History of Sex in Cinema:
2007, Part 1
|Movie Title/Year and Film/Scene Description|
Alone With Her (2007)
Canadian writer/director Eric Nicholas' disturbing and creepy low-budget suspense thriller was about the invasion of privacy and voyeurism. The cautionary story was entirely shot with the POV of the protagonist's many store-bought video surveillance nanny-cams and listening devices, including an open-zippered camera bag concealing a camera, a 'body-cam' and numerous planted devices.
The film's prologue with a quote from David Wiseman of the US Department of Justice described the pervasive problem of stalking:
The skilled and intensely lonely, unemployed high-tech Los Angeles stalker Doug (Colin Hanks) was scouring beaches and other public areas to find objects of fetishistic scrutiny when he noticed a beautiful woman in the park with her Corgi dog Rocky. The sweaty, panting and flabby pervert saw that she had an emotional reaction to two lovers on the grass, and realized that she was his next vulnerable prey. He immediately became infatuated with getting to know her better. His victim was:
After placing devices in her apartment's foyer, bedroom, shower, bathroom, bed, and living room, the sociopathic, obsessive peeping tom monitored everything she did to learn her likes/dislikes. He orchestrated running into her at her neighborhood coffee shop, where he amazed her by 'coincidentally' having the same musical and movie interests. In one scene, he dozed at his computer monitor as she also went to sleep (he aimed one of his cameras on himself). His voyeuristic sessions included watching her showering and masturbating with her hair brush handle late one night - as he masturbated at his own monitor from a safe distance.
The jealous and sick predator insinuated himself into an artificial relationship, manipulating her to believe that he was a nice guy by helping her create an art website, and assisting her in selling her paintings. At the same time as things became more sinister, he stole her laptop computer, and sabotaged her other relationships with members of both sexes to alienate her (including scaring off suitor Matt (Jonathan Trent) by infecting Amy with poison ivy using infected Q-tips applied across her bedsheets). He helped Amy when she 'accidentally' injured herself on broken glass in the dark, in order to then turn around and rescue her as a knight in shining armor. And he faked a phone call to himself to avoid further scrutiny by Amy's suspicious best friend Jennifer (Jordana Spiro). Eventually, he found an opportunity to kill Jennifer by bashing her over the head in the park on a rainy night.
Another manufactured disaster was set up when he stole Amy's dog and then after a few days returned it. Amy was so overjoyed that she began to passionately make out with Doug, but he experienced impotency. She realized things weren't quite right and asked him to leave. He raged at her, asking her what she would be returning to in her needy life without him, and casually mentioning her brush (that she had used for self-pleasure).
Amy suddenly realized he couldn't possibly have known about her "brush" without spying on her, and she discovered one of the camera bugs next to her bed.
The film ended on an inevitable downer note when she tried to trick him into having tea and sitting down to talk to get to know him better, and her attempt to knock him out failed - and he overpowered her and strangled her to death on the living room floor. The shocking and riveting film ended on an even more disturbing note - the next winter, Doug was at it again, hunting down another female.
(Ana Claudia Talancon)
The Disturbing Finale
Alpha Dog (2007)
This film was a fact-based crime drama (about the Jesse James Hollywood case) from writer/director Nick Cassavetes.
It told about how Southern California drug dealer Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch), after being double-crossed in a deal by Jake Mazursky (Ben Foster), impulsively kidnapped Jake’s naive 15 year-old half-brother, Zack (Anton Yelchin), and took him to Palm Springs to be held as ransom.
Zack blindly enjoyed his captivity, drinking and doing drugs and having first-time sex with two party-girls in a pool skinny-dip scene playing Marco Polo ("This is your lucky night. Get in"):
The situation eventually escalated to tragedy and the murder of Zack.
In a scene with the most explicit nudity in the film, Johnny's girlfriend Angela Holden (Olivia Wilde) engaged in a hotel tryst with him - although he was pre-occupied with events in his life and couldn't perform even after attempted oral sex:
Julie (Amanda Seyfried)
and Alma (Amber Heard)
American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007)
Here was the third of four American Pie Presents: films - direct-to-DVD/video sequels (in both R-rated and Unrated versions) to the original American Pie franchise series. This one was the raunchiest of the entire bunch (to date), with many episodes of in-your-face nudity, unrelentless perversity (with lots of projectile fluids including slo-mo male ejaculate), toplessness, and lewd/gross humor (bestiality with a sheep). The two main female stars refrained from getting naked, but there were many others who did in lots of breast-centric sequences.
