Parent Movie Review – Shaun of the Sheep

Posted by Paul Murray on Friday Mar 11, 2016 Under Parent Movie Reviews

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Parent Movie Review: Shaun of the Sheep

Shaun of the Sheep Movie is Aardman Animations (Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run)latest claymation film aimed at children. The film is rated PG for rude humor. Directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, the film features the voices of Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili, Richard Webber and Kate Harbour.For Shaun the Sheep (voiced by Fletcher), life at the Mossy Bottom Farm is pretty sweet. There is just one tiny problem though. Farm life can just be SO boring. Wake up. Work. Work. Work. Eat. Sleep. Do it over again. Every. Single. Day. Sound familiar?After tiring of this tedious routine, Shaun and friends devise a scheme to take a day off from work. They trick the farmer into sleep by using the old sheep counting trick. As sheep jump over the fence one after another, the farmer counts them and falls asleep before he even reaches ten. They put the passed out farmer in his caravan, which accidentally rolls away into the big city.

The farmer wakes up, having bumped his head, with amnesia. He soon roams into a hair salon. He begins to cut everyone’s hair as if he was shearing a sheep. The customers love it so much that the farmer becomes a famous stylist sensation.

Meanwhile back on the farm, Shaun and rest of the flock find life impossible without the farmer. Shaun and the gang take a bus to the big city to find the farmer. They eventually find him, but he does not remember them. They concoct a plan to put the farmer asleep again and get him on the caravan and back to the farm.

In the end, the farmer wakes up and regains his memory. He helps the sheep rid the farm of an animal control officer, who becomes bent on killing the sheep. Through teamwork, the farmer and sheep stop the evil animal control officer and gain a new fond appreciation and understanding for each other.

Violence Content

A caravan tumbles to the city, narrowly avoiding being hit by a train. The farmer is knocked out by a falling street lamp. The sheep often escape sudden near-death situations.

The animal control officer uses a high-voltage gun that shoots out a hook in order to trap his victims. This could be especially scary for young children when he demonstrates it’s power on a toy, which ignites in flames. The animal control officer also uses a scythe when he chases the sheep.

When the animal control officer becomes particularly enraged in the ending scenes, he drives a large tractor in hopes of pushing the farmer and sheep off a large cliff. He, of course, is unsuccessful.

Positive Elements

Shaun and his buds go to great lengths to save the farmer after realizing life was so much better when their family-unit was whole. They put themselves in great peril and learn the value of teamwork in order to rescue the farmer from the big city.

This theme is continued as the film introduces stray animals who seek a family of their own and teach Shaun and his friends the value of family.

The farmer learns that a bit of R&R and downtime can go a long way as a treat to your hard-working friends and family members.

Sexual Content

The very top part of a man’s buttocks is shown on several occasions due to his sagging pants. There is some flirtation and a few light sexual insinuations.

A farmer is photographed without his shirt for a calendar. The animal control officer openly flirts with a sheep dressed as a human female.

Drug and Alcohol Content

A drink is mixed and served in a cocktail glass. A character drinks a glass of wine during dinner. The farmer holds a bottle of champagne in a photograph.

A patient in the hospital is gassed unconscious before going in the operating room.

Conclusion

Shaun the Sheep is a movie for all ages. Based on the children’s TV show, the film continues the light-hearted tone of the series. As it has very little dialogue, there is no crass language and it also makes the film very easy to follow for kid’s of all ages. Parents should enjoy this one as well.

While the film does rely on some crude sight-gags such as passed-gas and toilet humor, parent’s should feel confident in showing their little one’s Shaun the Sheep Movie. The morals shine through at the end of this movie and seek to teach children to value and love their family and life, even when it can become boring and tedious ever so often.

