The power of issues on film

When presented with particularly difficult topics, do you shy away from the topic at hand or do you immerse yourself further to discover the perspective begin presented? Also, what films come to mind with powerful issues?

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  1. stamps

    I tend to immerse myself.Films that come to mind are 12 Days a Slave and the Butler.

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  2. rhirrel

    I think the original Carrie left a powerful message.  It would be quite helpful to be like her to the people bullying in high schools these days.

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    1. Saturn

      I  like to view as many films as possible. difficult topics are quite interesting, immersive, and thought provoking. 12 years a slave is a most recent film with a powerful issue. the last king of Scotland, hotel Rawanda, in the valley of Elah, and Schindler’s list are others.

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    2. Sniperman

      The message is strong. Jesus controls all you feel and do. He is the Savior of all mankind.

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      1. petoom

        What movie was Jesus in?  This is a survey about MOVIES.  Either you don’t know how to read or you are unable to comprehend.

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      2. bilgeez

        Im sorry but my Karma just ran over your Dogma!  Jesus doesnt do a bloody thing!  If he existed, he died almost 2000 yrs ago!  I’m so tired of “Christians” trying to push their beliefs on me!

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      3. hotplayer4u

        Give me a break

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    3. jayjaysdad

      I have a problem with movies that portray historical events, but do it in such a way as to distort what actually happened. Unfortunately, too many people who see these movies accept them as historically factual.

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      1. tuckersl21

        I agree Sniperman. I love historical movies but so many true facts are changed for dramatic effect that the younger generation(sometimes older too) have no idea that they aren’t historically correct. We can’t learn from the past if we don’t know the real history!

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      2. petoom

        Movies except for documentaries are FICTION.  Like historical novels they use literary license to move the plot ahead.  If some people cannot separate ficttion from fact, then they are either uneducated or stupid.

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    4. bilgeez

      Movies are entertainment, if people take movies “based on real/actual events”; such as The Sound of Music or Argo, as gospel truth, they are too lazy to find out the real facts, and is their problem!  They can wallow in their ignorance.  I want to go to the cinema to be entertained, not preached at, If I want a sermon, I’ll go to church!  Most “documentary” films are biased and contain false or misleading information (See:  Anything made by Micheal Moore(on)) because they are made by filmakers that are trying to spread propaganda for an agenda or special interest.  I look at these with a very cynical eye. If you want to see these movies, then you should look beyond them and find the real facts, not just go by what some film maker is telling you from their viewpoint!

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    5. Martin29322

      Carrie wasn’t real.  Bullying is.  I don’t think people are smart enough to understand the “Power of Issues in film” and leave the theater spouting the side of an issue that the liberals who make films want them to take.  But movie goes do not actually take positive action.  All talk.  People who take action aren’t wasting their time and money going to movies.

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  3. hicks870

    I like movies like this and true based stories and history.  First movie comes to mind is “Matewan” and “Murder in Coweta County” and “Skin Game” and “The Long Riders” and “The Hunted” etc.

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  4. ClassicsGGma

    Anyone seen the movie Blackfish, dealing with Sea World’s mistreatment of their sea mammals?  How about The Cove, about Japan’s annual slaughter of dolphins?  Of course, there’s the reality show about the Sea Shepherd, a ship exposing Japan’s killing of whales – not for scientific study as they claim, but to sell the meat.  Capture, mistreatment, and killing purely for greed.  Does anyone really care that this is going on every day?

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    1. rhirrel

      I care very much, that is why I cannot watch these types of movies and film.  It makes me physically ill, not to mention the job it does on my emotions.

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    2. bilgeez

      nope

       

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  5. Alimoshee

    I do not shy away from it. 12 Years a Slave.

     

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  6. Road_Rager1991

    I think that the movie Her left a very powerful message about what love is and different perspectives on what it is. And usually I try to understand the perspectives in movies.

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  7. missinoons

    It depends on the particular subject. I think that it is important to be well informed about what it happening in the world. I am sensitive, so I don’t like to spend too much time immersed in depressing subjects, but I do like to know the basics of what is going on. I tend to watch comedies when I want to watch a movie – and I get me information about “difficult” topics from the news, websites, and word of mouth, so no particular films come to mind.

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  8. pumpkinpatch43

    I love horror movies but I do like interesting movies like Cloud Atlas, Life of Pi, and Beasts of the Southern Wild.  When I see movies like these, it makes me think and use my imagination.  I try to understand what is behind the story.

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    1. jenriggs

      I love horror movies too, and the “blood and guts” doesn’t bother me the least bit, but does for some people.

