Showing posts with label TV. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TV. Show all posts

Thursday, May 30, 2013

PBS Makes Fun of Stupid TV Shows

As they should with these fake ads.






Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Can You Do Better Than Quoting "Tommy Boy" All The Time?

Another good one from John Starke today.  He writes:
As a parent, have you ever labored for a better argument for why your children must not watch Barney other than, “Well, it’ll just make them stupid!”? Fear not, because I don’t believe you need a better one. We shouldn’t wait to put a prohibition on something only for moral reasons. Same goes for adults, who should probably read more books than watch movies.
I say “adults” to include all adults. I don’t just mean those who want to go on to be intellectual leaders, but I mean this for thinkers as well as the tinkers; from the professor of 19th century literature to single mothers—especially single mothers. In our realms of influence, whether they be college freshmen, church congregations, or a 7-year-old son, we all need something to say.
Douglas and N. D. Wilson make this observation their forthcoming The Rhetoric Companion:
[T]he slack lifestyle that accompanies the kind of fellow who rents ten videos for one weekend is not conducive to acquiring anything worthwhile to say. If you listen to stupid music, watch stupid moves, and read stupid books . . . well, congratulations, you’re stupid.
Now the quote above was aimed at effective communication and rhetoric, but I know the Wilson duo would be pleased to apply it to parents and preachers. I think the point for pastors is fairly obvious. The amount of junk you put in your mind through the eyes and ears verses what is useful will show itself in how you preach and in how penetrating your words are.
The point may be less obvious to parents, though, especially for fathers. As Douglas and N. D. Wilson observe about the individual who digests only movies, “He will be able to quote Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler or Batman, but that is the end of his library.” Throughout childhood, kids need wisdom from their parents. And they need it not just during the times when ask curious questions. Children need parents who understand human nature, joy, despair, and love. When you must explain friendship, cancer, or what a miscarriage is to your children, Dwight Shrute just won’t do.
Parents shouldn’t feel the pressure to be arm-chair philosophers in order to speak into the minds and hearts of children. But maybe they should feel pricked enough to spend 20 minutes a day reading C. S. Lewis or Tim Keller.
Disclaimer:  I love the movie Tommy Boy.  But if quoting from it is about all you can contribute to a discussion about art, politics, literature, or film, then we might have a problem.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"24" Movie Coming in 2012


Guest Post By Los

"24" was one of those TV shows that drew in the dudes who liked explosions, fighting and a "Bourne Identity" type story. According to CNN it is going to be made a movie in 2012.

via CNN:
It looks like the long-awaited for "24" movie is getting a little closer to reality.

Kiefer Sutherland, who starred as Jack Bauer on the fan favorite Fox series, told the ladies of "The View" last month that the show would get the cinematic treatment next year, and now producer Brian Grazer has backed him up.

“Got off the phone Keifer yesterday and we are very excited about producing the ‘24' movie for next year,” Grazer tweeted on April 5.

Friday, February 04, 2011

TV Pales in Comparison to the Glory of Christ

For the Fame of God's Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper
I desperately want to be like this. It is a challenge.
John Piper is known for many things. . . .

Some would likely mention the fact that he’s never owned a television! I vividly remember my first visit to John’s home in 1992. He had invited me to speak at his annual pastor’s conference which, as it turns out, is regularly scheduled during the week following the Super Bowl. Upon arriving at his home after the Sunday service, I told John that I had been looking forward for quite some time to watching the game with him. “Not at my house,” he said. “We don’t have a TV.” After I recovered from the initial shock, John graciously agreed to take me to the home of a church member where I could indulge myself in this annual affair. And yes, John stayed and actually watched the game!

[Footnote] As strange as it may sound to those unacquainted with Piper, his decision to rid his home of the influence of television was not from a disdain for pleasure, but an expression of his radical pursuit of it. What John regards as the banal and mind-numbing distractions of TV serve only to diminish his capacity to enjoy the one preeminent delight that never fails to satisfy, namely, the mind-expanding and ever-fascinating knowledge of God as revealed in the face of Jesus Christ.
Sam Storms, For the Fame of God's Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper

(HT:  Andy Naselli)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Most Disturbing Words on TV - "MOVE THAT BUS!"

Mike Cosper:
Which brings me to the three most disturbing words on television: “Move that bus.”

Again, there’s no arguing with the warmth and altruistic sentiments of the show. The families who have been profiled always seem to be wonderful people, I don’t impugn them or the show’s creators with secret evil intentions. But a disturbing thing happens in the final moments of the show. After profiling the family’s suffering, after talking about hardship and perseverance, after recruiting an army of volunteers, the family is brought in front of the new home, which is hidden from view by a large touring bus. They count down and call out those three words, and the reaction can only be described as worship. There are tears and shouting while people fall to their knees, hands raised in the air.

Here it is on bold display: the ultimate hope of most Americans. It’s as though a phantom voice is responding to their suffering with the words, Well done, good and faithful servant. Here is your reward: dreamy bedrooms, big-screen TVs, privacy fencing, and wireless internet. We watch. We weep. And we hope for ourselves. It’s yet another gospel alternative, this one packaged as a heart-warming vision of the way life is “supposed to be.”

Instead of just asking yourself about lust when you watch a film, ask yourself about hope. What’s the hope being proclaimed? What other desires are being stirred? Does it feed your sense of self-righteousness? Does it give you cause for contempt? Or does it give you a call to worship at the feet of the American dream?

Good art tells the truth, and sometimes the truth is ugly. Sometimes people who suffer don’t receive a reward. Sometimes the truth involves sinful people doing sinful things, and in telling a story (even a redemptive story) it’s necessary to talk about that darkness. Sometimes what appears to be good for the heart and the family is actually an idol in disguise. At all points in the spectrum, individual tolerance for media should be constrained by a Scripture-soaked and gospel-informed conscience and by the input and feedback of our community in the church.
Read the rest.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Seth Godin on Why TV Will Rot Your Brain

Seth Godin:
Many people in the United States purchase one or fewer books every year.

Many of those people have seen every single episode of American Idol. There is clearly a correlation here.

Access to knowledge, for the first time in history, is largely unimpeded for the middle class. Without effort or expense, it's possible to become informed if you choose. For less than your cable TV bill, you can buy and read an important book every week. Share the buying with six friends and it costs far less than coffee.

Or you can watch TV.

The thing is, watching TV has its benefits. It excuses you from the responsibility of having an informed opinion about things that matter. It gives you shallow opinions or false 'facts' that you can easily parrot to others that watch what you watch. It rarely unsettles our carefully self-induced calm and isolation from the world.
Read the rest.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Life - A Review


Tim Challies reviews BBC's "Life".  His conclusion:
Overall, Life is yet another fantastic series and one that will take you face-to-face with some of God’s most remarkable creatures. The Bible tells us that it is the fool who says in his heart that there is no God. And this means that it is only the fool who could watch Life and not catch glimpses of the Creator. Watch it and praise God for his artistry.
Read the rest.

I can't wait to get it. I love watching these with my kids and talking about the creativity of God.  You can get yours here.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Parents of Young Kids, You Should Probably Watch This

One simple way to push back on this...  Limit TV watching or don't have a TV at all. 



(HT: LOS)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

'LOST''s Adventure Doesn't End with the Finale

Ok, this will be the last LOST post on this blog day that was mostly dedicated to reactions to the finale.  Interesting conclusion from the Books and Culture blog:
LOST was truly great. Throughout its six-year run, the show's ambitious storyline was not only groundbreaking, but transcendent.  The scope of the show, the production budget, the extensive and diverse cast, the commitment to character development, and cult-like obsession it evoked from its fans—these are elements that are unlikely to be reproduced by another network television show.  

So what if we never learned all the answers? We don't fully understand the significance of "the numbers." We don't know why Claire's child was not supposed to be "raised by another." Many details about the island's history, from the hieroglyphics to the Dharma Initiative's origins to the infertility issues, will remain shrouded. But the story presented to us was, if not perfect, certainly sensational. From the moment when Jack's eye opened to the moment when it closed, LOST has been one of the most entertaining and compelling stories ever told.

As for all the mysteries that remain, consider them incentive to go back to the beginning and start watching again. Because we're not going to find anything on television as worthy of our time. Not anymore.