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Filmed in Georgia: Goosebumps

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Mar 10, 2016 Under Georgia Film Industry

Goosebumps Filmed in Georgia

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In 2008, Georgia Governor George Perdue signed the Entertainment Industry Investment Act offering 30 percent tax incentives to Hollywood movie companies who decide to film their features in the state of Georgia. One film that was filmed in Georgia is called Goosebumps, released last year. Rob Letterman, the Hollywood director who filmed this feature, said he felt at home directing this picture in Atlanta, Georgia. Letterman noted there were plenty of directors and producers shooting motion pictures in Atlanta, Georgia. Goosebumps is a book series for children. It was originally published between the years 1992 and 1997 by Scholastic Publishing Company. Goosebumps is a book in the supernatural horror genre. Neal Moritz and Rob Letterman wanted to bring this book series to the silver screen. This 103 minute production premiered in Los Angeles on October 5, 2015 and nationally on October 16, 2015. Tim Burton originally considered making a film adaption of the Goosebumps book series in 1998. Unfortunately, Burton wasn’t able to come across a good script for it.

Actor Jack Black portrays young adult fiction writer, RL Stine, nicknamed Mr. Shivers, who writes Goosebumps, a story about a teenage boy named Zach Cooper who moves away from hustling bustling New York, NY with his mother to the quiet small town of Madison, DE, reluctantly. Zach is amazed to find that his neighbor is the author of the horror classic Goosebumps when the teen meets Stine’s daughter, Hannah. Beginning a relationship, Hannah invites Zach over to her house where the boy learns that the horror creatures actually exist. The characters are locked securely away inside their manuscripts. Zach accidentally opens one of the books, releasing the horrific characters from their home. One of the characters is a gigantic preying mantis that escapes from the Stine home and invades the town. Hannah and Zach spend most of the movie trying to find these characters and return them to the manuscripts they call home.

The characters were created with CGI, known as Computer Generated Imagery that make the characters look three dimensional as they roamed about the town and trough the shops. Some of the characters were zombies that were a result of the makeup and wardrobe department. Despite the horror surrounding the film, Neal Moritz,who had produced Goosebumps, wanted the film to be appropriate for viewers as young as seven or eight years-old. He believed he had a very fine line to walk to make sure the film did not enter the PG area.

Letterman loved the large variety of location sites that the Atlanta area offered to him. He was looking at filming in the state of Lousiana before he made his final decision. The downtown Madison location sites included one of the cemeteries in Decatur, an ice skating rink in Marietta, Georgia, Cobb County,DeKalb School of the Arts, and the Inman Park neighborhood. The chase scene was filmed in Gainesville, Georgia. In the last week of July 2014, regular commuters were warned that the filming would cause traffic delays on 53/Dawson Highway. Traffic would be slowed up from Lake Ranch Court to Marina Drive in Hall County. Chattahootchee Bridge would be backed up because of stunt drivers. The public was also informed there would be nothing to see if they were interested in celebrity sightings.

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Parent Movie Review – Goosebumps

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Mar 8, 2016 Under Parent Movie Reviews

 

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Parent Movie Review: Goosebumps

R.L. Stine has made a good fortune and a dedicated young adult base of fans from his Goosebumps series of books which were introduced in 1992. After all of these years of selling more than 350 million books in 32 languages the series has finally made it to the movie theater. The movies stars Jack Black as R.L. Stine himself and has received fair reviews across the spectrum and has received a PG rating which makes it a worthwhile view by families with small children. There are some elements which could be unsuitable to parents and those will be explored here.

The story centers around a main character named Zach Cooper who deals with a common theme of moving to a big city after growing up in a small town. Dylan Minnette plays the role well as the story eventually reveals that the move carries both positive and negative aspects as do most life changes. He finds romance and friendship in a neighbor named Hannah whose father is R.L. Stine. The monsters which the author has been creating turn out to be more than imaginary and these characters must bond together in order to place the monsters back into the books.

Fans of the books will recognize some of the most famous titles which are locked in a mysterious bookcase in the house of neighbor Mr. Shivers who is ultimately revealed to be R.L. Stine. Popular books such as The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight and The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena all become elements of the movie as the monsters like the Abominable Snowman are chased in order to return them to the pages of the books in which they were written.

Positive Elements

The movie adeptly dresses the uncertainty of life changes such as relocation and shows that courage can turn even a seemingly sad situation in to a great experience. This is tied in with a lesson on defending the innocent as Zach looks to rescue Hannah from inappropriate attacks even if the situation is not what it quite seems on the surface. He is shown making both good decisions such as contacting the authorities who can better assess the situation as well as bad decisions such as taking the matter into his own hands and breaking into the house.

