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(North Jersey)   Henry Herx, 30 year film critic for the Catholic church, dies at age 79. Millions of Christians thank him for enjoying their viewing selection of three movies   (northjersey.com) divider line 63
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2012-09-05 08:27:53 AM
Bet he loved him some bdsm cult classic "Passion of the Christ".

/Never heard of him. RIP. 
 
2012-09-05 11:04:22 AM
For a brief moment, I thought this was the CAPS Alert guy. I was kind of distraught until I figured out it wasn't him.
 
2012-09-05 11:06:08 AM
The Exorcist, the Passion of the Christ, and, strangely enough, the Blues Brothers. It is suspected that John Paul II was high as a kite when he approved that one.
 
2012-09-05 11:06:34 AM
No titties, no kissing, no Jews, no Southern Baptists, two fornicating women ended up dead. I give it Two Stigmatas Up!
 
2012-09-05 11:09:05 AM
FTA: Mr. Herx is survived by his children, Katherine Herx, Margaret DeLibero, Joseph Herx and Jeffrey Wu

Exqueeze me?
 
2012-09-05 11:10:03 AM
Never heard of the guy, or that the Catholic Church had their own movie ratings, but if he thought The Full Monty was better than Titanic he wasn't a bad judge. Titanic sucked.

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2012-09-05 11:11:06 AM
and I thought I wasted my life...
 
2012-09-05 11:13:15 AM
This will certainly be one hole the Catholic church will have a hard time filling.
 
2012-09-05 11:16:36 AM
Gotta love assholes of that ilk - "oh yeah I think this is awful and beyond merit and everyone in it is a sodomite who's going to hell, so I think I'll keep watching these every week and make a job out of it."
 
2012-09-05 11:17:35 AM

Timbered Club: This will certainly be one hole the Catholic church will have a hard time filling.


Catholics with opinions about things? I'm pretty sure they'll be fine.
 
2012-09-05 11:18:52 AM

clevershark: Gotta love assholes of that ilk - "oh yeah I think this is awful and beyond merit and everyone in it is a sodomite who's going to hell, so I think I'll keep watching these every week and make a job out of it."


Did you read the article? It sounds like he was actually somewhat thoughtful.

/oh, I get it, religious = evil and stupid.
 
2012-09-05 11:19:16 AM
About those movies...THEY STINK
 
2012-09-05 11:24:34 AM
I'm so ███ to hear that █████ ███. I've always █ █ ███ religious censors.
 
2012-09-05 11:29:46 AM

the money is in the banana stand: For a brief moment, I thought this was the CAPS Alert guy. I was kind of distraught until I figured out it wasn't him.


That really makes me feel like an old school Farker...
 
2012-09-05 11:29:54 AM

indylaw: clevershark: Gotta love assholes of that ilk - "oh yeah I think this is awful and beyond merit and everyone in it is a sodomite who's going to hell, so I think I'll keep watching these every week and make a job out of it."

Did you read the article? It sounds like he was actually somewhat thoughtful.

/oh, I get it, religious = evil and stupid.


Shhhhh..... Don't tell anyone on Fark who came up with the Big Bang theory. You don't wanna trouble their pretty little heads.
 
2012-09-05 11:30:06 AM
FTFA: As an example of his insight, Walsh pointed to Mr. Herx's favorable review of "The Full Monty," the small-budget 1997 British flick about six unemployed, working-class men who, needing quick money, form a striptease act. Noting that the men were uncomfortable as strippers, Mr. Herx saw the movie as a triumph of the human spirit - and said it had more to offer than that year's blockbuster, "Titanic."

"He recognized the movie was about, among other things, modesty," Walsh said. "He didn't give it a kneejerk reaction."
 
2012-09-05 11:30:58 AM
Didn't he give "The Ten Commandments" a thumbs-down due to the scene where you saw Yvonne DeCarlo's bellybutton?
 
2012-09-05 11:31:21 AM

thecpt: About those movies...THEY STINK


Hey! That sounds Jewish! There's going to be an inquisition!
 
2012-09-05 11:33:12 AM
So, when I was a kid of 8 or 9 we were going to watch Ghostbusters as part of my birthday party. One of the kids invited wasn't allowed to come because Ghostbusters was on the unapproved list from the Catholic Church.

Slide forward to last year when he got convicted of pedophilia and his rather unusual sexual habits came up, such as doing the whole man-baby wearing diapers and sleeping in a crib.

/NOT CSB.
 
2012-09-05 11:38:54 AM

BitwiseShift: I'm so ███ to hear that █████ ███. I've always █ █ ███ religious censors.


The idea wasn't to be a censor but to give people information about a movie's content. Why's that such a horrible thing?
 
2012-09-05 11:45:52 AM

Boudica's War Tampon: thecpt: About those movies...THEY STINK

Hey! That sounds Jewish! There's going to be an inquisition!


