Archive for category: Movie Controversies

War of the Rings: Is the new “Lord of the Rings” Blu-ray the One True Edition?

28 June, 2011 (15:21) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, Commentary, Essays, Industry, Movie Controversies | By: Sean Axmaker

Has Sauron struck again? From the furious debates playing across DVD/Blu-ray forums, where some the most passionate fans and exacting collectors can be found registering their praise and displeasures with upcoming and new releases (often in hyperbolic dimensions and a hostile tone), you might assume that there’s a new war brewing over the fate of […]

The “Barry Lyndon” Conspiracy!

31 May, 2011 (23:59) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Essays, Movie Controversies | By: Sean Axmaker

The works of Stanley Kubrick never failed to generate debate and, at times, deep-seeded controversy when they arrived in theaters, so it’s no surprise that they have generated almost as much debate (though for entirely different reasons) in their home video releases. Kubrick was a perfectionist in all areas of his filmmaking, including presentation, the […]

Jafar Panahi Freed – But For How Long?

18 May, 2010 (10:10) | Movie Controversies | By: Sean Axmaker

UPDATE May 26: Jafar Panahi Freed! According to a report from the Associated Press, Iranian authorities have released Jafar Panahi. He’s been freed on $200,000 bail, but his troubles may not be over. According to the report, the indictment (which is still sealed; the “crimes” he’s been accused of have still not been made public) […]

Seattle Film Community calls for the release of Jafar Panahi

6 May, 2010 (09:00) | by Kathleen Murphy, Movie Controversies | By: Kathleen Murphy

In March 2010, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, The Circle, Crimson Gold and Offside) was arrested and locked up in Tehran’s Evin prison, initially for “unspecified crimes,” then on charges directly related to his work. Though Mr. Panahi’s award-winning films have brought credit to his native land, his countrymen have been banned from seeing his work during […]

The Ballad Of David Sumner: A Peckinpah Psychodrama

3 May, 2010 (05:05) | by Kathleen Murphy, Essays, Film Reviews, Movie Controversies, Sam Peckinpah | By: Kathleen Murphy

[Originally published in Movietone News 10, January 1972] Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs reminds us that in our rush to civilization, we too often deny the violent origins of our favorite myths and rituals—and pretend that the primal power of our lizard brains never was. Who wants to recall that Christian Communion is a sanitized version […]

Playing Fair with Mel Gibson’s “Passion”

9 April, 2009 (16:45) | by Kathleen Murphy, Essays, Faith and Religion, Film Reviews, Movie Controversies | By: Kathleen Murphy

[Originally written for Queen Anne News, 2004] In the week since I attended a press screening of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, I’ve talked and argued about religion, with believers and unbelievers alike, more than I have in decades. Every film reviewer, pundit and talkshow host in the country has fervently weighed in […]

Topical Thunder: Why I Love “The Ringer”

17 August, 2008 (16:15) | by Jeff Shannon, Commentary, Movie Controversies | By: Jeff Shannon

I was tempted to title this posting “When the f**k did we get ice cream?” to honor one of the funniest, most surprising lines of dialogue from The Ringer, the underrated, frequently hilarious Johnny Knoxville comedy from 2005. Like many of the best lines in the film (and kudos to screenwriter Ricky Blitt for providing […]

Going “The Full Retard”: How Far is Too Far?

15 August, 2008 (13:21) | by Jeff Shannon, Movie Controversies | By: Jeff Shannon

Many thanks to Roger Ebert and his website editor Jim Emerson for posting my letter to the editor regarding the protests by some disability advocates over the “retard” humor in Tropic Thunder. As stated in my letter, I think most people will see the film and understand that its target of satire is not the […]