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DrMachine
09-13-2006, 03:49 PM
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25 ALADDIN
DIRECTED BY RON CLEMENTS AND JOHN MUSKER (1992)
THE PLOT You know: the genie-in-the-lamp tale.
THE CONTROVERSY The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee balked at a lyric describing the film's Arabian setting as a land ''where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face.'' Result? The studio dubbed out the lyric for subsequent releases.

24 CALIGULA
DIRECTED BY TINTO BRASS (1980)
THE PLOT This lavishly decadent film depicts the orgy-filBOLD life and death of ancient Rome's most notorious — and clearly psychotic — emperor (Malcolm McDowell).
THE CONTROVERSY Described as a ''moral holocaust'' by Variety, the film was first given a very limited theatrical release for fear of prosecution on obscenity grounds.

23 KIDS
DIRECTED BY LARRY CLARK (1995)
THE PLOT A group of teens (played by, among others, Rosario Dawson and Chloλ Sevigny) prowl the streets of NYC in search of sex, booze, drugs, and other high-risk kicks.
THE CONTROVERSY Clark's disturbing vision of promiscuous, borderline-sociopathic teens was heralded by some as a much-needed wake-up call about the nation's youth. Others saw prurient exploitation. As a buffer against the furor, Miramax created a new entity, Excalibur Films, to release the pic.

22 DO THE RIGHT THING
DIRECTED BY SPIKE LEE (1989)
THE PLOT Racial tensions in a Brooklyn neighborhood escalate from amusing to tragic during the course of a single scorching summer day.
THE CONTROVERSY While the film was seen by some as a masterpiece (and earned Lee a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nom), others blasted the director as irresponsible, predicting that the film's shocking climax — in which Mookie (Lee) hurls a trashcan through a storefront window, inciting a riot — would evoke similar reactions from urban moviegoers. Thankfully, the film proved to be more of a catalyst for heated debate than a flashpoint for actual violence.

21 BONNIE AND CLYDE
DIRECTED BY ARTHUR PENN (1967)
THE PLOT Faye Dunaway is Bonnie, a bored Texas girl looking for danger. Warren Beatty is Clyde, a pistol-packing ex-con. They fall in love and kick off an infamous Depression-era crime spree.
THE CONTROVERSY Two years before Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, Penn's bloody, slo-mo bullet-riddled finale, where the young lovers bite the dust, sparked an outcry — even tough-guy actor James Garner, no stranger to shoot-outs, called it ''amoral.''

20 CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST
DIRECTED BY RUGGERO DEODATO (1985)
THE PLOT This nauseatingly graphic Italian prototype for The Blair Witch Project follows four documentarians filming cannibal tribes in the Amazon. They become lunch.
THE CONTROVERSY After its 1980 Milan premiere, the film's print was confiscated by the city's magistrate. Later, Deodato faced life in prison when Italian authorities believed the stars of his film were really killed. The actors finally appeared on TV to prove otherwise.

19 BASIC INSTINCT
DIRECTED BY PAUL VERHOEVEN (1992)
THE PLOT A trigger-happy detective (Michael Douglas) falls for a bisexual author (Sharon Stone) who's suspected of murdering her male lover with an ice pick.
THE CONTROVERSY Gay-rights activists objected to the portrayal of man-hating lesbians before a frame of film was shot and protested through the film's opening. Then there was the film's eye-popping sex, including Sharon Stone's notorious leg-crossing, which contributed to Basic's initial NC-17 rating.

18 I AM CURIOUS (YELLOW)
DIRECTED BY VILGOT SJΦMAN (1969)
THE PLOT Freewheeling Lena experiences the swinging '60s: protesting Vietnam, questioning the class system, and exploring carnal desires.
THE CONTROVERSY Before the 1967 Swedish film could open in the U.S., it was seized by customs officials concerned that scenes containing full frontal nudity and simulated sex acts were pornographic. The courts initially deemed the movie obscene, but the verdict was overturned.

