question of the day: What if we abolished the MPAA?

The latest fracas involving the MPAA — the board that rates films for release in the United States — concerns the indie Blue Valentine, which has received an NC-17 rating for its sexual content, which is actually fairly minimal and mostly not terribly, you know, sexy. The film does, however, feature an instance of a man pleasuring a woman orally…

just received: ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ ‘Sherri: The Complete Season One,’ ‘Rita Rocks: The Complete Season One,’ ‘Hannah Free,’ ‘Mammoth,’ ‘Uncertainty’

A quick rundown of the screeners and DVDs that came in yesterday and today. Might review some of these… Pride and Prejudice: The 1995 BBC TV version with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, coming in a new restored edition in Region 1 on April 27 from A&E Home Entertainment. [preorder in Region 1 from Amazon … more…

question of the day: How movie-nerd-a-riffic can you get?

Surely I am not the only dork who, upon seeing a picture of the new observation module astronauts just installed on the International Space Station, thought, “Holy crap, they turned the ISS into a TIE fighter!” And I thought that was pretty nerdy. But it’s not much compared to the lengths some film geeks will … more…

Online Film Critics Society 2008 awards

The Online Film Critics Society, of which I am a member, has named its awards for 2008. The winners: PICTURE: Wall-E DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight ACTOR: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler ACTRESS: Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy SUPPORTING ACTOR: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Wall-E, Andrew … more…