Well, that's unexpected.
 
2012-09-05 11:47:50 AM

Spiralmonkey: Never heard of the guy, or that the Catholic Church had their own movie ratings, but if he thought The Full Monty was better than Titanic he wasn't a bad judge. Titanic sucked.

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Came to post the very same pic.

Do you remember that bit when St. Tibulus, he tried to take that banana off the other lad?
That wasn't a banana, Dougal.
 
2012-09-05 11:48:24 AM

Boudica's War Tampon: thecpt: About those movies...THEY STINK

Hey! That sounds Jewish! There's going to be an inquisition!


That's unexpected.
 
2012-09-05 11:50:31 AM
Will he be buried in a four-foot long coffin?
 
2012-09-05 11:53:23 AM
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RIP
 
2012-09-05 11:57:51 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Didn't he give "The Ten Commandments" a thumbs-down due to the scene where you saw Yvonne DeCarlo's bellybutton?


Even if that's true, shouldn't it have been cancelled out by changing Queen Nefertiti's name to Nefertiri.

/yeah I know she played Sephora
 
2012-09-05 12:00:01 PM
Am I the only one who got a giggle out of the notion that that the "Catholic Movie Rating System" apparently uses Roman numerals?
 
2012-09-05 12:07:50 PM

wildcardjack: So, when I was a kid of 8 or 9 we were going to watch Ghostbusters as part of my birthday party. One of the kids invited wasn't allowed to come because Ghostbusters was on the unapproved list from the Catholic Church.

Slide forward to last year when he got convicted of pedophilia and his rather unusual sexual habits came up, such as doing the whole man-baby wearing diapers and sleeping in a crib.

/NOT CSB.


Yeah, I'm sure that watching Ghostbusters would have steered him away from sexual deviancy and child rape.
 
2012-09-05 12:09:38 PM
The Vatican Movie List is actually pretty awesome:

Religion

Andrei Rublev (1966)
Babette's Feast (1987)
Ben-Hur (1959)
The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)
Francesco (1989)
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1966)
La Passion de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ (1905)
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
The Mission (1986)
Monsieur Vincent (1947)
Nazarin (1958)
Ordet (1954)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
The Sacrifice (1986)
Therese (1986)

Values

Au Revoir les Enfants (1988)
The Bicycle Thief (1949)
The Burmese Harp (1956)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
The Decalogue (1988)
Dersu Uzala (1975)
Gandhi (1982)
Intolerance (1916)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Rome, Open City (1945)
Schindler's List (1993)
The Seventh Seal (1956)
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)
Wild Strawberries (1957)

Art

Citizen Kane (1941)
8½ (1963)
Fantasia (1940)
Grand Illusion (1937)
La Strada (1954)
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
The Leopard (1963)
Little Women (1933)
 
2012-09-05 12:17:01 PM

quatchi: Bet he loved him some bdsm cult classic "Passion of the Christ".

/Never heard of him. RIP. 


Never knew his name but he was a significant part of my adolescent life. Whenever I tried to get my parent's permission ot see a movie I had to tell them what it was rated, and then they'd also look his ratings up in our copy of The Catholic Standard if it was rated "O" (morally objectionable) or " Adults only with strong reservations" I was pretty much sunk
 
2012-09-05 12:31:13 PM

For years I occasionally click on a site called CAP Alert just for the humor. It's a Christian movie review site.

http://www.capalert.com/

Link

I don't remember anything specifically funny, but I've seen some gems over the years.

It uses a system where the lower the score is, the "worse" a movie is as far as religion is concerned. For example, Sin City gets a ZERO score:

http://www.capalert.com/capreports/sincity.htm

Link

He starts off by saying this of Sin City:

So, subjectively speaking, though Sin City is a technological masterpiece with high wattage thespians, it is deeply dark, vulgar, sinister and ugly cinematic cyanide. Maybe that is what it is supposed to be. If so, the writers and filmmakers were successful, so successful it is a wonder there were enough acceptable seconds of film to build a preview. That is my subjective opinion of the film, but maybe after nearly 1000 film analyses my "subjective comments" may not be that subjective?


But then finishes up with:

There is a lot more to the content to this film but I suspect the scoring as shown in the Findings/Scoring section is enough to impart its caliber to you. Sin City is yet another film that tends to remind me of the paintings in which a gaggle of demons dance and prance about a boiling cauldron, shrieking with glee as they toss soul after soul into the cauldron of Hell, cauterizing any veins of escape.

I am not going to spend any time summarizing the listing in the Findings/Scoring section in this report. The listing speaks volumes about the content of this film. Nor am I going to provide a list of Scriptures which apply to the sins demonstrated in this film. You probably have a Bible. Every other "shalt not" in the Bible was likely violated in this film. Let the "Selected Scriptures of Armour..." suffice.
 
