5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars

Monday, February 28, 2011

Help Save The King's Speech By Refusing To See It

NOTE: I did not write this article. It was copied VERBATIM from and can be found on its original source here: Also, I know it's nontraditional, but this post will not contain a 'jump', so that it can easily be seen in its entirety.

We’ve been talking for several weeks now about The Weinstein Company’s disturbing plan to censor the Oscar nominated film The King’s Speech in order to curry favor with the MPAA, receive a PG-13 rating, and re-release the film in the hopes that the lesser rating will help make them more money. That plan became a reality this week when the censored version of the film received the rating they wanted, and the R-rated version will be pulled from theaters and replaced with one that contains none of the curse words which earned the movie an R in the first place.

To almost everyone in the film community, and most of the people involved in the film’s production, it’s an unacceptable decision, an outrage. On the eve of the rated-R version of The King’s Speech winning Oscar’s Best Picture, it only seems even more ridiculous. Yet ask the average person on the street, and you’ll get a very different response. You’ll get responses like the ones we’ve received from people in our comments sections and our inbox, responses from people who just don’t see why they should care.

It is a big deal, an act of censorship sure to have far reaching consequences for all sorts of moviegoers. It’s important, but we get that you don’t have every hour of the day to spend thinking about movies, which is why this site exists. So I’m here to help you muddle through the reasons why it matters. If you’re someone who thinks that censoring of one of the year’s best movie isn’t a problem, or maybe you even think it’s a good idea, then I hope I can change your mind by breaking down the issue into five, simple, logical points. Here they are: 5 clear reasons why you shouldn’t support the PG-13 version of The King’s Speech when it’s released.

You Can’t Solve A Problem By Making It Worse
The Weinstein Company wants to censor the film because they believe they can get more people to see it that way. They’re probably right. Some people are avoiding The King’s Speech because of its rating. There is a small segment of the population which refuses to see R-rated films, no matter what they actually contain. But the problem isn’t with the movie or the words it uses, the problem is with the ratings system which has labeled it incorrectly. Almost everyone who’s seen it agrees that the film contains no offensive content of any kind. Even the usage of curse words (which earned it the R-rating), in context, is entirely appropriate for very young audiences who have been properly parented.

Clearly the system which slapped it with an R-rating, a system managed by the MPAA, is broken. The MPAA has been broken for a long time and it’s no secret that it’s only getting worse. Censoring The King’s Speech to fit the mold of a broken system doesn’t solve the problem, it simply breaks the movie too. Bowing to the MPAA’s demands in the name of greed is an endorsement of something which isn’t working. By censoring the year’s best picture to suit that broken system The Weinstein Company is saying that the original R-rating was correct, when it wasn’t, and anyone who buys a ticket for the PG-13 is spending their money to say the same.

This Will Endanger Your Children
If you’re one of a handful of Americans worried your child might hear a curse word, censoring those syllables out of the movie probably seems like a good way to protect them. Here’s why it’s not: Since censoring the movie supports the MPAA’s system it only gives them more power to rate movies incorrectly, and that’s far worse for your kids than the “F” word. See, their ratings system only really exists to help parents decide what their children can see, but the MPAA’s ratings are all over the map and as a guideline for protecting your kid they’re misleading at best and useless at worst.

The King’s Speech, a quiet and gentle movie about a man heroically overcoming a disability, has been given the same rating as Saw VI, a brutal horror film about a sadistic killer who tortures and murders dozens of innocent victims. Here’s an even bigger head scratcher: The Ring, a movie about a murderous dead girl who leaps out of televisions and kills people, was rated PG-13. The MPAA’s rating system recommends The Ring as more appropriate viewing for your children than the R-rated King’s Speech. By bowing to their faulty logic and censoring this movie to suit their faulty decisions, we’re rubberstamping the MPAA to go right on rating movies incorrectly. That doesn’t protect your kids, it puts them in increasingly grave peril every single time you walk into a movie theater, by making it impossible for you to know what it’s safe for them to see.

Every PG-13 King’s Speech Ticket Purchased Is A Request For Hollywood To Make Movies Worse
Whether you can stomach curse words or not, one thing cannot be denied: Censoring this movie will not make it better. It will absolutely make it worse. The profanity being removed is a pivotal part of a pivotal scene in the film, one of the many great moments in Oscar winning director Tom Hooper’s work. While the film will, overall, remain intact without those scenes (or with those scenes in an altered state), it won’t be as good. Maybe it’ll only be worsened by inches, but worse is exactly what it will be.

