Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The Diary of a Teenage Girl; 2015, R

This is an amazing and wonderful film. It is very sexual but it is not erotic. OK, don’t be creeped out. Here is the storyline. A 15 year old girl is having a sexual relationship with her mother’s boyfriend. However, she is not a victim. This is a coming of age film whose focus is on a young woman’s sexual energy and sexual pain. Bel Powley is brilliant in depicting this precocious and artistic young woman. This is one of the best coming of age films since The Breakfast Club. 4/5/16

Love 2015; UR

This is a sexually explicit film that is available streaming on Netflix. It is a serious film yet has the type of explicit sexuality usually seen only in pornography. The story walks backward. It starts with violence fueled by drugs yet as we go backward we understand a history of tenderness in this same relation. I recommend this film if for no other reason than a document of extreme sexuality, yet easily available on Netflix streaming. It is a document of our current culture that is absent of any form of sexual censorship. I believe this is positive, yet leaves the censorship to us as viewers. 4/5/16

Thursday, January 21, 2016

When Night is Falling 1995; UR

When Night is Falling is a movie about a love affair between two women. This film is about a women’s first experience of sexual pleasure. Her pleasure is first with her fiancĂ© but then even more intense with another women. The sex scenes are explicit and highly erotic. Many “coming of age” films focus on young people in their teens or early 20’s. This film presents older people who have abstained from sexual pleasure because of their religion. Beyond “coming of age” this film is about passion. It presents the contradictory tension that is often at the core of intense passion. These heightened sexual feelings are unexpected, unwanted, resisted and viewed as partly amoral. Simultaneously, they are intoxicating, irresistible and uncontrollable.  The feelings are dangerous and they leave a person vulnerable. The feelings of sexual passion also drive actions that at times blur the difference between consent and non-consent. All of these dynamics are illustrated in this film and therefore deserves a high recommendation. The film is available on Netflix. 1/21/16