October 30, 2010

Creature Features: Eye Spy for the MPI

…and I don't mean the company formerly known as Maljack Productions, Inc., or MPI Home Video. (Although they will sell you a Region 1 DVD or Region A Blu–ray disc of Tom Six's The Human Centipede [First Sequence], or all the Dark Shadows episodes you want.)

No, the MPI in this case is the Moving Picture Institute ("promoting freedom through film"). They were in the news recently (not the newspapers regularly devoured by your Projectionist) when one of their own, John Papola got to share a Templeton Freedom Award (with collaborator Russ Roberts) for a little rappish number called Fear the Boom and Bust.

See, these guys — Friedrich von Hayek and John Maynard Keynes, I believe — meet in a bar…

Courtesy John Papola & Russ Roberts.

For the record, Messrs. Papola and Roberts' piece got them an Innovative Media trophy and USD 10,000 (plus 1.5 million hits for Google's YouTube).

O.K., that's impressive. Give them props, even if the message of the video makes you ill. The Moving Picture Institute favors free market politics, and the movies they choose to get behind reflect a free market/conservative philosophy.

Don't feel bad if you haven't heard of this MPI. (I would have preferred they use another name, to avoid confusion with the company once notoriously known for releasing the Faces of Death franchise.)

Last night, we gave you trailers for The Cartel and The Rubber Room, two films attacking the education establishment, both of which the Moving Picture Institute have backed. (Sorry, guys, but I refuse to use just your initials — please see the opening paragraph above.) Today, I'll give you the previews for three more titles that could be considered inflammatory, starting with Nick Tucker's 2008 feature Do As I Say, which tried to puncture holes in the public reputations of former U.S. Vice–President Al Gore and moviemaker/gadfly Michael Moore (who has been used to getting skewered in the past, and always survives each attempt, including this one).

Again, no need to feel bad if you didn't hear of or catch this one. It seems to be yet another fly–by–night title that faded fast (and in any event, you can buy a DVD if you really want to):

©2008 Do As I Say Productions, L.L.C.

Say, I did promise you "rancid Greenpeace soldiers," so how about a taste of Mine Your Own Business (also out on disk)?

Courtesy New Bera Media and the Moving Picture Institute.

Or how about U.N. Me ("you and me"?) for a few laughs?

©2010 Disruptive Pictures.

The Moving Picture Institute does help back some films that, judging from their descriptions, don't seem as outraged (or is that outrageous?) as these three. We'll deal with them post–Hallowe'en. Or maybe post–Election Day in the States (Tuesday 2 November).

Besides, the real chillers are yet to come.

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