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Banned Films and Censorship

By Sara Da Silva


 

While I was watching WWE’s Fastlane pay-per-view, the 87th Academy Awards were being held. Through twitter, I was keeping tabs on the winners and the going-ons of the awards ceremony and I was fairly pleased with the results. However, I was very surprised to hear that The Lego Movie hadn’t been nominated for best Animated Feature Film. I mean come on people, have you seen that movie?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that Big Hero 6 got the recognition it deserved, but The Lego Movie rightfully deserved a place among the nominees at least. I suppose it’s just a common occurrence that great films will always be left out and fall behind others.

This, along with discussions from my most recent US media lecture, got me thinking about which movies don’t make it onto the big screen.

Certain films can be banned by film censorship, review organizations and specific government-appointed councils due to political and moral reasons. More often than not, films needing to be censored will have scenes removed or their rating classification increased. A large proportion of movies have been banned for years until the decision was made to release it later with a higher rating. This just goes to show that what people deem as acceptable has dramatically changed over the years.

For example, Straw Dogs, a 1971 psychological thriller that stars the incredible Dustin Hoffman, stirred up some major controversy as the “centrepiece” of the film was a prolonged rape scene. The director, Sam Peckinpah, was accused of glamorizing rape by critics, and so the film was edited and released with an R rating in the US. In the UK, however, it was banned by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) under the Video Recordings Act in 1984. But, like a large proportion of films, an unedited version was released onto VHS and DVD in 2002.

In a similar fashion, Man from the Deep River, a film notoriously known for its scenes of cannibalism and torture, and the real life slaughtering of animals, was rejected for cinematic release by the BBFC in 1975. The film, renamed as Deep River Savages, made it to video release in 1983, but was swiftly banned in its entirety in 1984. However, in 2003, Deep River Savages was passed by the BBFC with a certificate of 18 and had roughly 4 minutes of animal cruelty scenes cut from it. Guess the BBFC just couldn’t make up their mind.

Mikey, a 1992 horror-thriller, tells the story of a young sociopathic 9 year old who brutally murders his foster family. The depiction of a young murderer was deemed too inappropriate for viewers, especially in the wake of the James Bulger case in 1993.

The list of banned (or previously banned) films is too extensive for me to write about. But, some of its most notable films include: Borat (that’s banned in all Arab countries, except Lebanon), Monty Python’s Life of Brian (initially banned due to its blasphemous nature) and Cannibal Holocaust (banned as accusations were made that the actors were actually killed on camera).

Of course I cannot write this article without giving a quick mention to The Interview. This movie stars James Franco and Seth Rogen who play journalists on a secret mission to assassinate the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. The cyber attack on Sony Pictures, in which threats were made against any cinema that risked showing the movie, caused the studio to withdraw its theatrical release. Luckily for us, Sony made The Interview available for online rental and purchase, followed by a limited release in select cinemas. I personally loved the movie, although it may have been made sweeter by the simple fact that North Korea didn’t want me to watch it.

Movies can be banned or censored for countless different reasons, but they all have one thing in common: their taboo nature makes people want to watch them. After all, controversy is the best form of publicity.

 

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Coffee Time News 21/01/15

John Malkovich takes on Zombies in CoD DLC, no Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellan in Xmen Apocalypse and Walking Dead season 5 gets a trailer!

Film

Bad news for Stewart and McKellan fans, it looks like they won’t be appearing in Xmen Apocalypse.  Which could be for the best, since, while Days of Future Past was great, the over saturation of characters led to some criminally short screen time.

Good news Ben Affleck fans, Afflecks’ Batman, who we’ll see for the first time in 2016’s Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice may also appear in 2016’s Suicide Squad, in a cameo role, or potentially more.

After the huge events of The Interview and its release late last year, Netflix has announced that the Seth Rogan and James Franco film, which sees their two characters attempting to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, will be available to stream on the 24th of January.

Television

Powers, the show based on the Brian Michael Bendis graphic novel, has got a release date, the 10th of March when the first three episodes of the show will be available on the Playstation website, and is free to anyone with a PS+ subscription.

There’s a new trailer for the next half of the Walking Dead season 5, ‘find hope’ is available to watch on Youtube. GO! NOW! Before the Zombies come on February 8th!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for, Justin Bieber will be roasted by Comedy Central this Spring. He seems pretty keen for it, but, let’s face it, this isn’t going to end well for him. Or it will and we’ll all be surprised, then I’ll be in the underground shelter because the apocalypse is nigh

Games

Call of Duty fans should check out the new trailer for the Exo-Zombies mode, which features John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal, oh and Zombies, in exo suits.