17 FREAKS
DIRECTED BY TOD BROWNING (1932)
THE PLOT For his still-creepy circus noir about a midget who's conned by a greedy temptress, Browning used real sideshow performers.
THE CONTROVERSY Audiences fled preview screenings in droves. (One patron claimed the film caused her to miscarry.) Even with a castration scene cut, the National Association of Women found the film ''offensive'' and urged boycotts. It was banned in Atlanta and pulled from distribution; it was forbidden in the U.K. until the early '60s.

16 UNITED 93
DIRECTED BY PAUL GREENGRASS (2006)
THE PLOT An ultra-vιritι re-creation of the tragic heroism surrounding — and inside — the only hijacked 9/11 flight not to reach its intended target.
THE CONTROVERSY Greengrass' virtually-there experience may have been a little too close for comfort for some moviegoers. Even the trailer's suggestion of the movie's content prompted audiences to shout Too soon! One New York City theater pulled the footage from its preview reel after many viewers (one left sobbing) complained.

15 TRIUMPH OF THE WILL
DIRECTED BY LENI RIEFENSTAHL (1935)
THE PLOT Riefenstahl's notorious documentary of the 1934 Nazi rally at Nuremberg elevates propaganda to seductive Wagnerian grandeur.
THE CONTROVERSY While intellectuals still ponder the ethics of admiring so malevolent a masterpiece, others have had more visceral reactions. In the early '40s, director George Stevens was so disturbed by the film that he joined the Army the next day. Protests greeted Riefenstahl (who never shook her Nazi-tainted past) at a 1974 Telluride Film Festival tribute, and the Anti-Defamation League decried a 1975 screening in Atlanta as ''morally insensitive.''

14 THE WARRIORS
DIRECTED BY WALTER HILL (1979)
THE PLOT Members of a street gang battle their way through a New York City populated by rival gangs (''Warriors, come out to plaaay!'').
THE CONTROVERSY Hill's lurid nightmare of urban warfare was widely condemned for glorifying violence. Reports of criminal incidents where the film was shown — including the stabbing of a teenager in Massachusetts — fueled the outrage, forcing Paramount to temporarily pull its print and TV advertising for the film.

13 THE DA VINCI CODE
DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD (2006)
THE PLOT A professor (Tom Hanks) unearths a 2,000-year-old conspiracy to cover up the marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene.
THE CONTROVERSY It didn't end up drawing mass pickets or boycotts, but there was much debate while the film was being made. Westminster Abbey wouldn't allow Howard to shoot inside its halls, and some 200 protesters mobbed the set in Lincolnshire, England (although Howard says most were merely ''trying to get autographs'').

12 THE DEER HUNTER
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL CIMINO (1978)
THE PLOT The Vietnam War shatters the lives of three Pennsylvania steel-mill workers.
THE CONTROVERSY By the time it won the Best Picture Oscar, Deer Hunter had ignited major debate over its shocking POW-camp scenes, in which American soldiers are forced to play Russian roulette. War historians argued there was no record of such atrocities, and others called the Vietcong depiction racist. Cimino called the criticisms ''beside the point.''

11 THE MESSAGE
DIRECTED BY MOUSTAPHA AKKAD (1977)
THE PLOT Anthony Quinn plays Mohammed's uncle in an epic telling of Islam's origins.
THE CONTROVERSY The movie rankled Muslims and sparked riots, and that was just during production. Post-release, in March 1977, Hanafi terrorists took more than 100 people hostage in Washington, D.C. — killing a reporter and shooting the city's future mayor Marion Barry in the two-day siege — demanding in part that The Message be banned. (It wasn't.) In a cruelly ironic coda, the Syrian-born Akkad died amid al-Qaeda's coordinated hotel bombings last fall in Amman, Jordan.

10 BABY DOLL
DIRECTED BY ELIA KAZAN (1956)
THE PLOT A Mississippi cotton-gin owner (Eli Wallach) humiliates a competitor (Karl Malden) by attempting to seduce the man's still-virgin wife (Carroll Baker).
THE CONTROVERSY Written by Tennessee Williams, the film struck Catholic leaders as lewd. (A similar flap greeted 1943's The Outlaw over Jane Russell's bust.) New York's Cardinal Spellman forbade the faithful to see it ''under pain of sin.'' Some theaters pulled it, but it eventually earned four Oscar nominations.