Anyone who buys a ticket for the censored version of King’s Speech is sending them a loud and clear message, and that message is this: I don’t care if you make good movies as long as they receive the right rating. You’ve chosen not to watch the best possible version of this movie, in favor of something less than. You’ve told Hollywood that it’s ok if their movies aren’t as good as they could be, and they will be listening. The King’s Speech just won Oscar’s best picture. If the studio system can make more money by making a such a high profile movie worse, that has huge implications for other movies released down the road. Making good movies is hard, why put in all that extra effort if it doesn’t really seem to matter to your audience?

This Is The Beginning Of End For R-Rated Movies
The MPAA has five different ratings they can give any movie put before their ratings board. Those ratings are: G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17. When was the last time you saw “NC-17” on your local mega-theater’s marquee? It doesn’t happen. It doesn’t happen because a long time ago Hollywood realized that NC-17 movies have a more limited audience and just didn’t make as much money as R-rated movies. So they began censoring their films, often at the expense of quality, to make sure they received the MPPA’s R-rating. The NC-17 exists more as a technicality than a reality now. It’s useless except as a means to ruin a movie’s chances of ever being seen by anyone, since no one will release it. Now that same thing is happening to the R-rating.

If the PG-13 version of The King’s Speech (one of last year’s most well-known, popular, beloved films) generates a significant amount of money, the next time Weinstein Company (or any other studio for that matter) finds themselves in a similar situation they won’t bother with the R-rated version of the movie at all. Our movies are made by artists but they’re owned and distributed by corporations who exist only to make a bottom line profit. If there’s more money to be made in censorship than in artistic integrity, they’ll censor right from the start as a way to maximize their profits. That artistically complete version of a film, in The King’s Speech case that better version of the film, will never been seen at all.

Hollywood has already begun to move away from investing money in R-rated productions (PG-13 Die Hard?), this is the next step towards eliminating R-rated entertainment from theaters, all in the name of capturing a relatively small segment of the moviegoing public. It’s no longer about choosing what you want to see, it’s about what Hollywood can make the most money letting you see. Your right to choose begins eroding further the very moment the R-rated version of The King’s Speech is pulled from theaters and replaced with an inferior, censored, PG-13 version.

It's A Slap In The Face To Anyone Struggling With Similar Disabilities
The King’s Speech is the story of a man’s struggle to overcome a debilitating disability. Those curse words being so callously and greedily censored from the movie? They’re a pivotal part of his struggle in this story. Whether or not that sort of therapy is still used today, in this telling it’s those curse words that first give Bertie a taste of what it’s like to speak without a stutter. In the process he’s an inspiration to thousands of others struggling with the same problem, people like me for instance, who grew up grappling with a speech impediment as a child and who even today still occasionally finds himself without words in his mouth. Or people like the movie's screenwriter, who during his acceptance speech after winning "Best Original Screenplay" for writing those curse words, talked about his own real-life struggles with stammering.

In the film Bertie’s struggle, and those curse words, have been displayed with kindness and humor, used as a means of shining a light on something others suffer through. In an alarming show of disrespect, part of that struggle is now being erased from existence, and anyone who buys a PG-13 King’s Speech ticket supports that callous decision. The bitter irony here is that a movie about a man finding his voice, will now take his voice away, in the name of squeezing a few extra dollars out of a dwindling number of holdouts.

Maybe this censorship would make more sense if it were the only way to convince people to see the film, or at least then it would serve a purpose. Yet, The King’s Speech just won a pile of Oscars and has already made more than $100 million at the box office. The Weinstein Company isn’t having any trouble getting audiences to buy a ticket. After its win, even more people are sure to turn up in droves. There’s no reason to censor it, it serves no real purpose, and in censoring it the Weinsteins are not only hurting their movie but potentially the movie industry around it by setting a dangerous precedent. That’s not ok. Don’t support it. Don’t let others support it. We can send a message here as long as that PG-13 version imposter plays to empty theaters. Help Bertie keep his voice. The best way to save The King’s Speech now is not to see it.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

And The Winner's Are... Predictable, for The Most Part.

