Category Archives: Movies

ACT of VALOR

Was just sent this trailer to a new movie coming out in February 2012 about Navy Seals and Special Forces. It’s exceptional because it seems like it will accurately profile the current tactics, strategies, and people serving our great country.

Synopsis

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure.

Fireproof the Movie Opening

For awhile now I have been blogging about Fireproof Movie. Want to encourage you all to go see it soon. I was priveleged enough to see a preview of it three weeks ago and I have to tell you it is the best, most authentic movie about marriage I have ever seen. My wife and I are going to see it together tomorrow with a couple friend of ours.

I just got an email from their newsletter list which highlights how important our attendance is to getting the movie into mainstream:

Thank You … Thank You … Thank GOD!
Throughout 2008, you have followed the behind-the-scenes story of FIREPROOF, an action-packed love story about a fireman, his wife … and a marriage worth rescuing.

Friday, on opening day, you experienced the movie firsthand. With friends and family, with small groups and entire churches, you went. And laughter, tears, and cheers filled 839 theaters across the country.

Today, as movie-industry insiders look at all of the statistical data from yesterday, they are trying to figure out how in the world a movie they didn’t even know about was one of the most popular movies in the country on Friday.

That’s right: FIREPROOF was the No. 3 movie in America yesterday! You have thoroughly confounded Hollywood.

Will FIREPROOF stay No. 3 the rest of Opening Weekend? By industry standards, it seems extremely unlikely. The next five movies that finished behind FIREPROOF are playing on approximately 2,500 screens each.

So the key is that people like us keep showing up at movie theaters, both today and tomorrow. Let’s show Hollywood that FIREPROOF is the kind of movie you will support. Let them know that this is more than a movie … it’s a movement.

As we found out with Facing the Giants two years ago and FIREPROOF last night, with God, all things are possible … even in the movie industry. Make that especially in the movie industry.

Thank you! And thanks for continuing to support FIREPROOF on this all-important weekend.

Fireproof Movie Trailer

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Fireproof the Movie has been promoted in two prior blog entries of mine: Fireproof Movie and Fireproof Movie Details

Fireproof Movie News

I just got some more super exciting news in the Fireproof Movie Newsletter subscription. Thought I would share this with you:

The booking of theaters for the September 26-28 opening weekend of FIREPROOF continues at full force. There are now nearly 550 theaters confirmed, with another 200 theaters or more to be added before the movie opens.

In addition, theaters that are part of the Regal Entertainment Group—Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres, and Edwards Theatres—have posted their opening week show times on Fandango.

That means you can purchase tickets online today for opening weekend if the movie is opening at a Regal theater near you. Check out the link below to Fandango … and be sure to buy tickets for your friends as well!

See where FIREPROOF will be opening
Check out FIREPROOF tickets on Fandango

 

Fireproof Movie Trailer

In case you missed the YouTube trailer I posted previously, check out the Fireproof Movie Trailer:

I will say it again, I can’t be more excited about this movie. Don’t know if I have ever promoted someone else’s stuff as hard as I am this. I just really think this is going to start a lot of conversations with couples about their marriage.

Fireproof Movie Details

A long while ago, I blogged about the Fireproof Movie. I got this today in a newsletter about Fireproof the Movie:

Churches Focusing on Fireproofing Marriages
As with every movie that is released theatrically this year, FIREPROOF aims to entertain audiences. Unlike any other movie this year, FIREPROOF will provide ministry opportunities for churches to help strengthen marriages in their community. You can find great church resources at FireproofmyMarriage.com.

In addition, churches will be able to host a “Fireproof My Marriage” seminar on November 1. This Church Communication Network simulcast features Sherwood Senior Pastor Michael Catt, FIREPROOF co-writers Stephen and Alex Kendrick, and marriage experts Gary Smalley and Dr. Les Parrott, among others.

http://www.fireproofthemovie.com/takeaction/ has some information about what you can do to promote the movie. We are 72 days out from the launch of the movie. I really believe it will do well!

Fireproof Movie

At the Couples Conference this weekend, hosted at Christ Fellowship in partnership with Gary Smalley, we got to see an incredible preview of Fireproof the Movie. I can’t yet find the Fireproof scene online that we were shown with Kirk Cameron starring in the lead role (get with it movie promoters), but it has to be one of the best scenes of his career. It may be one of the most intensely real scenes between a married couple to ever hit the big screen. Here is the only trailer I could find for you to get a taste:

Here is a summary from the Fireproof Film website:

At work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter’s adage: Never leave your partner behind. At home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.After seven years of marriage, Caleb and Catherine Holt have drifted so far apart that Catherine wishes she had never married. Neither one understands the pressures the other faces—as firefighter and she as the public relations director of a hospital.

Regular arguments over jobs, finances, housework, and outside interests have readied them both to move on to something with more sparks. As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb’s father challenges his son to commit to a 40-day experiment he calls “The Love Dare.” Wondering if it’s even worth the effort, Caleb agrees, but more for his father’s sake than for his marriage. When Caleb discovers the book’s daily challenges are tied into his parents’ newfound faith, his already limited interest is further dampened.While trying to stay true to his promise, Caleb becomes frustrated time and again. He finally asks his father, “How am I supposed to show love to somebody who constantly rejects me?”