The story incites the imaginations of young viewers as they are taught that courage in spite of the circumstance can birth heroic actions which they may not have known that they were capable of accomplishing. This is also brought to further fruition through the teamwork which is necessary in order for the monsters to be placed back into a place which keeps those around safe. In some ways it is also a touching story about a man (R.L. Stine) who takes the father role for Zach who was prompted to move by the passing of his own dad.

Sexual Content

Champ is the other member of the posse as he becomes an instant close companion to Zach. The movie includes a scene where Champ asks for Zach to go to a dance but not like “together, together” which has some undertones of homosexuality thought. Hanna and Zach also eventually share a couple of kisses before it is all over, one of these being a reward for saving her from a werewolf.

Unfortunately, Hollywood has decided it funny to confuse the word audiophile and pedophile. Also, there is a character named Lorainne who is on the mission to find a man and this leads her to ask if a potential target is going to be leaving his wife. This lack of honor by her towards marriage is definitely not something that Christians would want their children to pick up on. Overall, the sexual content is light and these small issues could be easily addressed by parents if need be.

Violent Content

There is a definite Halloween overtone to the Goosebumps film and there is quite a bit of action as the team of characters looks to recapture the monsters. Sir Snowman wreaks havoc on an ice rink before he is able to be tamed and he chases the teens attempting to hit them. There is a giant praying mantis which runs around in a violent manner and eventually ends up placing a teen in a neck brace by snatching him through a window. Slappy leads the horde of monsters to the dance after breaking R.L. Stine’s fingers in a typewriter. Once at the school, the monsters proceed to send most of the students running for cover before the finale. That finale is explosive and ooze-filled, but overall the content of the movie is quite tame and not too realistic. The actions of the monsters and their pursuers are mostly set to heighten the suspense of the film rather than to glorify violence itself. Any parent who has read some of the novels will already be familiar with this type of action and will probably not be too concerned about their children watching this.

Drug And Alcohol Content

The movie has no content related to drugs and alcohol.

R.L. Stine understands his audience and for that reason has always sought to scare rather than traumatize those children who best love his work. This means that the movie includes no blood or any gore which has been seen in some other similarly targeted films. This is an exciting movie which should definitely bring satisfaction to any of the author’s fans and leave them waiting for a sequel.

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Recently, an annual Men’s Wildlife Supper was hosted at a coastal South Carolina mega church, and Southern Outdoor Cinema was able to help make it an overwhelming success. The event was part of a men’s outreach program at Community Bible Church. The highlight of the evening was a visit from Tim Tebow, who once again reached out to others with his strong faith.

When planning this year’s event, Community Bible Church invited Heisman Trophy-winning and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow to be their guest speaker. As word spread of this popular sports celebrity coming to the church, more and more people wanted to be there to hear him speak. Over 3,000 men registered for the event, but many more were expected. Each registered visitor was asked to bring an “unchurched guest” with them. Many fathers and sons were coming as well as friends and neighbors.

With so many visitors expected and limited room in the sanctuary, the issue of where to seat everyone became a major concern. This is when Southern Outdoor Cinema was able to step in and help. SOC’s audio and visual services are versatile. They don’t just show outdoor movies on their big inflatable movie screens. Their closed circuit services are ideal for large events such as this men’s outreach

The main church sanctuary was packed the night of the event. Southern Outdoor Cinema set up a two story tall, inflatable movie screen on the church grounds in an open auxiliary building so that Tim Tebow’s message could be shown via closed-circuit. This provided an additional 1,500 seats for guests. A live feed was sent through fiber optics to Southern Outdoor Cinema’s audio/visual equipment. Those seated in the auxiliary building next to the main church were able to hear Tim’s speech as well as see his live image projected in high definition onto the screen.