            The results are in. And they have been found predictable. This year was the same as every other year; we all have a clear idea who is going to win what award, we are only hoping to be surprised in a category or two. The surprises were few this year, and frankly some of them were disappointments not epiphanies.


Winners (or Losers) of These Year’s Razzies

            Keeping up with tradition, the Razzie awards were announced yesterday on the day before the Oscars. Generally the Razzies tend to be as predictable as the Oscars, and this year was no exception. The overwhelming winners (or losers) of this year were M. Night Shaymalan’s The Last Airbender, which took both Worst Picture Worst Director and the new category Worst use of 3D, and Sex and the City 2 taking Worst Actress, the Four “Gal Pals” although, and Worst Cast, the entire cast. Without much further ado here are these year’s worst of the worst:

The first 6 minutes of RANGO

Enjoy. I sure did.

Rango - Zes Minuten Uit De Film! - 2 maart in de zalen
Uploaded by WTBBelgium. - Full seasons and entire episodes online.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


The short film categories in the Oscars are a bit of an oddity. They used to be much more important way back in the day when a short film usually played before the feature presentation at theaters. But today the only Pixar has maintained this tradition consistently. Thankfully, now with the Internet these short films have become available once more for all to see that is if you can find them and if someone was kind enough to share it. Otherwise, the only other way to see them is at a special screening of some kind. That is how us, here at The MovieWatch were able to see them, and here is our reviews:

Friday, February 25, 2011


            HappyThankyYouMorePlease begins with the staple mark of almost every Indy/student/amateur film, someone getting up from bed after a one-night-stand. Lo-and-behold the movie is about one of the two people involved in the previous night’s rump-a-hump and he happens to be late for a meeting. HappyThankyYouMorePlease is not very different from any other American Indy film, a style that has matured into its own genre, but it highlights all the reasons why I love American Indy. It is genre that makes you smile because you recognize yourself or a friend in every character and situation within the film.
 Happythankyoumoreplease (2010) 27 x 40 Movie Poster - Spanish Style A

Hangover 2 Trailer

I personally didn't love the first one, but this looks interesting.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Great Gatsby.... in 3D

You still think 3D is just a fad. Think again.

Everyday, more and more, it seems more filmmakers are embracing 3D, including first rate directors like Martin Scorsese. A few weeks ago I saw Sanctum, a movie I thought to be the first to use 3D in a way that actually enhanced the experience. But here is news of an experiment that just might do it once again.

Saturday, February 19, 2011


It is official Jon Favreau vacated the director's chair for Iron Man 3. In most circumstances this would be a tragedy, Favreau really help define the style in which not only Iron Man but the whole Avengers franchise would look on film. He gave the first two installments a quirky almost storybook quality that showed his background in fairy tale movies (Elf, Zathura) and was yet able to tell in with a straight face.

However there might still be hope for Iron Man 3 to hold its weight.

New Thor Trailer Surfaces

The first Thor trailer actually raised my hopes that Marvel was going to deliver another good pre-Avengers installment. At the very least it would be the one decent superhero flick this summer, since Green Latern looks like shit and we really don't need another X Men after X3 and Wolverine. But alas a new trailer has surfaced and this no longer seems as hopeful. I'll let you guys watch and have your say:


            Unknown is as schizophrenic and lopsided as its main character Martin Harris (Liam Nielsen) is a character. You see Martin Harris is not really Martin Harris, but we have to call him Martin Harris because we never learn what his name is when he is not Martin Harris. But there is another Martin Harris who claims to be the real Martin Harris but is not Martin Harris. Who is the real Martin Harris?
            May the real Martin Harris please stand up? I repeat; may the real Martin Harris please stand up? We are going to have a problem here, because this movie makes no sense.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird! No, it’s a Plane! No, they’re Nazis… from Space!

            You might have heard about Iron Sky, but I just discovered it. And I have to say it looks like 110% of pulp awesomeness. I am already excited and it will probably not be released until next year, despite the fact that principal photography has warped. Why so long then? Well, Iron Sky is being financed through fan donations. So the filmmakers work at the rate the money pours in, which is very slow.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


               The Eagle is so much like an old school period piece that it feels almost new on how it goes about telling a story. It is the type of story that would have been told in the pre-CGI era when making things blow up was too expensive to have in every movie. The Eagle seems to be the type of story Ridley Scott would make if studio executives wouldn't interfere and inject CGI-steroids into his projects. The Eagle is a grounded down-to-earth movie that draws its strength from its simplicity.
 The Eagle

Source Code Trailer

Well. I think this looks pretty cool.