Greatest TV Hoax Ever?

Michael Patton has one of the more negative reviews of LOST that I have seen today.  You might want to check out his take in his post entitled:  LOST: The Greatest Hoax in American Television History.

More LOST Posts

More posts on LOST (I guess this is turning into a LOST day).
Jared Wilson - What the Church Can Learn from LOST

Doug Wolter - Why LOST Didn’t Owe You Any Answers
Jessica Belt - How LOST Was Found
Timmy Brister - LOST Finale Thoughts

Lessons from LOST


T-Wax has a good post that reflects upon why LOST has been such a big hit. 

(I have not watched the finale yet, so don't give anything away!)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Walt Mueller on "Mad Men"

He writes:
A few weeks ago... I sent the "Mad Men" Season 1 DVDs to the top of my Netflix Queue and we started watching. I got hooked. . . for several reasons. The writing's great. Numerous moments have taken me back to life as a child. Blink, and you'll miss a host of subtle visual and scripted cultural references that are sometimes just plain funny. There's the not-so-funny elements of excessive tobacco-use, alcohol abuse, philandering, and work-place sexual harassment. While still present in today's world, those things worked themselves out in different ways back then. And while the story sometimes feels like a soap opera, it does capture the realities of the human condition, our brokenness, and our deep yearning for redemption. Lead character Donald Draper is a tragic figure who knows that's the case.

As a youth culture watcher, "Mad Men" has grabbed me because of the way it documents the rise of consumer culture and marketing. For the most part, we have no clue at all how pervasive and compelling the marketing soup that we swim in everyday really is. Watching "Mad Men" is like taking a step-back away from the soup to see what the original marketing-chefs were doing when they were creating the recipe. We not only see the universal human longing for wholeness - something that can only come through Christ - but the ways in which marketing makes redemptive promises it can never fulfill. . . over, and over, and over again.
Read the rest.

I have not seen this show yet.  Don't watch much TV, but might dive in with this one on Netflix since I have heard so many good things about it.  Any other takers?

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Comedy Central developing Jesus Christ cartoon

Hollywood Reporter:
Comedy Central might censor every image of the Prophet Muhammad on "South Park," yet the network is developing a whole animated series around Jesus Christ. 
Jesus-south-park As part of the network's upfront presentation to advertisers (full slate here), the network is set to announce "JC," a half-hour show about Christ wanting to escape the shadow of his "powerful but apathetic father" and live a regular life in New York City.

In the show, God is preoccupied with playing video games while Christ, "the ultimate fish out of water," tries to adjust to life in the big city.

"In general, comedy in purist form always makes some people uncomfortable," said Comedy Central's head of original programming Kent Alterman.
Read the rest.  


Put down the boycott signs.  Jesus promised mockery, abuse, and suffering for his name so this ain't no big shocker.  Possible responses:

1.  Pray for the creators of this show.

2.  Ignore it by not watching it.  Flag waving and sign-holding protests oftentimes don't accomplish much other than more hype and hype sells. 

3.  Use it as a conversation starter with your co-workers.  Ask them what they think of it.  Why Jesus and not other religious figures throughout history?

4.  Remember that Christianity grew out of the most abusive and violently oppressive regime known to man (The Roman Empire).  If Rome couldn't stop Jesus and his mission, Comedy Central probably doesn't pose much of a threat. 

(HT:  @jaredcwilsom)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Newsflash! Watching Less TV Will Make You Healthier



Interesting study here from The New York Times.  I had no idea that the national average was 5 hours a day of TV watching!  Crazy!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Smallest Change That Made The Biggest Difference

Shaun Groves writes about "The Smallest Change That Made The Biggest Difference". Know what it was? They canceled their cable. I appreciated his reflections.

We still have basic cable in our home but probably only watch about 5 hrs a week on most weeks, if that. This certainly is a Christian freedom issue, but it would be good to think through Shaun's rationale. He is a good thinker and communicator.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Could It Get Any Dumber?

This is the dumbness of our culture on full display, but when I read this it made me laugh out loud:

Relevant Mag:
Just when you thought reality television couldn't sink lower, Fox is now planning a show titled The Fatchelor. That's right, it's a dating show with an obese bachelor.