I don't get why this movie was re-made. The adaptation by Shinoda is great. Shinoda used the novels author (Endo)to help him on the script. It's perfect as it is. I think I like that movie more than the novel itself.
I'm looking forward to seeing the Scorsese version, because I'm not in the cult of Scorsese. I must have a limited imagination, because I can't imagine how you could improve the original Silence movie. It's hard for me to even think about without wanting to bring up the term arrogance.
As far as passion project, what film isn't? Another passion project of his was Gangs of New York. Does anybody consider it top tier Scorsese? Not buying into the hype on this one.
Not a big fan of the premise of this article. But anyways…
Killer of Sheep
Glory. (Yeah, problematic with its Hollywood white savior complex. I like the movie for Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman)
Wow. I didn't know Jeff Bridges was in American Graffiti. And here I always thought he was nominated for The Last Picture show.
It served to rally the NAACP anyways.
I don't grant movies the power you seem to. It was a movie that happened to be popular that played on racial stereotypes. Thats all. Your oft repeated thesis that films=communication was understood the first time. I thought this idea was so boring and innocuous it didn't require validation.
I don't remember trying to insult your intelligence. Please don't ask for forgiveness from me, I don't take anything said on the internet personally. Good luck in life.
Cheese and Rice!
Firstly, I don't think "understate" means what you thunk it means. Did you mean to use the word "undermine"?
It's true I didn't write from an encyclopedic historical perspective. Just my own lowly opinion, which hasn't been refuted yet. Sure, cinema has influenced some trends in society at large such as fashion (whoopee!), , but my point was about the transformative power of a cinema of ideas (aka themes). For good or evil. I just don't see the connection. Yeah, Antonioni and Bergman explored existential angst in pretty bold ways, but so what? Good luck getting anybody but close friends to watch them fellas. You may get another perspective about life from a movie and it can complicate your view of the world (I don't think I would label that good or bad, just art), but I don't think anyone ever became a Nazi because of any movie. I'm also skeptical anyone decided to behave like an angel just because they saw a movie. Thus, lack of power. (There is an argument in here about the power of alleviating boredom and the value of laughing at comedies, but it really is diversion and escapism) Please, prove me wrong. You wrote, "Stories are incredibly powerful, under the right circumstances they can be either destructive or constructive motivators and influences (sic)". I want to see the example that illustrates this.
As a reminder, you brought up BOAN and tried to argue about the power and influence of it's themes. Your lazy ahistorical understanding is what I originally protested. You are still wrong. You wanted to use the movie as iron clad proof of some half baked idea about the influence of themes. I didn't buy your argument and spoke up. Your subsequent list of movies don't illustrate power to me. I've seen all but Tangerine. I enjoyed exploring each movie you listed, but none lit a fire under me to change my ways. None inspired me. I did enjoy consuming them.
I am merely skeptical of the great transformative power of cinema. Is that a sin? It transforms people into couch potatoes I guess, consuming stories. Hardly uplifting.
I'm sure you meant to clarify. . .
My original point was to show you where you were factually wrong about BOAN and it's audience. I think I did that pretty well, as you didn't argue that point back. Perhaps I made a mistake in sharing my skepticism of the value of cinema as a catalyst for social change.
Then you have been going off on all kinds of tangents and assertions, and I'm not seeing what is to be gained by trying to rein you in to see how my pov differs.