Rusell Brand is ARTHUR

In today's modern world where Russell Brand is popping up in every film, I think the one is about to rise above the previous as fantastic. The only part I don't buy about it is that someone isn't attracted to Jennifer Garner.

If you're not familiar with Russell's previous work in the US, may I suggest:
Russell Brand in New York CityGet Him to the Greek (Jonah Hill & Russell Brand) Movie Poster Print - 24x36Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Unrated Widescreen Edition) 

The Faces Behind the Winkelvii

 The Social Network (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Here's a little behind the scenes video about how Arnie Hammer was able to pull off playing both Winkelvoss twins in The Social Network. The use of CGI is both very incredible and subtle, and surprisingly much heavier than you would expect in this sort of movie.

HOP trailer cracks open!

In this film by the makers of Despicable Me, Russell Brand plays the Easter Bunny, who is reluctant to take up the job of his ancestors. The film also stars James Marsden, Marshmallow Peeps, and poop made of Jelly Beans. I think Russell Brand is hilarious, personally, and who doesn't love crazy Easter based shenanigans?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Jack Black joins the new baby panda, ‘PO’


100 Day Celebration Features Appearance by Actor Jack Black from “Kung Fu Panda” and “Kung Fu Panda 2”

Monday, February 14, 2011

New Spidey Movie Officially Baptized

A few weeks ago we got the first glimpse of the new Spiderman costume Andrew Garfield will be sporting in the reboot. That pic gave us a hint of what Garfield would look like as Peter Parker but the full costume was not revealed; it was missing the mask and the web-slingers. The full costume was revealed today as well as the official title of the film. Lo and behold the new Spiderman movie's official title will be:

The Amazing Spiderman.

Studios must think we are stupid if they believe that to be news. Unlike real news, everyone saw this coming. The new costume is much more interesting. Here is a pic of what Spidey will look like in the reboot:

Thankfully the studio decided to drop the huge bug eyes of the design of Ultimate Spiderman. That would have looked ridiculous; I have to say web-slinger aside I like this costume better than the classically inspired one of the Raimi films. It still doesn't look like something a high-schooler would be able to make, but I would take someone wearing this costume much more seriously than someone in tight red spandex.

What do you think?


About six years ago a journalist and an economist wrote a collection of essays of seemingly unrelated topics into a book that claimed to reveal the hidden side of everything. The book became an instant bestseller, a fact that warranted it a sequel, SuperFreakonomics, and a movie adaptation. If you read the book then there is little more you can gain from watching the movie; it is basically an abridged version of the book. If you happen to be one of those who would rather wait until the movie comes out, I suggest you check it out. The facts revealed by Levitt and Dubner in the film (and the books) are amusing, informative, and do reveal a new way to go thinking about certain topics.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Legend of Zelda: A 1980s Teen Flick

A Legend of Zelda movie is way past due. But hopefully they never make it because most vide game adaptations tend to be pretty lame. But here is an idea; maybe we can re-imagine them as 1980s style teen flicks. It would probably not be a good combination. However, that did it stop these guys from giving it a shot. Here is The Legend of Zelda the 1987 teen flick:

Saturday, February 12, 2011

News from Howl

            Howl, a film about the life and work or the 1960s Beat poet Allen Ginsberg is to be released in the UK on February 25th. The film will star James Franco as a young Allen Ginsberg as he works on his most controversial work, the poem Howl. In HOWL, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs and search for personal liberation that led to his most famous work, and the obscenity trial that ensued.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Review: I AM

            The point Tom Shadyac tries to make in his documentary I AM is something we have all thought or heard before. Nothing new is said in here, but it was about time someone said it out loud. This film is about the personal journey of Shadyac as he travels around the world interviewing spiritual leaders, scientists, environmentalists, historians and a whole array of different people trying to find the answers to two loaded questions:
            What is wrong with the world?
            What can we do to change it?

David O'Reilly's: The External World

This is not SFW, and I wouldn't recommended it if you're under 16, but I thought it was fantastic. Watch with your own discretion and be prepared to laugh.

