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Movies, sex… Sex, movies…

Both kinda go hand in hand, don’t they?  At least, that’s what the general public has come to expect.  There are plenty of social critics addressing the amount of sex, blood, and violence which appears on the big screen, not to mention on smaller TV sets nightly.  However, I won’t be adding to the analysis.  This is not intended to be an opinion piece.

Truth be told, abuse of power and sex is a reality that we all face, in and outside of Hollywood.  I ran across a quote the other day that made me pause and think for a while.

“Everything in the world is about sex, except sex.  Sex is about power.” – Oscar Wilde

Don’t feel like you have to continue reading further without pausing and reflecting as I did…

To be honest with you, exclusively pointing a finger of judgment at Hollywood is a bit disingenuous.  After all, screen writers often draw their creative inspiration from real life stories – in other words, you and me.  For instance, how many times have you seen a film open with the premise:  “based on real life events”?

With this in mind, answer this question:  can the human story be told apart from involving sex and/or violence?  Or, maybe we could ask the same question a different way:  could YOUR STORY be told apart from sexual references, brief power struggles, and/or the use of profanity?  The ancient writers of the Bible didn’t think so.  They told it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly.  However, modern Bible translators have worked diligently to provide a mass market text with a G/PG rating.  You might be surprised to learn there are over 1,600 Bible verses containing explicit references and content!  If these passages were portrayed on film, the movie would most definitely receive a R-rating.  For more on the subject, check out what journalist and author Joseph W. Smith III has to say on the subject: Sex & Violence in the Bible.

Recently, I talked with Actor Bill Oberst Jr. about his opinions concerning life, movies, what he reads everyday, the challenges common to us all… the good, the bad, and the ugly!

Find out the answer to this question and more by listening to my recent conversation with Bill Oberst Jr.


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The Paranormal is Normal?


Don’t expect producers to do so any time soon.  Paranormal TV series and movies are huge money makers.  Research shows the growing supernatural genre is meeting an increasing curiosity in unexplainable phenomena.

Sociologists Christopher Bader and F. Carson Mencken of Baylor University and Joseph Baker of East Tennessee State University report in their 2011 book Paranormal America that more than two-thirds of Americans have paranormal beliefs.  Leading scholars suggest, with the growth of an immigrant population more open to the paranormal, the pop culture demand for the supernatural is expected to only increase.

However, there are those who have no interest, mainly atheists and conservative Christians.  Though both groups rarely see eye to eye on anything, they both share an ardent disbelief in UFOs, ghosts, psychics, Bigfoot, etc.  Regardless, studies show that nearly half of all Americans believe in these things, including extraterrestrials!

Apart from the obvious group of skeptics, there is a growing majority of spiritual seekers in our generation who are opening their wallets to beliefs, practices, and experiences that are not necessarily respected by accepted science or conventional religion.  Their curiosity is making the paranormal a mainstream topic. “What we can say with certainty is that we live in a paranormal America,” write Bader, Mencken and Baker. “Put another way, the paranormal is normal.”

Author L.A. Emrich’s new book BEYOND THE RABBIT EARS explores America’s pop culture obsession with the paranormal by taking a look at popular music, literature, ancient myths, history, religion, the Bible, mystic poetry, TV shows, and movies.  You’ll be amazed at how much of what people consider “normal” has actually been strongly influenced by the paranormal!

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