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qualli
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I had heard about the movie theatre that banned the movie "brokeback mountain" because of moral convictions, but since then I heard at least four people say that a movie theatre (conveniently not named) banned "Brokeback Mountain" and used the free screen to play "Hostel" because the movie was so popluar it was selling out?

That just seems really really creepy to me.

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Some theatres have withdrawn Brokeback Mountain after initially advertising them as playing. Haven't heard if they're replacing the movie with Hostel.

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quote:
Originally posted by qualli:
I had heard about the movie theatre that banned the movie "brokeback mountain" because of moral convictions, but since then I heard at least four people say that a movie theatre (conveniently not named) banned "Brokeback Mountain" and used the free screen to play "Hostel" because the movie was so popluar it was selling out?

That just seems really really creepy to me.

Not sure if this is true, but it's believable. Blockbuster won't stock movies rated NC-17, but has gory horror films galore, so you can rent Texas Chainsaw Massacre but not Henry & June . And then there were all the theatres/Mom&Pop video outlets who won't show or rent R-rated movies as a matter of policy, but made an exception for The Passion of the Gibson .

[nitpick] I don't think "banned" is the best word to use in this instance. Banning is usually done by an outside authority. In this case, the theatre owner is refusing to show the film voluntarity. [/nitpick]

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I think it is great they withdrew Brokeback Mountain for Hostel. It is so much better to show horribly graphic violence and mayhem that to show two men with "teh gay".

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Originally posted by Marzndruz:
Blockbuster won't stock movies rated NC-17, but has gory horror films galore, so you can rent Texas Chainsaw Massacre but not Henry & June .

OT nitpick, but my munchkin has been hanged. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is not gory. there's hardly a drop of blood in the whole film.

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It is entirely possible that you are referring to the Megaplex theaters in Utah, owned by Larry H. Miller. He is the owner of several car dealerships, movie theaters, restaurants, and the Utah Jazz. He is also a devout Mormon, who has always closed his dealerships on Sundays as well as not attending the basketball games on Sundays.
There is currently one theater in the Salt Lake area showing Brokeback Mountain. Since it is continually selling out, Mr. Miller said he would pick it up at his theaters. After considering this (and most likely speaking with his wife, although that is not confirmed), he decided that it would not be appropriate to air the movie at his theaters. The screen that would have carried it does indeed carry Hostel, but it is on several screens there, so it would have been shown there whether BM was shown or not.
Although I disagree with Mr. Miller that BM is not suitable viewing material, I completely respect his decision to not screen the movie. It is his theater, and he has the right to show whatever he wants to show. This is clearly not a financial decision, as the only theater showing this movie here is breaking all of their attendance and box office records with this movie. It is purely a moral issue, and I can respect that he has chosen to do this even while disagreeing.
There are two other parts to this story that I do not agree with. The first is that the Eagle Forum (a conservative group here dedicated to enforcing their morality on everyone else in Utah) president Gayle Ruzica has come out saying it is a horrible movie with a disgusting message, and it should not be shown anywhere. She has not, and never will, see this movie, and I think it is a travesty that someone will make such a statement with nothing to back it up, and that so many here will agree loudly simply because she has said it.
The second part is that I really wish that Mr. Miller would have the courage to truly stand up for what he believes, rather than just in the more extreme cases. His religion does not allow for any work on Sundays, which is why he doesn't go to the Jazz games or open his car dealerships. But he does have his restaurants and movie theaters open. His religion also strongly discourages viewing R-rated movies (I wanted to say forbids, but I'm not sure if it is completely forbidden so I'll stick with discourages). But he does allow R-rated movies to be shown at his theaters. I think that he should either stick to his convictions and not show R-rated fare and close on Sundays, or realize that not everyone shares his religion and give the public the opportunity to watch any movie that comes along.
But, as Marzndruz said, this is not a ban. It is showing in Utah, just not at this particular owners theaters.

Looking back, I realize that BM was probably an unfortunate way to shorten the title of Brokeback Mountain.

