I want to address the 400 lb gorilla that seems to be ignored too often: Call me squeamish or a prude but I for one is getting fed up with the violence viewers are being treated to on television. Brought to you in HD and living color straight to your living room!
I had recently watched season 5 of Game of Thrones and I liked the show and have even taken to reading the books. this is a very popular show worldwide presented on the premium channel HBO. but I felt that it went overboard in the fifth season.
There were scenes that were not even in the book for Christsake! We are treated to a brutal rape, seeing two women and a man's flayed bodies put on display and the crème de la crème: A twelve year old girl is burned at the stake! Hearing her screams and pleas to her mother who was watching this was just too disturbing. And these scenes are not in the book. Usually the written word is more graphic than what is presented on TV but not anymore. And don't give me the crap about they want to show the brutality of the period. WTF even happened to imagination? Hitchcock understood this.
Scandal has a scene where the main character played by Kerri Washington beats a man (who is helpless in a chair) to death with a aluminum chair. Come on! I am in favor of main characters being flawed : they can cheat on spouses, they can abuse drugs and alcohol but murder? NO NO NO. No writer worth their weight has a major character commit murder and rape (to include child abuse) this is just too much and shows poor quality and choices by writers and networks.
We have been treated to scenes of torture , when Jack Bauer used to do it on 24 it was done fairly with good taste but not today. We get all the detail right there. Shows like Gotham, American Horror Story (which has devolved into a gore fest instead of bringing us quality scares), not to mention Homeland, Sons of Anarchy, Fargo, Ray Donovan, all these shows feel that they have to rev up the violence and gore to keep viewers interested.
I suppose that network television was tired of losing ground to premium channel shows (the Sopranos, Homeland, Game of Thrones) that they now let it all hang out as well. Homeland and Game of Thrones are on HBO but Scandal, Gotham, lots of FX programming are either regular networks or cable channels.
I just hate to see it. And being unable to escape it, what is the point of going to the movies these days or renting things like The Purge on Redbox just tune into your favorite network and let the mayhem unfold.
I prefer old school Kung Fu fights myself.
But I agree that there's a point of violence where it no longer becomes a matter of enjoyment and is just plain wrong. I think there should indeed be a limit, but I'm not quite sure what that is. I do think I'd be satisfied if all the violence in the world was limited to the standard Bond movie's tier, which can contain gruesome deaths but not show it in a gruesome way. But once in a while, having fairly bloody deaths does inject that sort of shock into your system that snaps you of a mental "torpor", if you will.
It's not like you don't have a choice these days. There are many varied channels and programmes to choose from. This isn't forced on you.
Any more, I'm making a list. :D
Wouldn't know, not seen or heard of it.
I think the Life of Brian should be banned for taking the Lord's name in vein (even though it's nothing to do with Jesus at all) and Driller Killer is responsible for most of the ills in this world.
LIfe of Brian is an excellent film. Maybe we should respect what people think is tolerable for them to watch/not watch?
Absolutely, it's why I don't watch it - I don't want to watch something that has gratuitous nudity in it.
for him deciding to commit murder ? So we'll have to ban the Beatles songs. :)
Yet we can still happily listen to Just Bieber. :D
I think that's called denying responsibility.
Shield your eyes, lest they fry out of your skull from seeing the naked, human body!
Sexposition ! As that's when they explain a bit of the plot. ;)
If you saw nudity unexpectedly in an episode of a child friendly sitcom for instance, then that is a different matter.
@Creasy47 please be more respectable, I expect a bit more from a mod.
I don't have a problem with other people watching it, that's their decision and you're entitled to your view about it. I just prefer not to watch it, and I'm under no obligation to do so.
I take it then that you have never watched a James Bond film supposedly based on the works of Ian Fleming? It's what TV and film adaptations of books do. As a Bond fan the rampant lack of fidelity between a novel and a film or TV adaptation surely does not surprise you any more?
Don't mind it in a sex video, infact I expect it. Although I have a feeling most Producers
These days given how much you can show in a 15 cert, will stick in a sex or topless
Scene simply because they can, not because the story needs it.
Having said that, there is probably more of it on tv these days, but I think that's on account of more 'niche' programming with the advent of cable tv and channels like HBO & AMC which are more adult targeted. In the past tv was trying to appeal to everyone 'en masse' but that's less so these days.