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Recommended LDS Movie Review Channels

Post by SamBee » 28 Oct 2020, 05:36

Hi guys, I'd like to let you know about a couple of film review channels that are run by church members. Don't worry, they're not doctrinaire. Neither of these channels are obviously LDS, but they do share some of the values.

Both of these channels could do with more viewers and subscribers.

https://www.youtube.com/c/MovieReviewMom

MRM is pretty prolific and reviews a lot of films. In my view she gives a pretty balanced take on each of them, and makes some good points. She also gives very good advice on the nature of the films, i.e. if you're going to watch a film with church members, she flags up any potential issues (bad language, steamy stuff, drug use etc) which may cause embarrassment. She isn't a puritan but it is useful to know. Plus I get a good idea of whether a film is worth seeing.

Her videos are short, i.e. under ten minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/c/CinemaTherapySolutions

This takes a slightly different angle and is a collab between an LDS therapist (Jonathan Decker) and a Mormon film buff. It will be of especial interest to people on here because they tend to look at the spiritual and moral messages to be found in films such as Groundhog Day, LOTR, Frozen and so on. I really like these guys too, but occasionally they can be on the woke side.

(If you want to give them a try, watch their three videos on the LOTR, in which they take a value from each of the films we can apply in real life.)

These guys' videos tend to be in the 10-20 minute range.
DASH1730 "An Area Authority...[was] asked...who...would go to the Telestial kingdom. His answer: "murderers, adulterers and a lot of surprised Mormons!"'
1ST PRES 1978 "[LDS] believe...there is truth in many religions and philosophies...good and great religious leaders... have raised the spiritual, moral, and ethical awareness of their people. When we speak of The [LDS] as the only true church...it is...authorized to administer the ordinances...by Jesus Christ... we do not mean... it is the only teacher of truth."

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Post by Roy » 28 Oct 2020, 16:29

Thanks for the recommendations SamBee,

I do like to check some reviews for movies before I watch them and especially before I watch a movie with my kids.
"It is not so much the pain and suffering of life which crushes the individual as it is its meaninglessness and hopelessness." C. A. Elwood

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Re: Recommended LDS Movie Review Channels

Post by SamBee » 14 Nov 2020, 15:02

"So many dramas revolve around family dysfunction that it's refreshing to spend time with a healthy one."

Cinema Therapy discusses Greta Gerwig's "Little Women"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKvkDpUkoC0
DASH1730 "An Area Authority...[was] asked...who...would go to the Telestial kingdom. His answer: "murderers, adulterers and a lot of surprised Mormons!"'
1ST PRES 1978 "[LDS] believe...there is truth in many religions and philosophies...good and great religious leaders... have raised the spiritual, moral, and ethical awareness of their people. When we speak of The [LDS] as the only true church...it is...authorized to administer the ordinances...by Jesus Christ... we do not mean... it is the only teacher of truth."

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Post by Roy » 16 Nov 2020, 10:34

My family watched a good film on the recommendation of Movie Review Mom
"It is not so much the pain and suffering of life which crushes the individual as it is its meaninglessness and hopelessness." C. A. Elwood

“It is not the function of religion to answer all the questions about God’s moral government of the universe, but to give one courage, through faith, to go on in the face of questions he never finds the answer to in his present status.” TPC: Harold B. Lee 223

"I struggle now with establishing my faith that God may always be there, but may not always need to intervene" Heber13

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Re: Recommended LDS Movie Review Channels

Post by SamBee » 17 Nov 2020, 05:01

Cool!

I think she gives very fair reviews of films. Her review of the recent Bill & Ted movie was on point, but without containing spoilers.

I'm not a fan of "trigger warnings" as such or censorship, but forewarned is forearmed. I think the film industry has a habit of slipping things in nowadays - you can be watching a film which is okay, for forty minutes or so, and then something happens in it, which totally blindsides you, sometimes even a sex scene etc out of the blue. I'm fairly unshockable, and have seen most things onscreen, but even I have my moments. I caught a biopic of Tina Turner (I think) on late night TV once, and at one minute she's arguing with this guy and then the next he's hitting her and throwing her against walls and furniture. I had to switch it off. There are ways the film could have dealt with this horrible subject without full on depicting it. (I know domestic violence does happen regularly, but I find it distressing to watch. In real life I report it straight away to the police, like a man I witnessed punching a woman repeatedly on the street.) I have seen films which have dealt with the difficult issue of child abuse in a sensitive way, for example, and that is by *not* showing the acts, but the aftermath, because that is what victims have to deal with in the long term.
DASH1730 "An Area Authority...[was] asked...who...would go to the Telestial kingdom. His answer: "murderers, adulterers and a lot of surprised Mormons!"'
1ST PRES 1978 "[LDS] believe...there is truth in many religions and philosophies...good and great religious leaders... have raised the spiritual, moral, and ethical awareness of their people. When we speak of The [LDS] as the only true church...it is...authorized to administer the ordinances...by Jesus Christ... we do not mean... it is the only teacher of truth."

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