Category: Film Reviews

Back Issues The Hustler Magazine Story

Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story

“Anyone can be a Playboy and have a Penthouse, but it takes a man to be a Hustler.” Larry Flynt’s Hustler Magazine Publications has become one of the most successful porn companies in the world, straddling all facets of media….

Gainsbourg film review

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

The quintessential rogue lover; Lucien Ginsburg was born the son of Jewish parents, in Paris, France, in 1928, but became best known to the world as the egocentric avant-pop-maestro and agent provocateur Serge Gainsbourg, enjoying a successful career that spanned…

dating the enemy film review

Dating the Enemy: The Perfect Popcorn on the Sofa Date Flick

This is a classic Aussie rom-com date-stamp from 1996, and the kind of romantic comedy you just don’t see anymore. There have been several Hollywood flicks that have used a similar premise (Big, Vice Versa, Freaky Friday, 18 Again!), but…

show me love film review

Show Me Love: Teenage Emotions & Gender Issues

Swedish director Lukas Moodysson had been writing serious poetry for years before finally turning his hand to telling stories for the screen, but his deft hand at inspired irony, lyrical imagery, wry nuances, and delicate juxtapositions of desire, both metaphorical…

The Sheltering Sky Film

The Sheltering Sky: Exploration, Sex and Solitude

Master Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci brought Peter Bowles’ bestseller to the big screen in 1990. It’s an odyssey of two distinct parts; the first act sees the arrival of the Moresbys, Port (John Malkovich) and Kit (Debra Winger), with handsome…

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New York’s First Porn Film Festival

New York’s first-ever porn film festival is inducing a few cringes amongst that city’s intelligentsia – after all, ain’t that stuff meant to stay put in LA? ADAM FRONTIER writes … It’s called the NYC Porn Film Festival, and its…

wonder women film review

Wonder Women! Film Review

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines William Mouton Marsten has a lot to answer for! He created the super heroine Wonder Woman as a “distinctly feminist role model whose mission was to bring the Amazon ideals of love,…

la belle noiseuse film review

La Belle Noiseuse Film Review

Inspired by a novella, Le Chef-d’oeuvre Inconnu by Balzac, La Belle Noiseuse (1991) – which roughly translates as The Beautiful Nuisance, or Pain-in-the-Arse – is a study of love and art, of truth and secrecy, of honesty and duplicity. It…

When Night is Falling Film Review

When Night is Falling Film Review

From the pen and eye of the same woman who made the quirky independent darling of the late 80s arthouse scene, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, this is another lesbian love story, albeit one entangled in the trappings of heterosexuality…

cafe flesh review

Cafe Flesh: Too Hot for a World with a Future

In a world destroyed, a mutant universe, survivors break down to those who can and those who can’t. 99% are Sex Negatives. Call them erotic casualties. They want to make love, but the mere touch of another makes them violently…

Gandu Indian Film

Gandu Film Review

Straddling its own stylised artistry, a kind of transgressive, psychotropic exotica, this wild and unruly Bengali beast is the creation of Q (Qaushiq Mukherjee), who directed, shot, co-edited, production designed, and co-produced. The script, inspired from a story idea developed…

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9 Songs: Art or Porn?

“When I remember Lisa I don’t think about her clothes, or her work, or where she was from, or even what she said. I think about her smell, her taste, her skin touching mine.” Matt (Keiren O’Brien) meets Lisa (Margo…

Under the Skin

In a spellbinding montage a cosmic technology makes an interface with something organic, intelligent. Voices are heard, repeating words, learning, adjusting, archiving. Something is transmogrifying, coming to Earth, a terra firma femme fatale. In a quest to consume everything, a…

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Nymphomaniac

Danish maverick director (read: troublemaker) Lars von Trier likes to stir the pot, preferably with controversy and provocation. His latest cinematic exercise is one designed to tickle the groin, pinch the arse, and slap the face (or maybe that’s tickle…