Too Depraved To Be Art?

A new genre of movies is so sexually and violently explicit, some critics wonder if they’re too depraved and should just be ignored. No. “These movies shouldn’t be rejected. They are too well-made, too challenging, too unsettling to be ignored. Certainly, they raise questions – particularly about whether or not art must remain ‘decent’ in order to be effective – that can’t be sidestepped. But if this is a disturbing trend, then it is also disturbing in the best sense of that word – disturbing our preconceived notions of what constitutes art, and forcing us to consider and question our own responses to graphic images on the screen.”