All of the new DVD releases hit stores (and Netflix) on Tuesdays, but this week, the pickings are slim, to say the least. (Farce of the Penguins anyone? So for this week's What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, I've decided to tell you about a great movie I somehow missed when it came out last week.
It's no surprise that the Academy ignored this documentary when choosing this year's Oscar nominees. From controversial documentarian Kirby Dick (who directed Sick), this exposé explores the somewhat shady practices of the MPAA and the way it assigns ratings to movies. Dick talks to a number of edgy filmmakers — including Darren Aronofsky, Allison Anders, and John Waters — about why the MPAA tends to be laxer with some movies than others.
We've seen firsthand that explicit sex is more censored than excessive violence, but the film also exposes some truths you probably didn't know, like the fact that hardly any of the MPAA board members, who are supposed to be parents, have children under the age of 18. So put this one in your queue along with one of your favorite NC-17-rated flicks and spend an evening rebelling against the ratings board.