May 10th, 2007

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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 10th, 2007 - 04:40 pm (Link)
See, I actually have no problem with the Catholic Church doing that at all. And I think its a fine thing that they do. If you subscribe to all of the Catholic Dogma and morality, then having them give you a guideline is a fine thing. They're more or less consistent with their own stated values. Passion of the Christ, good... Last Temptation of Christ bad. But, the Catholic Church isn't looked at as a legal body governing content objectively by the general populace. It's looked at as a moral body judging content subjectively. To that end, I'd put reading that list up on the same pedestal as checking Ebert or Mr. Cranky.
[User Picture]From: akiramich Date: May 10th, 2007 - 04:51 pm (Link)
To whom is this Mr Cranky you speak of? That seems interesting...

And I agree with you. The Catholic Church has a right to set its own rules and guidelines for memebers. And then as an individual you can decide whether or not to be a memeber [I have chosen not to].

The ratings dont really effect me as an adult--although I agree that Id like it to be more stringent as far as violence go, as opposed to sexuality. And I wish there wasnt the stigmata of the NC-17 rating, as there should be a rating for adult films that arent stigmitized to where major print publications wont take ad's for them...
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 10th, 2007 - 05:10 pm (Link)
you don't know Mr. Cranky? You'd love him. He's the best movie critic ever. He starts with the premise that all movies suck, but some are less sucky than others.

Also, watch "This Film is Not Yet Rated." It's very good, and the violence should be worse than sex and the fact that NC-17 pretty much kills a movie's distribution.

But what's worse, to me is the inconsistency. Sure an adult film could be good. Hell, there's good porno. But some things get NC-17 ratings for truly baffling reasons. "Two Girls and a Guy" being my prime example. I honestly think that with only minor editting it should be a film that could play on broadcast television during primetime.
[User Picture]From: akiramich Date: May 10th, 2007 - 05:26 pm (Link)
I did see "This Film..." a while ago. I thought some of it was interesting, but I lost interest when the film was focusing on the "stalking" of the members. And there are inconsistancies-especially when major studio releases will have more leway than an independent studio. The major studios are basically keeping the board in buisness, so they have a better chance of getting a few extra thrusts [or more likely slo mo shots of disembodied heads] than an indy studio would.

Have you seen "Shortbus" yet? There was an indy film that incorporated some hardcore sex scenes [both hetro and homosexual sex] into its story in an effective manner. Not that its a great film, but it is a good example of how you can have an adult film that incorporates sex scenes that further along the story insead of being the story. And it was released as an indy film, so the rating board never got near it...
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 10th, 2007 - 05:36 pm (Link)
no, I haven't... do you own it?
[User Picture]From: akiramich Date: May 10th, 2007 - 06:47 pm (Link)
No I dont but it is available on netflix.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 11th, 2007 - 01:57 am (Link)
I never use netflix. But since its on DVD, I'm sure I'll just buy it sooner or later.
[User Picture]From: akiramich Date: May 11th, 2007 - 12:57 pm (Link)
Im curious why you dont use Netflix? Why would you spend $20 on a DVD you may or may not like? I tend to buy things that I want/enjoy but I rarely buy something that I haven't seen before. Do you have something against Netflix in general or are more into owning things than borrowing?

For what its worth, when it comes to books, Im always buying. Even though I have a library card I seldome use it, as Id much rather own the text...
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 11th, 2007 - 01:31 pm (Link)
Nah, its not netflix in specific I have a problem with. I just like owning rather than renting. It started out years ago, when I realized that it was easier to just buy a video tape than rent it since inevitably I'd return it late and stack up late fees.

This is of course, not a problem for netflix, but over time I found that I really like having a library of movies. I don't like having to plan my movie watching around what has come up in my netflix queue. I much prefer to just buy a ton of movies and watch them when I get in the mood to. For instance, I bought "This Film..." a couple weeks before I got around to watching it, whereas the movie "Crank" I bought months before I got around to watching it.
[User Picture]From: akiramich Date: May 11th, 2007 - 01:55 pm (Link)
I definetly get the appeal of a personal library. In fact when Ive been looking at houses out in the South Hills I keep visualizing 'well, heres where I can put the library, etc'. Although sometimes it can get a little overwhelming just the vast amount of stuff you can accumulate [for me its the thousands of comic books, hundreds of japanese wrestling tapes, hundres of books etc] and I keep thinking is it worth keeping this stuff [and sometimes being tied down to it] or should I just purge it all, just keeping the stuff I really want?

Plus the things with DVD's--I see enough films in the theatre, plus whatever's on the cable and such, that Id much rather just keep those films that I know I want to see over again, rather than just buy something on a whim that I might just watch once and then file away...
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 11th, 2007 - 03:52 pm (Link)
understandable. They certainly get unweildy at some points. But we all have our addictions. That is mine.
From: ludimagist Date: May 12th, 2007 - 05:04 am (Link)
I hear you on the personal library space. I just put up a new bookshelf and still have piles of books blocking other books.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 14th, 2007 - 05:28 am (Link)
I keep a lot of my less accessed things in storage in the basement. It's a non ideal solution, but what is one to do?

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