“Movies can and do have tremendous influence in
shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards
the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.”
“This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money
I could have invaded some country.”
“A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre
admission and the babysitter were worth it.”
“The secret to film is that it's an illusion.”
Why do so many children dream of being movie stars when they grow up? Why do so many of them carry that dream into adulthood? Because even little children know that being a movie star means living a life of glamour and luxury while experiencing action, mystery and romance – and always winning in the end.
Going to the movies isn’t just a social experience. The process of sitting in the dark, staring up at the larger than life images of beautiful people exploring idealized stories enables us to make a quick emotional connection to the screen story. Movies captivate our hearts and minds. Yet, when we examine the underlying plots and themes of the movies and evaluate the choices made by characters, we may conclude that a significant portion of these stories reduce the life experience to its lowest common denominator.
Complicating the matter is the fact that the ultimate decision about which films are made can be reduced to the aspect of money. Studio marketing departments have created a complex set of formulas that can estimate how much a movie will earn at the box office based upon genre, stars, budget and the time of year when it will be released. In other words, rather than artistic considerations, quite often the stories and characters that burrow their way into your psyche have been crafted around a financial formula.
One of the more disturbing trends of recent years is the fact that family films are doing a great disservice to the image of the American family. Hollywood has told too many “family” stories where the character of the mother is dead or otherwise absent. This has led to a diminished emphasis on the integral role of the mother in society. Consequently, audiences are repeatedly exposed to demonstrations of abandonment, dysfunction and role-reversal n the parent/child relationship without significant representation of the preferred alternative – an intact family that survives and thrives on unconditional love.
At Moms Media World, we stand firmly behind the belief that mothers are the glue that holds society together.
In this section, we’ll explore the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of the movie industry.
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