Archive for May, 2010

What’s with all the violent dark movies being made?

May 31, 2010

I just got an email from Blockbuster promoting the top five new release rental movies right now. They are:

  1. Edge of Darkness
  2. Legion
  3. Daybreakers
  4. Tooth Fairy
  5. It’s Complicated

Let’s also consider the Missed It? Rent It? list:

  1. Edge of Darkness
  2. The New Daughter
  3. The Messenger
  4. Daybreakers
  5. The Spy Next Door

We’ve got 8 separate movies there. Let’s make a new list, adding the MPAA ratings and reasons:

  1. Edge of Darkness (R: strong bloody violence and language)
  2. Legion (R: strong bloody violence and language)
  3. Daybreakers (R: strong bloody violence, language and brief nudity)
  4. Tooth Fairy (PG: mild language, some rude humor and sports action)
  5. It’s Complicated (R: some drug content and sexuality)
  6. The New Daughter (PG-13: thematic material including violence, disturbing images and brief strong language)
  7. The Messenger (R: language and some sexual content/nudity)
  8. The Spy Next Door (PG: sequences of action violence and some mild rude humor)

OK, so of the 8, we have 3 with “strong bloody violence” and one with “violence” and “disturbing images” (suitable for 13-year-olds, mind you).

Out of the whole range of human experience, 4 of 8 top movies available now have strong bloody violence or just regular violence and disturbing images. Does anyone think this a little excessive? What does it mean, if anything?

We seem to be co-creating a world filled with dark disturbing images and violence, not only in our “real” world, but also in our art and media. Why don’t we create a new reality? How much longer do we think we can keep creating this reality without continuing to have intense pain, suffering and trauma. Can we all get together and realize that the world isn’t an “is” – that it doesn’t exist apart from us, that it is really our creation, that the reality we experience is one of our own making? If more people started realizing that, maybe we could all decide together to “stop the insanity”. Let’s do it!