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(2002), NR
Analysis Date: May 17, 2003
CAP Score: 81 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: ID

MinMax: -50

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(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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  • 2Pet. 2:18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["" can be any intoxicating substance.]
  • Exod. 20:13 You shall not murder. [Suicide is murder of the self.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.


    Stone Reader (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • flippant disregard for the gravity of suicide, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • ten uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • three uses of the most foul of the foul words plus several euphemisms of it

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • sexual anatomy reference
  • vulgar wall painting

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • booze
  • flippant attitude toward teen drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)
  • two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and six without

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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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.

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