Episode #14 – MPAA ratings/This Film is Not Yet Rated and Foreign Films to Watch

Episode #14

MPAAIn Segment One of this epsiode, Erik, Nick and Chris talk about the MPAA ratings system, and specifically the film This Film is Not Yet Rated directed by Kirby Dick. The film (and our discussion) focuses heavily on the rather uneven and mysterious ratings criteria for Hollywood films and the fact that the MPAA seems to give all manner of violence a free pass while heavily censoring sexual content or assigning the dreaded NC-17 rating. They also mentioned a recent episode of the NPR program Here and Now that addressed the changing nature of the PG-13 rating.

In Segment Two, the guys give their recommendations of notable foreign films that listeners should check out. Chris talks about the Indian Bollywood film Taal; Nick discusses the Irish film Hear My Song; and Eric suggests the Norwegian film, Headhunters.

Enjoy the episode and, as usual, we love comments and reviews (at iTunes).


Here and Now episode on the PG-13 rating 

Scarecrow Press 2013 Film Catalog: http://rowman.com/Catalogs/SCPFilmTheatre13/

Erik’s review of the Amazon Pilots: http://www.odeonreview.com/amazon-pilots/

Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America’s Eyeballs

Nick’s Pick:

**Hear my song:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102014/

Ebert’s review of it: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/hear-my-song-1992

Chris’s Pick

Taal: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0152836/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Amazon link for the soundtrack: http://www.amazon.com/Taal-Original-Motion-Picture-Soundtrack/dp/B007XGP3G0
An article (and website) giving an overview and more links to learning about Bollywood films: http://www.planetbollywood.com/displayArticle.php?id=s051108062206

Erik’s pick

Headhunters: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1614989/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Written on November 15, 2013