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Selma
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language
Release Date:
December 25, 2014

 

Pride
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for language and brief sexual content
Release Date:
October 9, 2014

Into the Woods
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material
Release Date:
December 25, 2014

 

Magic in the Moonlight
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for a brief suggestive comment, and smoking throughout
Release Date:
August 1, 2014

Unbroken
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for war violence including intense sequences of brutality, and for brief language
Release Date:
December 25, 2014

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
Release Date:
August 8, 2014

Now That’s Funny: The Paley Center Visits Top TV Comedies

posted by Nell Minow

In case you missed the Paley Center special on TV comedy shows, you can watch it online. It is a lot of fun to go behind the scenes to hear the creators of “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mom,” “Modern Family,” “New Girl,” “Episodes,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Key and Peele,” and “The Mindy Project” talk about how the shows come together. I loved hearing the “Modern Family” writers talk about the episodes that come from their own lives. And it is very impressive to see how hard they work, from the initial idea to the last-minute changes during taping and how complicated each episode has to be.

CONTEST: Divergent DVD/Book

posted by Nell Minow
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I have a Divergent DVD/Book to give away! Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Divergent” in the subject line and tell me about the best gift you ever GAVE. Don’t forget your address! (US addresses only.) I’ll pick a winner at random on January 2, 2015.

The Year’s Best Christian Films

posted by Nell Minow

The Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury is made up of film critics and cinephiles who wish to recognize and celebrate films that use the medium to explore themes of religion, faith, or spirituality. We particularly seek to enlarge or expand the perception of what is meant by either labeling a film a “Christian” film or suggesting that it should be of interest to Christian audiences. The jury seeks to recognize quality films (regardless of genre) that have challenged, moved, enlightened, or entertained us and to draw the attention of Christian audiences to films it thinks have the potential to do the same for them.

This year’s awardees include films from Hollywood and Europe, feature films and a documentary, independents and big-budget studio films. Of particular interest are the “honorable mention” films that did not make it to the list but were selected by individual judges. Awardees included “Fury,” the very violent WWII film starring Brad Pitt, “Ida,” a black and white film about a nun who discovers that she is of Jewish heritage, “The Overnighters,” a documentary about a Lutheran clergyman struggling to help the men who came to his community in North Dakota from out of state to work in the oil industry, and “Calvary,” the story of an dedicated Irish priest trying to heal damage that is almost inimaginable.

The Real Story: Walter and Margaret Keane and the Big Eyes Paintings

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Amy Adams as Margaret Keane  Copyright Weinstein Company 2014

Copyright Weinstein Company 2014

The strangest parts of the story of Walter and Margaret Keane in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes are true. Perhaps the strangest of all is that the paintings — at the time thought to be painted by Walter Keane but ultimately proven to have been painted by Margaret Keane — were so wildly successful. In large part that was due to Walter Keane’s prodigious talents as a self-promoter. But it was not until he had Margaret’s paintings of the sad-eyed children that he had something that was promotable.

As shown in the film, Margaret Keane took her daughter and left her first husband. She met Walter Keane, also divorced, at an art fair in 1955. He told everyone he was the creator of her paintings and it was not until after they were divorced in the mid-60’s that she began to tell the truth.

Copyright Margaret Keane

Copyright Margaret Keane

While in the film Walter is played by German actor Christoph Waltz, who has an accent, in real life Walter was an American, born in Lincoln, Nebraska.

As noted in the film, Margaret Keane, now 87, still paints every day and she has an art gallery where fans can buy her work.  In an interview with the New York Times, she was still asking herself how she could have allowed her husband to take credit for her pictures.

Ms. Keane’s trajectory was in some ways a product of an era when women were encouraged to follow their husband’s lead, no matter the path. Although she had been painting since she was a girl, Ms. Keane believed a female artist wouldn’t sell as well as a man. She never doubted her talent — she paints to this day at her home in Napa and sells work at Keane Eyes Gallery in San Francisco — but her newfound confidence paralleled the rise of the women’s movement and an acceptance of outsider and pop artists. Deeply private and now a Jehovah’s Witness, she has an unlikely story placed her in the middle of a profound cultural shift.

The courtroom drama in real life unfolded as it does in the film, with Keane representing himself and making outrageous statements.  In the real case, the judge at one point required him to be gagged, which is not shown in the film.  But it did end up with both Keanes seated at easels in the courtroom and told to paint something.  Margaret still has the painting she did in court that day on her wall.  Its title: Exhibit 233.

Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes is by the journalist who wrote the first major expose of Keane’s lies.

 

 

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Now That's Funny: The Paley Center Visits Top TV Comedies
In case you missed the Paley Center special on TV comedy shows, you can watch it online. It is a lot of fun to go behind the scenes to hear the creators of "The Big Bang Theory," "Mom," "Modern Family," "New Girl," "Episodes," "Parks and Recreation," "Key and Peele," and "The Mindy Project" talk ab

posted 9:36:00am Dec. 27, 2014 | read full post »

CONTEST: Divergent DVD/Book
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfgTxS91faA[/youtube] I have a Divergent DVD/Book to give away! Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with "Divergent" in the subject line and tell me about the best gift you ever GAVE. Don't forget your address! (US addresses only.) I'll pick a wi

posted 8:00:51am Dec. 27, 2014 | read full post »

The Year's Best Christian Films
The Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury is made up of film critics and cinephiles who wish to recognize and celebrate films that use the medium to explore themes of religion, faith, or spirituality. We particularly seek to enlarge or expand the perception of what is meant by either labeling a film a

posted 3:51:16pm Dec. 26, 2014 | read full post »

The Real Story: Walter and Margaret Keane and the Big Eyes Paintings
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4WhmP7Agc0[/youtube] The strangest parts of the story of Walter and Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes are true. Perhaps the strangest of all

posted 3:16:11pm Dec. 26, 2014 | read full post »

Kwanzaa Blessings!
[iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0kV-6qVp98Q?rel=0" frameborder="0"] Warm Kwanzaa greetings to all who celebrate. May the blessings of unity, faith, work, cooperation, purpose, creativity and faith be with you all year.

posted 10:11:48am Dec. 26, 2014 | read full post »


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