Maybe you should have said "10 most controversial American movies." Even if the list were explicitly limited to the most controversial American films (or American-produced or -directed, which would allow "A Clockwork Orange" to remain on the list), then the list was still not accurate. Since it focused only on movies from about 1970 ("Midnight Cowboy") to the present, the name of the list was again a misnomer. If only REELZ had taken the name of its list seriously (and again, if it concentrated solely on American movies), it would have made a fascinating list that would have educated Americans about the truly most controversial films. The mention of "The Birth of a Nation" at the beginning of the program was REELZ's acknowledgment that its list didn't have the goods, since "The Birth ..." should have been on the list, probably at #1 because it has been controversial for decades, although it hasn't caused race riots since its first showings. I would really have thought that causing race riots would have been more than enough to force REELZ to put the movie on the list, much less the fact that the film is still considered by many---though not all---as the "coming into maturity" of American film-making.
"South Park: Bigger ..." should never have been on the list. The TV series had already generated tons of similar controversy, and its accessibility on TV was and is far greater for children than any R-rated movie/TV-MA show would ever be.
Documentaries were ignored. Arguably "Titicut Follies" could have made the list; "Fahrenheit 9/11" definitely should have.
Another film for serious consideration is "Poltergeist." Its content was so controversial that parents were outraged and younger kids had nightmares for months. The movie led to the creation of the PG-13 rating.
Had the list been more international, a lot of other interesting films that would have revealed the extent of film's power throughout the world. In that case, at least "L'Age D'Or" would be on the list.
REELZ, thanks for giving us the chance to comment on your choices. Maybe more comments from me are on the way.
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