Posts Categorized: Reel Blog

'Sicko' to open early

The pre-release pirating of Sicko has already had one effect on the film’s reception in theaters – it’s opening a week early. Variety reports the documentary will bow a week earlier than planned in New York, followed by sneak previews at 43 theaters in more than 30 markets Saturday. The film will then expand to… Read more »

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 »