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by John Thielking
4-29-12

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Article from the April 2012 Newsletter:

Peacemovies.com
by John Thielking
April 2012
Vol. 1 No. 4

Journalists such as the person who writes these columns about violence in movies are under attack in the United States.

Some journalists are under attack through the repression of the Occupy movement. Many journalists covering the Occupy movement have been arrested and are facing an array of charges. In Santa Cruz, CA 11 innocent people, 4 of whom are amateur journalists for www.Indybay.org or Free Radio Santa Cruz, have been charged with felony vandalism, felony conspiracy to commit vandalism and trespass and misdemeanor trespass in connection with their inadvertent presence at the takeover of a vacant bank building at 75 River St, Santa Cruz, CA. For more information on this, visit www.indybay.org/santacruz or listen to the March 26, 2012 Hard Knock Radio and March 29, 2012 Flashpoints programs archived at www.kpfa.org. Also please copy and send a letter to the Santa Cruz County District Attorney located at www.peacemovies.com/supportsc11.html.

Journalists are under attack in many other ways too. Recently, Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky became plaintiffs in a lawsuit to overturn sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act. Their claim is that the NDAA 2012 interferes with the free speech rights of journalists by allowing the targeting for indefinite detention of anyone who has any association with a terrorist group or allied forces, even if they are merely reporting on the groups in question.

The crackdown on the journalism of Peacemoveis.com probably won't come until sometime after July 12, 2012, when Internet Service Providers (ISPs) team up with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) to monitor the Internet activity of Internet users to be sure that they aren't illegally downloading or uploading copyrighted material. An unintended consequence of this initiative is that this new monitoring capability will make it possible for ISPs for the first time to monitor with enough detail Internet use in such a way that will make it possible to enforce terms of use on individual web sites that prohibit the commercial use of information contained on those web sites. This could radically change the landscape of the use of the Internet as a source of information for journalists. Up until now, when the specific terms of use are not enforced, the default enforcement criteria has been “fair use”, which allows brief quotations of material and unlimited use of information (that is paraphrased) from specific web sites. If such use is disallowed, this could mean the end of the Internet as a significant medium of EXCHANGE of information amongst users as opposed to its use as a BROADCAST medium by the big boys and girls who want to control the Internet. Plus, a new bill called CISPA would allow such info to be transmitted to the govt, under the guise of protecting cyber security.

Peacemovies.com counters these moves against the people by promoting the viewing of relatively nonviolent movies in an effort to change the frame of the debate such that nonviolence becomes the default for the frame, instead of the “if it bleeds it leads” focus of the current mainstream media. Movies are ranked according to how much (or little) violence is in each movie, with movies that are ranked as Little to No Violence, Nonviolent and Iffy being reviewed, but movies that rank as Too Violent are listed but not reviewed.


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We live in tumultuous times. First Obama signed ACTA back in October 2011 that would usher in a new era of repression for the Internet. Then Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on December 31, 2011, authorizing the indefinite detention of US citizens without charge or trial if they are deemed to be terrorism suspects. Next up is a bill that would strip US citizenship from people who are detained as terrorism suspects and a bill that will outlaw protesting of any kind inside the security perimeter of a venue that is secured by the Secret Service. Plus Attorney General Eric Holder said regarding indefinite detention and extrajudicial executions, “Due process does not include judicial process.” and “The term 'assassination' only includes unlawful killings.” Where will all it end? All we can do is protest at every opportunity and work to raise a generation of folks who will consider freedom of expression and freedom from militarism as core principles to carry forward. To that end, Peacemovies.com seeks to use what is left of the free market to persuade the people who make movies to make more movies that are relatively nonviolent. On Peacemovies.com, movies are categorized into 4 classes: little to no violence, nonviolent, iffy and too violent. About 35%-50% of the movies currently in the theaters are relatively nonviolent. In the tables below, DVDs are rated and reviewed and then the movies currently in theaters are rated and reviewed. Thank you for your support.


Peacemovies.com also offers reviews of nonviolent movies on DVD.  To see reviews of the top 50 older movies on DVD, click here, or visit the page below to check out the latest non-violent movies and family movies on DVD and in theaters. The complete reviews of everything on newly released DVDs and in theaters from Little Or No Violence up to Iffy are available by clicking the links in the tables below.  Concerned about your privacy while surfing Peacemovies.com?  Not to worry, your information is safe with Peacemovies.com.  Check out the privacy policy here.

