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2012-04-26 08:55:31 AM  
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2012-04-26 11:16:25 AM  
3 votes:
www.olgabaclanova.com

One of us. Gooble Gobble.

/The only film I can think of that wouldn't be made today.
2012-04-26 06:19:27 PM  
2 votes:

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 12:48:41 PM  
2 votes:
Soul Man never should have been made the first time. I'm not offended by the racism, I'm offended by the lack of funny.
2012-04-26 10:51:51 AM  
2 votes:
Words are just a lot more dangerous than they used to be. Several have had to be killed.
2012-04-26 09:38:57 AM  
2 votes:
Let's be honest with ourselves - humour isn't politically correct as it involves laughing at someone, be it due to their infirmities, station in life or an embarrassing circumstance they're in.
If we are to laugh, it must be at the expense of others thus today's inclusive acceptance of colour, religion, deformities can't apply.

Now watch me kick this Chinese dwarf right square in the nuts!
2012-04-26 09:00:31 AM  
2 votes:
List left off Putney Swope. Yes, I know no one has ever seen it.
2012-04-26 08:57:02 AM  
2 votes:
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.

Also, Blazing Saddles is still hilarious, and will be a classic forever. The damn film was making fun of yokel, inbred, hicks. Although there was a bit of stereotyping for black men in the film, this is the same film that referred to simple country folks as 'morons.'
2012-04-27 01:54:59 AM  
1 votes:

farkeruk: Also, this:(actors in blackface, references to "poofs"). Made by the BBC but you'll struggle to ever see it on TV.


Speaking of which, it boggles the mind from today's perspective that the BBC might even consider broadcasting the Black and White Minstrel Show, let alone actually running it for twenty years.

What I think is worse is the effort to remove these things from history, much the the bowdlerised version of Huckleberry Finn mentioned by another Farker earlier in the thread. It's appaling that there are those who are working to, of you'll pardon the expression, whitewash our history instead of presenting it with complete openness and honesty as a means to teach how our society has grown and progressed over the years thanks to those who laboured to promote human rights and respect for all.

Know your past, understand why things were the way they were, and show some proper context as to how and why they have changed. The only effect you get from dumbing down cultural and historical understanding in a well-meaning yet ultimately misguided manner is to further promote ignorance.
2012-04-26 11:05:30 PM  
1 votes:

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.


You know, morons.
2012-04-26 09:25:12 PM  
1 votes:
Are you telling me that the line about "Kansas City f*ggots" wouldn't go over so well today?
2012-04-26 08:57:00 PM  
1 votes:
I would kill for one last, incredibly offensive Mel Brook's film.
2012-04-26 07:42:05 PM  
1 votes:
probably wouldn't like these either

i46.tinypic.com.
2012-04-26 05:54:14 PM  
1 votes:
www.globalsecurity.org

List also forgot this one. They just don't make movies like this anymore.
2012-04-26 03:06:10 PM  
1 votes:

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 02:42:04 PM  
1 votes:

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

"Joo never heard of zee ships in zee field? Ze little, uh, ze bah-bah-bahs?"

/Two bits, four bits, six bits, a peso
//All those for Zorro, stand up and say so!


One of the most under-rated comedies of all time.
2012-04-26 02:13:29 PM  
1 votes:

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


"Joo never heard of zee ships in zee field? Ze little, uh, ze bah-bah-bahs?"

/Two bits, four bits, six bits, a peso
//All those for Zorro, stand up and say so!
2012-04-26 02:08:39 PM  
1 votes:
So, what happens when you find a stranger in the alps?
2012-04-26 12:47:28 PM  
1 votes:

theFword: A Serbian Film?

/Once you watch it, you can't un-watch it


I read the description of it and I can't sear it out of my brain...
2012-04-26 12:38:49 PM  
1 votes:
2012-04-26 12:35:28 PM  
1 votes:
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.
2012-04-26 12:35:20 PM  
1 votes:

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 cartoonthese 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.
2012-04-26 12:23:19 PM  
1 votes:

improvius: Most of the gay guys I know seem pretty happy about having their own penis. And they wouldn't want to be anywhere near a vagina, much less have one.


