Every Wednesday in December, Flavorwire will take a look back at the year in film — the stories, the performances, the movies that we were talking about in 2011. For this week, let’s revisit some of the year’s movie controversies, shall we?
We film folk can get worked up pretty easily, so while we found plenty of things to get all a-tizzy about in 2011, the assembled list of 2011’s film controversies doesn’t exactly read like end-of-the-world, stop-the-presses stuff. But these things are important to us! We’re easily excitable! Thus, ratings and posters and Oscars and Darth Vader’s scream were well worth talking about — then, and now. Join us after the jump to relive some of the year’s very big deals.
10. A Dishonest Trailer?!
Back in October, we told you about Michigan moviegoer and Certified Smart Person (TM) Sarah Deming, who sued distributor FilmDistrict over its acclaimed release Drive. Ms. Deming’s objection? That FilmDistrict “promoted the film Drive as very similar to the Fast and Furious, or similar, series of movies,” but actually, “Drive bore very little similarity to a chase, or race action film… having very little driving in the motion picture.” Yep, a moviegoer sued a distributor for not delivering on the promise of high quality she’s come to expect from Fast and Furious-style movies. And the Internet issued a collective face-palm.