9 LAST TANGO IN PARIS
DIRECTED BY BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI (1972)
THE PLOT A disaffected American (Marlon Brando) travels to Paris, where he throws himself into an affair with a young Frenchwoman (Maria Schneider).
THE CONTROVERSY Critics and audiences were sharply divided over this X-rated erotic psychodrama. The film's stark (as in naked) depiction of loveless, animalistic carnality horrified some — and landed its director and stars in an Italian court on obscenity charges.

8 NATURAL BORN KILLERS
DIRECTED BY OLIVER STONE (1994)
THE PLOT Homicidal lovers (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis) cut a blood-soaked swath through America.
THE CONTROVERSY Though intended as a satire on the media, the film actually inspired several copycat killers to seek their own 15 minutes of fame, some even using imagery and dialogue from the film. Over 12 murders in the U.S. and abroad have been linked to Killers. One victim's family tried to sue Stone and Warner Bros.

7 THE BIRTH OF A NATION
DIRECTED BY D.W. GRIFFITH (1915)
THE PLOT Griffith's epic follows the travails of two families during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
THE CONTROVERSY The film's depiction of African Americans as childlike, conniving, or rabid sex fiends, and the Ku Klux Klan as heroic saviors, sparked nationwide protests by the nascent NAACP. (It also became a KKK recruiting tool.) Censorship debates and protests have dogged the film in subsequent rereleases and when it was added to the National Film Registry in 1993.

6 THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST
DIRECTED BY MARTIN SCORSESE (1988)
THE PLOT Jesus (Willem Dafoe) pursues his calling but, in a Satan-induced hallucination, dreams of a normal life that includes sex with Mary Magdalene.
THE CONTROVERSY Religious fundamentalists picketed and threatened boycotts weeks before its release. One group offered to buy the $6.5 million film from Universal to destroy it; some theaters, and later Blockbuster, refused to carry it. Oh, and the French rioted.

5 JFK
DIRECTED BY OLIVER STONE (1991)
THE PLOT The true story of how New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) investigated conspiracy theories about President Kennedy's assassination.
THE CONTROVERSY Some saw Stone's documentary-on-steroids-like interpretation of those theories as lending them a certain patina of truth — raising fears that moviegoers would construe it as bona fide history. One result: a 1992 congressional act to release classified documents (which revealed nothing).

4 DEEP THROAT
DIRECTED BY GERARD DAMIANO (1972)
THE PLOT Distraught over her inability to enjoy sex, a young woman (Linda Lovelace) goes to a doctor (Harry Reems), who tells her the condition can only be treated, um, orally.
THE CONTROVERSY Intellectuals championed the film for striking a blow for First Amendment rights, while conservative leaders got it banned in many places and put Reems on trial for obscenity charges. Lovelace herself later denounced the film, claiming that while filming ''there was a gun to my head.''

3 FAHRENHEIT 9/11
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL MOORE (2004)
THE PLOT Dubya's multitude of (alleged) sins, including the alliance between the Bush clan and Saudi Arabia and botched chances to prevent 9/11.
THE CONTROVERSY The documentary lit the fuse of right-wing America, detonating protests and hate campaigns to ban it (no dice). Moore was the first to break the post-9/11 moratorium on Bush bashing and set off a season of brutal smack-downs among the Bill O'Reillys and Keith Olbermanns of the world.

2 A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
DIRECTED BY STANLEY KUBRICK (1971)
THE PLOT Teen troublemaker/gang rapist Alex (Malcolm McDowell) gets brainwashed by a futuristic English government so that he becomes deathly ill every time he encounters violence.
THE CONTROVERSY You mean besides its irreverent use of Gene Kelly's ''Singin' in the Rain''? That the movie first landed an X rating and was deemed pornographic across the U.S. was nothing compared with its reception in the U.K.: Social uproar and reports of copycat crimes led Kubrick to withdraw Clockwork from distribution in his adopted country. It wasn't officially available there again — in theaters or on video — until 2000, a year after his death.

