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Your Week in Streaming: Why the Commercial Art Film Is Dying, and the Scandalous Films That Define Its Legacy

by Ryan Lattanzio
November 6, 2013 4:30 PM
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  • Gman1001 | November 9, 2013 5:13 PMReply

    NB: In 1986, Jonathan Demme with his longtime producers Ed Saxon and Kenneth Utt, E. Max Frye and the benchmark 'mini-major' Orion Pictures brought us the completely subversive and brilliant SOMETHING WILD. This picture pushes the envelope not only sexually but emotionally as well. Its frisson is electrifying. Watching the film now, it is utterly impossible to imagine any Hollywood company greenlighting it today.

  • Daniel E | November 7, 2013 12:35 PMReply

    Why watch the narrative when you can get the porn for free?

    When Hollywood was under the repressive Code, directors were forced to think of means of subversion - mostly in subtly - to undermine the censorship. This stands true for those cinematic giants of the 60's as well, at least in the American market.

    This knowledge is obvious, I know, but does this mean contemporary filmmakers have lost the knowledge to confront taboos? Or are there no taboos left to be broken? Doubtful. For we see hope in the increasingly controversial 'Blue is the Warmest Color'. (I've yet to see it, but it's obviously ruffling some social norms.) Paul Thomas Anderson still shines as well; how quickly we forget his sex-riddled masterpiece 'Boogie Nights'; not all art house successes need be international.

    I was comforted by a statement from Zizek the other day: "Philosophy from the 19th century was criticized for interpreting the world too much while doing nothing to change it. (I think) in the the 20th century we tried to change the world too much and too quickly. Maybe it is the time to interpret again."

    Contemporary directors, like their well-read and studied predecessors, should take note of this.

  • candlelot | November 7, 2013 11:00 AMReply

    The elephant in the room in this debate is the WHY, which is all too apparent to those who are not bedazzled by the bread and circuses of the new Call of Duty video game. Sadly, I'm not sure how many of us that constitutes.

  • ShowHive | November 7, 2013 7:57 AMReply

    This makes a good read.

  • Jacque | November 6, 2013 10:49 PMReply

    The thing with 'edgy' films that 'push boundaries' and breaks taboos (thought taboos are taboos fore a reason, so what we have here is social experiments for those who watch it) is that most of the time they're full of themselves and really adds nothing any body of knowledge, besides more of its niche market clamoring for similar themed and tonal projects, and they themselves acting for self-righteous they mock 'the masses' for not having such taste and sophistication in their celluloid picking. Such a film is both elitist, pretentious and downright narcissistic.

  • Daniel E | November 7, 2013 12:37 PM


    OK, so we should focus our reading, watching, and listening on everything conventional?

  • Alex | November 6, 2013 6:00 PMReply

    Wow, seems impossible to think that this films were made once...

  • Excellent | November 6, 2013 5:59 PMReply

    I agree...I don't understand why studios won't stop making billion dollar profit tentpoles and focus on soft porn instead...especially since it's so hard for people to find naked people having sex on the

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