I am breaking my rule about not writing about Movieguide on this blog anymore.
The reason why is to preserve something that I think should be preserved. Something that Movieguide doesn’t want anyone to see, since it has been deleted.
If you want to know what kind of expertise about the film medium that Ted Baehr can provide you with, I present to you these words from Movieguide’s review of Monster’s Ball (2001):
“Roger Ebert, the liberal movie critic of the Chicago Sun Times, [names] MONSTER’S BALL his top movie of 2001. Of course, this is the same critic who loved BELOVED, the awful, politically correct occult movie about slavery starring Oprah Winfrey. Naturally, Roger was also obviously attracted to the steamy sex scenes in MONSTER’S BALL. He also apparently didn’t mind ogling the naked breasts of Halle Berry, who plays Leticia (he got to see similar sightings of a voluptuous nude black woman in BELOVED, it should be noted)…”*
If you go to the review now, the words are:
“These trite stereotypes haven’t stopped Roger Ebert, the liberal movie critic of the Chicago Sun Times, from naming MONSTER’S BALL his top movie of 2001. Of course, this is the same critic who loved BELOVED, the awful, politically correct occult movie about slavery starring Oprah Winfrey.”
And Hollywood, if you want to know what Ted Baehr thinks of you, there’s this: From Movieguide’s review of Runaway Jury (2003):
“Unhappily, there are many people who will fall for such superficial cinematic techniques. This is exactly what happened in Germany when Adolph Hitler and his National Socialist demagogues used movies like TRIUMPH OF THE WILL to convince the German people that murdering Jews, handicapped people, sickly senior citizens, and unborn children was a good idea. The pro-abortion, pro-gun control leftists in Hollywood are the rightful heirs of these socialist monsters.”
And, finally, this: From Movieguide’s review of The Counselor (2013):
“…THE COUNSELOR has no heart, no moral courage, not much intelligence or wit, and no honor. Also, there is no Wizard of Oz to lend it any of those things. Except, perhaps, for the obsequious, phony pseudo-intellectual elitists running the news media and America’s critic organizations, who like to insert redeeming qualities and artistic value when there are none.”
Are you sure this is the man you want to be taking advice from?
*I found Ted Baehr’s original words here.