To quote Beastie Boy and Oscilloscope Laboratories founder Adam Yauch, “[the MPAA has] really gone too far this time. It’s bullshit.”

That was Yauch’s response earlier this week when the MPAA slapped an R rating on the documentary A Film Unfinished, which examines a Nazi propaganda film made to supposedly depict the life of Jews in the Warsaw ghetto. Yauch and Oscilloscope resubmitted the film, but today it was returned with the same rating. Why? Because images of the Holocaust — surprise — are graphic and disturbing. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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