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by John Thielking
8-17-11 (As published in the Connection Magazine October 2011 issue)

Thank you for continuing to visit the Peacemovies.com web site in the troubled times of late. Peacemovies.com started in July 2010, reviewing non-violent movies currently in theaters and on dvd. From about October 2010 to August 2011 Peacemovies.com experienced a funding shortage and economic uncertainty which made it undesirable to continue with the practice of reviewing non-violent movies currently in theaters. Buying movie tickets and running ads costs money after all. Since the debt ceiling debacle was recently resolved in a manner that no longer immediately threatens the author's SSDI payments, the author figures that between SSDI and a part time job there is now a stable source of funding for Peacemovies.com for at least the next year, possibly 2 years.

Peacemovies.com seeks to be one piece of the puzzle for how to solve the problem of violence in the world. There are many root causes of violence, as can be seen by reading Christian Parenti's “Tropic Of Chaos”, including global warming that is making ordinary resource shortages much worse. Of particular interest is the notion that people seek out stimulation through either sex or violence. The people who achieve a satisfying sexual or sensual experience are much less likely to become violent, as was demonstrated in a study of 49 different societies of varying sexual mores done by James W. Prescott, located here:
http://www.violence.de/prescott/bulletin/article.html . Since it is not desirable in our society to promote sexual promiscuity or underage sex, it may be helpful to own a pet. The web site http://thepetwiki.com/wiki/How_Children_Benefit_from_the_Family_Pet claims that violent behavior perpetrated by children may be prevented by having them take care of a family pet.

Peacemovies.com attempts to use the free market to attack the problem of promotion of violence by US culture and the military-industrial-complex controlled mass media by supplying people with accurate information about how much violence is in each movie. Each movie reviewed on Peacemovies.com is put into one of four categories: little or no violence, non-violent, iffy and too violent. A mini survey done a couple of years ago reveals that about ˝ of the people want to watch non-violent movies. The other ˝ don't care one way or the other. Only about 10% of the people seek out violent movies as their favorite. 50% of the movies on the market are already non-violent. Since non-violent movies may appeal to 90% of the population, this means that in the ideal free market the market share of non-violent movies could be as high as 90% of ticket sales. If we can get to a place where the only movies that make it to blockbuster status are movies like Eat Pray Love, Tin Cup, Mrs. Doubtfire and ET, we may start turning out generations of leaders who think of non-violent solutions to international conflicts and make those solutions stick.

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

Are you sick and tired of the constant genocide of the aliens and the blowing up of everything at the end of your otherwise favorite movie? Do you think the movie universe should be filled with loving beings like ET and the Monolith creators in 2010? Or do you just want to find a kid and family friendly movie that is not filled to the brim with cartoon violence (or worse)? Strike Back!  Check out the revised first edition of the Peacemovies.com web site that reviews non-violent and family friendly dvd's by clicking here, or visit the page below to check out non-violent movies and family movies in theaters. The complete reviews of everything in theaters up to Iffy are available by clicking the links in the table 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.

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Violence Ratings of Movies Currently In Theaters as of 9/4/2011:
Note that movies in [brackets] are only showing at a very few theaters in the San Jose area as of 8/17/2011.
Little or no Violence 
 (2 or less violent scenes, few deaths if any.)
(10 or less violent scenes, with few if any dead bodies.)
Not yet reviewed
(11-20 scenes of mild violence)
Too Violent
(way more than 10 violent scenes and/or many dead bodies)

The Future  R

Midnight In Paris PG-13
Romantic Comedy
[Bad Teacher] R

Apollo 18 PG-13

Higher Ground R

Crazy, Stupid, Love PG-13

Our Idiot Brother  R

Magic Trip R

The Change-Up R
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy R

Seven Days In Utopia G

One Day  PG-13

Glee: The 3d Concert Movie  PG

The Change Up R

Friends With Benefits R
Romantic Comedy

Winnie The Pooh G

[Zookeeper] PG

[Monte Carlo] PG


The Help  PG-13

Horrible Bosses R

[Mr Popper's Penguins] PG

First Dog NR Family/Comedy/Drama

The Smurfs PG
Animated Comedy

Amigo R

Fright Night R

Conan The Barbarian R

Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World PG

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark  R

Columbiana PG-13

The Debt  R

Shark Night 3D PG-13

30 Minutes Or Less  R

Final Destination 5  R

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes PG-13

The Whistleblower R

Cowboys & Aliens PG-13

[Attack The Block] R

Captain America: The First Avenger  PG-13

Sarah's Key PG-13

[Another Earth] PG-13

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon PG-13

Cars 2 G
Animated Thriller

[Super 8]  PG-13

[X Men: First Class]  PG-13

Note that Peacemovies.com reviews movies only for their violence content.  For a more detailed analysis of other issues in movies (especially for gauging age-appropriateness for kids) please visit http://www.commonsensemedia.org .

Archives of past non-violent movie and family movie reviews:   7-4-10    8-4-10
    9-4-10   10-4-10

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