Yeah, gays get all pissy if you confuse transsexuals with gays and yet these gays were all up in arms over the wannabe tranny in SotL? You fellas need to get together and form a consensus about what you're pissed about.
2012-04-26 12:06:05 PM  
1 votes:
As long as there are magical negroes, helpful gays that improve the love lives of all around them (while never having onscreen relationships), wise native medicine men, nerdy indians and east asians, "daring" interracial relationships (nearly always between a handsome white man and a light skinned african american) Hollywood has nothing to teach us on race relations.
2012-04-26 11:55:27 AM  
1 votes:
Slideshow? Posted in full:

DUMBO (1941)
When Dumbo and Timothy Q. Mouse find themselves up a tree after a pink-elephant bender, they encounter five wisecracking blackbirds, who are clearly African-American caricatures from the period, right down to their flashy dress. The gang's leader is even named ... Jim Crow. You'd hope such crass depictions wouldn't exist today, but then again, there was Jar Jar Binks. -Jeff Labrecque

BLAZING SADDLES (1974)
Mel Brooks' wild, wild Western might be a four-alarm fire of politically correct outrage if it were made today. Where to begin? The fact that the sheriff is-a-near drives the entire plot? NAACP on line 1. The fact that small-town folk are portrayed as close-minded simpletons? Sarah Palin waiting on line 2. The fact that a Busby Berkeley dance number is dominated by hissing ''sissy Marys''? GLAAD on line 3. And let's not forget that Mongo punches out a horse. Pretty sure that PETA wouldn't be too pleased about that. -JL

THE BAD NEWS BEARS (1976)
Kids learn to play the national pastime. Huzzah! Girl beats the boys at their own game. Go, girl! Coach passes out drunk in front of his players. Right on? Kid cusses at adults and his teammates, calling them out using a plethora of racial and sexual epithets. Easy, Tanner. Kids are sore losers who celebrate by chugging beers. Totally, completely un-American. (Um, I can't wait to watch this again.) -JL

TAXI DRIVER (1976)
Martin Scorsese's rage-against-the-machine masterpiece came to life probably in the only period in Hollywood history - the Easy Rider/Raging Bull late 1970s-early 1980s - that it artistically could. Bleak and violent, it also featured a preteen prostitute played by a 12-year-old Jodie Foster. You might not believe it, but there are no Taxi Driver remakes in the works. -JL

THE JERK (1979)
Navin Johnson was born a poor black child, singing and dancing on his family's porch down in Mississippi. Alas, pale-faced Steve Martin played rhythm-challenged Navin, and this hit film didn't flinch from flirting with racial stereotypes.-JL

AIRPLANE! (1980)
Like Mel Brooks, the Zucker brothers mined uncomfortable stereotypes for comic effect, but modern audiences might not appreciate jive-talking African-Americans who require subtitles and African tribesmen who naturally excel at basketball. Moreover, would a pilot (Peter Graves) who likes gladiator movies a little too much be allowed near a young boy in a script today? -JL

CADDYSHACK (1980)
Rodney Dangerfield meant no offense when he introduced his soft-spoken golfing partner, but Mr. Wang wasn't exactly building bridges to the Asian-American community, what with the clichéd portrayal of an Asian tourist who snaps multiple pictures of the parking lot. -JL

HISTORY OF THE WORLD - PART I (1981)
Mel Brooks painted man's evolution with a series of comical vignettes spanning the Stone Age to the French Revolution. The Catholic League might be shaking in anger over the musical number where bathing beauties, dressed like Inquisition-era nuns, emerge from the swimming pool to form a menorah. Oy, the agony! Oy, the shame!-JL

SOUL MAN (1986)
''Guess who's coming to college?'' read this film's movie poster, as if to conjure up goodwill and comparisons to the seminal Sidney Poitier film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Yes, because interracial marriage in 1967 is the same thing as donning blackface and Jheri curls to get into Harvard Law. -JL

