Thursday, November 11, 2004

When moral relativists talk about a moral divide.... still get gray.

"As with most multilayered issues, however, the search for black-and-white answers yields perplexing shades of gray. For starters, except for the most vocal minorities, the "outrage" over permissiveness in entertainment runs wide but not especially deep, as people often express support for one thing but view another."

I found it interesting that he did not quote an statistics on what people watch in America to back up his statement. I will offer one set of data that proves that son of a bitch wrong.

Here is a list of top movies adjusted for inflation. Also here is a list of top movies worldwide. Here is a list of the top 20 domestic grossing movies of all time.

1 Titanic PG-13
2 Star Wars PG
3 Shrek 2 PG
4 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial PG
5 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace PG
6 Spider-Man PG-13
7 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King PG-13
8 Spider-Man 2 PG-13
9 The Passion of the Christ R
10 Jurassic Park PG-13
11 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers PG-13
12 Finding Nemo G
13 Forrest Gump PG-13
14 The Lion King G
15 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone PG
16 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring PG-13
17 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Fox PG
18 Return of the Jedi PG
19 Independence Day PG-13
20 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl PG-13

Basic themes if you want to make a top them grossing movie: ships and love; humans fighting aliens with mystical powers and humans in love; cartoons in love; aliens which we love; guys who have special powers and jump around in their underwear, who then fall in love; humans, elves, drawfs, halfings with the help of mystical powers fighting orcs with mystical powers and a little bit of love; Jesus, who has mystical powers and some people love; dinosaurs, which love to eat us; kids with mystical powers fighting other people with mystical powers; and finally pirates who have mystical powers.

By they way if you made a movie with all this stuff in it, you would become the richest person on earth.

Dang it!!!! I should have read the entire article before I wrote all of this.

"Hollywood actually does a pretty good job of doing just that, assuming one bothers to look -- which, of course, political opportunists seldom do. While auteurs yearn to impress friends by testing boundaries with edgy R-rated fare, studios know Christmas is merrier with a "Harry Potter "-like franchise under the tree, and Robert Zemeckis used his A-list muscle to direct a lavish G-rated children's movie, "The Polar Express." "

I still liked the post anyways.

update: of course, a conservative would try to make some money off it the obvious fact.

"My wife and I now have a number of grandchildren who are growing up surrounded by the products of this culture. So four or five years ago I decided to stop cursing the darkness. I had been complaining about movies and their content for years, and instead to do something about it by getting into the film business. Fortunately my wife said, Phil, this is one of the nuttier things you've ever done, so at least keep your day job. Which I did. But I knew that the best way to get to know a business and maybe to affect it is first to dive into it, and second to invest in it so that you get a seat at the table. "


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