Friday, February 15, 2008

Everybody's a Critic


So, the government of Myanmar has apparently prohibited its citizens from seeing Rambo, the fourth film in the eponymously named franchise and the most admirably foolish idea to come out of Hollywood in about a decade or so.

Those who've been caught watching bootleg copies of the movie now face ten years in jail and twenty lashes.

As if these people haven't already suffered enough.

6 comments:

Kyddryn said...

Er...at the risk of being branded too stupid to live, why would it be banned? Is it because I haven't seen the movie that I don't understand this? What could possibly be contained in a a bit of entertainment that would warrant whipping and incarceration?

Shade and Sweetwater,
K, who now has to go look this up and try to make heads or tails of it.

Anonymous said...

One of the most violent pieces of celluloid I think I have ever seen, however having never watched any of the torture films or Ichi the killer I may be slightly naive.

Harris said...

Brutal beatings and political killings aside, it's clear the government of Myanmar cares more about its citizens than does our own.

Blade said...

I'd guess it's because some of the things in the movie hit a bit too close to their mark. Also, the movie is quite probably the bloodiest non-NC17 thing I've ever seen.

Duncan Bayne said...

I won't be paying to see the latest Stallone movie in case any of my money winds up in his pocket.

He is (in his press statements, at least) vehemently anti-gun, and has recently appeared at fund raising events for anti-gun groups. He is quoted as saying "... until America, door to door, takes every handgun, this is what you're gonna have ... We're livin' in the Dark Ages over there."

And yet, he applied for and received a concealed handgun license in late 2004.

Personally, I'm very strongly pro-RKBA, but regardless of which side of the debate you're on, his behaviour is simply reprehensible.

Gary said...

It's actually not a bad movie, surprisingly.

And, knowing some Burmese people in Australia, it's not too far from the truth either. Maybe Shrub will invade Burma as well once he finds out how nasty the regime are... oh, that's right. No oil. Will palm-tree oil do?