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The last five years have seen an increase in the stand on violence in movies As actionmovies with their big stars are taken to new heights every year more people seem toargue that the violence is influencing our countrys youth Yet each year the amount ofviewers also increases This summers smash hit Independence Day grossed more moneythan any other film in history and it was full of violence The other summer hits includedMission Impossible Courage Under Fire and A Time to Kill All of these moviescontained violence and all were highly acclaimed And all with the exception ofIndependence Day were aimed toward adults who understood the violence and couldseparate screen violence from real violence There is nothing wrong with having violencein film If an adult wants to spend an evening watching Arnold Schwartzenager Save theworld then he should have that right Film critic Hal Hinson enjoys watching movies In fact he fell in love withmovies at the same time that he remembers being afraid for the first time He waswatching Frankenstein and as he described in his essay In Defense of Violence itplayed with his senses in such a way that he instantaneously fell in love with movies The danger was fake but Hinson described that it played with his senses in such a waythat he almost instantly fell in love Hinson feels that most movie lovers were incited bythe same hooks as himself Movies were thrilling dangerous and mesmerizing HinsonHinson says that as a culture we like violent art Yet this is not something that isnew to todays culture The ancient Greeks perfected the genre of tragedy with a use ofviolence According to Hinson they believed that while violence in life is destructiveviolence in art need not be that art provides a healthy channel for the natural aggressiveforces within us Hinson 585 Today the Greek tragedy is not often seen but there areother shows movies that embody and use violence Tom and Jerry
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