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The Dark Knight and Catharsis Theory

July 29, 2008

Poster de Batman The Dark Knight  by MyCine.

I watched The Dark Knight nights ago. Well, who didn’t anyway? It’s prolly the most-anticipated movie of the year.

I’ve read a lot of movie reviews, both negative and positive, before I watched the film. The reviews were pretty interesting! And they made me eager to watch it.

The movie was literally “dark”. I mean, the movie itself and not the moviehouse. hehe. Most of the scenes were taken in dark lighting. I know that’s the effect they wanted to achieve, though. There were explosions, gunshots, and brutal killings in most of the scenes plus the horrible and scruffy faces of Joker and Two-Face (thankful ako kasi may mas pangit pa sa kin) 😆 They were so freaky. Actingwise, Ledger’s performance was great. And of course the movie was done with superb technicality with excellent SFX and all that. BTW, this is not a review ’cause I know a lot has been said about the movie. Why so serious, anyway? hehe. Oh wait, I’ll just comment on Batman’s pa-cute-whispering-voice. I didn’t like it much. Peace!

The reviews were very accurate – the movie is a bit violent. Most of the scenes are not suitable for very young audiences. Patnubay ng magulang ay kailangan. hehe.

But we have to deal with it. Movies and some other media, that are intented to entertain and inform us, have some violent contents. This media endorsement of violence is believed to be justified by the concept of catharsis (katharsis), a Greek word which means “purging or cleansing” (thanks to my Communication Theories prof for teaching me this). This communication theory states that constant exposure of people to violent media could be an outlet for them to purge anger and aggression. This notion  was actually intoduced by Aristotle who believed that viewing tragic plays was a way of releasing negative feelings and reducing anger. In comtemporary media, filmmakers prolly believe that viewing violence could create same effect to the viewing public’s behavior. This can also be noticed in some violent computer games, claiming that playing violent games is one way of purging aggressive urges.

Now the question is, how do violent media like The Dark Knight affect the behavior of a viewer? Does it really help someone get rid of aggressive urges or does it increase someone’s aggression instead? These are intriguing questions.

While the concept that you need an outlet for aggressive urges may be valid, it may also be detrimental especially to young viewers who are vulnerable and are more likely to be manipulated by violent media. This has been the most controversial issue here. Perhaps, this is the reason why some movie critics found the movie “disturbing” and “violent”, qualities which make the movie not suitable for young audiences. A 20-year-old man, with complete gruesome make-up like The Joker, was actually arrested recently in Michigan for stealing some posters and other Batman-related items.

Well, viewing violent media is not the only factor that causes aggression but its effect to some viewers cannot be ignored. Remember that this is a theory, meaning it can be plausible and invalid in some extent. The bottom line is that a certain media content can have different effects to individuals. “Not everyone who watches violent media becomes aggressive, and not everyone who is aggressive watches violent media.” What ya think?



June 7, 2008


Gusto ko lang linawin na di ako binayaran ng Star Cinema para sa post na to. Kusa kong ginawa ang post na to upang ipahayag ang sarili kong opinyon. hehe.

There are a lot of movies to choose from. There’s Sex and the City. There’s Kung Fu Panda. There’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. And there are some other movies that you can watch in theaters right now. There are a lot of options for us moviegoers (am I, anyway).

But Pinoy movies won’t lag behind the must-see list. There’s Cagegiver of Sharon Cuneta. hehe. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a Sharonian but I think this movie is something that I should watch.

Napanood ko yung full trailer a week ago. That was not the first time I saw it. Ewan ko pero parang maraming versions ang trailer eh. Nagustuhan ko yung version na napanood ko that time. In that scene, may sinabi yong pasyente. Di ko lang masyadong kabisado yong linya kasi di ko pa naman talaga napanood yong pelikula.

Makabagbag-damdamin at makapanindig-balahibo yung binitawang salita nung pasyente. Bato ang puso nyo kung di kayo na-touch dun. hehe. Di ako mahilig sa drama pero naa-appreciate ko naman ang ganitong mga pelikula. I had goosebumps when I saw that scene. That very scene gave me chills, something that I can only experience when I watch creepy movies and when I listen to my fave songs. 

Sa trailer pa lang eh magkakaroon ka na ng insight kung ano ang gustong iparating ng pelikula – na di madali ang maging isang caregiver.

Naisip ko tuloy, ano kaya kung Nursing kinuha kong course nun? Siguro caregiver na rin ako ngayon. Marahil nagpapainom na rin ako ng lason gamot ngayon sa matatanda at ulyaning mga pasyente. Siguro taga-tanggal na rin ako ng adult diaper at taga-pahid ng puwet ng mga dumudumi.

Ganyan pala ka-challenging ang trabaho ng isang caregiver. Susmaryosep! Kayanin kaya ng sikmura ko yun? Siguro kayanin ko na lang pag bawat punas naman eh dolyar ang katapat. Seriously, I would have took BS Nursing if my parents could finance my studies. Kaso kapos kami sa budget eh. My allowance as a municipal scholar was not enough for me to study in a med school. Yung allowance ko per sem eh kasya lang siguro sa araw-araw kong allowance. hehe. Kaya yun, AB Communication na lang ang kinuha kong kurso. Kinuha ko yun sa napakababaw na rason – gusto kong maging DJ. Walang f*u*ialaman! hehe.

My dream to work as a caregiver abroad was shattered. Yun lang talaga ang naisip kong paraan para makalabas ng Pinas. Ayoko namang bigla na lang sumugod kung saan dahil baka sa bangketa ako humantong. Pero di man ako naging caregiver, ayos lang. Alam kong may ibang trabaho pa kong mapapasukan. Sa mga caregiver, saludo po ako sa inyo!

If you’re planning to watch a movie, go and watch Caregiver. Nagsa-suggest na ko kahit di ko napanood. hehe. Wag makayong mahiya! Tangkilikin natin ang pelikulang Pilipino.

A film can be a powerful medium of communication. A film can entertain and convey a message at the same time. Having said that, Caregiver has it all! Don’t dare miss it! haha.