A lesson I learned today: Don't just pick up R-rated titles off of shelves and bring them home to watch.
Alright, okay, this may be an obvious rule of thumb for some. Personally, for most of my life I've never really seen the need to watch anything more than a PG-13 until mostly recently. PG-13 you can practically pull off of the shelves and watch, so I suppose I haven't really made that mental transition from: "Ooooh, shiny, lemme buy it". Anyone can tell, though, that the more recent the R-title, the more gratuitous.
So why am I talking about it? Well for me, "The Interview" initiated it, "Kingsman" sealed it. The "R" rating is so much more lenient now then it's ever been, due in no small part to the fact that we are becoming so incredibly desensitized (ahem, "as a society", if I may try an overused and trite cliche). The Matrix is practically family-friendly. Tombstone- forget it, could show it to a kindergarten class and get away with it (you know that now a public school was bringing middle-schoolers into XXX video shops for sex ed~ little fun fact for you all, but I digress).
I'm talking about it because it requires discussion. People can throw around any of the unfounded titles demeaning my mental fortitude, but once you've opened yourself to certain things you cannot be closed to them; a sheer fact of life. I read in a philosophy book: "The more you see it, the more you like it." If it isn't obvious enough, the existence of careers such as Quentin Tarantino's are based on the truth that people have seen "it" too much.
It's not to say that Kingsman was a bad, bad, finger-wagging shame. It was quite well made, and very entertaining- it was merely a few spots that were dark enough to blot out its most shining moments. After all, what form of sick entertainment could I obtain from seeing everyone killing everyone right before witnessing a man's living face impaled on a wood spike? Brutal realism? Perhaps. A need to see my violet impulses vented? Less likely. Regardless- can't frigging unsee it.
Tsch. It's late. I should just stop thinking.