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Hollywood film reviews from a LDS perspective  

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  1. 1. What matters most to you in movie reviews?

    • Heads-up on content
      9
    • Gospel parallels to discuss
      0
    • Artistically, is the movie any good?
      11
    • Avoidance of spoilers.
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  2. 2. How do you decide if a film is appropriate for you and/or your family?

    • For the Strength of Youth. Period.
      1
    • Maturity of the viewer.
      6
    • Context of the content.
      6
    • If it's not pornographic, it's okay.
      2
  3. 3. What kind of movie are you most likely to enjoy?

    • Action
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    • Comedy
      2
    • Romance
      2
    • Thriller/horror
      0
    • Family/kids
      0
    • Musical
      0
    • Sci-fi/fantasy
      7
    • Drama
      1
    • Based on a true story
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    • Faith-based
      1
    • Documentary
      0


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Hi there! I'm new to this forum and yes, this is a plug for my site BUT it's a site I think many of you will use. My name is Jonathan Decker, and I provide Hollywood film reviews from a LDS perspective at www.mormonmovieguy.com. I only review movies rated PG-13 and under, and each review comes with a content overview and discussion points with links to scriptures and quotes by GA's. I'd be interested in getting to know you all and getting your feedback for improving the site. If you like it, please share it B:)

For those who are interested, I also have a regular arts and entertainment column with Meridian Magazine and have a book, 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families, published through Cedar Fort and coming to Deseret Book, Seagull Book, and more this fall.

What would you like to see from an LDS film reviewer?

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I doubt this thread will last long, but whatever.

My favorite movie reviewer is Michael Medved (see http://www.michaelmedved.com/). Not to put down your offering, but while is a practicing Jew, I think that any Latter-day Saint could rely upon his reviews to determine whether it is appropriate to view a given movie.

I think that an LDS reviewer who is reviewing for the LDS audience should of course be keeping LDS standards in mind, since there would be the expectation that such a reviewer would help families and individuals know whether they would have to walk out in the middle of the show, or not.

Having checked out your site, it looks good, actually. Loads too slowly, at least for me. It might be my browser. I compared your review of The Bourne Legacy with my viewing of it, and found that we mostly agree -- except that I didn't think it was anything like Matt Damon's sloppy seconds. I really liked the whole film, including the ending. But then I am simple simon when it comes to film. I don't even hate Jar Jar like the rest of the universe does.

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I'd be interested in getting to know you all and getting your feedback for improving the site.
I would have smaller margins on the side (where you only have the red curtains, no text or ads) so that the middle section can contain more text per line so I don't have to scroll down so much to read your comments.

PS: I've recently gotten into watching Divine Comedy, got hooked with the Phantom of the Awkward.

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I doubt this thread will last long, but whatever.

My favorite movie reviewer is Michael Medved (see http://www.michaelmedved.com/). Not to put down your offering, but while is a practicing Jew, I think that any Latter-day Saint could rely upon his reviews to determine whether it is appropriate to view a given movie.

 

 

I suspect Michael Medved is much more tolerant of rated R movies and violence and profanity in movies than most LDS.

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