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TARANTINO EXPLODES DURING U.K. TV INTERVIEW

January 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Director Quentin Tarantino is apparently taking no more questions regarding a possible link between violent movies and violent acts. Appearing on Britain’s Channel 4 Thursday night Tarantino acknowledged that he enjoyed making films depicting violence but maintained, “It’s a movie. It’s a fantasy. It’s not real life.” But when Channel 4 anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy followed […]

NBC CHIEF: DON’T BLAME TV FOR ESCALATING VIOLENCE

January 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt has deflected growing complaints that television programs may be contributing to violent crime in America. Speaking to the winter meeting of the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, CA on Sunday, Greenblatt remarked, “I’m not a psychologist, but I don’t think you can make the leap of shows about serial killers […]

TARANTINO REJECTS CLAIMS VIOLENT MOVIES INSPIRE VIOLENT CRIMES

January 4, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Director Quentin Tarantino has denied that violent films like his current Django Unchained contribute to real-life violence. Interviewed on Terry Gross’s NPR program Fresh Air, Tarantino maintained that complaints that violent behavior in the U.S. can be attributed to movies and video games are absurd and that other countries produce films with even more violent […]

NEWTOWN SHOOTINGS SPUR RE-EXAMINATION OF FAKE VIOLENCE

December 20, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Even before we record our first memories, we are entertained by images of violence. (“When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, and down will come baby, cradle and all.”) And few have ever challenged the Bible’s account, taught to a large majority of American children, of God killing off all the first-born children of […]

BRITISH FILM CENSORS TO TIGHTEN RULES ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE

December 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the equivalent of America’s MPAA Ratings Board, said today (Monday) that a study carried out by market researchers ipsos MORI indicates that the public approves BBFC intervention to ban certain films depicting rape, sexual assault and other sadistic violence. While such behavior is regarded as legitimate for filmmakers […]

HOW ARE U.K. CENSORS DIFFERENT FROM U.S. CENSORS?

July 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has delineated its differences with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) over the ratings of films. In an interview with reporters following the release of the board’s annual report, BBFC director David Cooke said that the main difference between the two censorship boards is that “the U.S. […]

LAWLESS, ABOUT BLOOD AND BROTHERLY LOVE, SCREENS AT CANNES

May 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The most pertinent footage in director John Hillcoat’s Lawless, which screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival today (Saturday), may have ended up on the proverbial cutting-room floor. The film, starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, and Guy Pearce, tells the purportedly true story of the Bondurant brothers, who ran a moonshine operation […]

U.K. AD AUTHORITY BANS COMMERCIALS FOR THE MECHANIC

June 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority has ordered that ads for the R-rated (in the U.S.) movie The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster, be pulled from all channels because of a “stream of violent imagery” that they display. Britain’s Press Association described the objectionable scenes this way: “A man being speared through the calf, a […]

VIOLENCE AGAINST MEDIA PYRAMIDS IN EGYPT

February 4, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

In what today’s (Friday) New York Times described as “an apparently coordinated campaign that is intended to stifle the flow of news that could further undermine the government,” reporters — particularly TV reporters and their crews — covering the demonstrations in Egypt came under increasing physical attack by Egyptian security forces and supporters of embattled […]

THAI FILM WINS CANNES’ PALME D’OR AWARD

May 23, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The beleaguered populace of Thailand, wracked by political turmoil and violence and chaos in the streets for the past month, finally got some news to cheer about Sunday. A film by celebrated Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Long Boonmee Raluek Chat), was awarded the Cannes Film Festival’s top […]