and inspires. Our children need to recognize the masquerade of this
vocal minority known as Hollywood. I too was able to attend the special
screening of "Nowhere Safe" with some of my children. My entire family
of 9 -- including 7 children ages 19 to 2 have enjoyed watching
"Ephraim's Rescue".. We are also big fans of "The Princess
Bride". Our family is always on the lookout for something we can watch
together and take a message from that is positive.. Thanks for writing this
Eyres, and for the reminder that we should all be seeking out that which lifts
and inspires our society.
There are millions of lives being negatively affected by bullying and a sense of
hopelessness. I'm anxiously anticipating the release of the movie
mentioned ("Nowhere Safe") - it sounds like it is just what our youth
need instead of the steady diet of killing, hatred, violence and blowing people
up. We need more movies that inspire children to be the best version of
"The problem with much of the motion picture industry is that it is a
minority masquerading as a majority. The “obviously, everyone does
this” messages are lies, but they can become self-fulfilling. And those
who create and produce these films are not just “reflecting
society.” They are looking for converts to amorality."/////Absolutely spot on!Too much of the industry has
this self-fulfilling attribute. There is a very closed sense of what is
acceptable, what works, what makes money. This is why many films are projected
to make much more than they really do. Numbers don't predict numbers.
Having good sense, experience and knowledge, and a good eye for a good product
are half the battle. The other half is being in touch with your audience...
which many aren't.People want good films, good stories, good
people. Entertainment can be clean, real, and have high value and market
potential. People want it, it's just not provided. And the few attempts to
do it are given to lower budget, less experienced people, etc.It's time for a change!
"It’s not immorality that we hate in movies, it’s
amorality."You mean like the theme song from Frozen, "Let is
go?""Couldn't keep it in, Heaven knows I tried.Don't let them in, don't let them see.Be the good girl you
always have to be.Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know.Well, now they know!Let it go, let it go!Can't hold it
back any more.Let it go, let it go!Turn away and slam the door.I don't care what they're going to say.Let the storm rage
on.The cold never bothered me anyway.It's funny how some
distance,makes everything seem small.And the fears that once
controlled me, can't get to me at allIt's time to see what I can
do,to test the limits and break through.No right, no wrong, no rules
for me.I'm free!Let it go, let it go.And I'll
rise like the break of dawn.Let it go, let it goThat perfect girl is
goneHere I stand, in the light of day.
Thanks for your thoughts! This is a subject that is important to me and we
can't seem to address it enough, because I know many good people that still
don't get it - how powerful media is on us, how much it influences us, and
how we need to be proactive about what we listen to, look at and watch. Thanks
again! And don't listen to people that make fun of this! :D