Sunday, March 19, 2006

Heard an interview with Paul Haggis (writer/director of Crash) on Sounds Like Canada a week or so ago, he was talking about how our friends will let us down and our enemies will sometimes be there to help us out. It's true.
I recommend Crash. by the way, it's pretty good.

11 comments:

phyllis sweetwater said...

i wish i could have sat through the whole thing, but the profanity was so obtrusive and unessisary i couldnt finnish it. swearing really bugs me and so do sex scenes. if a movie has either i cant bring myself to like it. (violence however, doesnt bug me as much)

Seaneria said...

Oh Halli... the sad thing is that clinical tests have proven that repeated exposure to violence has far more detrimental effects than a bit of pale flesh and poorly chosen colloquialisms (not condoning it). Just saying that when aggression and harm towards other human beings is acceptable but nudity or poor vocabulary isn't we have a distorted dichotomy. I'm all about morality but I think a shift from the North American slide needs to be made and people need to realize that exposure to violence is not acceptable. High horse? not really, shamefully the crap I watch would make most people pee a few drops with shock, but I'm working on it and don't plan on letting my spawn... no time soon... watch violence the way I absorb it like a scotty tissue. All three are insidious monsters consuming our quick thrill absorbing society but I feel and studies have shown, violence to have the greatest negative impact. Hope it didn't come off to aggressive but its a sore spot of mine.

phyllis sweetwater said...

i'm not saying im proud of this fact. i think i internalize some things because of my personal past experiences and i hope i dont reflect the general public's opinions on leniency in movies. yes violence is detrimental and i see that my comment sounded semi-shallow according to your distorted dichotomy. you dont have to shame me so well. thing is, I feel i get more emotionally riled by swearing and sex, not that i want to defend or explain myself.

Seaneria said...

...I thinks it how we've been programed within this culture and especially within a religious subculture. I can assume that the reasoning behind allot of it is that profanity and sexuality are so salient and real to a developing youth and violence is often presented in such a hyper-realistic state we pass it off as fantasy and miss the dangerous and ever present undertones that lead to distorted views such as the role overt aggression plays in society.

erika said...

hay sean, i was just thinking the other day about what you said, because i heard on tv the comment about violence on tv being more detrimental than sex, but have you thought of this? i think society thinks that because the detrimental effects of sex are accepted and not thought to even be detrimental. the truth is that both sins are just as bad, and the effects are just as harmful. so probably just as many or more people are driven towards sex through media as violence, but society just doesnt really see that as harmaul to itself, and then they wonder what the problem with society is, and dont attribute any of it to the breakdown of the family. sad.

phyllis sweetwater said...

i agree with Erika. Society will blame violent influences as the cause of the fallen youth and say nothing about the harmful effects of sex and sexual deviency at all in the name of politcal correnctness or open acceptance. society says there is something wrong with violence and nothing wrong with sex. unfortunately the keys to the plan of salvation lie in the bonds of the family and they are being torm apart by the world's indifference towards sex. In movies in particullar i find sex a violation of one's privacy which is uncivil. i do agree with you too sean about the way we pass off violence as fantasy, because I have been guilty of that. i dont want to believe it is real so i conclude within myself that it is not. I cannot deny the reality of sex because i know it happens.

Seaneria said...

Easy there... didn't realize this would turn into a blog version of the high school debate team. The point was never sex good; violence bad. The point was that we know about the harmful effects of sex and we avoid it in the media like the plague. You make it sound like I'm a smut peddler (who told you?). I have seen first hand the effects that some ones sensation seeking and inability to respect women can have on a family with my own. My comment was in regards to Halli's "Violence doesn't bug me as much". It should. To clarify... In the media: violence=bad, sex=bad and swearing=bad. Which is worse is personal opinion and in the long run an unnecessary distinction (Like arguing whether AIDS is worse than Cancer), sorry to fan any fires. My opinion though is that an unknown enemy can be far more dangerous than a known one... once recognition is made any argument for the greater malignancy of one or the other is unnecessary.

jay said...

really. if i hadn't watched media in general and moved to north america i would think that the general idea in the media is sex=who cares, violence=who cares, profanity=who cares.

Rus said...

one: put it all into perspective, i read a book once that had a bad word in it too!!!
two: the rating of this movie (14A in Canada) is easily obtained - before you watch something it's YOUR responsibility to go to a site (like http://www.kids-in-mind.com)and see what kind of violence/sex/profanity it contains.
then if you have issue it's up to YOU to rent the Clean Flicks version.

Seaneria said...

But clean flicks gets rid of all the nudity. I want at least an hour of movie and when I got showgirls clean flicks it was like 3 and a half minutes.

phyllis sweetwater said...

well i am ashamed of myself. after i got off my high hourse i went and watched beowulf and grendel which was absolutely discussing. the worst part was the people in the theater begging for more. i take it back sean ok? violence does bug me.