Last night my brother and I have been watching the movie Red State (which was itself kinda painful to watch), and we got into an argument about the movie. The argument basically involved the fundamentalist Christians being depicted in it, and me enjoying the prospect of evil religious cultists getting shot to death. The fact is the movie was not that clever, but it wasn’t supposed to be intellectual. It’s just a horror movie about religious nuts worse than Westboro. The fact of the matter is the movie is very base, and I do not think it made any claims to otherwise,
The thing is, I accept that movies can be enjoyable for being base (not that I’m saying anything about Red State at this point). Some movies do exist just for being simple caricatures, or for the sole sake of violence or sex. All movies exist for the sake of entertainment, and there are plenty of people who might be entertained by base things, or things that appeal to base desires, and I accept that people are entertained by baseness. People really do sometimes watch movies for the sole sake of seeing violent things happen, or any other base reason. I certainly find it easier to accept baseness than my brother, since I am a Satanist, and Satanists accept base desires. My brother on the other hand seems to have a problem with films not being “clever” or “intellectual”, even though he likes Schwarzenegger and Stallone-style action movies, and he shares that with me.
And let’s not stop at movies. The same is true for books and video games, and any other form of entertainment.