Everyone knows about battles with the Motion Picture Association of America, in which directors and producers disagree with the board over a rating. The stories are plentiful, of being forced to cut a scene out of a film to get a lower rating, of a harsh rating given to a mild film, all that kind of stuff. You can kill literally millions of people in a movie and get a PG-13 if there’s no blood, but three F-words in a family drama lands a film an R rating. Long story short, the MPAA is a joke, but it’s just the culmination of a long history of censorship in film.
If you’re curious about what that long history entails, it’s told in a very brief manner by the team at CineFix. Their latest video in the Film School’D series is called A$$, ( . )( . ), and GUNS: Censorship in Cinema. In about 7 minutes, the video goes from the earliest instances of sex and violence in film through more modern fare like the doc, This Film Is Not Yet Rated. Check out the video below. Read More »
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Even the creators of The Simpsons know we love the old stuff. Specifically, the first 10 to 12 seasons. That’s the period in which Matt Groening‘s iconic yellow family took the world by storm and became a television institution. Since then many fans have fallen off the show, citing a decline in quality, and maybe that decline is a fact. But The Simpsons endures. This year is the 25th anniversary of the show, making it the longest-running sitcom in U.S. history.
To celebrate the anniversary, The Simpsons took over legendary Los Angeles concert venue The Hollywood Bowl for a three night concert event called The Simpsons Take the Bowl. Hosted by Hank Azaria (the voice of Moe, Ape, Chief Wiggum and many others), the event featured a slew of guest stars performing songs and score from The Simpsons, with a strong focus on the early years. Mainly, songs from the 1997 album Songs in the Key of Springfield, including The Monorail Song, Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart, The Stonecutters Song, Happy Birthday Lisa and others. This being Hollywood, there were some references to The Simpsons Movie, too, and Hans Zimmer live-conducting the score to the Oscar-nominated short, The Longest Daycare.
Basically, if you loved The Simpsons as a child or adult, it was a simply fantastic evening of entertainment. And, if you couldn’t be there, several of the numbers from the evening have been uploaded online. Check them out below. Read More »
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that Bungie released their latest video game last week: Destiny. Gamers of all ages have been buying the game, tweeting about it, posting images and their praise.
In fact, it sounds a lot like what happened six weeks ago when James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was released. People went nuts for the wacky, fun, Marvel adventure leading it to become the highest grossing film of the year.
Now, some intrepid souls by the name of Somewhat Awesome Games has recreated the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy in Destiny. And it’s kind of amazing. Check out the Guardians of the Galaxy Destiny mash-up video below. Read More »
There is almost nothing better than a great short film. If you enjoy short films, you are about to lose the next two hours of your life. HBO has released the top 20 short films submitted for the new edition of the filmmaking reality series Project Greenlight. You can watch the top 20 Project Greenlight short film finalists embedded after the jump, and help determine who will go on.
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Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria has created a supercut celebrating the colorful worlds seen in Pixar movies. The short one minute and a half video features scenes from Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University. I think a whole college thesis could be done about the color design of Pixar’s films, or at very least a film school course. The Pixar color supercut video is embedded after the jump for your enjoyment.
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The latest edition of Cracked.com’s After Hours video series tackles the question: Is Star Wars secretly racist? Its a Kevin Smith Clerks-style diner discussion of the topic, taking on a serious subject with pop culture reference-heavy geek humor. Watch the “is Star Wars racist?” video embedded after the jump.
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Nitpick a movie all you want but if it works, it works. Take Guardians of the Galaxy for example. Of course Star-Lord’s cassette tape would never have survived nearly 30 years of non-stop repeated listening. That’s not how that technology works. But James Gunn‘s film integrates it so well, and the music is so good, that you can (hopefully) push that aside and just enjoy it.
Now, if the movie was boring, that little mistake could be exactly the sort of thing that you’d focus on. It would give you something specific to think about as the movie trudged along. Good movies don’t have that problem.
What good movies do have is a staying power. So even now, a month after release, not only is Guardians of the Galaxy likely to be the number one movie at the box office yet again, we can still joke about and enjoy poking fun at the film’s minutia. Below, see a great example of that, as some fans created a hilarious stop-motion Lego Guardians of the Galaxy animation dealing with the issue of the decades old cassette tape. Watch it below. Read More »
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GoodBadFlicks has put together a nice video essay called “WTF Happened to PG-13?” which takes a look at the origins of the PG-13 rating, the effects of the rating’s creation, and how it continues to redefine what the R-rating means. For instance, did you know that the PG-13 rating spawned from a phone call from Steven Spielberg after the backlash over Gremlins’ PG rating? Watch the WTF Happened To the PG-13 Rating video essay now after the jump.
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