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2012-04-26 03:06:10 PM

Theaetetus: LDM90: I can't get my wife to understand why Blazing Saddles and All in the Family are funny. "But racism!" she says. I patiently explain that the idiots and bad guys are the racists, and they lose in the end. I think she's just afraid of the words.

I don't find either of them funny, but not because of the racism... Rather, because of the terrible, terrible acting and stilted dialogue. Blazing Saddles in particular has several scenes that were clearly ad libbed by actors who may be fine when working from a script but are lost without one.


You shut your whore mouth sir!!!

"Blazing Saddles" is the greatest movie ever made. I know some people prefer snoozers like "Citizen Kane" (perhaps the worlds most boring movie) but they are moroons.

The only movie nearly as good is "Young Frankenstein"
 
2012-04-26 03:08:35 PM
Everyone loves to complain about the crows in Dumbo, but the part that gets me is the Roustabouts song. The lyrics are downright racist ("never learned to read or write" and "grab that rope you hairy ape") and the people on screen during that song are obviously black . Say what you will about the crows representing black people, but the crows actually helped Dumbo and believed in him, hardly a negative portrayal of African-Americans. Compare that to the freckly white boy who teases Dumbo, provoking his mother into a violent rage.
 
2012-04-26 03:11:53 PM

bhcompy:
unrealitymag.com

STOP TAKING THE WHITE WOMEN!


That was an excellent movie.
 
2012-04-26 03:18:48 PM

CujoQuarrel: Theaetetus: LDM90: I can't get my wife to understand why Blazing Saddles and All in the Family are funny. "But racism!" she says. I patiently explain that the idiots and bad guys are the racists, and they lose in the end. I think she's just afraid of the words.

I don't find either of them funny, but not because of the racism... Rather, because of the terrible, terrible acting and stilted dialogue. Blazing Saddles in particular has several scenes that were clearly ad libbed by actors who may be fine when working from a script but are lost without one.

You shut your whore mouth sir!!!

"Blazing Saddles" is the greatest movie ever made. I know some people prefer snoozers like "Citizen Kane" (perhaps the worlds most boring movie) but they are moroons.

The only movie nearly as good is "Young Frankenstein"


Ditto.
 
2012-04-26 03:18:59 PM

coffee fiend: bhcompy:
[unrealitymag.com image 483x324]

STOP TAKING THE WHITE WOMEN!

That was an excellent movie.


It was ok, but I wish they kept the original ending where Will Smith's character just gives the white woman back.
 
2012-04-26 03:21:12 PM

Pandora's Litterbox: The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane

As the French put up the majority of the money for it, it very well might still be made (and made more or less) the exact same way today. But it would never EVAR see projection inside of an American theater.

It's a damn fine little thriller.


This.

Jodie Foster and Martin Sheen are excellent in it.
 
2012-04-26 03:21:28 PM

gunga galunga: Mugato: Fight Club wouldn't be made in this "post-9/11 world". It barely got made in 1999.

Cythraul: Also, Blazing Saddles is still hilarious, and will be a classic forever. The damn film was making fun of yokel, inbred, hicks

That doesn't matter. The people who complain about this sort of thing never see the satire. They always take the content at face value no matter what the intent was.

Case in point: people are still trying to get Huckleberry Finn banned from school libraries. There was even a publisher that printed an edition with all the N-words removed. Dunno if the character is Attractive and Successful African-American Jim in that version.


Huck Finn has one of the greatest ANTI-racist scenes in it of all time. At one point Huck is torn between doing the "right thing" as he has bee taught all his life and tell Jim's owner where Jim is , which would lead to Jim being sold. He's been taught that to not do this is a mortal sin. After Jim had been captured by the Dauphin and sold back into slavery Huck writes a letter to Jims old owner..

"It was a close place. I took . . . up [the letter I'd written to Miss Watson], and held it in my hand. I was a-trembling, because I'd got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: "All right then, I'll go to hell"-and tore it up. It was awful thoughts and awful words, but they was said. And I let them stay said; and never thought no more about reforming"

He choses to go to hell for Jim's sake by freeing him from his new owner.
 
2012-04-26 03:22:14 PM

CujoQuarrel: Theaetetus: LDM90: I can't get my wife to understand why Blazing Saddles and All in the Family are funny. "But racism!" she says. I patiently explain that the idiots and bad guys are the racists, and they lose in the end. I think she's just afraid of the words.