A FISH CALLED WANDA (1988)
One of the funniest films of the 1980s made a ruthless running joke out of Michael Palin's character's paralyzing speech impediment. When he won't or can't reveal the secrets to the stolen diamonds, he must either be kissed (by Jamie Lee Curtis) or tortured (by Kevin Kline). But just when you're feeling really sorry for him, stuttering Ken kills three defenseless lapdogs.-JL

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, so you can imagine how today's more-vocal groups would react to a gender-confused killer (Ted Levine) who was kind only to his beloved poodle, Precious. -JL

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (1998)
The Farrelly brothers have included characters with physical disabilities in many of their films, but Mary introduced a conniving stalker (Lee Evans) whose very handicap - though it turns out to be fake - is played for laughs. Matt Dillon's character's treatment of special-needs students also rubbed some the wrong way. -JL

SONG OF THE SOUTH (1946)
Disney's Song of the South may be impossible to see on home video - it's locked up tight in the Disney vault, protected by steel doors, retinal scanners, and an army of sentient mops - but its influence can still be seen from the Song-inspired Splash Mountain ride at Disneyland to the film's perennially hummed tune ''Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.'' The 1946 live-action/animation hybrid was criticized by the NAACP upon release for its seemingly utopian depiction of the post-slavery South and the minstrel source of Uncle Remus' stories. While some believe that pretending it never existed runs uncomfortably parallel to the film's own revisionism, this Song of the South is still very out of tune. -Keith Staskiewicz

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961)
When people think of Breakfast at Tiffany's, they think of Audrey Hepburn in elbow-length gloves, coyly chomping a long, black cigarette holder. But while it gave us Golightly, when it came to portraying Japanese neighbor Mr. Yunioshi, the film went about as lightly as a lead-footed elephant. Played by an over-the-top Mickey Rooney in buck-toothed, supremely offensive yellowface, he is like a dead fly in the orange juice: the one thing that prevents Breakfast from being perfect. -KS

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
The adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's historical romance became the iconic Hollywood classic. But the portrayal of the African-American characters is incredibly troubling. More than a few people have accused the characters of Mammy and Prissy of exemplifying ''Happy Slave'' stereotypes. (Prissy especially has some lines that can't help but make you wince: ''Lawzy, we got to have a doctor. I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies.'') You've also got the surprisingly brazen treatment of the nature of the Civil War: According to Wind, the Old South was a paradise unfairly ruined by the war. -Darren Franich

KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE (1977)
The first film from Airplane! parodists David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker would probably not get made today for two reasons. First of all, the episodic structure lends itself more to online sketch comedy. But more to the point, the film is relentlessly un-PC - you think parents would stand for Catholic High School Girls in Trouble? -DF

EARLY JAMES BOND MOVIES)
The James Bond movies were arguably the first globalized movie franchise, as 007 interacted with every far-flung culture around the (Cold War) world. The flip side of all that multiculturalism is that the early Bonds have a laundry list of offenses. In You Only Live Twice, Sean Connery goes ''undercover'' as a Japanese man (a process that basically involves getting his chest hair waxed from skimpily dressed girls). The problems persisted into the Roger Moore era - see Live and Let Die, where pretty much every African-American character is in on the weird gangster/voodoo/island-dictator conspiracy. -DF

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... but it's hard to imagine the scene wouldn't ignite serious controversy today, especially compared with the PG-13ified humor of later 48 HRS. imitators like Rush Hour.-DF
2012-04-26 11:28:41 AM  
1 votes:

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

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This is lazy journalism at its finest. Create a controversy where none exists, claim "political correctness" to bring in the Breitbart crowd, and pretend that societal changes never happen. Fact checking recent remakes, or noting that Family Guy does more offensive stuff every Sunday on broadcast than Blazing Saddles did in two hours, is not part of the equation.
2012-04-26 11:12:14 AM  
1 votes:
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These movies still get greenlit. They're just not all that funny (except White Chicks, guilty pleasure). So we don't see as many of them anymore.
2012-04-26 10:58:40 AM  
1 votes:
"Taxi Driver" couldn't be remade today because it's bleak and violent?

