Nov 21, 2008

The One Year Anniversary Message from the SS

American media, especially electronic media, has always been a forbidden place for those with a different worldview. If you never liked Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, or MTV, you are immediately seen as suspect by the gate keepers of thought control. Modern universities have become psychological gulags where even the most slight differing of opinions is seen as criminal. Those that preach tolerance are always the least tolerant. However, technology has always had a way of doing things that it’s maker never intended to. Stanley Kubrick knew it when he directed 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The internet is a form of media that has presented a problem for those who seek to mold minds into cattle lines. Individuals on both sides of our so called “two party system” are already calling for censorship. The H.R. 1955 Violent Radicalization & Homegrown “Terrorism” Prevention Act of 2007 is on it’s way to silence the voices of those individuals that actually value their “right of free speech.” But why censor voices when there is nothing to hide? The recently deceased author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn quickly realized the dangers of being vocal in a place that values serfdom as his masterpiece The Gulag Archipelago demonstrates.

At Soiled Sinema, we value freedom of speech and research. We also value the challenging of contemporary norms, mores, and history. Soiled Sinema is a blog dedicated to those cinema fans that aren’t afraid to look at modern film and film history critically. Soiled Sinema is also a place that attempts to note films that are taboo, under appreciated, over appreciated, or have never seen the light of day. We only ask that the serious and sometimes not so serious fan of cinema at least seriously consider what we have to say. With our blog, the writers of Soiled Sinema have taken risks to deliver forbidden knowledge, subversive speculation, critical analysis, and taboo art.

Soiled Sinema has just passed it's first year of existence. We regret nothing that we have written, nor will we ever. Soiled Sinema is here to stay and only plans to grow. Italian poet, intellectual, film director and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini was a man that truly did what he felt. He may have died for his masterpiece Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom, but he never cowered to accepted public opinion. Neither did Jean Cocteau, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, or even Lucio Fulci(at least from what I know). Out of respect to our favorite filmmakers, we at Soiled Sinema will continue to write our personal honest opinions and research on the art of cinema. After one year of existence, we owe our fans(and haters) a big THANK YOU!

Ty E and mAQ


Unknown said...

No, thank you. I read SS every day, I even re-read articles/reviews. Its like coffee in the morning, I have to read it. Bravo, keep it up. We need more sites like this.

Anonymous said...

Damn straight. Your blog is amazing. Ever since I stumbled upon your blog and saw the background, I knew I'd be addicted. Plus, you introduced me to a lot of great stuff. Thanks and keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Thanx for the amazing first year guys!!!!

Anonymous said...

"Soiled Sinema is also a place that attempts to note films that are taboo, under appreciated, over appreciated, or have never seen the light of day."

You should review Zardoz.

Soiled Sinema said...


How ironic. Ty E's been trying to get me to view Zardoz for ages.

Keith said...

Congrats. That is great news. I'm so thrilled. I love this blog. You have such wonderful insights about the films that you cover. Keep up the good work.

Fox said...


The most encouraging thing about this post is that you promise that you will never go away. With longevity y'all will only reach greater heights. Others come and go b/c they have limited original thoughts. They are also afraid to touch the taboo.

It's appropriate that you mention Fassbinder and Pasolini b/c, just like Soiled Sinemas, they were truly creatively independent of anyone. I feel the same way about an Abel Ferrara, Luis Bunuel and James Toback (among some others). These artists became outsiders b/c they thought for themselves. I'm instantly attracted to these kinds of people, and that's why I come to y'alls blog everyday!

I watched Pasolini's Hawks and Sparrows recently, and I think what reviewers miss about that film is that Pasolini - even though he was a Marxist - detested Marxists and Communists as much as he detested modern consumerism. But like you said, modern critics, just like modern media, won't dig deep into this b/c they fear going against their modern leftist establishment.

"Those that preach tolerance are always the least tolerant."

That has never been more true than today.


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