When his father explains that this is the love God shows to us, Caleb makes a life-changing commitment to love God. And—with God’s help—he begins to understand what it means to truly love his wife. But is it too late to fireproof his marriage? His job is to rescue others. Now Caleb Holt is ready to face his toughest job ever … rescuing his wife’s heart

I am expecting this to be a really great flick. I imagine there will be some weak points in the acting, but the story line looks like something everyone in America can relate to. It is due out sometime in the fall, and I am sure local church leaders will hear about it sometime in the summer.

Web Video for Churches-The Future?

For a few weeks I have been pondering a post about the various options for ministries wanting to distribute video via the web. Looks like Bill Seaver and Greg Atkinson may beat me to it with a comprehensive look… which is great because I never felt good about the post anyway. Not really an expert on the topic. Even so, let me point to a few things I have been keeping tabs on after my time at NRB.

Having been an avid YouTube lurker since it’s start, I am fascinated by the concept that churches could use video they are already creating, or that well-trained servants produce, to engage new and interesting people in a discussion that may eventually open the person to Jesus. NRB, though attended by a strange mix of blue-haired comb-overs and over-confident Millennials, connected me with a number of interesting projects and people I had not been aware of before (including the microexplosion blog referenced above).

iquestions.com, which I mentioned before, is an interesting video project. I think they need more of a user-contributed video focus and less “subject matter expert” advice to gain critical mass. They seem to be well-funded though, so it may be a question of which audience segment are they trying to reach. They use some cool technology for the backend of the site, and the design is pretty sweet too.

I met up with GodTube.com at NRB as well. Great hearts behind this one and I really want them to be successful. Built from scratch, their technology seems to have missed some key components, like a profanity filter and possibly comment spam prevention to name a few. These are hurdles they can climb though, and being a clone of YouTube (focused on ministries) isn’t a horrible idea since many churches may want to experiment on GodTube before branching out into more secular venues where their messages will be attacked more viciously.

Erwin McManus was the keynote speaker of the REACH track at NRB. His church site is interesting on a number of fronts, but this description of his video production tools turned me on to Viddyup and the iTunes Lame Encoder. Watch one of their videos to see what kind of quality these tools put out. Amazing!

Another seemingly smart guy I stumbled on through some clicking through NRB links is Maurilio Amorim. He doesn’t have many posts yet, but hopefully he will get going and teach us all some things.

The last NRB nugget I will mention is WiredParish.com. Looks like they have a podcasting revenue model tied to their site, but there are some nice freebies like this blog post series about the top 10 podcasting mistakes. Brad Abare is the one who gave me the heads up on WiredParish, so credit is due there.

Why Netflix Gets It and Blockbuster Does Not

So I attempted to cancel my Blockbuster.com subscription a few moments ago because of a bad experience, and had to fill out a survey to get it done. There was a comment field where they asked “How Can We Improve? Would you mind taking a minute to explain why you’ve decided to cancel your account?” So, I was willing to help out and wrote the following in my very sick state (the flu or a cold maybe). Upon submission of the survey, a form error was returned on the comment field which reads: “Please type in 255 characters or less for your comments.”

Apparently, Blockbuster doesn’t want all of my comments or a true discussion with their would-be customers. So, I am posting this to my blog for the world to see and adding the link to the comment field in the Blockbuster.com subscription cancellation field (I doubt they will read it). The first amendment has never been so sweet, has it?

Basically, you guys don’t understand the value of a life-time customer. I went into the store as a Netflix customer who was having a lonely weekend, with not enough movies to entertain me. The wife and I had decided to rent three movies. I saw your TV ad earlier in the day, which communicated to me that I could sign-up for your service and pick up/drop off movies either in the store or online. So, I went to the store to sign up and get three movies.

The high-school aged kid that was there communicated that I would even get a third-movie free tonight with a special coupon they had there. So, I signed up while in the store with him by my side. Filled out the preferences, all my account info (which you already had because I have been a customer for over 10 years), and entered my credit card detals.

I then took my three movies to the counter, where the kid gave me a total of $9.94. I said, “What are you talking about…. I just put in my credit card information in for the monthly service, now I am ready for my movies”. He informed me that the service was only for movies that come through the mail… and that when I return movies at the store that I receive through the mail, then I can get coupons for movies through the store while I wait for more movies to arrive through the mail. I was shocked and confused. I simply said, “But *I am* waiting for my movies to come through the mail”. All he was empowered to do was blink I think, cause he didn’t even call over the manager.

Not being one to quit easily, I communicated that part of the reason I had signed up in store and was willing to move away from Netflix was because it seemed like I could get get the benefit today of Netflix plus in-store pickup. He could not clearly communicate to me the reason why picking up a movie in-store is different than getting it through the mail. From my perspective, I signed up for a Blockbuster service that allowed me to have X number of movies out at any given time, and return in store or via the mail. All I wanted was three movies so I could snuggle up with my wife.

So, Blockbuster, If you really want me as a life-time customer, give me the benefit of what I have paid for NOW. Keep the details of your inventory system, your cost centers, your work-flow, your finances, etc. out of my way and out of sight. Customers don’t care about your pain and are apt to forget you if your pain in getting products to market gets in our way… which is why I am sitting home with the flu today, unwilling to drive down the street and rent from blockbuster.

Thankfully my single Netflix movie came last night… and guess what, they sent it to me when my list was empty, anticipating the type of movie I would enjoy. And it looks like they got it right. They understand that to keep a customer you have to lower the barriers that get in the way of the customer relationship. Blockbuster, you could learn a lesson there.

Now, to all you other companies out there, if you care for me as the customer and want me to evangelize your products, you will empower me to do so as early as you can… with no hassle or waiting, or uninformed high-school kids.

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