Racist Transformers?/Extra-sized Watchmen/Bruno scene cut

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Racist Caricatures in Transformers 2 under scrutiny:

A controversy has arisen since the blockbuster release “Transformers:  Revenge of the Fallen.”  It surrounds the portrayal of two of the robots, which some of deemed a racist caricature.  The robots are named “…Skids and Mudflap…” and “…both characters speak with voices that sound like urban black stereotypes, have big ears and buck teeth and proclaim that they ‘don’t do much readin’‘. Skids even has a gold tooth.”  Co-writer Alex Kurtzman claimed: “It’s really hard for us to sit here and try to justify it. I think that would be very foolish, and if someone wants to be offended by it, it’s their right. We were very surprised when we saw it, too, and it’s a choice that was made. If anything, it just shows you that we don’t control every aspect of the movie.”
This is part of a tradition of racial caricatures in animation or CGI films.  Early Disney cartoons are rife with terrible racial stereotypes.  The Star Wars prequels had Watto: the flying buzzard-like pawn shop character who was an obvious Jewish stereotype.  The worst offender in the prequels was the much reviled Jar-Jar Binks–who was another African-American stereotype.  I have not seen Transformers 2, and I am in no hurry to do so.  Personally, I think using ethnic steretypes is just a crutch used to cover bad writing.  I am sure that it is not going to hurt the bottom line–the huge gross, which is presently estimated at $125,946,000.  The target audience for this film does not tend to take time debating the ethical  ramifications of racial stereotyping among killer robots.

To find out more, check out:

http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/06/25/no-one-wants-to-own-up-to-racism-in-transformers/

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=transformers2.htm

Extra-Sized Watchmen?!?

The world can soon expect an extended version of “The Watchmen.” “Warner Bros. has set a one-week theatrical release for Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of “Watchmen” on July 17 at four venues in Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York…Snyder’s cut contains 25 additional minutes of footage. He had indicated during the March premiere that a theatrical release of the longer version was under consideration.”  This is essentially just a publicity stunt to “promote the DVD and Blu-ray releases of “Watchmen: The Director’s Cut” and “300: The Complete Experience” on July 21.”  The only aspect of the story that I find particularly interesting is the inclusion of a new feature on the Blu-Ray entitled “BD Live.”  This feature will allow those people who have bought the “Watchmen” Blu-Ray to watch “the movie and discussion (hosted by director Snyder) at Comic-Con (on July 25th)  simultaneously.”  The potential for this technology in future film screenings is enormous.  Imagine watching the new Scorsese film preceded by a live Q and A?  Sounds pretty promising.
I’m sure that many people are wondering the same as I:  Why would such an attempt be necessary as the film was so bloated and overdone anyway?  With an extra 25 minutes, that brings the film’s running time to almost three hours.  Maybe if  the original cut was trimmed of much of its excess, there might be an artistic justification for a reinterpretation. Otherwise, this is just a cheap attempt by WB to make more money off a film with a lukewarm reception at the box office (only about 50 million dollars over and above production costs).

For more info:  http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118005369.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=watchmen.htm

La Toya Jackson scene taken from Bruno:

The new satirical film from Sacha Baron Cohen, centered around his alter-ego Bruno “hastily cut a scene featuring the singer’s(the late Michael Jackson) sister LaToya prior to the premiere at Mann’s Chinese Theater. (The timing was so short notice that the cut was made in the projection booth.)”  According to UK’s “The Sun,” the scene included “Bruno destroy(ing) LaToya by joking about Michael while they both eat sushi off a naked Mexican immigrant.”
There is no question that keeping the scene in would have crossed the line between irreverence and just plain meanness.  Just surfing the net in the wake of MJ’s death, I could not believe the vitriol that came from some people commenting on him.  The last thing that Cohen and the top level studio people want would be the negative publicity that the perceived insensitivity leaving that scene in would cause, especially when Jackson hasn’t even been buried yet. There is already one Bruno lawsuit, they probably want to curtail the bad press onslaught of a series lawsuits that a popular and controversial comedian like Cohen may attract.

The removal was a good publicity move as well, seeing as all things Jackson-related are capturing the media and public’s attention in a ferocious way, they have garnered plenty of free prerelease media by excising the scene.  Should they keep it in for the wide release?  What do you think???  And by the way, even though Im the billionth person to say it, rest in peace, Michael.

For more, read here:

http://www.avclub.com/articles/latoya-jackson-scene-cut-from-bruno,29730/?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=feeds&utm_source=avclub_rss_daily


http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/2502546/Michael-Jackson-scene-cut-from-Bruno-movie-by-Sacha-Baron-Cohen.html


http://www.usmagazine.com/news/studio-bruno-lawsuit-is-baseless-200956

10 Comments
  1. Fitzgerald Roberts says

    But without spoiling the movie for Simon, the Optimus fight was good and the few transformation we do see was spectacular so thats why ill but it as the 2nd worst big budget. But was i was surprise at is not the Fact that Bay made a bad film because we all know he’s a horrible director but the fact that Spielberg allowed this shit. He is the producer and for god sakes. why didnt he say something?

    1. Ricky says

      Yeah Spieldberg needs to apologize for this shit.

      1. Jeff Aidan Moore says

        He apologise for indy 4 at the same time.

        1. Ricky says

          I think that was Lucas who ruined Indy 4 so he needs to be shot in the nuts. Keep him alive just in case he ever makes another good movie.

  2. Simon Howell says

    The fact that I am paying full price to see this today reaffirms my foolish commitment to movie reviewing.

  3. Fitzgerald Roberts says

    I would have to kinda agree with you. I went from say it was good to ok but more i talk about it i think i really didnt like it at all. The only thing I liked about it was seeing Prime on screen but thats not enough to make me like a 2 1/2 hour film. But would I say It’s the worst big budget film mmmm I would prob say the 2nd I still think water world was worst.

    1. Ricky D says

      No dude, Waterworld at least had great cinematography and you could understand where the money went. Filming a three hour long movie on the ocean isn… Read More’t an easy task. This movie was sexist, racist, juvenile, completely missing a plot. Wait scratch that thought. It had no story. We got to see robot testacies, several scenes of dogs humping each other, humping Megan Fox’s leg and humping some Autobots. John Turturo at his worse, (keep in mind this is a talented actor) and let’s not forget the repetitive scenes of planes landing, slow motion walking by the sun setting and lots of computer generated metal flying around for two and a half hours. Michael Bay is clearly retarded.

      1. Jeff Aidan Moore says

        I think he proved how retarded he was with the island lol.

        1. Ricky says

          I never saw The Island. Maybe I should.

  4. Ricky says

    Yeah sorry man but this is the worse film ever made.

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