For the most part I had a relaxing Saturday – not a lot to do. Just some chores. The kids are at the age were they are content playing video games and skateboarding outside. My wife was at work today, which gave me the opportunity to watch a movie that I bought last night in hopes of watching it with her, but she shot down as soon as she looked at the cover. LifeTime is more her thing. In all fairness, she did sit through 300 with me.

Anyway, I get the laundry out and put in Apocalypto. My eyes were glued to the TV the whole time. I didn’t fold a piece of laundry. How did I overlook this film when it was released in theaters? I don’t think I heard anything about it at all.

Did this film win any awards? Why not? Is Mel Gibson getting blacklisted by Jewish Hollywood because of his anti-Semitic views? I do think that every person should except responsibility and the consequences for their ignorant actions, but should his body of work or new work take a hit because of it? Should the actors, writers, cinematographers, musicians, and producers not receive any recognition because they are in one of Mel’s movie’s?

His personal life should be left at just that, because what he does with film is undeniably genius. Apocalypto takes place in ancient Central America – a region that is dear to my heart because I grew up in Costa Rica. Many of the images in the film that take place in jungles and rainforest were very familiar, which was exciting. The film's dialogue was in some ancient native Mayan language which was translated into English via subtitles. For a guy who has ADHD, I was still enthralled the entire time.

This movie was so intense, so graphic, and so realistic, my adrenaline was going the whole time. The main character in the movie is Jaguar Paw. His village was invaded by a superior and ruthless tribe – it’s hard to explain. They take most of the village’s men off to the stone built city to be executed in a very graphic nature, via human sacrifice for some type of Mayan god. He escapes death due to a solar eclipse; and from that point, it’s a roller coaster ride.

Jaguar Paw makes his way back to his village where he hid his pregnant wife and child in a cave before he was captured. Through the jungles, he is being chased by ancient demon-like warriors. At the end, he is vindicated. This is a must see.

Then you have Braveheart, a movie in which Mel directed and starred. It was an instant classic about the liberation of Scotland with historical relevance – something that seems important to Mel. Then you have the Passion of Christ. No matter which way you cut it, it is probably the closest thing on film to what actually happened throughout the New Testament. I wonder why this movie was plagued by so much controversy? It didn’t really stray from biblical history and was incredibly touching. The actors were superb and you could tell that a lot of the research, blood, sweat, and tears were put into it.

All at the demise of Mel Gibson that and very public drunk driving incident where he was babbling anti-Semitic comments to the police. Although I am willing to forgive Mel Gibson and move on to sitting and waiting at the edge of my seat for his next film, is everybody else? I think they should, if for no other reason than for the sake of personal entertainment. Because you're missing out on what a guaranteed quality film when you skip out on one of his movies.

Mel Gibson is movie making genius.

5 responses to “Mel Gibson is a Film Making Genius”

  1. I’m glad you liked it, but I cannot experience “personal entertainment” knowing the type of blood-thirsty, anti-semitic, fanatical Christian that he is. Same reason I can’t enjoy driving a Ford. And I’m not even Jewish.
    Personal preference I guess. Pity really… seems like it was a good film.

  2. Taylor,

    I understand the point you are making, but there is more than one side of that story.

    As a Christian, I would be labeled a judgmental hypocrite if I denounced all secular music as garbage because the artists endorse and/or promote abortion, gay marriage, premarital sex, drugs, etc. with their lifestyles.

    But I can honestly say that although I have no respect for the Dixie Chicks as people, they have created some decent music.

    I could find highly disturbing elements to all of my favorite artists, musicians, actors, and writers if I cared to research or ask.

    I like some of Hemingway’s writings, although he was a bastard deadbeat dad. His lifestyle destroyed people’s lives, but he still managed to create something I appreciate.

    I won’t judge anyone for choosing to avoid movies, films, or art created by people who promote lifestyle choices or beliefs you disagree with. But I will say that over the centuries, there has been plenty of philosophizing about whether to judge the art by itself, in the light of the artist, or in the light of how it is interpreted by the viewer.

    There is no cut and dried easy answer that solves all problems. There is only personal preference on how to approach the issue.

  3. Daniel,
    I couldn’t agree with you more. I think people who boycott certain artists, athletes, authors or companies because of their personal beliefs and actions are likely to be just as ignorant as the people they despise. Although I think there are some exceptions: Hitler, Lucifer, Charles Manson and his sister Marilyn, Kenneth Lay, Pauly Shore, Carlos Mencia, Pete Rose, Michael Vick, and Martha Stewart.

    The point is Mel Gibson is not any of these people. Not even close, but I guess that gets into a whole other debate of personal opinion, religious and ethnic views. I am sure some Aryan Satanist would probably disagree with me on some of my exceptions. There will really never be any resolution in the grey areas of mankind and personal opinions and beliefs so it’s a pointless debate. some of us are donkeys (jackasses); some of us are republicans. Some of us will burn in hell and some of us will spend eternity in heaven. Some of us are sports fans and some of us are Yankee fans.

    If we had an opportunity to put a Muslim and Christian in a room for a week, you think they would both come out Christians or both come out Muslims? Probably both would come out the way they went in, except with more disregard for the other. The point is, it is human nature for us ( artists, athletes, authors and companies) to be different, to have different opinions and beliefs – wrong or right. We all make mistakes, which Mel admits to doing. I do think it’s funny how some of us are willing to forgive people like Bill Clinton for his infidelities when he was President but not Mel for some stupid remarks he made when he was drunk. It’s a bit hypocritical.

    I probably disagree with 80% of the mainstream actors, musicians and athletes. A lot of us probably do. We still watch the movies – we still listen to the music – we still watch the games – we still buy the product. I just don’t think its fair to cherry pick certain ones (Mel) and blacklist them because the majority has a liberal one-sided perspective in Hollywood.

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