Monthly Archives: June 2007

NC-17 – Use It or Lose It

Entertainment Weekly posts a provocative dissection of the movie rating system from its June 22 edition online. Writer Mark Harris, prompted by the extreme and sexualized violence of Hostel II receiving an R rating, puts his finger firmly on some of the weaknesses of the rating system as it now exists: The hypocrisies of the… Read more »

What do parents know about sex and violence?

June is Ratings Awareness Month, so it might be of interest to find out just how aware parents are of media ratings regarding sex and violence. The Kaiser Family Foundation, demonstrating excellent timing, has released a report detailing the findings of its survey Parents, Children & Media: A Kaiser Family Foundation Survey. They report that… Read more »

Filling seats in off-hours

One of the big hopes for digital cinema is the opportunity it provides for alternative content.  If it can be digitized, it can be shown in a digitally-equipped movie theater. The L.A. Times takes a look at one of the early movers – Bigger Picture (a division of digital cinema aggregator AccessIT) – in what may… Read more »

'Sicko' clips on YouTube = entire film

As noted last week, Michael Moore’s documentary Sicko has been pirated and put on various p2p sites. Now it’s on YouTube. The Hollywood Reporter reports today that the entire film is available in bite-sized chunks. This was news to the Weinstein Company, which seemed rather sanguine about the whole affair: When sought for an official comment… Read more »