Category Archives: mpaa

Revisiting Rated X

It’s a big weekend for us over in Amsterdam at Jennifer Lyon Bell’s “Rated-X: Amsterdam Alternative Erotic Film Festival”. Over the next couple of days we’ll have three films screening: Matt and Khym: Better than Ever; Bill and Desiree: Love is Timeless; and Damon and Hunter: Doing it Together. In the last decade, film festivals [...]

Three Myths About the NC-17 Rating, According to John Fithian

So last Thursday I had a really interesting chat with Joan Graves, Chairwoman of CARA, the board that actually rates films at the MPAA. The reason I was talking with Joan is because my feeling is that the problem with the MPAA’s rating system isn’t that the line between NC-17 and R isn’t clear, it’s [...]

Ang Lee Takes On the NC-17 Rating

About a month ago I sent a letter to Dan Glickman, Chairman of the MPAA, asking what, if any plans the MPAA had to rehabilitate the NC-17 rating. Yesterday I called Mr. Glickman’s office in Washington D.C. and was told that my letter had been forwarded to the Los Angeles Office, to Joan Graves, Chairwoman [...]

Comstock Films Hits a Nerve

A nice mention by Steve Erickson on Nerve’s indie film blog, Screengrab,about our recent experience with the MPAA’s advertising department. Writes Erik: “…He recently decided to get an MPAA rating for his film Marie and Jack: A Hardcore Love Story. As expected, he got an NC-17 (not so dreaded, in his case), but the real [...]

How “X-rated” Came to Mean “Porn” and the Death of Movies for Grown-ups

The poster for LAST TANGO IN PARIS, including X-rating symbol (click to enlarge) Fad23 is absolutely right. The X-rating was a part of the MPAA four-tier system first introduced in 1968. But unlike G, PG, and R, X was not a trademarked MPAA property. The X rating was conceived of by the MPAA as a [...]

A New (MPAA Approved) Cover for MARIE AND JACK

Back in February we submitted our first film, MARIE AND JACK: A HARDCORE LOVE STORY to the Motion Picture Association of America (The MPAA). Since MARIE AND JACK is a film about grown-up ideas, with grown-up imagery, intended for a grown-up audience, we had every expectation that the film would receive (the dreaded) NC-17 rating. [...]

MARIE AND JACK: A Hardcore Love Story receives an NC-17 rating from the MPAA

Press release speak: MARIE AND JACK: A HARDCORE LOVE STORY earns an NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.This February, MARIE AND JACK: A HARDCORE LOVE STORY, the first erotic documentary from Comstock Films underwent review by the Motion Picture Association of America and was assigned an NC-17 rating for it’s explicit sexuality. [...]

Real Sex and Movie Ratings in Australia, the UK, and the US

Yesterday was a blood-bath. The Google Site Index for Comstock Films continues to look extremely weird, full of robot.txt excluded pages, and even pages that haven’t been live on our website for years, and our Google search related traffic is in the toilet. Why does Googles’s index of our site have pages that we took [...]