1 THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
DIRECTED BY MEL GIBSON (2004)
THE PLOT You know the part in the Bible where Jesus gets betrayed, tortured, and crucified? That's it. That's all of it.
THE CONTROVERSY Gibson's intention — born of his deep Catholic faith — was to produce an unflinching depiction of Christ's suffering on behalf of mankind. What he succeeded at best, however, was igniting a culture-war firestorm unrivaled in Hollywood history. For months prior to its release, The Passion was both denounced and defended sight unseen amid reports that the film wasn't just brutal, but compromised by dubious biblical interpretation and anti-Semitic sentiment. Gibson refused to let concerned parties view and vet his self-financed film, even as he was giving Passion previews to Christians as part of an unprecedented church-targeting promo push. Ultimately, moviegoers pretty much got the experience they were expecting, while Gibson got a $370 million gross — plus a provocative new reputation.
Written and reported by Mandi Bierly, Jason Clark, Clark Collis, Steve Daly, Neil Drumming, Jeff Jensen, Paul Katz, Jeff Labrecque, Chris Nashawaty, Tim Purtell, Joshua Rich, Erin Richter, Josh Rottenberg, Christine Spines, Benjamin Svetkey, Alice Lee Tebo

Taxman
09-13-2006, 03:54 PM
At least we start with all of the context this time around.

http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showthread.php?t=72490

DrMachine
09-13-2006, 03:56 PM
At least we start with all of the context this time around.

http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showthread.php?t=72490

:lol:

Taxman
09-13-2006, 03:57 PM
:lol:I still laugh at Passion of the Christ being the most controversial. It is most like the most over-hyped controversy of all time. There was barely any controvery outside of "news" programs.

WillieLee
09-13-2006, 03:59 PM
Where's The Tin Drum?

joespam
09-13-2006, 04:53 PM
SOURCE (http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=17987)I'm suprised Irreversible isn't on this list; I guess not enough people saw it for it to make a stink.

But the one that blew me away was this'n:
11 THE MESSAGE
DIRECTED BY MOUSTAPHA AKKAD (1977)
THE PLOT Anthony Quinn plays Mohammed's uncle in an epic telling of Islam's origins.
THE CONTROVERSY The movie rankled Muslims and sparked riots, and that was just during production. Post-release, in March 1977, Hanafi terrorists took more than 100 people hostage in Washington, D.C. — killing a reporter and shooting the city's future mayor Marion Barry in the two-day siege — demanding in part that The Message be banned. (It wasn't.) In a cruelly ironic coda, the Syrian-born Akkad died amid al-Qaeda's coordinated hotel bombings last fall in Amman, Jordan.Never heard of any of this.

moonspider
09-13-2006, 09:54 PM
what about gummo?

WinterRose
09-14-2006, 05:09 AM
25: Oversensitive pricks.

24: This must be seen if only for Counselor Deanna Troi's nudity and sex.

19: What's wrong with sex and Sharon Stone?

18: Wimpy Ass Americans
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16: Wimpy ass americans

08: Dumbass americans

07: Dumbass Southerners.

06: Dumbass fundamentalists (and french)

04: Dumbass Linda Lovelace

Scotty
09-14-2006, 05:13 AM
No Lolita?

It was forced from theaters and put on Showtime instead before a DVD release almost two years later.

merty
09-14-2006, 05:20 AM
Reservoir dogs – banned because a man cuts another man ear off (however the camera moves away) please!

WinterRose
09-14-2006, 05:35 AM
No Eraserhead or Repulsion?

Taxman
09-14-2006, 06:37 AM
No Lolita?

It was forced from theaters and put on Showtime instead before a DVD release almost two years later.But Passion of the Christ met with much more resistance.

Taxman
09-14-2006, 06:44 AM
Reservoir dogs – banned because a man cuts another man ear off (however the camera moves away) please!American magazine equals American list. You're lucky the Entertainment Weekly even knows that A Clockwork Orange was banned in the UK.

