Monday, May 17, 2010

Catholics at teh Movies (That's for you, Cob)

Steven Greydanus says it best. He is my go-to guy when it comes to movie reviews. (h/t Mark Shea)

Film making is not my vocation, but I hope that those Catholics who are called to serve God in this way will not turn away from that call because they have some mistaken idea that Christians shouldn't involve themselves in this industry. The answer to a bad movie is a truly good movie, not the conclusion that movies are evil. Certainly we have to make judgments about what entertainment to consume, but to completely write off one particular medium makes no sense to me. You might as well never listen to Bach again because your ears were assaulted by Britney Spears.

It also makes no sense to produce what Flannery O'Connor termed "pious trash" - she was speaking of novels, but the identification applies equally well to film, music or art which is of poor quality but is deemed "good" solely because it favorably mentions religion and/or lacks anything that might offend. We can do better than just being blandly inoffensive, and we must do more than criticize if we want to reclaim this aspect of our culture.

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