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quote:
Originally posted by trollface:
quote:
Originally posted by Marzndruz:
Blockbuster won't stock movies rated NC-17, but has gory horror films galore, so you can rent Texas Chainsaw Massacre but not Henry & June .

OT nitpick, but my munchkin has been hanged. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is not gory. there's hardly a drop of blood in the whole film.
I stand corrected, Trollface. [Embarrassed]

Somewhat OT, but one of my big munchkins is the R rating in general. It covers everything from more than one use of the F-word to ultraviolence. Doesn't seem right to me that basically gentle films with some bad language like The Full Monty get put in the same category as Hostel .

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Originally posted by Marzndruz:
Not sure if this is true, but it's believable. Blockbuster won't stock movies rated NC-17, but has gory horror films galore, so you can rent Texas Chainsaw Massacre but not Henry & June .

My Blockbuster has Pink Flamingos and Henry and June. I've rented both. I don't recall whether the rating on the side of the Blockbuster case said NC-17 or Unrated, though.

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Marzndruz
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Originally posted by Marzndruz:
Not sure if this is true, but it's believable. Blockbuster won't stock movies rated NC-17, but has gory horror films galore, so you can rent Texas Chainsaw Massacre but not Henry & June .

My Blockbuster has Pink Flamingos and Henry and June. I've rented both. I don't recall whether the rating on the side of the Blockbuster case said NC-17 or Unrated, though.
Interesting. They used to make a big deal about being "family-friendly" and not stocking NC-17 films. Maybe they just decided to let a few select films slip in and figured that the people who would care wouldn't notice. Or perhaps each franchise can customize it's supply based on their customer base.

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Originally posted by Marzndruz:
Or perhaps each franchise can customize it's supply based on their customer base.

I suspect that is the case with my particular franchise. I live in a college town and the majority of patrons at this Blockbuster are 18-24 year old college students. I was pleasantly surprised to see Pink Flamingos on their shelves, but disappointed when looking at their sparse drama and idie/foreign section. Overall they have very few pre-1970's films (even big releases); comedies and new releases dominate. Their sci-fi section is almost nonexistent.

I have been in other Blockbusters that had different selections focusing on older films or other genres, so it may be dependent on each particular franchise. Or else the manager at mine is breaking company policy by offering NC-17 films.

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Originally posted by Cervus:
I suspect that is the case with my particular franchise. I live in a college town and the majority of patrons at this Blockbuster are 18-24 year old college students. I was pleasantly surprised to see Pink Flamingos on their shelves, but disappointed when looking at their sparse drama and idie/foreign section. Overall they have very few pre-1970's films (even big releases); comedies and new releases dominate. Their sci-fi section is almost nonexistent.

I have been in other Blockbusters that had different selections focusing on older films or other genres, so it may be dependent on each particular franchise.

I must confess that I've never been to Blockbuster. There is an independent Mom&Pop rental place not far from where I live that is absolutely the best! They stock everything except hard-core porn, and have enormous foreign, sci-fi, horror, and documentary sections, and lots of oldies/classics. If it's available, they have it. Plus, the clerks know their stuff.

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Or else the manager at mine is breaking company policy by offering NC-17 films.
Whatever you do, don't tell corporate! [lol]

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Yeah, Wal-Mart is a hypocrite too. They censor music, but they sell Steve-o's DVDs which contain full frontal female nudity, gay golden showers, and stapled nutsacs. That's some real Christian entertainment there, I'll tell you what!

(Please note that I have no reservations towards Mr. O or any affiliated Jackasses. Viva La Vito!!)

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quote:
Originally posted by Cervus:
I live in a college town and the majority of patrons at this Blockbuster are 18-24 year old college students. I was pleasantly surprised to see Pink Flamingos on their shelves, but disappointed when looking at their sparse drama and idie/foreign section. Overall they have very few pre-1970's films (even big releases); comedies and new releases dominate. Their sci-fi section is almost nonexistent.


This is why there is Netflix. Thanks to them Blockbuster will soon be out of business (I hope).

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