I don't find either of them funny, but not because of the racism... Rather, because of the terrible, terrible acting and stilted dialogue. Blazing Saddles in particular has several scenes that were clearly ad libbed by actors who may be fine when working from a script but are lost without one.

You shut your whore mouth sir!!!

"Blazing Saddles" is the greatest movie ever made. I know some people prefer snoozers like "Citizen Kane" (perhaps the worlds most boring movie) but they are moroons.

The only movie nearly as good is "Young Frankenstein"


May I introduce you to some lesser known Brooks classics such as The Twelve Chairs and Silent Movie.
 
2012-04-26 03:22:26 PM
They made a movie about the Aristocrats, for Christ's sake. And it was animated! No shame at all anymore
 
2012-04-26 03:22:31 PM

Ivo Shandor: Bleak and violent, it also featured a preteen prostitute played by a 12-year-old Jodie Foster. (Taxi Driver)

Pretty Baby (1978) featured a 12-year-old prostitute played by Brooke Shields. Good luck ever re-making that one.


Especially since she has several nude scenes.

I've always wondered how that thing got made in the first place
 
2012-04-26 03:26:23 PM

muck4doo: Zorro The Gay Blade could be on that list as well.


I love that movie

"Two bits, Four bits, Six bits a peso, All for Zorro stand up and say so!!"
-- Bunny Wigglesworth
 
2012-04-26 03:26:42 PM

FistingMidgets: Soul Man is a classic?


THIS
 
2012-04-26 03:37:14 PM

Hydra: Hydra: Black-face Bing jauntily disagrees with this list.

/okay, maybe not the whole movie, but that one scene is never shown in current-day runs on TV and usually edited out of store-bought DVDs

...And now, with the picture that didn't post:

[johnedwinmason.typepad.com image 572x436]


I liked it when Neil Diamond did it.
 
2012-04-26 03:37:51 PM

Another Government Employee: CujoQuarrel: Theaetetus: LDM90: I can't get my wife to understand why Blazing Saddles and All in the Family are funny. "But racism!" she says. I patiently explain that the idiots and bad guys are the racists, and they lose in the end. I think she's just afraid of the words.

I don't find either of them funny, but not because of the racism... Rather, because of the terrible, terrible acting and stilted dialogue. Blazing Saddles in particular has several scenes that were clearly ad libbed by actors who may be fine when working from a script but are lost without one.

You shut your whore mouth sir!!!

"Blazing Saddles" is the greatest movie ever made. I know some people prefer snoozers like "Citizen Kane" (perhaps the worlds most boring movie) but they are moroons.

The only movie nearly as good is "Young Frankenstein"

May I introduce you to some lesser known Brooks classics such as The Twelve Chairs and Silent Movie.


Own them all :-)

But BS is still my favorite with YF a close second.
 
2012-04-26 03:56:41 PM

ongbok: Jake Havechek: improvius: Cythraul: FTA: "SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991) Gay advocacy organizations threatened to disrupt the 1991 Oscars because they were unhappy with the depiction of homosexuals in Jonathan Demme's blockbuster thriller. "

I can't say I got all bent out of shape on that one, as a gay person.

I never even thought of the character as being gay. I just thought he was f-ed up.

Yeah, it was never even implied that Buffalo Bill was gay, just a freak who wanted to make a woman suit.

You mean the penis tuck and mangina dance in front of the mirror didn't give you that impression?


Trans maybe. Not gay
 
2012-04-26 04:05:16 PM

coffee fiend: bhcompy:
[unrealitymag.com image 483x324]

STOP TAKING THE WHITE WOMEN!

That was an excellent movie.


Definitely a tough movie to make today(particularly since Ice Cube sold out his badass image).

Joking aside, strong racial language from all involved and plenty of racial violence and such. If it were made today, it may turn out to be Crash. Regardless, John Singleton directing obviously has an impact on that kind of movie getting made as raw as it was. George Lucas might have gotten away with Jar Jar and the Trade Federation, but he's not getting away with that
 
2012-04-26 04:06:57 PM

Jake Havechek: Hannibal Lecter: Look for severe childhood disturbances associated with violence. Our Billy wasn't born a criminal, Clarice. He was made one through years of systematic abuse. Billy hates his own identity, you see, and he thinks that makes him a transsexual. But his pathology is a thousand times more savage and more terrifying.


Forgot that quote, thanks. That was helpful.
 
