What do you get when you cross Artaud's Theater of Cruelty with Jesuit Theater? You could call it Mel Gibson's Crucifiction, a/k/a 'The Passion of the Christ.'
Recovering Catholics beware. You know you're in trouble when Mel Gibson has to get a Parkinson's addled Pope John Paul II to officially endorse his movie.
The programming you have tried to escape is not finished with you yet.
Mel Gibson's movie, 'The Passion of the Christ,' described as a 'vivid depiction of the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ's life,' has the trademark of religious pornography for Christians -- just as 'Schindler's List' was characterized as "emotional pornography for Jews."
"'Schindler's List,' ostensibly an indictment of the German murder of the Jews, is finally just another instance of their abuse," writes David Mamet in his book "Make Believe Town."
"The Jews in this case are not being slaughtered," he continues. "They are merely being trotted out to entertain. It's not the Holocaust we are watching.