Today is Tuesday! and if you’ve been coming here for any length of time, you know that, for most people Tuesday is just the day after Monday, but for you it means that “Time to Vote Tuesday” is here!! YES!!!
What is “Time to Vote Tuesday”?:
“Time to Vote Tuesday” is the session of fun weekly polls which spark thought, debate, and intrigue! Each poll closes in a week with results posted on the following ‘TVT’!
Last week’s poll, “Money-Making Movies“ has now closed with 43 votes. The results are in and the top 2 movies that were chosen to invest in are: The Avengers and Titanic. Poor Waterworld did not receive any votes from any of you investors, however, Ben-Hur, Fight Club, and even It’s A Wonderful Life got some money! Be sure to check out the results from last week’s poll’s HERE.
I wish to thank everyone that voted in last week’s polls, shared it with others, and made it fun with your comments!
In this edition of ‘TVT’ this week’s poll, entitled “Editing the Edits”, focuses on a rather sensitive issue: Politically Correct Reactive/Over-reactive Reactions by Hollywood.
Before I proceed, I wish to state that this post is in no way intended to be disrespectful or insensitive to events and victims of tragic events that have caused pain and rocked the world. The subject of today’s poll is a little heavy. It is that of Hollywood’s reaction to events such as the tragic recent event that took place in a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado last week.
It infuriates me to see such evil take place in the world we live in today. And it is great to see studios, such as Warner Bros. go to certain lengths to respect the pain that such events incur. (Over the weekend, Warner Bros. Studios refused to release any box office earnings of The Dark Knight Rises in a show of respect that there are more important things out there than money. They also committed to donating to several charities for the families of the victims in Colorado. =Awesome.)
Those are some very amazing and great reactions to such a tragedy. But at what point in time do the reactions become overboard? I’m not talking about a political issue of gun control, or banning costumes from theaters, or posting armed guards at movie premieres. What I am talking about is the editing of the art in movie form that tends to take place after such events.
Do you remember the trailer for the very first Spider-Man movie? The one with the reveal of Spider-Man via a getaway helicopter full of bank robbers caught in a web between the two towers of the World Trade Center? The trailer got pulled and the scene removed from the movie immediately after 9/11.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers faced a possible edit/rename as a result of the horrific events of 9/11.
I don’t necessarily condone 100% of the edits, but sometimes, these edits are made because the studios feel that they have no choice. Either edit, or face the possibility of being labeled as “insensitive” and “supportive of the alleged guilty party.” That decision, funded by the business hope for great financial success in the box office, can make or break a film in its theatrical release.
There’s a line to be drawn, however, I don’t know exactly where that line should be. With the recent tragedy in Colorado, tv spots for The Dark Knight Rises with gunfire included have been edited. Another upcoming film faces some edits and reshoots: Gangster Squad (starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, and more) has had trailers/tv spots pulled which feature gangsters shooting into a movie theater from behind the screen. The scene is also to be edited and reshot (it apparently held some weight in terms of the storyline and plot). While I am sure the edited scene may appear on the blu-ray extras, I find myself a bit frustrated at edits such as this appearing “knee-jerkish” in reaction.
Movies are exactly that: movies. Does editing them in such a fashion still maintain the integrity of the film? Does it help? Does it hurt? Do you care? It frustrates me a little but I’m not sure how to answer the question of how much editing of art is too much vs. how much non-editing is too little. Let’s think about it for just a minute?
Do the madmen/terrorists still win if we edit everything? If Bane in The Dark Knight Rises was real and really bombed a football field like he does in the trailer/movie, do we ban all NFL games from airing on television?
Thanks for taking the time to read, contemplate, and vote/comment.
The poll closes on 7-31-12 and the results will post on next week’s “Time to Vote Tuesday!”
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer