For the last three decades many Americans have puzzled over a system that gives an R to a movie in which a women is carved up by a chainsaw and an NC-17 to one that shows a woman sexually pleasured. From such ratings one might conclude that sexual violence against women is OK for American teenagers to see, but that they must be 18 to see consensual sex. What message does this send to the kids the MPAA presumably means to protect? —
“You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film.”
-Ryan Gosling on the controversy around the rating of his film ‘Blue Valentine’
I know I’ve been wondering things like this for years… it’s part of the horrid inconsistency in ratings.
Skull detail… Will do a coffee stain soon. #skull #drawing #art #illustration #ink (Taken with Instagram)
Beautiful and dark, just right for the equinox. Let us enter.
Very awesome detail work in this piece.
This is utterly brilliant. I would read this. I would watch this. I would tell other people to do the same.
People, if you’re going to totally reboot something, this is how you do it. It pays proper homage to what came before, hitting on the same core principles of character and story, while being different enough to avoid disdainful direct comparison by any but the most short-sighted, die hard, fanboy.
The Premise - I wanted to make an X-Men reboot that plays to the strength of the concepts, namely growing up as a teenager, dealing with those who are different and how to deal with those who hate you. The primary change in my setting is that the mutations have a clear sci-fi foundation rather than just being random superpowers. Mutants being “the next stage in human evolution” was biologically dubious in the 60s, and now it’s just corny. Additionally, I think the X-Men premise only really makes sense in a setting without other superheroes. With that in mind, here’s my pitch…
CISPA: How To Fight The Online Spying Bill Currently Before Congress -
Still plenty of work to do… SOPA wasn’t the first and it won’t be the last unless we make it very clear how unacceptable this sort of thing is.
Hollywonk: Paul Feig Can Take Us Back to the '80s Anytime -
Yes, we know, Hollywood is officially obsessed with the ’80s. The Die Hard pitch is back. The “wow, they can really dance” version of Footloose is out on video. The reimagined versions of Robocop and Total Recall (and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles … or is that Teenage…
I loved this show. So completely full of talent…
This comes up in conversation on a semi-regular basis with some people. It’s rarely a good situation.
That’s a really neat hunk of graffiti…