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The Human Centipede 2 might be banned…but the original film is still out there August 31, 2011

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The Human Centipede 2 has been banned in the UK. Not sure what sort of power the BBFC thinks it has censoring cinema these days with the internet and the importation of DVDs/Blu-rays but still the fact remains it is illegal to show the film in Britain. So, to find out what all the fuss was about, I decided to check out the first film. Here is my review of The Human Centipede.

Top 10 films to have driven men, women and children to murder August 17, 2011

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A debate has raged for many years about violence in the media having an adverse influence on society, leading in some cases to very disturbing crimes. The debate was writ large in 1993 after the murder of James Bulger in Liverpool, England. The two killers, both just ten years of age, had allegedly watched Child’s Play 3 and then re-enacted scenes from the film in the abduction, torture and killing of their two-year-old victim. It marked a period of hysteria that harked back to the UK’s Video Recordings Act of 1984 when the “Video Nasty” – a term coined a couple of years earlier by Mary Whitehouse for films deemed unsuitable for audience consumption – welcomed a host of films into its seedy underbelly that were consequently banned in the country. [Click here to read the top 10]

What are your thoughts on cinema violence influencing people to commit crime? Do you think films can be blamed for instigating crime? Head on over to the “ten films that drove people to commit murder” and air your views.

Top 10 Quietly Important Films August 11, 2011

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We all know a “great” movie when we see one: the films that are perpetually in the American Movie Classics canon; the films that were preserved (or nearly destroyed) by the contentious Ted Turner; the films whose unquestioned greatness and praises are constantly sung by the American Film Institute and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who refuse to let us forget that “The Godfather” is indeed a damn fine movie; the films, and scenes, that have seen countless parodies, spoofs, satires, and homages throughout the years. The films that esteemed critics, scholars, filmmakers, and movie buffs all agree are great. Welles, Spielberg, Scorsese, Hitchcock, Kubrick, Fellini, Bunuel, Bergman. [Click here for the full article]

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