Violence in Movies Argumentative Essay

Violence in Movies
Argues that the violence in movies. such as Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill I" and "II". does not cause someone to behave violently.
# 149055 | 820 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 22, 2011 in Film (Artist) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Criminology (Public and Crime)

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This paper looks at the Canadian violence statistics after the openings of Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill I" and "II" and finds no evidence that violence is on the rise because of these releases. Thus, there is no evidence that Tarantino's films are making people more homicidal. Next, the author retorts that the detractors of violence in movies are so offended by the representation of violence that it makes them violent and unable to evaluate properly the artfulness of this genre. The paper underscores that Tarantino's films demonstrate a mastery of production, dramatic narratives and appropriate handling of difficult themes.

From the Paper:

"But violent movies do have one distinctly unpleasant effect on society. They make people who are scared of the effects of violence in movies or any other genre of art become vicious and violent. Ironically, rather than the artwork itself making innocent children violent, the detractors of violence in movies are so offended by the representation of violence that it makes them violent. Sometimes novelists have the same kind of problem as movie directors, in this respect.
"According to Brien, in context of the publication of American Psycho, "There were other unexpected responses such as the Walt Disney Corporation barring Ellis from the opening of Euro Disney, although Ellis had already been driven from public view after receiving a number of death threats and did not undertake a book tour." As a film, American Psycho is among the most gruesome films to come about because it seems to deliberately walk a fine line between exploring violence and making it pornographic. This is a means of depicting the interior emptiness of the main character, who is an emotionally bereft capitalist. The result is a sort of cautionary tale against wholehearted, blinkered materialism."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brien, Donna Lee. "The Real filth in American Psycho," MC Journal. Vol. 9, Issue 5, November 2006. Web. 5 Oct. 2011.
  • Dahl, G., and S. DellaVigna. "Does Movie Violence Increase Violent Crime? " The Quarterly Journal of Economics 124.2 (2009): 677. Business Module, ProQuest. Web. 5 Oct. 2011.
  • "Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2." Internet Movie Database, 10 Oct 2003.Web. 5 Oct. 2011.
  • Peter S. Goodman. "Economists Say Movie Violence Might Temper the Real Thing. " New York Times 7 Jan. 2008, Late Edition (East Coast): New York Times, ProQuest. Web. 5 Oct. 2011.
  • Statistics Canada. "Crime Statistics," The Daily. 21 July 2005. Web. 5 Oct. 2011.

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