Sunday, January 1, 2012

Cape Fear - Martin Scorsese

It's amazing how things change in twenty years. Here's a list of things that you wouldn't find in a movie today but were common in a R-rated movie in 1991 such as Cape Fear:

  • An adult kissing an underage girl (the actress who plays the underage character was over 18, though).
  • The father of the underage GIRL having dirty thoughts about her.
  • Dysfunctional families, and common fellows in general as heroes. For some reason, Hollywood has had a long infatuation with rich and powerful characters. Movies about common people are becoming the exception rather than the norm.
  • Southern conservatism portrayed as a potential source of violence and conflicts; when Southern conservatism is portrayed today, if it is portrayed at all, it is as a motive for mockery.
  • The idea that provocative women deserve to be raped. (I actually think that the term "promiscuous women" has been kicked out of the U.S. media completely, in great part thanks to Sex and the City).
  • Derogatory comments about being raped by black men in jail.
  • Dirty, rough, and rude men. Actors like Robert de Niro have nothing to do in Hollywood today.

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