2012-04-26 04:33:05 PM

Weaver95: um..yeah. 'song of the south' would (and still does) offend the shiat outta people.


just people who don't have their own house negro.
 
2012-04-26 04:45:58 PM

cig-mkr: [www.dvdlink.ca image 400x594]


More Undercover Brothers need to be made.
 
2012-04-26 04:48:49 PM
The article mentioned Airplane, but not for the right reason. Would anyone who wasn't a federally licensed member of the crew be permitted in the cockpit anymore?
 
2012-04-26 04:52:30 PM
All of those movies would be allowed to be made today. We are not more politically correct, we simply have ubiquitous mass media with which to be outraged upon.
 
2012-04-26 04:52:39 PM

SithLord: The article mentioned Airplane, but not for the right reason. Would anyone who wasn't a federally licensed member of the crew be permitted in the cockpit anymore?


And could any comedy these days get away with an adult character so brazenly hitting on a little boy?
 
2012-04-26 04:54:35 PM
Honorable mentions:

Animal House
Revenge of the Nerds
 
2012-04-26 04:56:30 PM

gunga galunga: SithLord: The article mentioned Airplane, but not for the right reason. Would anyone who wasn't a federally licensed member of the crew be permitted in the cockpit anymore?

And could any comedy these days get away with an adult character so brazenly hitting on a little boy?


Don't forget about Otto.

3.bp.blogspot.com

Luckiest man in the whole film right there.
 
2012-04-26 05:00:47 PM

Speaker2Animals: Ivo Shandor: Bleak and violent, it also featured a preteen prostitute played by a 12-year-old Jodie Foster. (Taxi Driver)

Pretty Baby (1978) featured a 12-year-old prostitute played by Brooke Shields. Good luck ever re-making that one.

For the same reason, any of David Hamilton's movies. I mean, a shower scene featuring 13-14-15 year old ballerinas? The producers would get lynched for even suggesting it.


Not just shower scenes. This movie featured a sex scene between a 40-year-old guy and a 16-year-old actress.

/Not Hamilton, but this movie far more graphic scenes with Jane March (17) and Tony Leung (34)
 
2012-04-26 05:02:07 PM

poo flinging monkey: So did they miss the part where Bad News Bears was remade in 2005??

IMDB


Came here to mention this.


kronicfeld: Based on that list, I guess Entertainment Weekly hasn't heard of Gran Torino, Bad Santa, Role Models, Natural Born Killers, etc.


And also this.


Cup_O_Jo: FistingMidgets: Soul Man is a classic?

THIS


"We should get an ocelot."

I have to admit, that line cracks me up every time.
 
2012-04-26 05:02:13 PM
Nonsense, those movies are tame compared to what is made today. Has the author never watched Fox on Sunday night?
 
2012-04-26 05:15:04 PM

gunga galunga: SithLord: The article mentioned Airplane, but not for the right reason. Would anyone who wasn't a federally licensed member of the crew be permitted in the cockpit anymore?

And could any comedy these days get away with an adult character so brazenly hitting on a little boy?


WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOshia

that, my friend, is the joke of a post-9/11 world flying completely over your head and into a pair of buildings.
 
2012-04-26 05:37:04 PM
When they remake Revenge of the Nerds it will be interesting to see if they keep in the video camera in the sorority scene and the scene where Lewis tricks Betty into farking him by wearing her boyfriends costume mask.
 
2012-04-26 05:44:06 PM

bungle_jr: Digitalstrange: Social standards change.

Half the movies made in the 40's would get an R rating today for glorifying smoking. Everybody in nearly every scene has a cigarette in hand.

There is an episode of Bewitched form the late 60s that never gets played in syndication. Why? Darren's bosses wife is pregnant and freaking out about telling him. Samantha is calming her down by feeding her martinis one after another.

The other day I caught an old Jetsons episode. George comes home from work and plops down with martini and a cigarette. No way that makes it into a kids cartoon these days

if i recall correctly, jetsons, like the flinstones (and looney tunes before that) was not a "kids' cartoon", but rather a primetime animated sitcom for adults, much like american dad and family guy are now.


Those distinctions weren't as clear in the early days of TV. Everything was expected to be family friendly in the 40's- and 50's, particularly anything animated.There was nothing equivilent to the boundary pushing of FG etc.None of that started until the 70's with All in the Family, Sanford and Son etc.
 
2012-04-26 05:53:44 PM

stevetherobot: Digitalstrange: Social standards change.