Borderlands, the Handsome Collection, which features Borderlands 2 and Borderlands the Pre-sequel, and all the DLC that comes with them. (The handsomest of deals) is coming to PS4 and Xbox One on the 27th of March. Not only that but there’s a special edition that contains a remote control Claptrap, with a camera. But there’s only 5,000 of the units being made.

EA have announced that Battlefield Hardline will be available early for Xbox One owners who have subscribed to EA Access for a four day period (with 6 hours of gameplay allowed in total) before it is released in mid March, and all saves and progress will carry over the the full game.

Coffee Time News 22/12/14

Happy Holidays folks! Christmas is just a few days away and we’ll be taking a break from the news until new year, after this batch that is!

Film

James Gunn has reiterated that Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t just a lead up to the Avengers Infinity Wars, and that both the original and the sequel should be considered their own monsters. That being said he hasn’t denied the possibility of some of the Guardians meeting some of the Avengers.

Amy Pascal, who’s been in the news a lot recently, mostly because of all the information flowing from the Sony hack, has suggested Idris Elba as Daniel Craig’s successor for James Bond. The best part? Idris has said that he’d take the role if it was offered to him.

Though it’s a bit of a TV/Film crossover SNL have another great sketch, this time Doctor Evil is giving Sony and North Korea a bit of evil advice, and it’s hilarious.

Television

Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson, Agents of SHIELD) shared this image on his facebook page which is taken from the Secret Avengers  comic series. Now is this Gregg showing his love for the series, or is he teasing a possible appearence by Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye.

The Daredevil series will be a crime drama first, superhero story second, which actually fits in nicely with the character’s approach to crime fighting, and the Defenders’ street level history.

Take a look here at the first designs for Arya Stark‘s costume for season 5 of Game of Thrones. The fifth season sees her in Braavos, where her grubby appearance might not go down that well.

Games

Microsoft is following the footsteps of Ubisoft and apologising for the… issues, with the Halo Master Chief collection and giving the spurned a free game, though unlike Ubisoft Halo players don’t get a choice, and it’s a remastered ODST, sans Firefight. Which is still cool, I mean, I really enjoyed ODST, and a free game is a free game.

Far Cry 4 is getting some Permadeath DLC. Which would be exciting if it didn’t seem to just be a bunch of time trials. So close.

The Sims 4 is getting a ‘game pack’ which isn’t quite an expansion pack, but not quite a ‘stuff pack’ (their words) set in the outdoors-y wilderness of Granite Falls, come January.

That’s it for this year’s Coffee Time News and we’ll see you again in January where you can get caught up on any news that surfaced over the holidays. A quick thank you for everyone who’s visited the site this year, it’s been a great first year here for the team, and here’s to another great one in 2015!

Coffee Time News 23/06/14

First of all I’d like to apologise for the lack of a list yesterday, I’ve not been feeling well at all (which sucks considering the weather) and didn’t want to do it by half. Anywho, here’s the news.

Film

First up, scifi fans rejoice, Nathan Fillion will be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy, in a strictly cameo sense.

In the age of teasers for trailers, now we have teasers for teasers, Warner Brothers have announced that there will be a Dawn of Justice teaser at this years Comic-con.

The Interview, for which we shared a trailer last week, has been denounced by North Korea. I’m not sure why, but it might have something to do with the fact the plotline revolves around killing the country’s leader.

Television

Do you remember Danger Mouse? The super spy mouse who was based off of Sherlock Holmes? Well he (and Penfold) are getting a 52 episode reboot season!

The Legend of Korra, season 3 (or Book 3) has a new clip and also a release date (June 27th) as well as a synopsis, you can find them over at Screenrant.

Farren Blackburn, who directed a whole host of excellent British shows, is due to direct an episode of Daredevil, which it’s been announced, will star Rosario Dawson (Sin City) as well, maybe as Electra, maybe not.

Games

Nintendo lost that lawsuit against Philips, which seemed to include everything new that Nintendo have brought to the console game in the last few years.

So here’s a little bit of news from Sunset Overdrive, mostly including traps, but also confirming that you can play as a female character, which I’m sure has absolutely nothing to do with the recent Ubisoft controversy.

Nearly 6 and a half million games later, the Destiny alpha is over, and here is a list of all the many many things that got killed.