Posts Tagged ‘film violence’

Violent Sadism and a Mink Glove - How the BBFC Censored Thunderball

Violent Sadism and a Mink Glove – How the BBFC Censored Thunderball

The James Bond films, like the books on which they are based, have always pushed the boundaries of acceptable portraits of sex and violence.  Documents from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) show how for Thunderball they reviewed the script, recommending many changes if the film was to achieve ...
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Air Force One - Tom Secker on Uncle the Podcast

Air Force One – Tom Secker on Uncle the Podcast

Uncle and Aaron invited me back to drink Hoegaarden and discuss the movie Air Force One.  This typically chaotic discussion focused on how the Air Force rewrote parts of the film in exchange for their support, why Hoegaarden reminds me of happy times, and how terrorists open locked doors on ...
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ClandesTime 101 - Nightcrawler

ClandesTime 101 – Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler is one of those rare films that is beautifully written, very well executed and is about something that actually matters.  It tells the story of Lou Bloom, a young man in poverty-struck Los Angeles who gets into nightcrawling - filming violent crimes and accidents and selling the footage to ...
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ClandesTime 100 - Sex, Violence and Censorship

ClandesTime 100 – Sex, Violence and Censorship

Why do we censor films?  Intuitively we all know the answer to this question - because there are some things we don't want to see on the screen.  In this episode we examine film censorship, focusing primarily on the treatment of cinematic violence by the MPAA and BBFC.  Using Walter ...
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ClandesTime 088 - Roar

ClandesTime 088 – Roar

Roar is a truly unique piece of cinema, possibly the most dangerous and brave and crazy film ever made.   This week I take a look at this fascinating production which took 11 years to make, cost over $15 million and put most of its cast and crew in the hospital.  ...
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Did the Pentagon use The Battle of Algiers as a training film?

Did the Pentagon use The Battle of Algiers as a training film?

The Battle of Algiers was a groundbreaking film when it came out in 1966, not just for its depiction of the Algerian War against French occupation but for its quasi-documentary realism and its morally neutral approach, showing both sides committing atrocities.  Because of this realism it is a cinematic training ...
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The CIA and Hollywood 14 - Zero Dark Thirty

The CIA and Hollywood 14 – Zero Dark Thirty

Robbie Martin is our final guest for this season as we dissect the 2012 docudrama Zero Dark Thirty. We discussed the difficulty in defining what kind of film this is - somewhere between a spy thriller, a documentary and a dry European art house movie. We get into the well-documented ...
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BBFC Report: Complaints about violence and torture in Spectre, Kingsman and Minions

BBFC Report: Complaints about violence and torture in Spectre, Kingsman and Minions

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) recently published its annual report, which details complaints against various movies including Spectre, Kingsman and Minions.  As is so often the case, sex and violence were the focus of the complaints, leading the BBFC to explain why they had allowed these scenes into ...
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The CIA and Hollywood 12 - American Ultra

The CIA and Hollywood 12 – American Ultra

Adam from Themes and Memes is our guest to talk about the 2015 action comedy American Ultra.  We start by trying to define this film, which is an intense mixture of cartoonish ultra violence, CIA covert operations, romance, comedy and horror, looking at the dissociating nature of this blend.  The ...
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5 Examples of Hollywood's Influence on Politics

5 Examples of Hollywood’s Influence on Politics

Washington is Hollywood for ugly people, said Paul Begala (probably). Washington is the entertainment capital of the world, said Jack Valenti. Washington's influence on Hollywood, the state's influence on popular culture, is the primary topic of this site. But what about Hollywood's influence on politics, the influence of popular culture ...
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