The External World from David OReilly on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Besides the fact that the franchise died with X Men 3, and that Aronofsky is slated to direct an unrelated quasi reboot of it with The Wolverine 20th Century Fox decided to milk The X Men franchise with X Men First Class.

Review: BABIES

"BABIES": A Concept so Easy Four Babies Did It
By Nick Adams

Last year there was a documentary called "Babies." It was about babies. Starring babies. Every frame of the movie was occupied by at least one baby--often in the center of the frame. French documentary Thomas Balmes chronicles the birth and first 18 months (or so) of four babies' lives--living in Mongolia, Namibia, Tokyo and San Francisco, respectively. Using vigilante restraint the film allows audiences to watch, feel and analyze what amounts to a celebration of the human experience. And for this it just not only snub by the Oscars but snub by the people who talk about what films got snubbed.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The First Avenger Trailer Surfaces

The Trailer for Marvel's next Superhero flick, Captain America the First Avenger, surfaces.

At least it looks better than The Green Lantern, although expectations for that one are not being set anywhere near what one can call high. But I don't know; it fails to surprise me in the way the Thor trailer did. Certainly looking forward much more for that one.

Razzie Nominations Announced

Following up with award seasons, the 31st Golden Razzie Award nominations have been announced this week. For those of you who don’t know the Razzie’s are the anti-awards that celebrate the worst pieces of trash cinema has to offer. Like the Academy Awards, the Razzies tend to favor, or rather disfavor, high profile movies, stars and the like. Here are the nominations for this year’s greatest losers.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


            This movie is so politically correct that the kids drink water instead of wine because they are underage. This is despite the fact that the main characters are lesbians, that half of them are pro-organic foods people, that are trying to raise a family, and that it is set in Northern California. I just don’t buy it. And it is sad because it was a missed opportunity to make a real life comedy about raising kids.
 The Kids Are All Right

"Never Say Never" Live Premiere!

A live feed from the premiere at the Nokia Center in Los Angeles!

Watch live streaming video from bieberpremiere at

Monday, February 7, 2011


There is something about Nicholas Cage that keeps me going to see his movies regardless of how bad they are. This one was particularly bad; generally it wouldn’t be a problem in a Nick Cage movie but somehow not even his absurd levels of comic intensity could save this train wreck. I blame the scrip and the execution but surprisingly not the acting. When Nick Cage is bad he can be bad enough to make it good; here his performance is good enough that it looks serious.  Not a good sign when you expecting a great bad movie.
 Season of the Witch - Framed Movie Poster - 11 x 17

Trailer for The Dog Father

Starring Chris Parnell.

Annie Awards: Winners Announced

Press Release from ASIFA

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (February 5, 2011) -- DreamWorks Animation's "How To Train Your Dragon" won top honors as the Best Animated Feature at the 38th Annual Annie Awards on Saturday, February 5 at UCLA's Royce Hall. Best Animated Short Subject was presented to Pixar's 'Day & Night'; Best Animated Television Commercial to Duck Studios 'Children's Medical Center'; Nickelodeon's 'SpongeBob SquarePants' was honored as Best Animated Television Production for Children and Playdead's 'Limbo' won Best Animated Video Game. A new category, Character Animation in a Live Action Production was presented to Sony Pictures' 'Alice in Wonderland.' A complete list of the 38th Annual Annie Award winners can be viewed at The Annie Awards ceremony will also be web cast on the Annies website later this month.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


            Cedar Rapids stars Ed Helms as Tim Lippe as a candid and underachieving insurance agent from a tiny little town somewhere in Wisconsin. Just so you have an idea of how “tiny little” this town is for Tim Lippe, Cedar Rapids, Iowa feels like the Big City. This is the story about Tim Lippe’s first weekend in the Big City. It is a coming of age story of a man who is already an adult but hasn’t quite grown up.

Cowboys and Aliens Superbowl Spot

Friday, February 4, 2011


Hey everyone:

Sanctum comes out tonight. Make sure to catch our review here:

Views and comments expressed by readers and guest contributors are not necessarily shared by the consistent team of THE MOVIE WATCH. This is a free speech zone and we will not censor guest bloggers, but ask that you do not hold us accountable for what they proclaim.