But here's their roster: 1) THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (Marty Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ generates cross-burning on then Universal studio head Lew Wasserman's front lawn but is only #6 while this tops the chart. Huh?). 2) A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. 3) FAHRENHEIT 9/11. 4) DEEP THROAT. 5) JFK. 6) THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST. 7) THE BIRTH OF A NATION. 8 ) NATURAL BORN KILLERS. 9) LAST TANGO IN PARIS. 10) BABY DOLL. 11) THE MESSAGE. 12) THE DEER HUNTER. 13) THE DA VINCI CODE. 14) THE WARRIORS. 15) TRIUMPH OF THE WILL. 16) UNITED 93. 17) FREAKS. 18) I AM CURIOUS (YELLOW). 19) BASIC INSTINCT. 20) CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. 21) BONNIE AND CLYDE. 22) DO THE RIGHT THING. 23) KIDS. 24) CALIGULA. 25) ALADDIN.
Posted by Nikki Finke on Saturday, June 10th, 2006 at 12:48PM | Permalink
Actually, the list is pretty accurate, I'd say, until you reach about number 5 on the list.
United 93? Give me a break. That was about 2 weeks of controversy.
The Passion was only controversial at the Ethical Society.
Scorsese's movie was controversial to a point, but it was all one-sided--the movie made little money.
The Passion, on the other hand, was a mammoth hit, which of course inflamed those calling it anti-Semetic and whatever into high-gear.
I take it you're offended by the label, but for an artist there are few labels as sought-after as "controversial".
If everyone thinks something is good or bad there is no controversy. In this case, there were LOUD and numerous supporters and opponents of the film. It created a huge controversy, whereas Last Temptation was about hardcore Christians vs. film critics, and the public generally stayed away. In The Passion, the public took a side.