Man, I must be watching movies from a parallel universe. I think they call this universe "Europe" because a number of the recent imports I've seen have been pretty dark and violent.

Plus, "Boardwalk Empire" is one of the darkest things I've ever watched. I've felt like taking a shower after several of those episodes.

/when does it return?
2012-04-26 10:57:57 AM  
1 votes:
Forget movies, TV commericals are how you measure today's culture. People can complain the PC movement went too far, but try finding one commercial for cleaning products that doesn't have a woman in it.
2012-04-26 10:48:52 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2012-04-26 10:44:21 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2012-04-26 10:28:33 AM  
1 votes:
So did they miss the part where Bad News Bears was remade in 2005??

IMDB
2012-04-26 10:26:42 AM  
1 votes:
I ANYONE tries to remake Taxi Driver...I'm getting stabby!

History of the World/Caddyshack are two of the funniest damned things EVER in the history of EVER!

Some films just shouldn't be remade: Part of their brilliance lies in the cultural landscape they capture at the time they were made, not simply the story itself.

/Why yes, I am looking at you, Red Dawn!
//Don't be so quick to point and laugh, Footloose!
2012-04-26 10:22:26 AM  
1 votes:
The most egregious use of racist stereotypes could be removed in a re-done Breakfast at Tiffany's, Gone With the Wind and Dumbo without too much trouble. You would't even have to change the scripts much, just the performances, really. Song of the South, of course, is kinda SOL, because the whole thing is a celebration of the antebellum feudal paradise in Ole Dixie.

Of course, the reboot we'd all love to see is Birth of a Nation, amirite?
2012-04-26 10:22:08 AM  
1 votes:

EyeballKid: Well, they'd never re-make Battle Royale...oh, wait they did and re-named it, my bad.


Hunger Games is nothing like Battle Royale except for the "kids fighting to the death" trope.
2012-04-26 10:16:43 AM  
1 votes:

Rev. Skarekroe: Rape jokes tend not to go down very well these days either...


I like rape.
2012-04-26 10:06:33 AM  
1 votes:

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

Tropic Thunder
White Chicks
Team America
South Park
Borat
Don't Mess with the Zohan
Shallow Hal
Passion of the Christ

and those are just some of the modern ones.


Yeah, they'd never release a movie that was released 3 years ago today.
2012-04-26 09:56:35 AM  
1 votes:

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


Tropic Thunder
White Chicks
Team America
South Park
Borat
Don't Mess with the Zohan
Shallow Hal
Passion of the Christ

and those are just some of the modern ones.

First Blood (and Rambo 2 and 3, Rocky IV)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
The Toy
Reservoir Dogs
Last Temptation of Christ
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Driving Miss Daisy

and 'Crippled Masters' ftw
2012-04-26 09:41:10 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2012-04-26 09:37:25 AM  
1 votes:
Based on that list, I guess Entertainment Weekly hasn't heard of Gran Torino, Bad Santa, Role Models, Natural Born Killers, etc.
2012-04-26 09:16:20 AM  
1 votes:

Rev. Skarekroe: Cythraul: Also, Blazing Saddles is still hilarious, and will be a classic forever. The damn film was making fun of yokel, inbred, hicks. Although there was a bit of stereotyping for black men in the film, this is the same film that referred to simple country folks as 'morons.'

Rape jokes tend not to go down very well these days either...


You only said rape once. You must not like rape.
2012-04-26 09:10:55 AM  
1 votes:

Cythraul: The damn film was making fun of yokel, inbred, hicks.


you know, morons.

i dunno, though - considering that one of the first lines in the movie is, "dock that chink a day's pay for nappin' on the job..." i'm guessing they'd tone it down if it were made today.
2012-04-26 09:09:17 AM  
1 votes:
Every single one of those except Song of the South could and would be made today.
2012-04-26 09:04:43 AM  
1 votes:
GWTW?
Screw these PC people. Classic films should never be edited or censored. If you don't like them just don't watch them.
 
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