Film Critics Say the Dumbest Things…

John Podhoretz:

If you told me you didn’t like movies about boxing, I’d have to answer that you didn’t really like movies.

This inspired the following reply at artsandfaith.com:

But guys…it works for anything! Look:

If you told me you didn’t like movies about murder, I’d have to answer that you didn’t really like movies.

If you told me you didn’t like movies about dancing, I’d have to answer that you didn’t really like movies.

If you told me you didn’t like movies about sex, I’d have to answer that you didn’t really like movies.

If you told me you didn’t like movies about war, I’d have to answer that you didn’t really like movies.

If you told me you didn’t like movies about religion, I’d have to answer that you didn’t really like movies.

If you told me you didn’t like movies about gangsters, I’d have to answer that you didn’t really like movies.

If you told me you didn’t like movies about zombies, I’d have to answer that you didn’t really like movies.

The possibilities are of dismissiveness are endless!

Personally? I was impressed with The Fighter, but I’m not a fan of it. It’s a very well-crafted film with excellent performances, but I’m not inspired by its story or exhilarated by the foregone conclusion of its finale. I dislike boxing. I think that the sport does more harm than good, bringing out the worst in the culture that surrounds it. It’s a sport in which the goal is to physically incapacitate the opponent, doing damage to his body. Boxers often end up with severe brain damage, not to mention the other kinds of damage they suffer. And they throw fuel on the fires of violent appetites in their audiences. I am not a fan.

But movies?

I love ‘em, Mr. Podhoretz.

And if you don’t like my opinion, well… I’m tempted to say that you don’t like people of conscience. But that would be an unfair generalization… like yours.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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