I feel a lot of the time the media(movies, tv shows, videogames) gets the blame for america’s various problems, and this seems to come from the idea that some people have which is that hollywood movies are too extreme compared to the entertainment put out by other countries. Well, i personally think this idea is wrong, and that people who have this idea either don’t watch foreign movies, or watch a very limited amount
I’ve seen plenty of foreign movies go places that hollywood movies generally shy away from, mainly in terms of sexuality. While there are some extremely violent foreign movies, i think hollywood is far more comfortable with graphical violence than sexuality. Some rather violent forgin movies that i’ve seen are Hard Revenge Milly, Ichi the KIller, Tokyo Gore Police, the upcoming RoboGesiha, and a french horror film that i can’t remember the title of(it revolved around the villain stalking a pregnant woman). Although it is worth noting that asian cinema has a a unique subgenre of movies that combines extreme violence with comedy, which accounts for more asian movies in that list
In terms of sexuality, i feel foreign movies are far more willing to explore sexuality(particularly European movies). Yes there are plenty of hollywood movies with nudity and sex scenes(although foriegn movies seem to be more gender equal in terms of nudity, showing both male and female parts, for lack of a better word), but i don’t see that as the same as exploring sexuality. Foreign movies that i feel best exemplify this are Secret Things(More so during its second half) and The Piano Teacher
I generally feel that the problem in America is that people don’t seem to understand the difference between reality and fantasy(how else can you explain entertainers being treated as role models?) more so than the media itself. But anyways, that’s just my opinion.