Linda & Richard Eyre: Our love-hate relationship with movies

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  • Gellah Salt Lake City, UT
    March 27, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    Thanks for your thoughts! This is a subject that is important to me and we can't seem to address it enough, because I know many good people that still don't get it - how powerful media is on us, how much it influences us, and how we need to be proactive about what we listen to, look at and watch. Thanks again! And don't listen to people that make fun of this! :D

  • Civil Salt Lake City, UT
    March 9, 2014 2:13 p.m.

    "It’s not immorality that we hate in movies, it’s amorality."

    You mean like the theme song from Frozen, "Let is go?"

    "Couldn't keep it in, Heaven knows I tried.
    Don't let them in, don't let them see.
    Be the good girl you always have to be.
    Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know.
    Well, now they know!

    Let it go, let it go!
    Can't hold it back any more.
    Let it go, let it go!
    Turn away and slam the door.
    I don't care what they're going to say.
    Let the storm rage on.
    The cold never bothered me anyway.

    It's funny how some distance,
    makes everything seem small.
    And the fears that once controlled me, can't get to me at all
    It's time to see what I can do,
    to test the limits and break through.
    No right, no wrong, no rules for me.
    I'm free!

    Let it go, let it go.
    And I'll rise like the break of dawn.
    Let it go, let it go
    That perfect girl is gone
    Here I stand, in the light of day.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Provo, UT
    March 6, 2014 10:20 p.m.

    "The problem with much of the motion picture industry is that it is a minority masquerading as a majority. The “obviously, everyone does this” messages are lies, but they can become self-fulfilling. And those who create and produce these films are not just “reflecting society.” They are looking for converts to amorality."


    Absolutely spot on!

    Too much of the industry has this self-fulfilling attribute. There is a very closed sense of what is acceptable, what works, what makes money. This is why many films are projected to make much more than they really do. Numbers don't predict numbers. Having good sense, experience and knowledge, and a good eye for a good product are half the battle. The other half is being in touch with your audience... which many aren't.

    People want good films, good stories, good people. Entertainment can be clean, real, and have high value and market potential. People want it, it's just not provided. And the few attempts to do it are given to lower budget, less experienced people, etc.

    It's time for a change!

  • jjcox99 USA, UT
    March 5, 2014 8:51 p.m.

    There are millions of lives being negatively affected by bullying and a sense of hopelessness. I'm anxiously anticipating the release of the movie mentioned ("Nowhere Safe") - it sounds like it is just what our youth need instead of the steady diet of killing, hatred, violence and blowing people up. We need more movies that inspire children to be the best version of themselves.

  • moviebuff1 Ephraim, UT
    March 5, 2014 7:41 p.m.

    I often enjoy reading the articles written by the Eyre's They have some great in-site into parenting and family life in general. I really liked their take on movies and media particularly the need for media that inspires and elevates. Linda and Richard have hit the nail on the head. As consumers, and as the silent majority it seems, it is time we stand up and support that which elevates and inspires. Our children need to recognize the masquerade of this vocal minority known as Hollywood. I too was able to attend the special screening of "Nowhere Safe" with some of my children. My entire family of 9 -- including 7 children ages 19 to 2 have enjoyed watching "Ephraim's Rescue".. We are also big fans of "The Princess Bride". Our family is always on the lookout for something we can watch together and take a message from that is positive.. Thanks for writing this Eyres, and for the reminder that we should all be seeking out that which lifts and inspires our society.

  • theprotectors Medford, OR
    March 5, 2014 6:01 p.m.

    I was lucky enough to fly in from Oregon and attend the special screening of "Nowhere Safe" mentioned in this article. My work is in the field of bullying, thus my special interest. The response from the audience that night was overwhelming - I don't remember the last time I saw everyone clap at the end of a movie! Richard is right - it was refreshing to see a movie with such a positive message.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 5, 2014 12:54 p.m.

    Indeed! What a person sees and hears influences them. As we get older we like to think that we're independent and can't be influenced by what we participate in whether it's a movie, video game, song, novel, comic, play, or anything else... But we, people, are unalterably influenced by what is around us.

    I was particularly impressed with the mention about "amorality" vs. "immorality", and the lack of context in film ratings, because those are consistent problems I have in trying to engage in the world. It seems like most people focus entirely on "what" is involved-whether it's being decedant for the sake of being decedant, or censoring the parts of the bible where people get hurt-without assessing things in their proper and full context.

  • dontfearthefeefer Colorado Springs, CO
    March 5, 2014 10:31 a.m.

    It would appear that our society is following the path our storytelling is taking. I agree with Richard and Linda - movies help shape our values. We need more movies that shape our values positively
    - Paul Fife - Colorado Springs, CO

  • eschwitzer Herriman, UT
    March 5, 2014 9:49 a.m.

    Well said Eyres!! I am grateful to this Utah filmmaker who has made a movie about such an important social issue. As a mother, I am always looking for movies that will uplift and teach my kids without the sex, violence, and language. We are always looking to see a movie all together as a family but, it seems these days, the only movies we can all see together are animation movies. It seems that most movies made here in the great state of Utah are great family movies with a great message. I hope that we can give more attention to movies like "NoWhere Safe" and "Ephraim's Rescue". Thank you to those that put their time and resources into making these important movies!

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2014 7:50 a.m.

    Books are almost always better than the movie. I don't know why: maybe the director wants to put his own imprint on the story; maybe they figure that the movie should be different, so that people will desire to see the difference; maybe they just lack the ability or resources to follow the book. Having said that, there are great movies out there.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    March 4, 2014 11:42 p.m.

    So, why even go to movies if they are inappropriate? About 98% of movies peddle violence and/or sex. Of those that don't, even they have costumes that are immodest. The so-called LDS based movies are just as bad when it comes to immodesty. If the movies doesn't fit church standards, then NO ONE should see them. The fastest way to change what is shown in movies is for nobody to go to the ones that are inappropriate.

  • danjohns logan, UT
    March 4, 2014 11:14 p.m.

    For the most part, the storytelling has gone bad in our society. I was very pleased when I attended last week's screening of "Nowhere Safe" (mentioned in this article). The story was superb, my family and I were entertained, and most importantly we left the theater uplifted and inspired. Movies can have positive messages!

  • dr.bridell mclean, VA
    March 4, 2014 11:04 p.m.

    Isn't it interesting that Aristotle had it right all along.....“When the storytelling goes bad in society, the result is decadence.” Love that quote.
    Movies really are our storytellers now, and I agree that we need to tell better stories.....stories that reflect how good our culture and our society still are, despite the minority that only wants to show us the decadence!
    The way to fight the dark is to bring forth more of the light!
    Come on good film producers. Onward and upward. Give us more!