When I read this morning's news that the Weinstein Company is appealing the adults-only NC-17 rating given its upcoming 'Blue Valentine,' I felt like it was 1990 all over again. Early in that year, the Weinsteins, who had been fighting the MPAA's skull-and-crossbones "X" rating for years, hired controversial lawyer William Kunstler to sue the MPAA over its refusal to change the X rating given to Peter Greenaway's 'The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover.'

Reporting on that story as both a columnist and the Movie Editor at the Los Angeles Times, I found myself talking to Kunstler not about such heady clients as the Chicago Seven, Catonsville Nine and "Black Panther Party, but whether children under 17 should be prohibited by the MPAA from viewing a movie whose crucial dramatic scene is a dinner at which a mobster is forced to eat the baked flesh (the penis, to be precise) of a man he's just murdered.
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
In Theaters on April 6th, 1990

Decadence, gluttony and infidelity are on the menu at one of Britain's most opulent restaurants. Read More

Henry & June
In Theaters on March 14th, 2004

Henry Miller (Fred Ward) gets kinky with two others (Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros) in 1930s Paris. Read More

In Theaters on September 17th, 1979

Violence and corruption mark the Roman emperor's (Malcolm McDowell) reign. Read More

Blue Valentine
Based on 42 critics

A couple (Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams) cannot halt the downward spiral of their marriage. Read More

Midnight Cowboy
In Theaters on May 25th, 1969

A hustler (Jon Voight) and an ailing con man (Dustin Hoffman) work 42nd Street. Read More

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