"The Great Escape" - Meeting Bartlett - Hannes Messemer, Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough died today. He was 90 years old. He was a fine director, but also a legendary British star, who appeared in such masterful films as The League of Gentlemen, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, Jurassic Park and, of course, my undying love, The Great Escape. Here is the scene where he’s introduced in that movie. No dialogue from him, but the scene is all about him, and his facial expressions register both his fear and defiance.
Unfriendly reminder that in America it’s reasonable to say an unarmed, poor black kid deserved to be shot six times because he might have robbed a convenience store, but a high school athlete shouldn’t be kicked off the high school football team just because he violently raped a girl.
Why the MPAA thinks all gay people should be rated 'R'
What is the MPAA trying to protect our children from? This week offers a disturbing answer
The film industry was not saved from intrusive censorship when the MPAA’s rating system replaced the nannying of the Hays Code. It just replaced one form of dishonest institutionalized “moral” policing with another. It’s time to jettison this bullshit. It hardly matters anyway, in a day and age when any kid can torrent any movie he wants to see regardless of rating. And when ratings are used to further marginalize an oppressed class of people, they’ve crossed the line into doing actual harm.