Saturday, September 1, 2007

Movie Review- This film is not yet rated

This film came out I believe two or so years ago and I have wanted to see it for quite while, but since it is not rated, it can be difficult to find. Well, I finally decided to join Netflix just so that I could get movie and Shortbus which I will review later. So this is an interesting look at the MPAA and how the ratings board works or doesn't work. It is part movie about the fact that the MPAA rates indie films and films from the major studios differently, violence and sex differently and straight and homosexual sex differently. The other part of this film is watching the filmmaker, Kirby Dick, hire private investigators and then try to find out who the members of the ratings board are as this information is generally hidden from the public and even the filmmakers. So overall, it was a really interesting and I thought good film. There are some great interviews with directors such as Matt Stone (South Park), Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, etc.) and John Waters (Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, A Dirty Shame, etc.) among many other independent filmmakers. The extras in this film also are great especially as there is some interview material that did not make the film, but is in the extras that are really funny or really informative depending on the interviewee. I highly recommend this film to anyone and think anyone who thinks they want to become a filmmaker to see it, just that you can become more aware of the obstacles that you may have to overcome, but that ultimately you can get any movie done if it is compelling enough.

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