Half the movies made in the 40's would get an R rating today for glorifying smoking. Everybody in nearly every scene has a cigarette in hand.

There is an episode of Bewitched form the late 60s that never gets played in syndication. Why? Darren's bosses wife is pregnant and freaking out about telling him. Samantha is calming her down by feeding her martinis one after another.

The other day I caught an old Jetsons episode. George comes home from work and plops down with martini and a cigarette. No way that makes it into a kids cartoon these days

I've never seen a movie rated R for smoking.


Try and remember the last time you saw a hero light a smoke in a movie(hint, it was probably Die Hard). Now go back and watch a 40's movie. Everybody is smoking.

look at game/movie/tv ratings details. tobacco use is a factor in modern ratings.
 
2012-04-26 05:54:14 PM
www.globalsecurity.org

List also forgot this one. They just don't make movies like this anymore.
 
2012-04-26 06:09:31 PM
If you acknowledge that cable television and independent films exist, the aboslutely only thing that could not be made today is any movie showing under aged nudity (which apparently occurred in some 1970's movies). Things like using the N-word happen all the time, just no longer on broadcast television.

I'm kind of wondering how depraved Spike Lee's Oldboy remake will be, considering the original was easily one of the most twisted movies I've ever seen.
 
2012-04-26 06:13:09 PM

Digitalstrange: stevetherobot: Digitalstrange: Social standards change.

Half the movies made in the 40's would get an R rating today for glorifying smoking. Everybody in nearly every scene has a cigarette in hand.

There is an episode of Bewitched form the late 60s that never gets played in syndication. Why? Darren's bosses wife is pregnant and freaking out about telling him. Samantha is calming her down by feeding her martinis one after another.

The other day I caught an old Jetsons episode. George comes home from work and plops down with martini and a cigarette. No way that makes it into a kids cartoon these days

I've never seen a movie rated R for smoking.

Try and remember the last time you saw a hero light a smoke in a movie(hint, it was probably Die Hard). Now go back and watch a 40's movie. Everybody is smoking.

look at game/movie/tv ratings details. tobacco use is a factor in modern ratings.


Admittedly, this is one of those "real life versus reel life" things. Fewer people smoke nowadays, in the real world, and when they do they have to go outside (usually alone) into the alley to do so (they can't do it around the dinner table at a restaurant or at an office). Movies and TV shows set in the past (obvious example: Mad Men) feature smoking galore.
 
2012-04-26 06:19:27 PM

gunga galunga: Mugato: Fight Club wouldn't be made in this "post-9/11 world". It barely got made in 1999.

Cythraul: Also, Blazing Saddles is still hilarious, and will be a classic forever. The damn film was making fun of yokel, inbred, hicks

That doesn't matter. The people who complain about this sort of thing never see the satire. They always take the content at face value no matter what the intent was.

Case in point: people are still trying to get Huckleberry Finn banned from school libraries. There was even a publisher that printed an edition with all the N-words removed. Dunno if the character is Attractive and Successful African-American Jim in that version.


People who demand that Huck Finn be banned have never read Huck Finn. It's the greatest anti-slavery book ever written.
 
2012-04-26 06:46:28 PM

Freakin Rican: bad news bears wouldnt get remade today?

did they fail to realize that it was remade back in 05


A movie titled Bad News Bears was released in '05, but it certainly wasn't a remake as far as I could tell.
 
2012-04-26 06:52:35 PM

OgreMagi: gunga galunga: Mugato: Fight Club wouldn't be made in this "post-9/11 world". It barely got made in 1999.

Cythraul: Also, Blazing Saddles is still hilarious, and will be a classic forever. The damn film was making fun of yokel, inbred, hicks

That doesn't matter. The people who complain about this sort of thing never see the satire. They always take the content at face value no matter what the intent was.

Case in point: people are still trying to get Huckleberry Finn banned from school libraries. There was even a publisher that printed an edition with all the N-words removed. Dunno if the character is Attractive and Successful African-American Jim in that version.

People who demand that Huck Finn be banned have never read Huck Finn. It's the greatest anti-slavery book ever written.


They're actually making a new Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn movie, true story. African American James rounds out the cast.
 
2012-04-26 06:53:38 PM

Geotpf: the aboslutely only thing that could not be made today is any movie showing under aged nudity


*ahem*

im.rediff.com

cdn02.cdnwp.thefrisky.com

And apparently there's a movie called "The Hole" with a naked 16-year-old Kiera Knightly.

