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Analysis Date: May 17, 2003
CAP Score: 81 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: ID
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(2002), NR -- ... a perfect example of how the CAP analysis model is useful.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): JETFilms
Distribution (US): JETFilms
Director(s): Mark Moskowitz
Producer(s): Robert M. Goodman, Mark Moskowitz
Written by/Screenplay: Mark Moskowitz
Cinematography/Camera: Jeff Confer, Mark Moskowitz, Joe Vandergast
Music: Michael Mandrell
Film Editing: Mark Moskowitz, Kathleen Soulliere
Viewed At: AMC - Hulen, Fort Worth, Texas
At 18 years old in 1972, Mark Moskowitz picked up a just released fiction book by Dow Mossman entitled The Stones of Summer, read about 20 pages and set it on the shelf without picking it up again for 25 years. In 1997 Moskowitz picked up the book again and he couldn't close it again. He read the paperback as often as he could, taking it with him everywhere he went until its fragile format became shredded and fragmented. Moskowitz loved the book this time around so much he decided to buy another one to replace the ragged one. Unfortunately, Moskowitz found the book was out of print. Only 7000 copies were printed in the one-time printing and not one copy was to be found. Not only was there only one printing of the book, it was the only book Mossman wrote. What to do!?
Stone Reader is a film about making a film of filming Mark Moskowitz's year long search for Dow Mossman. A true story of a true literature lover's trek to find a talented writer who has disappeared into obscurity: a "Mike Hammer" story of revitalizing one of the literary voices of Moskowitz's generation. And revitalized Mossman has become. It is reported that The Stones of Summer will be back in print Fall of this year. There is yet another example of the power of the entertainment industry.
Stone Reader is not rated. You have no idea what is in it as if you would know anything of significance if it were rated. But with a CAP analysis of it you now know that it contains ten uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [2Pet. 2:18], three uses of the most foul of the foul words plus several euphemisms of it [Col. 3:8; 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17]; two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and six without it [Deut. 5:11]; macho talk about teenage drunkenness [Eph. 5:18] and flippant disregard for suicide as if suicide and teenage drinking are expected of writers, as if suicide is a noble expression of camaraderie in misery -- exactly what makes suicide attractive to the weak and weakened [Ex 20:13]. Stone Reader provides a perfect example of how the CAP analysis model is useful.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Offense to God (O)
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|NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.|
|"There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|