Many 21st-century television shows and movies—both animated children's films and big production feature films—have tackled moral and cultural questions in ways that have shaped the public conversation. Is this good and helpful or dangerous? In what ways has Hollywood asked the right questions and shaped the discourse? Can the art of movie-making be an act of social justice?
Movies about witches create tricky situations for those whose spiritual leanings are confused with outmoded folklore or, worse, evil behavior.
Immoral Hollywood? Hardly. But sometimes the entertainment industry's idea of morality is far different from our own.
Movies have emerged as a civil way to discuss our sublimated national problems.
Once in a while a piece of media will emerge from the shouting that, either by accident or on purpose, has the effect of engaging the moral imagination of the public at large.
A thin and often blurry line exists between incisive social critique and blatant moralizing. The best art, however, does not seek to be effective but rather affective.
Despite its immense power to change the hearts and minds of huge swathes of its consumers, Hollywood is not the vague and monolithic notion that the name implies.
Movies are among the most powerful story delivery mechanisms the world has ever seen, and with power comes not only the potential to heal, but the risk of danger.
Movies shape and form our consciences, not because that's what Hollywood studios or cultural elites want, but because film itself is a liturgical experience.
There are moments when Hollywood acts from ideology, but its usual motivators are money and fear.
Hollywood's relationship to social justice says more about who we are as viewers than the industry of filmmaking.
When Muslims become a normal and welcome part of American television and film, Hollywood will begin to get closer to its self-proclaimed ideal of being the conscience of the nation.
To make a good film, one must take great risks. Artists are called not just to love the unlovable, but to become them.
A well-told story can seamlessly integrate a message that draws viewers in, and leaves them thinking about real-life issues and actions.
Movies can nourish us with good art and strengthen us to do good and be good in our great world.
We cannot let fear and laziness keep us from properly watching and engaging with cinema.
Has Hollywood Become Our National Conscience? Many 21st-century movies—both animated children’s films and big production feature films—have tackled moral and cultural questions in ways that have shaped the public conversation. Is this good and helpful or dangerous? In what ways has Hollywood asked the right questions and shaped the discourse? Can the art of movie-making be an act of social justice?
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