The two main plot premises were:
As naive and young Erik Stifler (John White) was about to embark on his freshman year of college where his older sex-crazed cousin Dwight Stifler (Steve Talley) had studied, (channeling Apocalypse Now's Robert Duvall: "I love the smell of boobies in the morning"), he entered the co-ed dorm bathroom to urinate where he met pretty Ashley (Meghan Heffern), while another dark-haired beauty revealed all as she left another shower stall.
In Erik's room, gum-chewing chubby girlfriend Margie (Christine Barger) was "riding the white whale" of her equally chubby boyfriend Bobby (Nic Nac), Erik's roommate, while they were cooking bratwurst - until she began choking on her gum and required the Heimlich Maneuver from behind performed by Erik.
Hot R.A. (Stephany Sexton) opened her top to reveal her stomach with painted Beta Delta Xi letters to trick prospective pledges. During a stripper brawl in the Silver Dollar Room club while pledges vainly attempted to complete task # 37, two topless lap-dance strippers (Sabrina Oliveira and Dawne Furey) entertained two Beta brothers.
Exhausted after repeated sex with an aggressive blonde sex addict Tiffany (Ashleigh Hubbard) that he had picked up at a group therapy session, Dwight was forced to flee. Erik's friend Cooze (Jake Siegel) suffered from a nightmare that his girlfriend Denise (Sarah Power) had a male penis (a la Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights). And chief geek Edgar (Tyrone Savage) had Star Trek-inspired sex ("Uphold the Galactic Alliance with my c--k") with queen of the nerds Irene (Angela Besharah) who had painted her body with alien makeup.
During a poolside Greek Olympiad frathouse competition officiated by Noah Levenstein (Eugene Levy), lots of unknowns participated in a "Release of Venus" bra-snapping removal speed contest. Another repulsive contest was a Deer Hunter-Russian Roulette scene with horse semen, and in the final sudden death "Rise of Aphrodite," the two frat house leaders competed to hold back while given sexy lap dances by the likes of tempting Julie (Michelle Suppa) - Edgar lost the contest due to a sheep-fetish! The victorious Beta House celebrated with a toga-party, during which Cooze had sex with Denise who pleasantly surprised him with female ejaculation, and Erik found love with Ashley.
One of the extras on the Unrated DVD was a segment titled: Boobie "Yule Log," in which there were close-ups of female breasts (with tassels or nude) bouncing and jiggling to various Christmas tunes like "Jingle Bells."
Director Joe Wright's lush epic told of thwarted romance between:
It was epitomized by a scene at an outdoor fountain when lithe Cecilia dove underwater to retrieve a broken piece of a family heirloom vase - and emerged almost naked in front of Robbie with her soaked and transparent dress.
It was also evidenced by Robbie's expression of sexual lust for Cecilia causing a twist of fate - when he typed a misdirected note about wishing to ravish 'your sweet wet cunt' - shown in extreme close-up on his typewriter.
In the library scene, they first physically expressed their unbridled erotic love for each other (with Cecilia in a green dress up against a stack of books and awkwardly positioned on a ladder while making love).
Unfortunately, they were interrupted by Cecilia's younger, impressionable sister Briony (Saoirse Ronan), a budding and imaginative playwright who was so shocked, mistakenly, that she subsequently wrongly accused Robbie of 'raping' her young cousin Lola Quincey (Juno Temple) because of sexual misunderstanding.
Love in the Library
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
This fatalistic crime melodrama by veteran director Sidney Lumet was a tale, told in flashback, of two brothers (a Cain and Abel story):
The two master-minded a crazy (and completely botched) hold-up of their parents' Westchester suburban strip-mall jewelry store on a Saturday morning because they needed cash for debts. Hank needed child-support funds for his vindictive ex-wife (Amy Ryan) and for his daughter, and Andy required money for his expensive heroin drug habit, for male prostitutes, and to escape embezzlement charges by his company and the IRS.
In the opening scene, Andy made love (vigorously from behind, doggy-style) while on vacation with his beautiful, dark-haired trophy wife Gina (Marisa Tomei in a frequently-naked role) in an exotic Rio hotel room surrounded by mirrors. [This particular scene has been rated as one of the worst sex scenes ever filmed.]
Restless, miserable and reckless Gina also visited Hank on a weekly basis to have sex in his dumpy apartment. During one clandestine tryst, he wanted to run away with her and escape his debts and disastrous problems in his life, but she reminded him of his responsibilities (child support, his daughter, the rent, etc.).
Then, in the kitchen (as she stood topless before Hank), she told him:
He responded plaintively: "I love you. I want more."
