Culture Matters

Don’t get lost in translation

Culture Matters

Don’t get lost in translation

Culture Matters

Don’t get lost in translation

Culture Matters

Don’t get lost in translation

‘Deadpool 3’ Gets R-Rating

Who knew back in 2016 that “Deadpool” would become the highest grossing R-rated superhero movie of all time? It’s no surprise that its sequel “Deadpool 2” would garner even more success. After everyone’s favorite rodent swallowed the Fox Corporation back in 2019, they acquired the rights to the Deadpool franchise. Now fans can rejoice that “Merc With a Mouth” is back for a third installment-thanks to Disney. The Mouse Empire revealed its plans to release “Deadpool 3” with an R rating; the first R-Rated film set in the Marvel Cinematic...

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Standard Ratings versus User Ratings: What’s the Difference?

Often, before going to see a film at the theater, or pressing play on our remote, we check the rating of a film or series. On most streaming platforms, this is found on the title’s information page. For movies in theaters, ratings are found at the end of the trailers played on television commercial breaks or in the paper. MPAA Film Ratings We check film ratings, so we understand what we type of content we are going to see. Since 1922, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has provided us with a standardized rating system, allowing...

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‘The Lady of Heaven’ Banned in Pakistan, Raises Ire in Other Countries

The world is entering a new era of international collaboration in media and entertainment. How do stakeholders and participants blend and interpret their respective cultures and points of view? What results--a piece of work that celebrates the beliefs and values of local people, or will misunderstanding and controversy flourish? The film, “The Lady of Heaven,” is one such multicultural endeavor. It was produced by the U.K.’s Enlightened Kingdom, directed by Eli King, an Australian born actor of Egyptian descent, and written by Sheikh Yasser...

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Switzerland Reveals New Youth Protections for Film and Video Games

Switzerland’s Federal Council recently submitted a draft of the Youth Protection Act (YPA), which will make age labels and controls “uniformly stipulated throughout Switzerland and made mandatory for films and video games.”   According to Media Landscapes, existing legislation provides “guaranteed freedom of press and freedom of trade” as stipulated by Article 16 of the Swiss Federal Constitution. While the Federal Council finds the current broadcasting corporation “most suitable for the future” it did find the need for more stringent...

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Now the Longest Running Comedy Series: ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’

More hours are being spent on the couch than on the road now with everyone in quarantine and working from home. We have seemingly replaced commuting in cars to bingeing TV. Streaming platforms are taking advantage of this new reality by churning out as much original content as they can. Older, forgotten shows are getting rebooted or renewed for additional episodes exclusively for their respective platforms. The show “Friends” has a reunion special confirmed to be exclusive to HBOMAX in 2021. Similarly, Disney+ already released new original...

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Australia Bans Hentai

Australia’s Border Force (ABF) has blocked the popular animated form of Japanese pornography, hentai, from entering the country. Besides hentai, other banned items include sex toys, Japanese porn videos, and sexually suggestive figurines—basically, any product marked with a “+18” symbol. This decision followed an increased number of images depicting rape, incest, pedophilia, and sexual abuse. This is not the first time Australia has expressed concerns with anime and manga: in February 2020, Australian politicians advised its government to...

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Disney: A Journey of Inclusion

When people think of Disney, they reminisce about movies that defined their childhood, flying like Peter Pan, swimming through coral reefs like Ariel, or even grabbing a feather and “flying” like Dumbo. Disney brings magic to life on and off screen, and parents are more than happy to buy a costume or toy, so their children further enjoy a favorite Disney story. But even fiction contains some fact, and several earlier Disney films have not aged well. These movies recently sparked public ridicule and scrutiny, and Disney is taking steps to...

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Ontario Changes its Film Ratings System

In a move to modernize the age-rating system for movies in Ontario, Canada, the provincial government recently proposed the ‘Film Content Information Act 2020’ as part of the Budget Bill that does away with General, Parental Guidance, 14 Accompaniment, 18 Accompaniment and Restricted age ratings. The new act would replace the Film Classification Act, 2005. In recent years, the Ontario Film Review Board (OFRB) – a film classification body run by the Ontario Film Authority, a nonprofit organization, appears to have fallen behind in assigning...

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Indian Government Regulates OTT Platforms

The latest Media and Entertainment Outlook 2020 report by PwC states India is currently the world’s fastest growing OTT market, and is positioned to become the world’s sixth-largest by 2024. This means India is likely to overtake South Korea, Germany, and Australia in OTT revenue. Sizable investments by Netflix, Amazon, Disney+ Hotstar and other players in both originals and licensed content is expected to make up 93% of total OTT revenue. This is good news in terms of consumer choices. It also means that with the increased flow of content,...

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Phallic Fantasies from Amazon’s ‘The Boys’

In the oversaturated Superhero content market, it is rare for heroes to go against the epitomized image of squeaky-clean role models with godlike powers who save us from menacing villains just in the nick of time. Enter “The Boys.” Amazon’s hit show takes this notion and turns it on its head. In the series, Vought International presents to the world, “The Seven.” These corporate Supes (short for superheroes), polished tip to toe are not dissimilar from carefully designed happy meals that conformists consume on a nice platter. Unlike Marvel...

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