New!  The Peacemovies.com homepage has been reorganized to reflect the priorities of the majority of viewers.  Since a survey shows that 80% of you watch DVDs (and 90% of DVD viewers watch new releases), but only 45% of you watch movies in theaters, a brand new list has been created showing new releases to DVD in the past 60-90 days towards the top of the homepage, followed by the regular list of movies currently in theaters. At the very bottom of the homepage are links to archived versions of the homepage, showing past lists of movies in theaters and past lists of movies on DVD.  The entire site is also searchable using the Google search box in the upper left hand corner of the homepage.  Thank you.

John Thielking is a peace and environmental activist who lived in Santa Cruz, CA from 1984-2005 and who currently lives in San Jose, CA. You can e-mail John at pagesincolor@yahoo.com.

Violence Ratings And Reviews Of DVDs Released To Netflix In The Past Month
Little or no Violence  (2 or less violent scenes, or just a few off screen violent stories and few deaths if any.)
El Bulli: Cooking In Progress  NR Documentary [3-27-12]

Romantics Anonymous
NR Romantic Comedy [3-27-12]
Non-Violent (10 or less violent scenes per 90 minutes, with few if any dead bodies.)
The Conquest NR Drama [4-10-12]

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy A Wuzzleburg Tale NR Children & Family [4-3-12]

Benda Bilili! PG-13 Documentary [4-3-12]

Angels Crest R Drama [4-3-12]

Tooth Fairy 2 PG Family/Comedy [4-3-12]
Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)
The Descendants R Comedy/Drama [4-10-12]

The Lion Of Judah PG Animation [3-27-12]
Too Violent (Way more than 10 violent scenes in 90 minutes and/or many dead bodies and/or an orgy of violence at any point.)
Pastorela R Drama [4-10-12]

The Darkest Hour PG-13 Sci-Fi [4-10-12]

Into The Abyss PG-13 Documentary [4-10-12]

Tyrannosaur NR Romantic Drama [4-10-12]

The Iron Lady PG-13 Drama [4-10-12]

King Of Devil's Island NR Drama [4-10-12]

The Terror Experiment NR Horror [4-10-12]

Columbus Circle PG-13 Thriller [4-3-12]

UFC 141 Lesnar Vs. Overeem NR Sports [4-3-12]

War Horse PG-13 Drama [4-3-12]

A Very Harold And Kumar Christmas R Comedy [4-3-12]

Enter Nowhere R Thriller [4-3-12]

Immortals R Action/Adventure [4-3-12]

Breaking Wind R Comedy [3-27-12]

WWE: Bending The Rules  PG-13 Drama [3-27-12]

In The Land Of Blood and Honey R Romance [3-27-12]

Johnny English Reborn PG Comedy [3-27-12]

Corman's World  R Documentary [3-27-12]

Camel Spiders NR Sci-Fi/Fantasy [3-27-12]

Miss Bala R Drama  [3-27-12]

The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch NR Drama  [3-27-12]

The Yellow Sea R Thriller  [3-27-12]
Not Yet Reviewed
A Bird Of The Air NR Drama [4-10-12]

Sleeping Beauty NR Drama [4-10-12]

Miss Representation NR Documentary [4-10-12]

The Witches Of Oz PG Action/Adventure [4-10-12]

Barbie: A Mermaid Tale 2 NR Animation [4-3-12]

Redemption Road PG-13 Drama [4-3-12]

The Hidden Face R Drama (no subtitles) [3-27-12]



Violence Ratings And Reviews Of New Release DVDs (released from January 3, 2012 to May 1, 2012)  General release dates are in (parentheses). Release dates for Netflix DVDs by mail are in [brackets].
Little or no Violence  (2 or less violent scenes, or just a few off screen violent stories and few deaths if any.)
Like Crazy PG-13 Romance (3-6-12) [3-6-12]

Revenge Of The Electric Car NR Documentary (Jan 24, 2012) [current]

The Ides Of March R Drama (Jan 17, 2012) [current]

What's Your Number R Romantic Comedy (Jan 10, 2012) [current]

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
R Comedy (Jan 3, 2012) [current]

I Don't Know How She Does It
PG-13 Comedy (Jan 3, 2012) [current]

Non-Violent (10 or less violent scenes per 90 minutes, with few if any dead bodies.)
W.E. R Drama (Caution: Though this movie has few violent scenes, some of them are bloody.)  (5-1-12) [5-1-12]

New Year's Eve PG-13 Drama/Comedy (5-1-12) [5-1-12]

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey PG Documentary  (4-3-12)

Carnage NR Comedy/Drama (3-20-12) [3-20-12]

