I went to this page specifically to find out what the rating was. As the new Gosling/Williams movie "Blue Valentine" approaches I can't help but think that maybe it's getting an NC-17 rating due to the realism it portrays and the unsettling tone i'm hoping it will bring, similar to "A Woman Under the Influence."
Anyhow, after reading these comments I just wanted to share my thoughts on Cassavettes:
While I think the approach he has to filmmaking is beyond any other (in a sense) and aesthetically he IS one of my favorite directors, I can totally see why someone wouldn't be into it. From an entertainment perspective it's far too self-indulgent. All of his movies are too long and there's always atleast two or three scenes I don't care for.
Cassavettes is punk rock. A rebel through and through. He makes Scorsese look like Rob Reiner but if I was to actually compare the work of someone like Scorsese and Cassavettes there is no doubt that Scorsese wins. So I guess what I'm saying is while Cassavettes is simply amazing and I can watch his films over and over, if I was to choose between his body of work or a "Big time Hollywood Director" like Scorsese, Lumet, Woody, Speilberg, Copolla, Malick, P.T. Anderson, Tarantino etc...to be stranded on a desert island with I would probably choose the more successful directors.