2012-09-05 12:34:46 PM

quatchi: Bet he loved him some bdsm cult classic "Passion of the Christ".

/Never heard of him. RIP. 


Yep. "The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre" had to be high on his list. Who played Leatherface in that flick?
 
2012-09-05 12:35:13 PM

topcon: For years I occasionally click on a site called CAP Alert just for the humor. It's a Christian movie review site.

http://www.capalert.com/

Link

I don't remember anything specifically funny, but I've seen some gems over the years.



Try South Park for an awesome CAPalert review!
 
2012-09-05 12:37:06 PM
Do the kids get "free candy" at Catholic movies?
 
2012-09-05 12:37:57 PM
To him, moral content was as important as artistic merit.

Ugh. My whole life is "moral content." I watch movies to escape.
 
2012-09-05 12:52:46 PM
"No matter how bad a film is, he felt his job was to sit there and watch it and give an honest review."

What a brave man - he was willing to subject himself to untold amounts of nudity and sexual depravity so that others might be spared. Just one question - if so many of the movies he saw were harmful to viewers, how could he watch them and not become a raving maniac?
 
2012-09-05 12:56:14 PM

Bluemookie: topcon: For years I occasionally click on a site called CAP Alert just for the humor. It's a Christian movie review site.

http://www.capalert.com/

Link

I don't remember anything specifically funny, but I've seen some gems over the years.


Try South Park for an awesome CAPalert review!


I just don't get the purpose of that site (is it run on GeoCities?) I can just see some Quiverfull mom clutching her pearls and exclaiming "Oh my stars!" at every thing in a movie that is not Jesus hugging a child.

Read the review of the third Left Behind movie. It gets a 60-something, which in that site's grading system is one step above Satan worship. One thing it fixates on is that there are characters doing evil things in that movie - murders, adultery, etc. Even though the reviewer acknowledges that those acts are portrayed as evil and immoral in contrast to the Christians in the movie, the reviewer says something like "Well JESUS never had to sin for us to know what sin is."

And I wonder, "have you ever read your Bible? There's no shortage of rape and adultery and slaughter and theft and lying and stonings and violent deaths."

If your view of the world is that any character conflict or danger is bad and unChristian, why on earth would you EVER watch movies? And if you're so stupid that you can't tell that South Park is going to be inappropriate for children or prudes, how can you even READ or operate a computer? Even the subtitle of the movie is a dick joke.
 
2012-09-05 01:05:21 PM

indylaw: Bluemookie: topcon: For years I occasionally click on a site called CAP Alert just for the humor. It's a Christian movie review site.

http://www.capalert.com/

Link

I don't remember anything specifically funny, but I've seen some gems over the years.


Try South Park for an awesome CAPalert review!

I just don't get the purpose of that site (is it run on GeoCities?) I can just see some Quiverfull mom clutching her pearls and exclaiming "Oh my stars!" at every thing in a movie that is not Jesus hugging a child.

Read the review of the third Left Behind movie. It gets a 60-something, which in that site's grading system is one step above Satan worship. One thing it fixates on is that there are characters doing evil things in that movie - murders, adultery, etc. Even though the reviewer acknowledges that those acts are portrayed as evil and immoral in contrast to the Christians in the movie, the reviewer says something like "Well JESUS never had to sin for us to know what sin is."

And I wonder, "have you ever read your Bible? There's no shortage of rape and adultery and slaughter and theft and lying and stonings and violent deaths."

If your view of the world is that any character conflict or danger is bad and unChristian, why on earth would you EVER watch movies? And if you're so stupid that you can't tell that South Park is going to be inappropriate for children or prudes, how can you even READ or operate a computer? Even the subtitle of the movie is a dick joke.


Years ago, I emailed them and asked them how they would review the bible. All I got back was "The bible is not entertainment!"
 
2012-09-05 01:10:21 PM

Bluemookie: All I got back was "The bible is not entertainment!"


Should have replied with: "then why do they keep making movies about it?"
 
2012-09-05 01:11:09 PM

indylaw: If your view of the world is that any character conflict or danger is bad and unChristian, why on earth would you EVER watch movies? And if you're so stupid that you can't tell that South Park is going to be inappropriate for children or prudes, how can you even READ or operate a computer? Even the subtitle of the movie is a dick joke.


I assume he was most helpful to naive little grandmas who would think that a cartoon means that it's for children. Some people are just innocent, particularly those that don't get on the internet much. Then again, per death by Newberry Medal, virtually every story for kids has the horrible tragic death of a loved one.

Remember also, during the length of his career, how many "PG" movies included swearing and nudity, particularly in the early 80s before they clamped down. You could be thinking a movie would be wholesome, only to be embarrassed watching with the younger ones. I pity any parent who didn't notice that "Bad Santa" had an R rating and thought "it's about Santa Claus, I'm sure the kids will like it."
 
