Persiflage: I see your point on the quality of ideas and the quality of the realization of a thing. But aren't both significant?
Yes. The philosophy behind a film is directly related to a film's quality.
Are you saying that you would prefer a hamhanded execution of something you respect and agree with?
Oh, and let's say that the expression of the ideas and philosphy that you endorse is lousy as well. This you would prefer to some soaring and glorious realization of doctrine you despise on the screen, loquaciously explained?
Would you not be at least a little embarrassed about the former, maybe even the existence of the former?
Would you not at least admire the beauty of the latter?
I'm leaning towards no. But it depends. Let's say someone made a soaring and glorious realization, loquaciously explaining how good slavery was. I don't think I could admire the film's "beauty." Let's say Nazis financed some "beautiful" films expounding the glories of their Fuhrer? Could I admire their beauty? Probably not. Let's say someone made a beautiful film affirming the ancient Roman philosophy of Stoicism. I could
probably admire it. But that would be because Stoicism was closer to the truth than Fascism. So doesn't our ability to admire a work of art directly correlate to how many truths are actually affirmed by that work of art?
Would you not at least respect the latter as a more than worthy adversary?
I think that this gets at the heart of the problem of "christian" filmmaking and the rejection of same by some of us. Nevertheless, the above is a point of contact for your film criteria.
Again, we'd all have no trouble rejecting a film made affirming the glories of Aryanism made in Nazi Germany, no matter the production quality of a film. This is because, no matter how beautiful the film was to look at, there would still
be something ugly and abhorrent about it. If this is so, then what's wrong with rejecting a film like Atlas Shrugged
based on a moral abhorrence to her philosophy on how natural selfishness is really a virtue and materialism is only a good and right result of man putting his own self-interests ahead of others? A separate discussion about the technical directing skills of Paul Johansson could, of course, still be had, but that discussion would still be secondary to me than the one about the specific story that he chose to affirm on the screen.