Hot from Netflix, The Dark Knight appeared at Casa Core Dump yesterday. I noticed it was rated PG-13, which struck me a little odd, since from the trailers it seemed like a pretty dark (heh) movie.
And yep, it’s a disturbing movie, especially the Joker character, who truly brings the psychotic.
The Dark Knight doesn’t have any nudity, f-bombs, or gore, but is stocked to the rafters with psychotic people, disturbing imagery, and endless violence.
So how much violence does a movie actually have to contain to get an R rating? According to the MPAA themselves, a PG-13 movie may contain “depictions of violence … but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence.” An R rating is earned when there is “intense or persistent violence.”
We can argue semantics all day, but I’d say the correct definition of R versus PG-13 is: “Boobies means R. No boobies means PG-13.”
So thanks MPAA for reminding me that your ratings scheme is utterly worthless.
It’s a decent movie, though, if you happen to be a grown-up.
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.