2012-09-05 01:13:39 PM

Fano: Remember also, during the length of his career, how many "PG" movies included swearing and nudity


I remember they used to do that to avoid what was generally viewed at the time as "the unprofitable curse" of a G-rating.
 
2012-09-05 01:40:16 PM
But Mr. Herx never walked out on self-indulgent twaddle, or worse. He once remarked to his son how the reviewing team of Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel admitted bailing on a particularly awful movie. "My father was very upset at that," Joseph Herx said. "No matter how bad a film is, he felt his job was to sit there and watch it and give an honest review."

I used to think being a movie critic would be a cool job; but really, pig farmers probably wade through less shiat in a given year than these guys.
 
2012-09-05 01:48:47 PM

Fano: indylaw: If your view of the world is that any character conflict or danger is bad and unChristian, why on earth would you EVER watch movies? And if you're so stupid that you can't tell that South Park is going to be inappropriate for children or prudes, how can you even READ or operate a computer? Even the subtitle of the movie is a dick joke.

I assume he was most helpful to naive little grandmas who would think that a cartoon means that it's for children. Some people are just innocent, particularly those that don't get on the internet much. Then again, per death by Newberry Medal, virtually every story for kids has the horrible tragic death of a loved one.

Remember also, during the length of his career, how many "PG" movies included swearing and nudity, particularly in the early 80s before they clamped down. You could be thinking a movie would be wholesome, only to be embarrassed watching with the younger ones. I pity any parent who didn't notice that "Bad Santa" had an R rating and thought "it's about Santa Claus, I'm sure the kids will like it."


No, I understand the Catholic guy. I don't understand CAP Alert. Like I said, I can understand wanting to know, beyond the sex/violence/language categories of the MPAA rating system, whether the movie glorifies certain traits you may not want your children to emulate.
 
2012-09-05 01:52:55 PM

Fano: Remember also, during the length of his career, how many "PG" movies included swearing and nudity, particularly in the early 80s before they clamped down. You could be thinking a movie would be wholesome, only to be embarrassed watching with the younger ones. I pity any parent who didn't notice that "Bad Santa" had an R rating and thought "it's about Santa Claus, I'm sure the kids will like it."


I recently watched Ghostbusters with my kids. I forgot about various bits of swearing.

I was about to lend someone Pan's Labyrinth when he said "my kids will love it". He'd seen the trailers which sell it as a Tim Burton version of Alice in Wonderland.
 
2012-09-05 02:45:18 PM

KoolerThanJesus: and I thought I wasted my life...


You did.
 
2012-09-05 02:53:16 PM
i grew up in the LA arch-diocese
there was a monthly publication called "the tidings" and it was full of the usual bs
it also had a film review column
except for disney movies, just about EVERYTHING was deemed naughty
MP & The Holy Grail came out when i was in sixth grade and it got the same dire warning as Fritz the Cat (xxx)
of course, my best friends and i snuck into the theater ASAP to see MP/HG and i've been a fan ever since
 
2012-09-05 02:55:17 PM

strapp3r: MP & The Holy Grail came out when i was in sixth grade and it got the same dire warning as Fritz the Cat (xxx)


Hrm. Wonder how they felt about Life of Brian...
 
2012-09-05 03:40:12 PM

quatchi: Bet he loved him some bdsm cult classic "Passion of the Christ".

/Never heard of him. RIP.


Assuming he wrote this, maybe not. From the Catholic Bishops' website. Pretty good and thoughtful review IMO.

Link
 
2012-09-05 03:49:42 PM

AliceBToklasLives: The Vatican Movie List is actually pretty awesome:

Religion

Andrei Rublev (1966)
Babette's Feast (1987)
Ben-Hur (1959)
The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)
Francesco (1989)
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1966)
La Passion de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ (1905)
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
The Mission (1986)
Monsieur Vincent (1947)
Nazarin (1958)
Ordet (1954)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
The Sacrifice (1986)
Therese (1986)

Values

Au Revoir les Enfants (1988)
The Bicycle Thief (1949)
The Burmese Harp (1956)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
The Decalogue (1988)
Dersu Uzala (1975)
Gandhi (1982)
Intolerance (1916)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Rome, Open City (1945)
Schindler's List (1993)
The Seventh Seal (1956)
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)
Wild Strawberries (1957)

Art

Citizen Kane (1941)
8½ (1963)
Fantasia (1940)
Grand Illusion (1937)
La Strada (1954)
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
The Leopard (1963)
Little Women (1933)


No Mary Poppins or The Sound Of Music?? Well, WTF indeed.
 
2012-09-05 03:50:46 PM

AliceBToklasLives: Little Women (1933)


The one with Winona Ryder and Christian Bale was better.

/Did this guy always look on the bright side of life?
 
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