Friday, March 24, 2006

"It is not a medium that respects its audience"

It had to be said, finally:
My advice: don't watch movies, ever. You will be happier, healthier, smarter, and probably holier for it. And stop wasting so much time and effort trying to decipher which movies are "okay" for Catholics to watch, or investing in the sanctification of a medium that is inherently flawed artistically. If Catholics were to devote the time, money, and intellectual energy that they spend on movies, television and rock music to authentic culture and noble art forms, the Church and the world would be enormously bettered.
From The Lion and the Cardinal.

Since the 1960s the film industry tells us that we must accept the theory of "art for art's sake" when judging film, and this same attitude has been taken by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, whose film reviews tend to make too much of "artistic merit".

We have forgotten that aesthetics are ultimately a form of moral judgment.

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