Tim Tebow brought to the event that same enthusiasm we once saw him bring to the field. Both those in the sanctuary and next door were able to experience Tim’s high energy as he shared stories of how his faith has touched his life as well as others. Many people saw his end zone thanksgiving to our creator, later known as tebowing, as a publicity stunt, but it is clear to all who hear him talk, that his faith is real. He grew up as the youngest child of Baptist Missionaries. He has had an out-front Christian faith since those days when he was growing up.

In addition to Tim Tebow’s work as an NFL football player and a SEC Network analyst, he enjoys doing charitable service. Along with speaking engagements like this Men’s Wildlife Supper, he founded the Tim Tebow Foundation in 2010 which helps children in need. Later he helped the pediatric Tebow CURE Hospital open. His words have inspired church groups, fans, and even inmates throughout the country.

Prior to the event at Community Bible Church, volunteers served dinner to the men. It included tasty wildlife dishes such as turkey, wild boar, shrimp, and venison. The menu planner even included alligator tail, a nod towards Tim’s days with the Florida Gators. Appropriate sides, beverages, and dessert rounded out the cuisine.

All in all, the Men’s Wildlife Supper with guest speaker Tim Tebow was a huge success. The many thousands of guests enjoyed his uplifting words thanks to the help of Outdoor Cinema’s audio/visual equipment. Everyone went home with their stomachs full of food and their hearts filled with faith.

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Parent Movie Review – Jurassic World

Posted by Paul Murray on Friday Mar 4, 2016 Under Parent Movie Reviews

Jurassic World Parent Movie Review
Jurassic World is the latest attempt by Universal Pictures to prove that using recovered DNA to bring dinosaurs back to life is a really, really bad idea. As with other entries in the series, by the end, the dinos are running amok, with much loss of life and property. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the PG-13 film stars Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt as Owen, an ex-military brought in to help maintain the park and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, a park administrator with a goal to maximize park attendance and profits.

To the surprise of anyone who saw the first three Jurassic Park movies, all is running smoothly in the park as the movie begins. This is a problem, though, as attendance and park profits are starting to decline, prompting scientists to combine dinosaur DNA in new ways, in hopes of finding a new attraction to draw in the crowds.
When the main park attraction, a genetically altered super predator named Indominus Rex, proves to be more intelligent than planned, chaos ensues, putting the staff and park visitors at risk, particularly Claire’s visiting nephews. Since they act as proxies for the teen and tween audience members, the scene where they’re imperiled while touring the park in a gyro sphere is both thrilling and possibly too intense for some younger viewers.

Positive Elements
Though brash, Pratt’s Owen is brave and selfless, putting others lives before his own repeatedly. Over the course of the film, Claire learns to put family ahead of business and also shows great courage. The nephews, Zach and Gray, stick together through the crisis, putting any difficulties at home behind them and reaffirming their bond as siblings. In addition to the endangered humans, Owen also shows compassion for the dinosaurs in his care, treating them as living animals, not science experiments.

Sexual Content
There’s some suggestive banter between Owen and Claire, eventually culminating in a kiss.

Violent Content
While much of the worst violence is implied, with the camera cutting away to leave the audience to hear, rather than see the most gruesome scenes, there are some more gruesome scenes. A window is spattered with blood, trees drip with blood following an attack, and a man leaves a bloody imprint when he slaps a car window.

As the humans attempt to fight back, there is extensive gunfire violence, as shotguns and automatic weapons prove insufficient against the massive I. Rex. A helicopter is destroyed with implied loss of life, and a bazooka is employed to stop a particularly large dinosaur.

Crude Language
Overall, language is infrequent, with a handful of s-words, an occasional “damn”, and a reference to Claire as a “b—-“. Jesus’s name is invoked once, along with a few, perhaps understandable under the circumstances, “Oh, my God”’s.

Drugs/Alcohol
There’s a shot of margaritas in a bar and a brief mention of drinking tequila.

Conclusion
Too scary for the smallest dinosaur fans, Jurassic World earns its PG-13 rating more for intense action than any specific content issues. Less sensitive tweens and up should be thrilled by the state of the art special effects, depicting dinosaurs with a realism never before seen onscreen, while adults will enjoy the multiple heart jumping scares as well as the continuing maturation of Chris Pratt as a top level action star.

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