Coming Soon – Crossing the Line: The Most Controversial Films

What you will see here in the coming weeks is likely going to be a bit of a departure from the standard Blurred Productions fare. I say this is mostly because I have not been writing as much as I used to and have let Smith Michael’s tawdry little obsessions ruin the site I poured so much of my heart and soul into. What is coming over the next few months is an actual honest to god weekly column (if things go according to plan) detailing a project some friends and I have embarked upon. We have set out to watch every offensive, bizarre, brutally violent, crazed, or otherwise extremely objectionable film we are able to come across, and then reflect back on what we watched.

This project began as I became known for collecting obscure and strange films that most people weren’t even aware of, and through my affiliation with film students morphed into watching movies that have made people physically ill. This isn’t your standard theatre movie violence; this is rape, racism, murder and insanity depicted in startlingly real ways on the screen. “Decent into Hell” might be a phrase that shows up often in this column. Put another way, if it’s a film you should never go on a date to, we are probably watching int. Part of the experience is to see just how much we can handle; part of it is to determine whether anything of value can be found in these works that have been deemed obscene. If I want to talk down from an Ivory Tower here, I could say that we are addressing the very nature of visual censorship in our time, and working to tear down society’s prudish ways. Or maybe we just get off on watching stuff that makes our friends queasy.

In any case, I’ll give you a background on the three reviewers that will be involved, followed by the current list of films.

PsychoLarry – Founder of Blurred Productions and occasional contributor, I have studied film extensively in an amateur fashion, as well as taking enough classes to qualify for a film studies minor in college. I work a menial job for Corporate America, and share many of the bleeding heart liberal beliefs that Smith Michaels does. The internet’s influence and a general dispensation towards the macabre and strange leads me to consider myself immune to the effects that these movies have on most of the people that I’ve watched them with. Cannot grow a beard.

MBRFT (Until I get dispensation from them, the other reviewers will go by my given nicknames for them) – MBRFT makes my study of film look silly. Having gone to school solely to study film, and acquiring a BA in film within 3 years, MBRFT already has a number of scripts registered with the Writer’s Guild of America, and has had one script produced into a feature length film scheduled for release this summer. MBRFT works for PBS, though he is not Charlie Rose. He is responsible for the really extreme nature the Weird movie night took on, and has provided at least 60% of the films watched so far. Looks like Obi-Wan with a beard.

Screaming Girl – The film prole of the group, she has been dragged into this debauchery through her affiliation with we, the Movie Geeks. While affiliated with quality movies, her perspective does not automatically try to find deep meanings and extended metaphors in every film. As the name suggests, she has a tendency to jump and shriek at film scare moments. She is an aspiring social worker and currently works for a suicide prevention hotline. May or may not be able to grow a nice beard (answer pending).

The three of us will respond in our own style for each film. Sometimes this may take on the Onion’s AV Club style of dialog between participants and sometimes may simply be three separate written statements. Responses will vary from single words or sentences to full length papers as is our wont. The current list consists of:

Audition (Viewed)

Freaks (Viewed)

Naked Lunch (Viewed)

Cannibal Holocaust (Viewed)

Irreversible (Viewed)

Videodrome (Viewed)

Un Chien Andalou (Viewed)

Eraserhead (Viewed)

Salo – the 120 Days of Sodom (Viewed)

Bad Lieutenant

9mm

Pink Flamingos

In the Realm of the Senses

Caligula

The Devils

Crash (1996)

The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her Lover

Ichii the Killer

Song of the South

Deep Throat

Dead Ringers

Marquis

Blind Beast

Man Behind the Sun

Stendhal Syndrome

Sweet Movie

Reader suggestions are welcome, and the column should appear every Thursday barring lack of movie availability or unforeseen circumstances. Next week we kick things off with Salo!

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10 Comments on “Coming Soon – Crossing the Line: The Most Controversial Films”

  1. lordy, lordy, lordy….

  2. Mr. White says:

    I bought Caligula a little while ago while I was without a tv. I thought hey here’s a nice historical fiction film, it has Peter O’Toole (who was fantastic in Venus) and Helen Mirre,sic, (who just won an oscar) and that it’ll be a nice little movie. Needless to say I was a little surprised…

  3. psycholarry says:

    Michaels is just jealous because he wished he though of blurred productions first.

  4. honey and lies, PL. honey and lies.

    i have the documents to *prove* you wrong.

  5. Tito says:

    Wouldn’t “Birth of a Nation” be more offensive that “Song of the South”? Where can you get your hands on a copy of “Song of the South” anyways? I thought Disney liked to pretend that it never happened.

  6. disney likes to pretend a lot of things. there is always the internet, which provides all.

  7. Kai says:

    What did you think of “Salo” may I ask? And covering some of the most controversial films you should definitely watch “In A Glass Cage” by Spanish director Augustin Villaronga. It’s an extremely disturbing and powerful film about a Nazi child torturer and how one of his former victims gets revenge on him by forcing him to reenact his experiences. Needles to say its not for the faint of heart, one critic said “most rational people won’t sit through it…” but despite its dark subject matter and two graphic scenes which are almost unbearable it is a quality film about how evil begets evil and the cycle of victimization

  8. Kai says:

    Thanks. You should really watch “In A Glass Cage” I must say again. Very controversial and probably even more disturbing than “Salo”


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