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BreakPoint: The Oscars, Worldview, and “The Shape of Water”

And the leader is…..yet another film that many of us won’t wish to see. Learn because some-more Americans are ignoring Oscar-winning movies.

Did you watch the Academy Awards? Even if you didn’t, you may have listened that a film patrician “The Shape of Water,” a romantic anticipation set during the Cold War, won the Best Picture award.

“The Shape of Water” facilities an amphibious manlike-creature which has been prisoner in the Amazon. It’s taken to a supervision investigate lab, and a janitor named Elisa falls in adore with the quadruped and helps it shun to her apartment, where they rivet in sex.

Of march they do. You see, the Oscars—and the cinema the film village chooses to honor—remind us that every film has a worldview message, for good or ill.

I have not seen the film and substantially won’t, but Ted Baehr’s MovieGuide, a Christian film examination site, points out that while “The Shape of Water” is “masterfully executed and beautifully designed,” it’s also “spiritually and implicitly empty,” filled with extreme violence, tainted language, torture, striking passionate activity, and Bible-quoting Christian villains.

Sadly, much of this is standard for the march these days. But MovieGuide did not simply supplement up the series of obscenities and scenes of assault and sex; It also identified the film’s underlying worldview: “The Shape of Water,” it says, has a clever Romantic view—that is, it celebrates the truth of Romanticism, which teaches that “sexual impulses and the corrupted desires of the heart should be lived out” enthusiastically, not “suppressed or rebuked.”

This is, of course, the accurate conflicting of what the Christian worldview teaches.

IndieWire film author Anne Thompson notes, “The Best Picture Oscar customarily comes down to how the Academy wants to see itself, and the summary it wants to send.”

Evidently, the summary it wants to send is a outrageous one. Maybe that’s why, according to the research, distant fewer Americans go see R-rated films than they do films rated G or PG, and because fewer and fewer Americans—tired of the preening, vulgarity, and domestic agendas—bother to watch the Academy Awards.

But if you adore films as much as we do, we have a idea to make: Instead of going out to see beautifully crafted trash, accumulate up a handful of good films on DVD and watch them instead.

Among my own favorite are two destined by the imperishable Frank Capra. The first one, “You Can’t Take It With You” teaches that life is not about pier up money, but doing what we really adore and being good to the families and neighbors.

The second Capra film, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” is a absolute depiction of an typical man who discovers how corrupt the domestic complement is, and the cost of fighting it. Released in 1939, it’s now deliberate one of the many critical films ever made.

Another classical is “Chariots of Fire,” about Olympic curtain Eric Liddell. It’s the story of a man who is peaceful to scapegoat a good secular respect in sequence to sojourn true to God.

I also suggest “The Apostle,” starring Robert Duvall, about a deeply injured reverend who loses his family and his church, and who starts all over again in the Bayou. It’s not for kids, but what a absolute film.

Another favorite of cave is “Signs,” a scholarship novella film about a clergyman who loses, and then regains, his faith in God’s integrity after the universe is pounded by aliens.

You and we live in a universe in which depictions of immorality are beautifully designed, rehearsed, and filmed by gifted directors and appealing actors. These films deeply change the culture—which is because we need to learn the kids how to brand the worldview of every film they watch—and not be taken in by the fake messages many of them promote, including cinema dictated for children.

And then help them find out films that enthuse them to live lives of drastic virtue—and which indicate to the reality of God and His adore for us.


The Oscars, Worldview, and “The Shape of Water”: Beautifully Crafted Trash

Eric has suggested some good alternatives to the latest Oscar winning offerings. Why not watch one with family and friends at your next film night? And we’ve also got a list of Chuck Colson’s all-time favorite films related in the Resources section. Check it out.

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