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  9. jenriggs

    I am uncomftorable with specific issues, like someone mentioned, 12 days a slave…I would not be able to watch it. I still have never seen the movie roots, because I would get too upset. I am sorry if I am stealing peoples ideas, but I am agreeing with them. The animal documentaries are very tough. I have not seen blackfish, however, I have seen countless undercover videos of factory farming, which is severly distressing to witness. Pretty much, fiction or real, seeing anyone or anything mistreated is hard for me, however, I am also an activist, so I stand up to others and show people what they are doing is wrong.

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    1. petoom

      12 Years a Slave was a difficult movie to watch but it is powerful and verywell done.  I recommend it.  I have a close friend whose grandfather was a slave and she declined to see the movie because she heard horrific tales from him.  Those of us who do not have that background benefit from learnimg more about it.   “If we don’t recall the past we are destined to repeat it.”

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  10. Rcrawl36

    It depends on the movie itself. I do get quite disturbed with some movies, I don’t like to keep thinking of such negative and disturbing things.

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  11. conchitadethor

    it just depends on what they are about and hard it hits home for whom ever is watching

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  12. Anne66

    I like mystery movies, or horror, but only if there is suspense; some of the movies  now have too much violence and gore.  That isn’t necessary for a good story.

    Some of the documentaries mentioned are a bit over the top and exaggerated, but there are good ones, too.

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    1. petoom

      I hate horror movies.  They are usually stupid and way off in left field.  I like good drama, good mysteries, good comedy.  The key word is Good.

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  13. Anne66

    Carrie was good, but those aren’t going to solve bullying, unfortunately.  Horror movies are good, but some just too graphic, and I’d rather have them more suspenseful than so gory.

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  14. chrissy40

    i like the film give me shelter i think it  deals with the way the young people of our society live and it is a very realistic movie and it shows what woman go through as far as peer pressure and doing the right thing it deals with abortion, and it shows how she kept her baby even though people wanted this woman to abort her baby, and abortion is murder it is wrong to kill a baby,  and this film is intense and very well told. God loves every child he knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb.

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  15. Nicholas#13

    I feel like some movies today are a waste of time know some movies don’t have a  plot to it

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    1. petoom

      There have been  movies since they were first invented that are a waste of time.  But there are wonderful movies from the past and the current crop.  Go see “Nebraska” abd “12 Years a Slave”, both excellent.

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  16. Ravynsdaughter

    I think ANY fiction that is not simply exploitive is by its own essence, thought provoking.  As far as we know, humans are the only species that employs fiction. Its important to us.  Its a way to explore who we are,what we stand for, where we want to be headed as a people.  The best of our fiction brings up themes we talk about for years, from Star Wars to Schindler’s List to 12 years a Slave to Roots … I could go on and on.  The whole point is to get us exploring ourselves and each other.

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  17. dorkman1

    Without going into my family history, I did not know that I was living in segregated housing.  Seeing water fountains for “Colored” and “Whites,” seemed so stupid to me, that, even though I was white, I drank at the “Colored” fountain; if a choice was offered. Not all places in ST Louis had these stupid choices.

    I don’t remember what the name of the book on civil rights was, in 1963; something about housing and all equal rights.  Afterwards I knew that I had to do something.

    Even though all I did was walk, I took part in a march led by Dr King August 5th, 1965, which also was my grandmother’s 80th birthday.

    It was outside of Chicago.  That got good housing for all without the “Jim crow” laws of restriction.

    All I did was walk, yet others seem to think I did something great? Personally,  I don’t think I did all that much.

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    1. petoom

      You helped to move the country forward on a right path. You did do something great, and I thank you.

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  18. NeeNee

    I thought the movie “Network” was very absorbing.  Although it was shown quite a long time ago.  The gist I got out of it was the struggle over women’s power in the workplace & what power can really to do a man who is on top  but close to going over the edge because of being all-powerful in his realm. J, Issaquah, WA  February 18, 2014

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  19. rosalie

    The movie “Jesus of Nazareth” was very hard to watch. I watched it twice and was struck by how much I felt drawn to wanting to learn more about how profound Jesus’ love for me took Him to the “cross”.

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  20. rhirrel

    I only watch movies that are very well done on actual events.  Mostly crime and murders.  I am fascinated with how the human mind works when it comes to this subject.  I could never do it and want to be on the lookout for those who can and will.  I learn patterns that show up in the majority of the people that commit these horrible crimes.

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  21. ringocat

    To Kill a Mockingbird was the first big issue movie I remember, about race relations and prejudice. It made a big impact on me when I was about 10. Interesting trivia that the author, Haprer Lee, never wrote another book and still lives in rural Alabama.

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