Melancholia R Sci-Fi Fantasy (3-13-12) [3-13-12]

My Week With Marilyn R Drama (3-13-12) [3-13-12]

Young Adult R Drama (3-13-12) [3-13-12]

The Descendants R Drama/Comedy (3-13-12)

The Way PG-13 Comedy/Drama (2-21-12) [current]

Take Shelter R Drama (2-14-12) [current]

Mozart's Sister NR Drama (2-14-12) [current]

The Big Year PG Comedy (Jan 31, 2012) [current]

50-50 R Comedy/Drama (Jan 24, 2012) [current]

Dirty Girl R Comedy (Jan 17, 2012) [current]

Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain
R Comedy (Jan 17, 2012) [current]

Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star
R Comedy (Jan 17, 2012) [current]

Higher Ground R Drama (Jan 10, 2012) [current]

Moneyball PG-13 Drama (Jan 10, 2012) [current]

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)
We Bought A Zoo PG Drama (4-3-12) [5-1-12]

A Dangerous Method R Drama (3-27-12) [3-27-12]

Jack And Jill PG Comedy (3-6-12) [3-6-12]

Senna PG-13 Documentary (3-6-12) [3-6-12]
Too Violent (way more than 10 violent scenes and/or many dead bodies and/or an orgy of violence at any point)
Haywire R Action (5-1-12) [5-1-12]

Young Goethe In Love NR Romance (4-24-12)

Let The Bullets Fly Drama (4-24-12)

The Innkeepers R Horror (4-24-12)

Shame NC-17 Drama (4-17-12)

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol PG-13 Action/Adventure (4-17-12) [4-17-12]

The Veteran R Drama (4-10-12)

Into The Abyss PG-13 Documentary (4-10-12) [4-10-12]

The Darkest Hour PG-13 Sci-Fi (4-10-12)  [4-10-12]

The Iron Lady PG-13 Drama (4-10-12) [4-10-12]

Tyrannosaur NR Drama  (4-3-12) [4-3-12]

War Horse PG-13 Drama (4-3-12) [4-3-12]

Air Collision Drama (3-27-12)

In The Land Of Blood And Honey R Romance/War (3-27-12) [3-27-12]

Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close PG-13 (3-27-12)

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked G Animation (3-27-12)

Creature R Drama (3-20-12)

Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy R Drama (3-20-12) [4-17-12]

The Sitter PG-13 Comedy (3-20-12) [4-17-12]

The Muppets PG Animation (3-20-12) [3-20-12]

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo R Drama (3-20-12) [3-20-12]

The Adventures Of TinTin PG Adventure (3-13-12) [3-13-12]

Happy Feet Two With I Tawt I Taw A Puty Tat PG Animation (3-13-12)

The Three Musketeers PG-13 Adventure (3-13-12) [3-13-12]

Bag Of Bones R Drama/Horror (3-13-12) [current]

Abstentia R Drama (3-13-12)

Immortals R Action/Adventure (3-6-12) [4-3-12]

Footloose PG-13 Musical (3-6-12) [3-6-12]

The Skin I Live In R Horror (3-6-12) [3-6-12]

Mercenaries R Drama (3-6-12) [3-6-12]

Johnny English Reborn (2-28-12) [3-27-12]

Answers To Nothing R Comedy (2-28-12) [current]

Puss In Boots PG Animated (2-24-12) [current]

Martha Marcy May Marlene R Drama (2-21-12) [3-20-12]

J Edgar R Drama (2-21-12) [4-17-12]

Tower Heist PG-13 Drama (2-21-12) [3-20-12]

The Human Centipede 2 R Horror (2-14-12) [current]

Rum Diary R Drama (2-14-12) [current]

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2-7-12) [4-3-12]

Anonymous PG-13 Drama (2-7-12) [current]

Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2-7-12) [current]

In Time PG-13 Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Jan 31, 2012) [current]

The Thing R Horror (Jan 31, 2012) [current]

Outrage R (Jan 31, 2012) [current]

Dream House PG-13 Suspense/Thriller (Jan 31, 2012) [current]

The Hammer R Drama (Jan 31, 2012) [current]

Drive R Drama (Jan 31, 2012) [current]

The Double PG-13 Drama (Jan 31, 2012) [current]

The Woman R Horror (Jan 24, 2012) [current]

The Whistleblower R Drama (Jan 24, 2012) [current]

Real Steel R Drama (Jan 24, 2012) [current]

Hell And Back Again (Jan 24, 2012) [current]

