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Follow up: A disconnect between sex and violence

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Earlier this week I discussed the disconnect between sex and violence when it comes to rating films in the US. As an example I used Kevin Smith‘s Zack & Miri Make A Porno movie poster (pictured below) that was experiencing some resistance from the MPAA. Well it seems he found a solution, quote Kevin Smith

“Our frustration in getting an MPAA approval on the American poster led to last-resort ideas about showcasing dopey, simple images instead of risque pics of our leads – which, in turn, led to what’s now the official American poster for the flick…”

New and Old Zack and Miri Make a Porno posters

New and Old Zack and Miri Make a Porno posters

I for one don’t understand how the first poster (right side) was even that bad. Then again I’m Canadian and that poster is still going to be used up here because we don’t seem so obsessed with censorship. That said I will admit due to this moronic censoring of a movie poster Kevin sure did come up with a funny solution…

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September 12, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Why so serious? – Rotten Tomatoes 100 best comedies

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I’ve noticed that I tend to go on tangents about independent films, major studio drama and action flicks, as well as documentaries. Aside from Zack and Miri Make a Porno I have yet to discuss one of my true loves – comedy. Thus doing my research I went around my favorite blogs as well as my favorite movie resource – Rotten Tomatoes. Checking out their list of “Top 100 Comedies” I was actually disappointed. Frankly not a lot of those movies are that funny. They are great films but they are not what I think about when I typically think great comedic effort.

For example #76 on the list is The Truman Show. Although this movie was funny in the first act the movie it soon turned into a drama with deep phycological undertones. I will concede there is an argument to be made for placement in either comedy or drama – and of course there is always the dramedy classification I suppose, however…

How about #77 – Back to the Future. This movie is not even close to being a comedy. I could see maybe placing it in that category if the action/adventure or sci-fi/fantasy classifications didn’t exist. I mean come on, outside of a few moments with Biff and the infamous McFly guitar solo there isn’t a whole lot of laughs there.

Now movies like #64 – This Is Spinal Tap, or #82 – House Party are comedies (side note, I love House Party, but cracking the top 100 comedies of all time?). End of the day a lot of this is up for debate, but the question that keeps burning in my head is what are the people at Rotten Tomatoes thinking? Time to hire some better people for your classification metrics…

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September 10, 2008 at 12:31 pm

TIFF Reviews: Wrestlers, Che, and Kevin Smith’s porno

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TIFF marches on and reviews keep flowing in. As mentioned in a previous blog post I am not in Toronto (sadly) and will not have the opportunity to view many of these films myself, at least not until the reach major distribution. Thus I bring you the best of the reviews from the web…

CHE (review by Twitch Films) – Steven Soderbergh’s two-part four-hour biopic Che doesn’t have a gorgeous Antonio Banderas complaining about all the howling hysterical sorrow over the death of Eva Peron. Nor will you see Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s band of disaffected youth rambling through Tokyo all wearing the same iconic Che t-shirt …more…

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (review by /film) – I have a theory that Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno is actually just a chronology of Smith’s career so far as a filmmaker. The film starts off much like Clerks, with Seth Rogen trying to wake up for his dreadful job. Minutes later he is walking through the local mall with his roommate and best friend Miri, played by Elizabeth Banks, in a scene that is reminiscent of Mallrats …more…

The Wrestler (review by /film) – Some might say that The Wrestler is a departure from director Darren Aronofsky, while many others may look at it as an evolution. One thing is for sure, it’s very different, and certainly more mature than the filmmaker’s previous work. I’d love to compare it to Paul Thomas Anderson’s transition from films like Boogie Nights and Magnolia to There Will Be Blood. The Wrestler, like TWBB, strips it down to the bones …more…

All three of these films I consider to be ‘must watches’. It has been some years since so many films I am excited about are coming out at one time. The Wrestler, JCVD, CHE, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Flame and Citron, RocknRolla, etc — needless to say this is going to be a busy fall for movie watching…

A disconnect between sex and violence – what is with the MPAA?

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Its seems the MPAA is staying vigilant in its campaign to make Kevin Smith’s life hell. This time they are in the process of banning the poster for his new movie Zack & Miri Make A Porno.

I must admit this whole campaign against sexual content confuses me. It has always been this way, even prior to Nipplegate, and as a Canadian who can find nudity openly displayed on City TV past 8pm its just… weird. Kevin Smith has made a movie with high sexual content, and although I have never seen it I assume little to no violence. As a result he is going to receive the harshest rating a film can get in the United States. However if he had made a gore-fest like the torture-porn films that were popular earlier this decade, it would not be an issue.

This is not to say I think that violence is bad and sexual content is good. I have no issues with either sexual content or violence in media. For those who complain about such things, saying it results in criminal behavior all I have to say to you is… Japan. The Japanese are exposed to what most North Americans could consider extreme content on daily basis and yet their crime rates are significantly lower then anywhere in North America. Luckily for me Super U believes in freedom of expression and allows for its community to determine what is appropriate, unlike the MPAA who let the few outraged people in the world determine what level headed people get to watch…

I will note these opinions are mine and not necessarily the opinions of Super U

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September 8, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Fall is going to be great for the theater

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As we all know Summer is the time of the huge block buster. The moving going public seems to find the best way to beat the heat is to go to an air-conditioned theater and watch whatever mass marketed studio product is being sent their way. This isn’t always the best time for an avid film fan as it seems that the large majority of us are not always fond of big budget mass marketed films, The Dark Knight not withstanding. Luckily Fall is fast approaching and with that a number of trailers have hit he web that will appeal to both the mass marked while still getting hardcore film fans mouth watering.

The first of these is W. the Oliver Stone epic about the life of soon to be former president of the Untied States George W. Bush:

Needless to say the combination of Oliver Stone and a very timely film about one of the most infamous presidents of all time has a lot of potential, especially seeing as it will be released right in the thick of the upcoming Obama vs McCain election.

Next is The Road starring Viggo Mortenson:

The Road, Starring Viggo Mortensen

The Road, Starring Viggo Mortensen

Although no trailer has hit the web yet there is a perfect storm starting to form around this film and many believe it is going to be Viggo’s best chance at an Oscar to date. I for one think he is over due thanks to his performances in A History Of Violence and Eastern Promises, all be it in both cases he was simply over matched in terms of competition. Look for The Road to be released in mid November.

Finally we have High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Just kidding – The final film on my Fall cross over list is Zack and Miri Make a Porno, the continuation of Seth Rogen’s takeover of comedic Hollywood:

Directed by Kevin Smith this film is bordering on every indie comedy film nerds wet dream, no pun intended. I for one am starting to burn out on Apatow Productions, even if they have made every amazingly funny movie over the past 4 years. However seeing as Judd Apatow has nothing to do with this production (at least not officially) I’m willing to see what his protege Rogen can bring to the table when paired with a different, although equally skilled, filmmaker like Smith.