Thursday, February 28, 2008

Is Hollywood Hopeless?

The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano published a recent article that said this year's Oscar awards went to films that portray America as a society "without hope." The column by Gaetano Vallini ctiticized films such as No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood, which among other Oscar nominees are "sinister, filled with violence, and above all, without hope."
Vallini found fault especially with No Country for Old Men, saying the film, which garnered 4 Oscars including the coveted "Best Picture" award, was marred by "absurd and mindless acts of violence." He pointed out that the independent filmmakers, working outside Hollywood, chose to honor movies with a more positive message, such as Juno, the story of a young woman coping with an unexpected pregnancy. He also praised The Diving Bell and the Butterfly as a film that, "going against the prevailing trend, portrays the beauty of life."

What do YOU think? Is Hollywood hopeless?


EthicsProfessor said...

If that nation, which God foretold would be punished for their deep sins, turns from their wicked past and starts to do His merciful will of redemning others and the planet, I belief God will give them a reward of good.

But if that nation or church that claims to be enlightened and better doesn't keep up the good works, neither will it be spared.

If Hollywood and rock actors, turn from the indulgences to do good and minister their fame and fortune to inspire good, then God will receive. But if that nation or church which claims to be faithful to God but does not use their influence against injustice and abused people, then God who prophesied good things to the "good" will take them and give them to those who were bad, but ended up doing more good.

Hollywood, you can do God's will. Do it? and Watch what happens?

Nathan French said...

There are a lot of positive inspirational movies that come out of Hollywood. They just didn't make any this year that won big awards... I don't think the Oscars necessarily reflect the general movie goers taste in movies anyway. Sometimes they can be dark movies such as Silence of the Lambs and Unforgiven. But I don't think it's necessarily a NEW trend. Did anyone see Stephen Colbeirt and John Stewart do their bit there? You have to utube that if you haven't. It's along the same lines of this discussion....

Anonymous said...

Well, here is a thought, is it that Hollywood reflects the society? You can watch the evening news and see the evil of the day. The world in Noah's day was destroyed for being muderous. Is it that by beholding we become, or that they only reflect the society? Maybe both. Everyday there is a young women missing and later found to be dead, shocking to me, everyday somones heart is broken by someones evil ded.