Gojira Sci-Fi (Jan 24, 2012) [current]

Abduction (Jan 17, 2012) [current]

Courageous (Jan 17, 2012) [current]

There Be Dragons PG-13 Action/Adventure (Jan 10, 2012) [current]

Killer Elite R Drama (Jan 10, 2012) [current]

Contagion R Drama (Jan 3, 2012) [current]

The Guard R Comedy/Suspense/Thriller (Jan 3, 2012) [current]

The Last Lions PG Documentary (Jan 3, 2012) [current]

Shark Night PG-13 Horror (Jan 3, 2012) [current]

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark R Horror (Jan 3, 2012) [current]

Not yet reviewed




Violence Ratings And Reviews of Movies Currently In Theaters from 4/4/12 to 5/4/12: (Click on links to see reviews.)
Little or no Violence  (2 or less violent scenes, or just a few off screen violent stories and few deaths if any.)
To The Arctic G Documentary

Think Like A Man
PG-13 Romantic Comedy

Life Happens R Comedy

Blue Like Jazz PG-13 Drama

The Magic Of Flight NR Documentary

The Salt Of Life NR Comedy

Jiro Dreams of Sushi PG Documentary

Friends With Kids R Romantic Comedy

The Vow PG-13 Drama/Romance
Non-Violent (10 or less violent scenes per 90 minutes, with few if any dead bodies.)
Oru Kal Oru Kannadi  NR Comedy

The Five Year Engagement R Romantic Comedy

Monsieur Lazhar PG-13 Drama

Marley NR Documentary

Chimpanzee
G Documentary

Damsels In Distress PG-13 Comedy

A Simple Life NR Drama

American Reunion R Comedy

Tornado Alley NR Documentary

The Deep Blue Sea
R Drama/Romance

Love In The Buff NR Romantic Comedy

Thin Ice R Dark Comedy/Drama

Footnote PG Drama

October Baby PG-13 Drama

Delicacy PG-13 Romantic Comedy

Jeff Who Lives At Home R Comedy/Drama

A Thousand Words PG-13 Comedy

The Secret World Of Arrietty G Animation/Fantasy

A Separation PG-13 Drama

The Descendants R Drama

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)
Under The Sea G Documentary

Bully PG-13 Documentary

Born To Be Wild G Documentary

The Kid With A Bike PG-13 Drama

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen PG-13 Romantic Comedy/Drama

Hugo PG Family/Suspense/Thriller

Comedy Sportz  NR  Live Improv Comedy

Too Violent (way more than 10 violent scenes and/or many dead bodies and/or an orgy of violence at any point)
Headhunters R Drama

Marvel's The Avengers PG-13 Sci-Fi/Action

Jannat 2 R Romance/Thriller

Coriolanus R Drama/War

The Lucky One PG-13 Drama/Romance

The Hunter R Drama

The Godfather Part II R Drama

Safe R Thriller/Action

Pseudo: Blood Of Our Own NR Action/Thriller

Warriors Of The Rainbow: Seediq Bale NR Drama

The Raven R Thriller

The Pirates! Band Of Misfits PG Adventure/Animated

Tezz NR Drama

The Lady R Drama

My Way R Drama/War

Lockout PG-13 Sci-Fi

The Three Stooges PG Comedy

The Cabin In The Woods R Horror

Silent House R Horror

Lockout PG-13 Action/Adventure

Goon R Drama

Red Tails PG-13 Drama/War

Titanic 3D Drama

Houseful 2 NR Action/Romantic Comedy

Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang NR Horror

Chico And Rita NR Animated

Mirror Mirror PG Comedy/Action/Adventure

Wrath Of The Titans PG-13 Action/Adventure

The Raid: Redemption R Action

The Hunger Games PG-13 Action/Family

Agent Vinod NR Drama

Casa De Mi Padre R Comedy

21 Jump Street R Comedy

Kahaani NR Drama

John Carter PG-13 Action/Adventure

Project X R Comedy

Dr Suess' The Lorax PG Animated (traditional chase scene climax, plus 26 other violent scenes, though it has an excellent message for budding environmentalists.)

Act Of Valor R Action

This Means War PG-13 Comedy/Action

Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance  PG-13 Horror

Safe House R Thriller

Journey 2 Mysterious Island PG Adventure

Chronicle PG-13  Adventure/Fantasy

The Artist PG-13 Romance

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo R Drama (A re-release of a movie from 2 years ago anyway...The sequel already came out last year...)

Not yet reviewed
Hubble G Documentary

Roving Mars NR Documentary



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