She seductively and sensuously approached him and said: "So does, uh, Oliver Twist. Can I help you to seconds, or do you really, really, really have to get back? Huh?" Ironically, Andy had a similar conversation with his drug dealer.
Andy (Philip Seymour Hoffman) with Gina
Director Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of the Old English epic poem engendered some anticipation over its rating -- PG-13 or R.
The semi-bloody film ended up PG-13 and avoided a dreaded R-rating, mostly because the nudity was of an animated or CGI character. However, it still included intense sequences of violence (i.e., monster Grendel tearing people in half), disturbing images, and some sexual material (and nudity).
Angelina Jolie played a mostly-naked seductive role as Grendel's Mother - she was seen covered with dripping gold liquid (although virtual and 100% CGI as a digital replica), and looking like a golden Academy Award Oscar statue. A gold-painted, nude body (belonging to Rachael Bernstein) was attached to Angelina Jolie's CGI-rendered head.
Black Snake Moan (2007)
Writer/director Craig Brewer's dirty, visceral and raw Southern drama was about redemption and guilt. Its two main characters were:
Lazarus was grieving from a recent breakup in his marriage, and took it upon himself to care for Rae.
Early in the film, Rae cheated on her absent boyfriend/fiancee Ronnie (pop star Justin Timberlake) who was away for military training. To cure her "itch," she found sex in a hotel room and then on a bluish-lit football field while wearing shoulder pads amidst used plastic drink cups. When the pads were removed, she said:
Lazarus found Rae bruised and abandoned by the side of the road.
He chained the scantily-clad female (wearing a ripped and cut-off T-shirt with a Confederate flag and shorts) to his radiator to keep her from straying and so he could save her from her promiscuous afflictions - and likewise save himself.
When a teenaged black errand boy appeared, she removed her loosely-cropped top to jump into his arms and seduce him.
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
In an against-type role in this Mike Nichols biographical drama, Tom Hanks portrayed womanizing Texas House of Representatives' Democrat Charlie Wilson. His main claim to fame was involvement in the covert war against Russia in Afghanistan to end the Cold War in the 1980s.
In an early scene, Wilson was shown entertaining in his bachelor's pad with a hot tub, complete with beautiful naked women (l to r):
Stacey (Cyia Batten) and Kelly (Hilary Angelo)
Closing the Ring (2007, UK)
Another example of a TV star crossing-over to the big screen, and then revealing herself, was Mischa Barton from the mid-2000's TV soap The O.C. The popular Mr. Skin website named her appearance "the best nude scene of 2008."
Barton appeared in director Richard Attenborough's tearjerking romantic drama about unrequited love (similar to The Notebook). In this multi-generational romance, Barton played the role of:
The film was set in two time periods (WW2 and the present early 1990s) and locales (Michigan and Belfast, Northern Ireland). It told about a wartime pilot (Teddy) who gave a ring to an Irish local to give to his American girlfriend (Ethel) if anything should happen to him. The wedding ring, inscribed with the names Ethel Ann and Teddy, was found in Ireland, and the American girl was subsequently tracked down 50 years later.
In flashback, young Ethel Ann had secretly married her sweetheart - US Air Force airman Teddy (Stephen Amell), who was in the midst of building a house to live in with her. During construction, she sat on his lap while he removed the top of her dress, kissed her, and told her: "You're so beautiful." As she turned to him fully naked, wearing only her wedding ring, she confessed as tears welled up in her eyes:
Shortly later, he left to fight alongside buddies Jack (Gregory Smith and older Christopher Plummer) and Chuck Harris (David Alpay) in WW2. When Teddy faced death in a crash in 1944 in Belfast, he asked Chuck to take care of Ethel - which led to their loveless marriage.
[Note: After this film, Barton also briefly appeared topless in a bathtub scene in Assassination of a High School President (2008).]
Mischa Barton in
Closing the Ring (2007)
Assassination of a High School President (2008)
Eastern Promises (2007)
Filmmaker David Cronenberg's violent thriller contained one of the most talked-about sequences ever filmed - recalling (the director noted) Psycho's notorious shower scene:
In the memorable scene, marked, tattooed and enigmatic mobster driver/bodyguard Nikolai Luzhim (Viggo Mortensen) was ambushed by two knife-wielding, clothed Chechen assassins in a steamy bathhouse.
He was naked and vulnerable except for his body tattoos, and the fight culminated with one thug being stabbed in the eyeball.
