Motion Picture Association of America: History and Controversy


The Motion Pictures Association of America has stood the test of time as one of the most influential companies in the world. With control over the film ratings process, as well as strong political ties with the United States government, the MPAA has the power to manipulate how the world views the medium of motion pictures.

Maintaining this kind of power, you would think most people would have basic knowledge of the MPAA. When in reality, the MPAA remains unknown to many, often staying out of the Hollywood limelight.

Therefore, I find it essential that people have a general concept of who the MPAA is, what they stand for, and what they mean for the film industry as a whole. I will briefly discuss the history of the company, major criticisms they face today, and the impact film ratings have on the box office and the art of filmmaking itself.

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Sinister Review

Sinister is a horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and stars Ethan Hawke. Released in 2012, Sinister is about a true crime author named Ellison Oswalt, who has just moved into a new home with his family. Unbeknownst to his wife, Ellison just moved them into a home where an entire family was brutally murdered. Ellison soon discovers a box full of Super 8 footage that contains, in graphic detail, … Continue reading Sinister Review

John Wick: Chapter 2 Review

John Wick: Chapter 2 takes place shortly after the events of the first film, where John Wick finally believes he can take a rest and be done with the hitman lifestyle. That all changes when he gets a visit from the crime lord Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio), whom he owes a favor for bound by a blood oath. Once again John gets wrapped back up … Continue reading John Wick: Chapter 2 Review

Annoying People at the Movies

Almost every time I go to the theater nowadays, my enjoyment of watching the film is broken by someone being incredibly rude or obnoxious. Sometimes it’s a person eating food very loudly. Other times it’s someone actually taking a phone call in the theater, and they don’t courteously leave. I would like to discuss a few of my experiences in the theater that have annoyed … Continue reading Annoying People at the Movies