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Faith-Family Film Review: Shutter Island

February 27, 2010

Faith-Family Film Review: Shutter Island
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting

Shutter Island—Prolix psychological thriller set in 1954 follows a U.S. marshal (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner (Mark Ruffalo) to a storm-swept island in Boston Harbor on which an asylum for the criminally insane becomes the venue for elaborately staged hysterics borne of trauma and guilt. Adapted from a Dennis Lehane novel, the picture amounts to a genre exercise for director Martin Scorsese, and affords DiCaprio and other respectable actors the chance to declaim excessively coarse dialogue in service of an overblown mystery. Pervasive rough, crude and crass language; frequent profanity; a number of sexual references and discussions of violent acts; many potentially disturbing images of corpses in a concentration camp setting and in connection with an act of infanticide; a number of fairly graphic episodes of gun violence; and an instance of partially obscured frontal male nudity.  O — morally offensive. (R) 2010
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john February 27, 2010

You totally missed the point. It’s obvious you watched the film donning the morality police hat, rather than genuinely considering the complex character dynamics and rich plot. Here is the portrait of a disturbed man (or a few disturbed men), it is what it is. Art imitates life. Crass people use crude language. People kill their children. People suffer mental disease. This piece of art utilizes motifs from real life as a vehicle to illustrate a complex fiction, effecting an emotional reaction in the viewer. Truly good art does this. This film in particular takes us through the entire spectrum of emotions; disgust, horror, sadness, deep love, laughter, fear, confusion, realization, liberation, etc.

Is it morally offensive to depict infanticide, corpses, Nazi concentration camps, violence, and the human form? Various religious art works come to mind, depicting Egyptians throwing children into the river Nile (the story of Moses). Corpses? What about any catholic painting you’ve ever seen with slain soldiers or dead bodies of any kind. Violence? Half of biblical history is the chronology of various wars. Is there no accepted artwork of that? NUDITY? come on. Jesus himself is hanging on the cross with little more than a wet-nap for his decency.

If ANY of that offends you, please consult the MPAA rating of “R”. “R” means it contains these things, so delicate people such as yourself may be informed, and your senses spared. I’m sure those morally abhorred things excite you terribly, and I can only imagine the rush you get from seeing “…partially obscured frontal male nudity” in the name of writing a critical review. What a dirty little secret you have…

So please don’t dismiss this great film because of your nonsensical bias.

Adam February 28, 2010

John is oh so clever with his pithy and wordy comments on this modest film review, however to call this “truly good art” is a vast overstatement. The script is a forced attempt at plugging subliminal anti-christian messages, rather than an earnest effort at good storytelling. The movie opens with an awful, unbelievable, horribly shot green screen effect which immediately places the viewer in a studio produced melodrama as opposed to a journey through a range of emotions that John refers to. The only emotion this conjured, or will conjure with anyone with an IQ over 90, is boredom. Did I say subliminal messages? Yes. The film, like many many Hollywood films these days, forces several subliminal images, all of which blatantly attack the cross. While this may be a hard pill to swallow, I encourage the viewer to do his or her own research in the use of the cross in film and see what is uncovered. Michael Medved first identified this trend in Hollywood, in a documentary called Hollywood vs. Religion, and used the term “conspiracy” to describe it. Yes, a dirty word. In fact, the use of the term killed Medved’s career. If you are familiar with neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), you will not have trouble understanding the effects of symbolism and subliminal imagery in film. if you do not, I encourage you to look it up. Aside from being ultra predictable, the film plants a nun making the sign of the cross in the midst of an asylum scene which is perhaps the first very low point of the film. SUBLIMINAL 1: The cross sign is associated with a depressing and repulsive sentiment in the viewer at the sight of the asylum, which is quickly followed by the name of “Jesus Christ” being blasted via loudspeaker. Why or how this would actually occur is beyond me. The narrative in Dicaprio’s voice takes the viewer to a close up of the evil menacing warden, who is called a “prick”, and is subsequently followed by a pile of dead bodies. This all occurs within the course of 30 seconds. SUBLIMINAL 2: The nudity referred to above, full frontal is offensive, but not because of the nudity itself. Rather, the scene depicted is that of a dirty, dark, grim and highly unsanitary condition wherein full frontal nudity is shown, all male, and not flattering in the least. This unsavory imagery is again associated with, guess who? Jesus Christ. Scorcese takes careful note get a nice close up of a tattoo of Jesus Christ wearing a crown of thorns, on the back of one of the insane inhabitants of this decrepit asylum. Above the image of Christ reads the message, “Thy Will Be Done.” Ironic, yes. Subtle, no. Reminds one of similar imagery in “Cape Fear”, yet another Scorcese film which (unlike the original) makes the murderous psychopath a Christian, complete with huge cross, bible quotes, and various Christian tattoos all over his body. Does anyone see a pattern here, or is it just me? How about “The Last Temptation Of Christ” wherein Scorcese portrays Jesus Christ as a coward and a liar who rips his own heart out, but I digress. SUBLIMINAL 3: Not to worry, Scorcese does include some positive subliminal images wherein the imagery is glorified with pretty lighting, a beautiful girl, and glorious music to match the mood in a scene which immediately follows the second anti-christian subliminal described above. But it’s not the cross, or Jesus. No, it’s a satanic pentagram etched on the wall and shown close up at the height of the glorious moment. Go figure. If you watch this film, watch it to enlighten yourself and free yourself from the propaganda machine. Then start watching for the subliminal use of the cross and Jesus Christ in film. What you find, might just surprise you.