El Bufalo De La Noche (2007, Mex.) (aka The Night Buffalo)
Director Jorge Hernandez Aldana's directorial debut film was a melodramatic, dark and somber film based on the book of the same name by prolific Mexican novelist-screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga. Its themes were betrayal, insanity and a disillusioned search for romance/love.
The overheated drama, part of a Mexican New Wave cinema, was filled with many sex scenes and couplings between the various performers. The film was rated NC-17 for some gratuitous graphic sexuality, including fellatio, and even a 'golden-shower' scene, plus full-frontal nudity (both male and female, mostly from Mexican TV star Liz Gallardo) throughout the entire film.
The basic flashback-laden yet complex (non-linear) story was about a romantic triangle between three Mexico City college students:
22 year-old Gregorio had been hospitalized as a paranoid schizophrenic for two years with strange and insane thoughts - he believed that an earwig had burrowed into his brain and insides (necessitating that he had to cut off two of his toes), and even crazily threatened to kill girlfriend Tania during an attempted love-making. He also thought that a buffalo was breathing down on his neck at night while he slept. (He foreshadowed his own death when he told Manuel: "The buffalo of the night dreams about us, and one of us is going to die soon.") Both male friends had received tattoos of a buffalo on their left arms, using the same needle to become "blood brothers."
During his extended psychiatric treatment, Tania and Manuel engaged in an affair, always conducted in Room 803 at the Motel Villalba. Their cheating ultimately led to Gregorio committing suicide (he shot himself in the head) almost immediately after his cure and release, when he discovered that she had sex with his best friend Manuel. Tania realized: "Gregorio is blaming us for his blood, the bastard."
With Gregorio's sister and his own best friend Margarita, guilty-feeling Manual sought further solace and absolution. She gave him Gregorio's goodbye-gift -- a cardboard box that was full of pictures, cryptic handwritten notes (with poems or song-lyrics in them), and souvenirs - instigating many flashbacks.
The first flashback, triggered after opening the box and reading notes Gregorio had written (one song-lyric: "It's like being in the core of the flame"), was the loss of Tania's virginity to Manuel in the motel, when she exclaimed as he excitedly embraced her: "You're hurting me," before he penetrated her more gently. A spot of blood on the sheets confirmed her virginity, although Manuel said: "I told you I didn't care if you were a virgin or not." She ripped the stained, square-shaped patch from the bed and gave it to him ("Never forget this afternoon").
While seeking emotional support, Manuel also cheated on Tania by having sex in a car with Margarita. She gave him fellatio (seen in explicit detail in the very dark scene), and then when she asked if he wanted to try intercourse again: "Do you want to try again?", he declined. Mysteriously, Manuel started receiving mailings containing messages, reinforcing the same ideas from Gregorio's box. The first read: "The buffalo of the night will now dream about you."
Trouble brewed when Gregorio's father discovered that Manuel was having sex with Margarita while also sexually involved with Tania - "Gregorio's girl." During another love-making scene, the confused and insecure Tania asked Manuel: "Are you going to marry me?" He responded that he didn't know, but then quickly assured her. She distrusted him, however, suspicious that he was having relations with Margarita.
Another strange envelope arrived: "You can't run from the buffalo of the night," received while Manuel's relationship with Tania was beginning to crumble. It also contained a Polaroid picture of Tania with the words: "Very deep inside the fire." At the same time, he began a similar descent into madness, tormented that earwigs were beginning to infect him too, and that his arm's tattoo needed to be scraped off.
For further solace, he turned to ex-girlfriend Rebecca (Camila Sodi), and after kissing and touching her naked body, she told him: "I'm very in love with you," but then added: "I won't see you anymore...because I love you too much." He developed jealousy over Tania, and at the zoo's wolf paddock, he asked how many times she had slept with Gregorio in the final months. She replied: "I slept with him five times less than you with Margarita." He called her a "f--king whore," threatened her, and then with a gun he had brought, shot at the caged zoo animal. Newspapers labeled the crime a "NATIONAL OUTRAGE."
One final time, Tania came to Manuel in the motel room, stripped off her clothes, and begged him to hold her. While on top of him, she urinated on his stomach during love-making. After they slept together and she received a vibrating cell-phone call, she left but promised to return soon. Soon after, he was arrested by police, and forced to sign a statement about the wolf incident. He was shown the gun with his fingerprints, and Tania's witness statement (she had led the police to him).
