Original article found here.
My take found here.
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 1, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Harry Forbes, the Director of the USCCB Office for Film and Broadcasting, who provoked disbelief from U.S. Catholics when he praised both “Brokeback Mountain” and the explicitly anti-Catholic “The Golden Compass,” has again endorsed movies rife with explicit sexuality and extreme violence, this time in the USCCB’s just released yearly top-10 movie listing. The USCCB reviewer introduces his January 25 top-10 list by praising the quality and “morally grounded” nature of such films as “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” and “Eastern Promises”.
Forbes, who co-authored the article with colleague John Mulderig, went on to list movies such as “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” “Eastern Promises,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” “There Will Be Blood,” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” “All of these sometimes difficult-to-watch films were well received by the [USCCB] Office for Film & Broadcasting, as they were **morally grounded **beyond their aesthetic excellence,” said the article.
According to the family-friendly film-screening website, Screenit.com, “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” contains several graphically sexual scenes where the characters are portrayed nude and performing sexual acts. It also contains two prolonged depictions of a topless woman.
“Eastern Promises” focuses on life in the Russian mafia, and sex, rape, and extreme and gory violence are all huge elements of the movie. The film includes an explicit sex scene where all the characters are naked, including a man who has a crucifix tattooed on his chest. As the PluggedIn movie review puts it, “Nothing is left to the imagination.”
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” has indeed been acknowledged for its skillful execution on the technical level, but has also been widely criticized, even by some of the most hardened reviewers, for its beyond-the-extreme gore; the film includes extended scenes of Sweeney Todd slitting the throats, with extremely bloody results, of numerous victims