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  •  Still, the theatres are sorta compelled to go alon (1+ / 0-)
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    with the MPAA-style ratings, and many of the theatres are financially (by ownership) interlocked with the Big Movie folks who are "voluntarily" controlling the entire medium via MPAA.

    •  ooh, vertical monopoly! (2+ / 0-)
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      Compelled by who?  And compelled to go along with that rating system as opposed to some other rating system such as a competing one that could be set up?

      Smells like monopolistic business practices to me.

      Though frankly this doesn't affect me because I haven't been out to the movies in well over a decade, due to:

      a) Copyright fascism; just say "boycott."

      b) Too much violence; if I want nightmares I can read the news and it's free.

      c) The quality of film making in general has really declined in recent decades.  

      When I visit friends & family who have cable TV and we watch stuff on the classic movie channel (usually black & white) it never fails to amaze me how well done those earlier films were compared to anything that's around now.  The degree of subtlety in older films is one aspect; the absence of graphic violence is another; the appeal to what may as well be called more wholesome emotions or idealism or a sense of "life in normal times" and "future as hopeful" as compared to today's twisted cynical stuff is another.  And today the over-reliance on computer animation & special effects, quick cuts as a substitute for interesting camera work, and an odd kind of emotional manipulation of audiences, is also a turn-off.  

      There are no doubt plenty of independent films and foreign films that are better in most or all of these aspects, but that's hit-or-miss and I don't have the time to devote to the search.  

      So it goes.  But if the major flaws could be reformed, I might get interested again.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 03:32:32 AM PST

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