Karl March 14, 2010

[The bird-brained HELLywood shmucks affect even our Kansas birds – the HELLywoodized ones with their blaring boombox “mating calls” which scare our little feathered ones. So I am sharing this with all non-shmucks. Karl]

Our songbirds here in MitcHELL County, Kansas want
to give the following update on the insane boombox noise here:
“The noisiest kid over in the city of Beloink drives an older white sedan with license number 178-BJW. Our owner’s friends in Beloink have told the police about him several times, but it never dawns on the Keystone Kops there that they could use an unmarked car to verify the noise; the kids have cell phones and can warn their friends when they see a marked patrol car coming.
“And it never dawns on the anti-social psychopaths (who may be making up for the lack of noisy rattles in their infancy) that their unlawful noise may be harming a sick baby or someone whose night job forces him to sleep days – or even some veteran who can get “flashbacks” of battlefield cannon booms!
“It’s obvious that many Kansas kids are no longer Christians, or patriotic Americans, or even human because they have been slowly brainwashed and mentally enslaved by leftist, anti-family, perverted, unAmerican, Jesus-bashing, Marxist shlemiels and shmucks in HELLywood who exercise their first amendment rights by dangling every known vice before Kansas farm kids while secretly viewing them as red-state “hicks”! After America falls we’ll be able to blame the buyers of HELLywood’s videos and devil music as much as the HELLywood devils themselves!
“If you think such music doesn’t create devils, why do little piggy Beloinkers blast quiet neighborhoods even on Sunday mornings during church time? Do those paranoids really think everyone is out to get them and they have to have growling tailpipes for the same reason a dog growls? Since we don’t get to democratically vote whether we want to hear their music or any music, will those “dictators” be happy when God responds in kind by letting America be taken over by a big dictator who will likely ban all “dirty capitalist” noise! Until then, maybe a tornado – or even a nuclear war – will cover up at least some of the noise!
“Many other places (like Albuquerque and Reno) have huge fines for boombox noise and even impound offending cars! How can high-crime, gambling towns have better “Kansas values” than a north central Kansas town?
“Have the little piggies here heard of headphones? We don’t care if they’re smoking pot and fornicating in the middle of our road at 3 a.m. as long as they’re quiet! North Bell St. over in Beloink is the noisiest place in the county. Would the BELLies care if one of our friends is a veteran a block east of them who might go postal over the noise? As long as the cops do nothing about this, we songbirds will keep singing to the whole world about MitcHELL County!”
See what smart birds we have?
Karl (in Karl’s Kastle)

[Want more? Google “David Letterman’s Hate, Etc.”]

Karl April 12, 2010

FOR NOISE HATERS

Well, our noise hating songbirds here in MitcHELL County, Kansass have another update on the boombox plague nearby.
They tell us that the No. 1 day-and-night boombox champion way over there in the city of Beloink is Aaron Adams in his white 1989 Merc, license no. 178-BJW. (We’ll be happy to publicize any other lowlifes also and also notify their parents.)
I wonder if the folks supervising Aaron (when he has on his blue nurse-like clothing) are aware of his great impersonation of someone with neurotic – or worse – impulses! Sometimes it’s hard to tell doctor look-alikes from patients.
Speaking of doctors, if any doctor will verify that the No. 1 noise-maker and law-breaker over there in Beloink has caused substantial injuries to at least one person, the city of Beloink and its Keystone Kops, who are well aware of erring Aaron, may soon be sued for damages if they can’t put the clamps on Aaron!
PS – The “values” in Kansass are now no better than the “values” in New Yuck or Hell-A !

(from Karl in Karl’s Kastle in MitcHELL County, Kansass)

KEN January 10, 2011

I was flying from Paris to Miami,when I start to watch this movie I noticed that movie is so HEAVY WITH SUBLIMINAL MESSAGES that gave a strong headache.Look in the 30 to 35 minutes ,when LEONARDO talks with a crazy lady.
She start talking about TELEVISION and in LEONARDO’S FORHEAD THE WORD TV SHOWS UP AS HE FORHEAD MOVES.IS THERE A COINCIDENCE?I’M SURE IS NOT.
I NOW BELIEVE THAT BIG MEDIA COMPANIES IS FLOODING THE MIDIA WITH SHIT TO DISTANCE US FROM THE TRUE(LORD JESUS) AND I’M TALKING THE REALITY,IT TOOK SOME TIME BUT NOW I MUST GIVE UP IN THE DEEP SHIT THAT OUR SOCIETY IS GOING TO.THE CHURCHES ON TV ,RADIO AND MAGAZINES ONLY TALKS ABOUT YOU GET RICH,FAMOUS,NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THE ETERNAL LIFE AND THAT IS WHAT MATTER FOR THE LORD IS ETERNAL LIFE.WAKE UP AMERICA.

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