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Chapter 1: Sometimes You Have to Die Before You Can be Reborn – Confessions of a Film Geek

Chapter 2: The Rise of the VCR Generation

SECTION ONE ~ Standards of Indecency:
Welcome to Our Culture

Chapter 3: Keeping an Eye on What You Watch
– A Worldview to Call Your Own?

Chapter 4: Befoul Western Civilization Once, Shame on You—Befoul
It Twice, Shame on Me
– Movies are Intentional
– Product Placement
– Sidebar**: Learning by Rote

Chapter 5: Agenda, Inc.
– Case Study No. 1: After the Ball
– Case Study No. 2: Happy Feet
– Case Study No. 3: What the #$*! Do We Know?
– Case Study No. 4: “You are the thought leaders”
– Agenda and the Church
– Sidebar**: Attacks on Catholics—Just Because I Don’t Follow You Doesn’t Mean I Won’t Back You Up

Chapter 6: Hollywood’s Lowercase God
– Sidebar**: Horror Films and The Death of God Image
– A Useless Figurehead
– Relevance and Relationship
– Sidebar**: The Use of the Cross and the Christ-Pose in Film—Getting to the Crux of When Others Use the Crucifixion
– Anchors Aweigh Achieves Unmoored Morality

Chapter 7: The Disposable Paradise*
– McMovies—To Turn a Buck
– Smart Movies—Social Engineering
– Cinematic Art, or Toys?
– Wrecking the Culture for Fun and Profit
– A Cinematic Simulacrum: The Disposable Paradise*
– What is “Hollywood”?
– Sidebar**: The Jerk and the Filmmaker’s Worldview

Chapter 8: Have I Ever Told You How Awesome I Am?
– The Gods of Celebrity

Chapter 9: The Hays Code: Back in the Days When Hollywood Cared What We Thought
– The Early Years
– The Production Code
– The ABCs: Argument, Breathing Room, and Creative Expression

Chapter 10: The Ratings System: Making the Irresponsible Seem Responsible Since 1968
– What Do the Ratings Really Mean?
– Context Counts

Chapter 11: Christians and the Culture: Backseat Driving on the Road to Hell
– Examining Our Reflection

Chapter 12: Since We’re Lost, You May as Well Let Me Drive

SECTION TWO ~ The Structure of Film:
Seeing What’s Right in Front of You

Chapter 13: What Are Films?
– Uncle Bud’s Fish Tale

Chapter 14: The Story We Tell Ourselves
– The Great Story
– The Four-Act Structure*

Chapter 15: Many Heroes—One Man
– Traits of the Hero

Chapter 16: The Villain—The Hero Lost
– The Fallen Hero
– Traits of the Villain
– Sidebar**: Monologuing

Chapter 17: The Mentor
– Traits of the Mentor

Chapter 18: The Secondary Antagonist*
– The Golem
– Traits of the Secondary Antagonist*

Chapter 19: Archetypes
– The Herald
– Female Archetypes
– Other Archetypes

Chapter 20: The Great Story
– The Great Story Within the Four-Act Structure*
– The Great Story in Detail

Chapter 21: The Hero Revealed
– Lord Raglan’s Thesis, Heroic Traits, and … Who is He?
– Dundes, Raglan, and Price
– Jesus Christ and the Heroic Traits
– A Fictionalized Christ?

Chapter 22: The Great Story is the Greatest Story Ever Told
– Developing a Christian Cinematic Worldview
– Your Assignment, Should You Choose to Accept It

SECTION THREE ~ Watching Film:
The Right Way to Sit There and Do Something

Chapter 23: Changing the World from Your Recliner

Chapter 24: Does this Hollywood Blockbuster Make Me Look Fat?
– You Are What You See
– What Do We Call Clean?

Chapter 25: Does God Call for Us to Become Ned Flanders?

Chapter 26: Purpose, Truth, and Content
– Purpose ~ Why Was the Film Made?
— Case Study: Avatar
– Truth ~ What Does the Film Say?
— Case Study: The Matrix
– Content ~ How Does the Film Say It?
— Hollywood Creeps Created Ratings Creep

Chapter 27: Morality Points*

Chapter 28: Freedom of Choice Means the Freedom to be an Idiot

Chapter 29: Less Christian Art, More Christian Artists
– To Bear His Name

Chapter 30: Practice Extreme Moderation
– To Discern Beauty Among the Squalor
– The Freedom of the Faithful
– Food Sacrificed to Idols

Chapter 31: Onward Christian Audiences

Chapter 32: I Screwed Up. Now What?

Chapter 33: Honor Christ in What You See
– Advice from a Former Corpse

Appendix A**: The Structure of Pulp Fiction

Appendix B**: The Structure of The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy


* – indicates an original concept
** – available only in the print edition.