I know those are all a decade or more old, but still more recent than the 70s.

Also: the girl from "True Grit" is going to have a nude scene in In Julian Fellowes' adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet,". She's 14.
 
2012-04-26 06:55:49 PM

fusillade762: Geotpf: the aboslutely only thing that could not be made today is any movie showing under aged nudity

*ahem*


Eh, Kate was at least 19. But the rest, yeah.
 
2012-04-26 06:59:50 PM
48 HRS. (1982)

The N-word gets tossed around pretty freely in this iconic buddy comedy - especially by Nick Nolte, who plays an unrepentantly racist cop. Eddie Murphy also became a star in the scene where he faces down a bar full of rednecks. It's still funny almost 30 years later


I remember Eddie dropping the N bomb pretty freely all throughout the movie but not Nolte. He drops quite a few other slurs but never the actual N bomb.
 
2012-04-26 07:02:26 PM

Mr. Cat Poop: When they remake Revenge of the Nerds it will be interesting to see if they keep in the video camera in the sorority scene and the scene where Lewis tricks Betty into farking him by wearing her boyfriends costume mask.


Yeah... I think the Revenge of the Nerds rape scene will probably not make the grade this time around.

The video camera scene will be there, but it will be far less obvious. The director will try to be classy and shoot it "suggestively" so he can get that PG-13 rating the studios love so much.
 
2012-04-26 07:08:15 PM

ZeroCorpse: Mr. Cat Poop: When they remake Revenge of the Nerds it will be interesting to see if they keep in the video camera in the sorority scene and the scene where Lewis tricks Betty into farking him by wearing her boyfriends costume mask.

Yeah... I think the Revenge of the Nerds rape scene will probably not make the grade this time around.

The video camera scene will be there, but it will be far less obvious. The director will try to be classy and shoot it "suggestively" so he can get that PG-13 rating the studios love so much.


Fark PG-13! That movie needs an R rating. We need the panty raid scene in all funny glory. And the Pie scene as well. They only won by cheating.
 
2012-04-26 07:13:41 PM

Mugato: fusillade762: Geotpf: the aboslutely only thing that could not be made today is any movie showing under aged nudity

*ahem*

Eh, Kate was at least 19. But the rest, yeah.


Huh, I just found out she was actually 22. For some reason I thought she was way younger than that in Titanic. Learn something new every day. Some days even more than one thing.
 
2012-04-26 07:42:05 PM
probably wouldn't like these either

i46.tinypic.com.
 
2012-04-26 07:48:53 PM

simplicimus: List left off Putney Swope. Yes, I know no one has ever seen it.


THIS!
 
2012-04-26 07:53:07 PM

poo flinging monkey: So did they miss the part where Bad News Bears was remade in 2005??

IMDB


Glad someone else noticed

I went to high school with one of the original Bad News Bears. Cool dude, had lots of religion in him. Think he's a preacher of sorts these days. David Stambaugh.
 
2012-04-26 08:22:17 PM

puckrock2000: Speaker2Animals: Ivo Shandor: Bleak and violent, it also featured a preteen prostitute played by a 12-year-old Jodie Foster. (Taxi Driver)

Pretty Baby (1978) featured a 12-year-old prostitute played by Brooke Shields. Good luck ever re-making that one.

For the same reason, any of David Hamilton's movies. I mean, a shower scene featuring 13-14-15 year old ballerinas? The producers would get lynched for even suggesting it.

Not just shower scenes. This movie featured a sex scene between a 40-year-old guy and a 16-year-old actress.

/Not Hamilton, but this movie far more graphic scenes with Jane March (17) and Tony Leung (34)


1.bp.blogspot.com

The French. I like the way they think.

And speaking of sex scenes with too-young or looks-too-young Jane March

media.avclub.com

Hot, but...yikes.
 
2012-04-26 08:57:00 PM
I would kill for one last, incredibly offensive Mel Brook's film.
 
2012-04-26 08:58:56 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: A movie titled Bad News Bears was released in '05, but it certainly wasn't a remake as far as I could tell.


The "remake" actually supports the intent of the article, showing that the original could not be made today. Only a watered down version removing stuff that is not that bad can be made.
 
2012-04-26 09:23:12 PM

fusillade762: And apparently there's a movie called "The Hole" with a naked 16-year-old Kiera Knightly.


I've seen it, and there's not much to see. It's a pretty nice little thriller, though. And it also has Thora Birtch in it (no nudity from her).
 
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