Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

Hey there! This article was written in 2006.

It might not have aged well for any number of reasons, so keep that in mind when reading (or clicking outgoing links!).

Ha HA! ... "Moralism".

Posted 21 December 2006

I was talking with a friend of mine and noted that I had considered seeing "Brokeback Mountain" just so I could have an informed opinion about the movie. My friend asked me "Why would you watch something like that?", which reflects the same opinion of the movie that everyone I know has expressed to me: it's a bad movie. Don't think for a moment that any of the people I know have ever seen the movie, though!

The homosexual elements of the trailer are so strong that my friends have refused to watch the movie. There's no problem with avoiding a movie you won't enjoy, but my friends indignantly announce that they'll "never watch that movie" because of the sinful homosexuality. That is what bothers me: it appears that that one conviction is held high, but my friends will sit through movies with far more acceptable sinful elements. This includes movies like "Sleepless in Seattle", which centers around a fornicating woman and a widower; "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", the lead character of which is a liar and thief who is given to vanity and lust; and "Lord of the Rings", which features some 11-and-a-half total hours of witchcraft. Admittedly, magic and wizardry are completely different than witchcraft, and not all of the spells require witchcraft-like incantations, so perhaps "Lord of the Rings" isn't a great example. In the stead of "Lord of the Rings", may I suggest "Independence Day"? It features fornication, drunkenness, and murder ( technically it's not murder because it's not humans killing humans).

My point is, I wish people would be more careful when making declarations and judgements about things. It sometimes seems like their convictions aren't consistent.