I’ll be eagerly awaiting the word on Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno after its Midnight Madness premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival. While I wasn’t crazy about Aftershock, I’m a pretty big fan of every feature Roth has directed. He reached a high point with Hostel 2 so I’m definitely excited to see where he goes next.
Just as exciting is the news (via Badass Digest and the TIFF Blog) that the MPAA has declared the violence in the film is “aberrant.” As in, “departing from an accepted standard.” As in it’s a notch up from his earlier works since none of them gained that distinction.
Per TIFF, “Check out Roth’s past MPAA scorecards. His violence started as “strong,” then went to “brutal,” then “sadistic,” and finally to The Green Inferno’s particularly evocative “aberrant.” That’s called “growing as a filmmaker.””
The official MPAA rating? “Rated R for aberrant violence and torture, grisly disturbing images, brief graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use.” Sounds like the cannibals don’t take it easy on those students!!
Metalcore band Shreddy Krueger has released the album artwork for their upcoming debut album The Grieving, which will be released September 3rd via InVogue Records. The album was produced by Jeff Schneeweis (Anberlin, Hawthorne Heights) and mastered by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, We Came As Romans). The artwork, as well as an official lyric video for their track “Violence”, is below. READ MORE
This is just sad. This whole debate about the effects video games have on violence isn’t new, but it certainly returned to the minds of many Americans after the tragedy in Newtown, CT back in December. Since then the NRA tried to turn “violent media” into a scapegoat for the shooting, followed by President Obama allocating funds to research the effects game have on people.
Now, the results of a national poll by Public Policy Polling, which came from an automated telephone interview of 800 republicans across the country have named video games as a more significant threat than those popular and insanely easy to get machines that were designed to kill people.
Adam Sessler, former host of X-Play and current Editor-in-Chief at Revision 3, recently had a chat with Fox News about violent video games and their effect on people. He brings up some great points about the gaming industry’s image problem with non-gamers and our society’s unfortunate history of shoveling the blame for tragedies like the shooting in Newtown, CT last month on new media. The best part of the conversation he had with Fox News, which you can see after the break, is it doesn’t get heated. Valid points are discussed, and there’s a refreshing cool-headedness about the topic that we haven’t seen enough of lately.
After the tragedy at an elementary school in Newtown, CT that claimed the lives of twenty-eight people, including twenty children and eight adults, the country’s been struggling to come up with a way to keep something like that from ever happening again. It certainly wasn’t the first mass shooting in the states, or even the biggest, but the young age of a majority of the victims involved has made it one of the most jarring. It should come as no surprise that violent media has been targeted as a potential cause for the tragedy — video games in particular have been thrust into the spotlight after practically every shooting since Doom was partially blamed for Columbine back in 1999.
Last month, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre decided to shamelessly shovel the blame onto the gaming industry yet again, saying “there exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.” Interestingly enough, earlier this week the NRA released a game on iOS that teaches players how to use a gun and — until Apple stepped in to re-rate it — was intended for players ages four and up. Apparently, irony is lost on the NRA. More after the break.
We’ve been covering the Kevin Bacon starring serial killer “The Following” on the site for a while now, so this feels like it’s worth mentioning. The thriller from creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Dawson’s Creek,” the Scream franchise) and director Marcos Siega (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Dexter”) has been the target of scrutiny at this week’s TCA Conference.
I honestly don’t believe fictional violence and real life violence are at all linked, but apparently some people out there either feel differently or want to self righteously exploit tragedy. Per Deadline, “critics peppered Williamson with questions about whether television shows like this one may be part of the problem.” Williamson responded, “I think we all worry about (the violence issue)… Who wasn’t affected by Sandy Hook? We say in the writers room after that and were all traumatized by it. I know that when I put pen to paper, it affects me, but I’m not sure how We don’t sit around (in the writers room) and think of ways to kill people. I’m sitting and thinking of the drama. It’s meant to be a thriller and a provocative story.”
To quote Clueless, “Until mankind is peaceful enough not to have violence on the news, there’s no point in taking it out of shows that need it for entertainment value.”
“The Following” premieres January 21, 2013 on Fox. READ MORE
LD Entertainment will soon release Killer Joe, which is directed by the man behind The Exorcist and To Live And Die In LA – William Friedkin. This may not sound like a horror film to you – but it is indeed bloody and disgusting. It’s also very entertaining. It’s interesting to see Matthew McConaughey (Failure To Launch, Magic Mike) taking more challenging roles these days, and this is certainly one of them. His “Joe” is an unstoppable psychopath, but he also has some interesting ticks and hold-ups (and of course a creepy fascination with Juno Temple’s “Dottie”).
I recently spoke with McConaughey about what it was like trying to find the humanity inside such a violent character. We also talked about working with William Friedkin, not shying away from the NC-17 rating and some of the bolder career choices he’s been making recently.
“When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he hires a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris finds Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can’t pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. The contract killer and his hostage develop an unusual bond. Like from a modern-day, twisted fairy tale, “Killer Joe” Cooper becomes the prince to Dottie’s Cinderella.” The film also stars Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon. It’s based on the play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts.
Killer Joe opens in NY on July 27th and in Los Angeles on August 3rd. Head inside for the interview. READ MORE