Category: Film Reviews

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Hot Girls Wanted: A Documentary Film Review

The porn industry certainly isn’t what it used to be. In fact, it’s safe to say that the porn industry has almost gone mainstream. I say almost, because you can’t access hardcore porn on Netflix or Stan or one of…

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Jan Gassman’s Europe, She Loves: A Film Review

A fascinating docudrama that recently screened at the 63rd Sydney Film Festival from Swiss director Jan Gassman. The multiple-threaded narrative follows four youngish couples in four different European cities/countries;  Tallinn/Estonia, Sevilla/Spain, Dublin/Ireland, and Thessaloniki/Greece. The camera, like a fly-on-the-wall, observes…

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Lust at First Bite: The Classic Porn Film Review

Phillip Marshak’s loose (and I mean that in the most unchaste sense of the word) 1978 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula is one of the Golden Age of Porn’s more intriguing productions. With a veritable who’s who of the…

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Film Review: A Complete History of My Sexual Failures

A Complete History of My Sexual Failures (2008) is a hilarious documentary about one man’s love-life-as-horror-movie. A bleeding heart nightmare turned into a very cleverly packaged therapy session and sold as a post-youtube, realityTV odyssey of the Id. Actually, it’s not…

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In The Realm Of The Senses (Ai No Corrida)

Still one of the most controversial “mainstream” movies ever made, Nagisa Oshima’s In The Realm Of The Senses (1976) is a powerful and disturbing tale of sexual obsession set in a small Japanese village in 1936. It was inspired by…

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Lovelace Biopic Review

Linda Boreman lived a life salted with unhappiness and peppered with victimisation, and she died tragically in a car accident at the age of 53. She will be forever known to the world as “Linda Lovelace”, arguably the most famous…

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Fifty Shades of Grey Film Review: Is It as Bad as They Say?

I’ve never read the novel by E. L. James, nor do I have any intention to. Reliable sources have informed me that it is exactly as I thought it would be; a poorly-penned romance spiced with graphic, but pedestrian sex…

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The Little Death: An Australian Sex Comedy

The title refers to the 19th Century euphuism for “orgasm”, originating from the French phrase, “le petit morte”. And there’s a distinct streak of dark humour running through this utterly delightful and risqué Aussie comedy of manners (or is that…

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Film Review: White Bird in A Blizzard

Director Gregg Araki was once the gay prince of American independent cinema Greg Araki, with several transgressive comedies that push black humour into the red, white, and blue, oh and shocking pink, to boot. A sense of playful nihilism permeates…

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Film Review of Anh Hung Tran’s Norwegian Wood

Adapted from Haruki Murakami’s novel of the same name, Norwegian Wood (2010) is in 1967, during the student turmoil at a Tokyo university. It begins with three students, thick as thieves; Watanabe (Ken’ichi Matsuyama), Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi), and Kizuki (KengoKora)….

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Gaspar Noe’s Love: A Film Review

Love is beautiful. Love is joyful. Love is a distraction. Love is tumultuous. Love is temptation. Love is sticky. Love is messy. Love is difficult. Love can be a bitch. Love is Gaspar Noe’s new movie, an immersive experience that…

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Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Director Russ Meyer passed away in 2004, but his cult following is as strong as ever. This year we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Meyer’s most influential escapade, as it rouses your libido, tickles your funny bone, and…

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Swingers Film Review

Swingers (1996) is the ultimate debunking of male bravado and dating swagger that bristles with hilarious dialogue, crackles with spot on comedic characterisation and nails the comic timing with perfection. Originally written as a springboard by Jon Favreau, who plays mournful…

Kink: The Documentary

The story goes that James Franco made an unsuccessful sex tape with his girlfriend (whatever that means), and later, whilst shooting scenes for a 2012 drama called About Cherry (set within the porn industry) at the historic San Francisco Armory,…