Our system is much different here, the government has a hand in every film and it is very behind the scenes. Films with any sort of presteige are pretty much exempt from the deathstroke rating, and even and NC-17 isn't truely a banning. Any filmed that is "banned" is done so by the studio system and it is never anything that enough people care about to become a controversy.

Mister Mets
05-03-2007, 11:29 AM
Here's a better list IMO

http://movies.go.com/feature?featureid=886352

Even though the contorversy over some films (South Park) died out a while back.

Ray G.
05-03-2007, 11:33 AM
Er, Passion of the Christ resulted in some peaceful protests and got snubbed at the Oscars.

Last Temptation caused riots. The Message got people killed.

Ben
05-03-2007, 11:42 AM
Reservoir dogs – banned because a man cuts another man ear off (however the camera moves away) please!There was more to it than "man cuts off ear," but still not a reason to ban it.

Mister Mets
05-03-2007, 12:42 PM
Er, Passion of the Christ resulted in some peaceful protests and got snubbed at the Oscars.

Last Temptation caused riots. The Message got people killed.
The list I found has Last Temptation at #3, and Passion at #15, which I think is a more appropriate position for both movies.

Ray G.
05-03-2007, 12:45 PM
The list I found has Last Temptation at #3, and Passion at #15, which I think is a more appropriate position for both movies.

Much more sensible. Passion does belong on the list, just because of the culture war it created among Americans. But it's well below Last Temptation.

That list looks pretty good. Natural Born Killers is a pretty good number one, just because it was really the start of a lot of the media scapegoating in Washington.

Mister Mets
05-03-2007, 12:47 PM
Much more sensible. Passion does belong on the list, just because of the culture war it created among Americans. But it's well below Last Temptation.

That list looks pretty good. Natural Born Killers is a pretty good number one, just because it was really the start of a lot of the media scapegoating in Washington.
If I'm not mistaken, there actually were copycat killings.

Ray G.
05-03-2007, 12:48 PM
If I'm not mistaken, there actually were copycat killings.

There were. But is that the fault of the movie, or the fault of a psycho who couldn't differentiate what's on screen from reality?

And this is why it should be #1. :D

moonspider
05-03-2007, 12:56 PM
i actualy own caligula on dvd, the uncut version...and boy, that's some cinema right there

Jew Mafia
05-03-2007, 01:22 PM
No Dogma or Exorcist?

Brian Defferding
05-03-2007, 01:29 PM
No Lolita?

It was forced from theaters and put on Showtime instead before a DVD release almost two years later.

That's what I was thinking too; I wonder how the public reacted to Kubrick's version though?

moonspider
05-03-2007, 04:52 PM
dogma....seriously? dogma?

Roman Noodles
05-03-2007, 04:55 PM
Clockwork orange should be higher than Passion of the christ.

And I've never seen caligula but I have heard ALL about it.

moonspider
05-03-2007, 04:56 PM
Clockwork orange should be higher than Passion of the christ.

And I've never seen caligula but I have heard ALL about it.




jesus man...it's about heysoos!!!

batmanbooyah
05-03-2007, 05:37 PM
where's tango and cash?

WinterRose
05-03-2007, 05:44 PM
Old thread is ollllld.

That said, what? No Ken Russell's 'The Devils'?

Kman00001
05-03-2007, 05:45 PM
I'm suprised Irreversible isn't on this list

Me too. And I didn't even watch the entire thing. I was watching it with a few friends when my friend's girlfriend starts bawling during the rape scene. The dude who's place we were at turned it off. So that's all I've seen up to...

XSaraXPoeX
05-03-2007, 05:47 PM
I thought Brooke Shield's "Pretty Baby" would be in that.

batmanbooyah
05-03-2007, 05:55 PM
I thought Brooke Shield's "Pretty Baby" would be in that.

see, it's not how CONTROVERSIAL the movie is, it's how pissed people get over the movie. big difference hah!

Roman Noodles
05-06-2007, 12:08 PM
I forgot all about irreversible that movie was . . . well something.