November 29, 2003 at 6:43 am #596
Does anyone else have an issue with what movies to watch nowadays? I just watched part of “Gangs of New York” and no wonder our culture is so de-sensitized. I am ashamed I watched as much as I did. I didn’t get a single semi-good feeling coming away from that movie- how can I and others possibly classify it as a good one?
How do you deal with the movie situation with friends and family? It’d be nice to hear some imput…December 5, 2003 at 4:40 pm #2236
Well, as for Gangs of New York, I have never seen that movie, but there are countless other examples of bad movies. It seems that almost every movie has to have some sort of sex scene and/or a lot of killing. There have been way too many movies that revolve around that kind of a “plot.”
Some of the best movies that have come out are the ones that are actually intelligent and original. I think we would have a lot less movies out there if there was a bit more originality in movies. Like the latest James Bond movie was pretty lame. There were no surprises.
I get sick of all the teen movies too like the American Pie stuff. It’s just not that funny. It’s mindless entertainment.
I like movies that actually make me think or have some introspect into life. I even like movies that parody real life, but not this mindless, sex and violence filled trend in the cinema.December 6, 2003 at 5:03 pm #2240
I have seen Gangs of New York and I totally agree that it is not a good movie as well.
Personally, I feel offended that Hollywood thinks that only sex and violence will entertain me. That actually turns me away from the movie, I do not want to see all that. I strongly prefer movies with quality plots as well. Sometimes I like to fall back on the old classic movies, but they are a few recent ones too. Movies like Dances with Wolves, Singin’ in the Rain, Life in Beautiful, Ever After, October Sky, and Finding Nemo were made in various years, but all have my vote for good, quality plot. (I have other recommendations as well, if anyone wants.) ” title=”Very Happy” />
I feel that many movies could have been very good, if it were not for one or two scenes in a bedroom or scenes showing many details of killing. Most often those scenes are not crucial to the plot. If they [u:92314fz7]needed[/u:92314fz7] to show two people sleeping together for the purpose of the movie, show them walking into the bedroom and cut out of the scene soon after. Of if they [u:92314fz7]need[/u:92314fz7] to show killing, show the gun being fired and the guy fall and die, but we don’t need to see extended scenes of violence purely for entertainment. (Of course their are movies like Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan where violence and killing are not used for entertainment.)
For example, Titanic could have been a great movie, even educational (they put lots of work into recreating almost every last detail down to the china on the tables), but because of a few select scenes that Hollywood thought would sell the movie even more, that movie is put on my I-Don’t-Plan-to-See-It-Again list.
Wouldn’t you think the writers and directors would want a movie to sell because of its own excellent plot and acting and not because of sex scenes and/or killing and violence?January 11, 2004 at 6:56 am #2291
Movies and TV run hand-in-hand when it comes to trends in entertainment, but does anyone have an opinion on some of the new shows coming out on TV this season?January 27, 2004 at 6:02 am #2362
[quote:3qfrh2mi]Movies and TV run hand-in-hand when it comes to trends in entertainment, but does anyone have an opinion on some of the new shows coming out on TV this season?[/quote:3qfrh2mi]
Hmmm…I don’t watch much tv outside of some movies, sports and news so I really can’t say much about that.
I do know that there are a lot more shows that are showcasing gay lifestyles and humor much more than the past. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is yet to be seen.
Some of ti can be harmful because I was watching one particular show one day and it was the stereotypical gay man that was kind of girlie and couldn’t shoot a basketball. I suppose as long as no one gets hurt by it – it’s all right.
I’m undecided about all of this. ” title=”Neutral” />January 27, 2004 at 6:16 pm #2369
Yes, I was asking because I am unsure as well. All I really know is that I will be careful of what I watch and which shows I use to entertain my mind.January 28, 2004 at 12:28 am #2371
Regarding movies and television
I have a real problem, that is in relating to others about media. It is especially difficult as a mother, and even more so as a CCD teacher. The students all come from ‘good families’, but they have not got a single clue that anything is wrong with them filling their minds night after night with the current popular shows.
Back when Titanic came out many many parents took their grade school children, because after all it is a famous movie about a famous ship
it made no difference that the scenes were totally inappropriate for their grade school children
I am talking early grade school and pre-school.
I feel so lost sometimes regarding this—-like are there not any parents who care about this anymore???? ” title=”Confused” />January 29, 2004 at 5:28 am #2383
[quote:3o1jagsu]I feel so lost sometimes regarding this—-like are there not any parents who care about this anymore???? ” title=”Confused” />[/quote:3o1jagsu]
Well, I’m sure there are, they just seem to be a rare breed these days.
As for the rest of your post, perhaps this is a social trend where parents think of their kids as more autonomous and can decipher between right and wrong without much guidance. Who knows?
It certainly seems that almost is becoming acceptable these days and that the media at least portrays it that way. I have never seen the movie Titanic for a few reasons – I won’t get into those however.
Anyway, when I was in high school my parish youth director urged everyone at pretty much every chance he could get to not watch that movie because of the sex scene. His overall philosophy on life is if it’s not making you holy then why even bother with it.
He has a good point since we are called strongly by Christ as Christians to not settle for anything less than what Christ would do.
I think some parents just have a lack of commitment to their faith for various reasons, but still feel compelled to have one because it’s what you’re supposed to do in the U.S. Your religion is your identity in America and it has been that way pretty much since the first Europeans came over.
Also, no one wants to be too unpopular so they just go along with whatever is being perceived as cool at the time and therefore some things they do are not very Christian or help one to be a better Christian – such as watching certain tv shows or watching certain movies.January 31, 2004 at 6:51 am #2394
Do you think some parents think that letting their kids watch tv will help them learn “life’s lessons” and avoid mistakes in their own lives?
TV is getting so unreality-like these days, no matter what “reality TV” we can select to watch…February 3, 2004 at 3:42 am #2402
[quote:3oaqnjky]Do you think some parents think that letting their kids watch tv will help them learn “life’s lessons” and avoid mistakes in their own lives?[/quote:3oaqnjky]
No, I just think they’re lazy. ” title=”Wink” />
[quote:3oaqnjky]TV is getting so unreality-like these days, no matter what “reality TV” we can select to watch…[/quote:3oaqnjky]
Yes, I would like to know who was responsible for naming those shows “reality” shows. They couldn’t be further from the truth. Some shows are just random strangers getting together and have to work together and live together to win a bunch of money :rolleyes: – how real is that? Or the Joe Millionaire crap. It’s so silly, but I think that’s why people like it. I hope no one actually buys into it. ” title=”Sad” />February 6, 2004 at 7:48 pm #2416
News shows are about the closest thing to reality on TV. Well, at least local news shows.
Except I guess when they have mass on TV, that is real. ” title=”Very Happy” />February 9, 2004 at 8:56 pm #2423
Well, even the news is a problem. It’s so depressing all the time. The “big stories” are all the murders, robberies, kidnappings, rapes and which famous person left the toilet seat up at some hot nightclub in Los Angeles.
News is so sensational it’s hard to decipher how big a story [i:2145n73y]actually is[/i:2145n73y] or how important it [i:2145n73y]should be[/i:2145n73y]. :rolleyes:February 10, 2004 at 5:21 pm #2426
Maybe we can still watch the nature channel and the weather channel. :rolleyes:
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