[ Thu Mar 11, 08:57:56 PM]
[T]he studio fat cats are reading Hollywood
Reporter's headline that 'Gibson could make $200 mil off 'Passion''.
As a matter of principle he must give the vast bulk
of that sum to helping the Matthew
25:31-46 "least of these" as Jesus commanded us.
Oh, wait, that passage probably isn't in Gibson's Bible. It's not a
By the way, has Gibson every specifically answered the question yes or
no, did the Nazis adopt and carry out an explicit, systematic plan to
wipe out every Jew on the face of the earth? All I've heard Gibson say
is that in war there are atrocities, and yes Jews died.
And, has Gibson ever answered the question, yes or no, does he accept
the Vatican II renunciation of the collective guilt doctrine regarding
the death of Jesus as applied to the Jewish people. Gibson's church
generally rejects Vatican II decisions.
[ Tue Mar 02, 02:31:14 PM]
I was marveling about all these "conservative
Christians" flocking to see such a violent and disturbing film as
Gibson's Passion. Then I realized something: these are people who
probably never watch the mainstream type of violent film. But deep down,
they really want to, and wonder what they're missing. After all, we all
have that inclination to rubberneck as we drive by a bloody auto
accident. So here's their opportunity, to see probably the goriest,
longest torture scene every filmed, and feel good about doing so! It's
OK, because it's "religious".
[ Tue Mar 02, 02:27:05 PM]
Have you heard about the new Director's Cut CD of Mel
Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ"? No more of this wimpy
condensed version of Christ's suffering! The four-CD package is a full
12 hours long, a real-time experience of the torture and crucifixion of
Jesus. You can relive all 720 minutes one by one: see every blow (many
in slo-mo closeup) of the cat-o'-nine-tails! Experience every second of
Christ hanging on the cross! Hear every cry and moan of agony! What
better way to show your fidelity to Christianity than to purchase and
watch this Director's Cut CD!
[ Wed Feb 25, 07:56:31 PM ]
O'Reilly Factor - Transcript: Gibson on 'The Passion'
[If] it's going to be horrible and ugly, try and make
the violence -- try and find the beauty in it, try and find the lyricism
This is why I think Gibson is sick. There is no beauty or
lyricism in violence. Only someone unhealthily addicted to watching and
depicting violence would use such terms.
[ Tue Feb 24, 08:32:34 PM ]
Obscene Portrayal of Christ's Passion
The centerpiece of the film is a long sequence
constructed around the flogging of Jesus. It is the most brutal film
episode I have ever seen, approaching the pornographic. Just when the
viewer thinks the flaying of the skin of Jesus can get no crueler, it
does. Blood, flesh, bone, teeth, eyes, eye sockets, ribs, limbs -- the man
is skinned alive, taken apart. In these endless moments, with the
torturers escalating instruments and vehemence both, the film puts
Gibson's decadent 'Braveheart' imagination on full display.
Gibson would seem to have a psychological problem: he
achieves some sort of gratification from depicting extreme and repulsive
On screen and in the theater, there is nothing to do but look away.
[ Sun Feb 08, 09:54:36 PM ]
Speaking of the film's R-rating, Gibson said it is
justified given that the scenes of the crucifixion are brutal and
relentless. 'Part of what I was endeavoring to do was to kind of push it to
the edge a little bit,' he said. When it was suggested that he could have
toned the film down, Gibson responded, 'Dude, I did tone it down.'
I personally think Gibson is mentally disturbed, with some
compulsion to put the most revolting torture scenes he can get away with on
film. How else to explain the disembowelment scene in Braveheart, and now his
over-the-top graphic brutality in "Passion." Two such films from the
same guy? Not unless he has a problem.
[ Fri Nov 28, 09:29:34 PM ]
Rabbi: Don't Boycott Mel Gibson Film Talk about a misleading
headline! The Rabbi wants people to see the film, the article says, because
it's such a bad example of scapegoating Jews, NOT because he thinks the film
is OK, which is what the far-right Newsmax.com headline writer apparently
would like headline readers to believe.
[ Sun Aug 17, 11:02:58 PM]
Gibson: The passion of the film star who directed the Holy Ghost Good,
comprehensive treatment of the Passion controversy.
[ Mon Aug 11, 11:42:29 AM]
Gibson's controversial 'Passion' Putting aside for a minute the
issue of this film possibly encouraging
anti-Semitic feelings and even actions, what's with Mel Gibson and his
obsession with graphically portraying torture on screen? Remember the
disembowelment scene in Braveheart? Now apparently the scourging and
crucifixion of Jesus are portrayed in a sickeningly graphic style in Passion.
If Gibson wants to portray torture graphically so that viewers can really
be impacted by it, maybe he should venture closer temporally than hundreds or
thousands of years ago. Why doesn't Gibson make a picture graphically
portraying the fiendish tortures that U.S.-trained, -financed and, it has been
charged, even -directed death squads in Central America inflicted on tens of
thousands of innocent people a mere 20 years ago. At least that graphic
depiction might impact current affairs a bit and save some future lives.