I love movies and I enjoy documentaries so this week is all about films about movies. I’ll cover new films the rest of the week but two that I’ve previously covered are still available on instant Netflix.
Machete Maidens Unleashed (2010) – Unrated
“In the 1970s and ’80s, makers of exploitation films loved to shoot in the Philippines, which offered gorgeous scenery, beautiful extras and cheap fun in the sun for the crew. This intriguing documentary examines the real face of Hollywood in Manila. Directors such as Roger Corman and Eddie Romero shot in the Southeast Asian nation, and their movies overflowed with sex, gore and action. Plentiful movie clips and in-depth interviews are featured.”
This is a sort-of sequel to Not Quite Hollywood. Not Quite Hollywood is better but mostly because you are more likely to recognize Australian films than Filipino ones.
This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006) – Not rated
“Kirby Dick’s provocative documentary investigates the secretive and inconsistent process by which the Motion Picture Association of America rates films, revealing the organization’s underhanded efforts to control culture. Dick questions whether certain studios get preferential treatment and exposes the discrepancies in how the MPAA views sex and violence. Interviewees include John Waters, Darren Aronofsky, Maria Bello, Atom Egoyan and more.”
This film does a great job of exposing the hypocrisy of the MPAA. Unfortunately they spend a lot of time detailing a private detective situation which severely undercuts the narrative. Even though it is tragically flawed, this is still a must see.