The Attorney General's son, the elusive Jacinto Anaya (Walther Cantu), met with Manuel to make a proposal on Tania's behalf: "She promises to drop all charges if you leave her alone." When Manuel wouldn't agree, Jacinto admitted that a suspicious and vengeful Gregorio had asked him to take care of Tania. He claimed that the only thread keeping Gregorio alive in the mental hospital was Tania, and when Manuel took that away from his friend, it basically killed him.
To avoid rotting in jail, Manuel escaped from the police station and sought help from Margarita to confront Jacinto Anaya again. At Anaya's apartment, Manuel beat up Jacinto, and then was surprised to see Tania there. He pursued her to the street where he demanded an answer: "Do you love me?" He was held at bay by police, when she finally answered that she did love him.
Tania (last time)
Feast of Love (2007)
Robert Benton's R-rated ensemble film was based on Charles Baxter's novel The Feast of Love from 2000. It was set in suburban Portland, Oregon in a small college town was composed a series of interlocking vignettes providing a meditation on the complexities of love ("a story for anyone with an appetite for love"). The melodramatic, weepy 'chick flick' film, inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, contained copious amounts of nudity from many of the female characters in the midst of their magical and mysterious relationships.
The film was headlined by Morgan Freeman as wise, omniscient philosophy professor and writer Harry Stevenson - the voice-over narrator and resident sage of the town in the year 2007. Now while Harry was on an extended leave of absence, his supportive gray-haired wife Esther (Jane Alexander) was having difficulty communicating with her grieving husband after their college-educated, 36 year-old son Aaron overdosed on heroin and died in 2006. Harry opened the film, under the credits, with his characteristic gravelly voice-over:
Greg Kinnear also starred as his eager, naive, lovelorn and clueless friend - Jitters Cafe/coffee shop owner Bradley Smith. He believed in idealistic romantic love:
Bradley's life was completed changed when his wife of six years, hazel-eyed Kathryn (Selma Blair) suddenly engaged in a lesbian relationship with Jenny (Stana Katic), a softball rival, as Harry noted (in voice-over): "Sometimes you don't know you've crossed a line until you're already on the other side. Of course, by then it's too late."
The two females were shown in a passionate and nude face-to-face embrace. Bradley was left, ultimately, with a humane society dog named Bradley, Jr. that he dumbly felt she needed, although she was scared of dogs. After divorcing, Bradley mused: "My ex-wife left me for another woman."
He began to date a single, ice-queen blonde - a frazzled real estate agent Diana Croce (Radha Mitchell), who was concurrently and secretly sleeping with married man David Watson (Billy Burke) (the husband of Karen (Julie Vhay)). During one of their bedroom sex encounters, Diana viciously argued in the nude with him about her impending marriage to Bradley (he considered it a "soul mistake"). Bradley's hitching to the cynical and unfaithful Diana was short-lived (as a clue, she hesitated during the vows) and they soon divorced when she began seeing David again, after he had separated from Karen.
After being jilted, Bradley sliced off the tip of his right pinkie finger, and then mused to a kindly hospital Nurse (Sherilyn Lawson) - a Hungarian named Margit Vekashi, as he was being bandaged: "I wanted to feel, in my body, as much pain as I feel in my heart." She listened compassionately to his story of disappointment. He asked her a two-pronged question:
They agreed that they believed in the second statement, and they soon fell in love with each other:
In another segment of the film, there was another love relationship occurring between:
Until he moved out with Chloe and they found their own home, Oscar was living with his violence-prone (knife-wielding), hard-drinking, disrespectful father Bathold (or "Bat") (Fred Ward). Harry (in voice-over) described their relationship: "They laid eyes on each other and their fates were sealed. Life will never be the same for either one of them again."
She made love to him one night on the 50 yard-line of the deserted Portland State University football field stadium, beneath a meteor shower. In another cross-cutting love scene, Oscar discussed his wealth fantasy of the future about one day coming home to find Chloe greeting him in their mansion's foyer (to the soft tune of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah!") where they had lots of kids. To afford a place to live and make ends meet, the struggling Chloe considered a "business opportunity" - to make and sell a home-made pornographic tape (but their first attempt wasn't "hot enough" and it failed).
After a visit to psychic fortune teller Mrs. Maggarolian (Margo Martindale), and paying $20 for a dire forecast of the future about Oscar, she bravely tempted fate and "didn't run away." They were married when she was already pregnant, but then six months later, Oscar suddenly suffered cardiac arrest (due to a congenital heart defect) while playing a pickup game of football, and he tragically died on the way to the hospital.
Bradley described to Harry how Chloe knew what would happen to Oscar, but still persevered: "She found them a house, she threw away her birth control, and she married him." He then gave his own optimistic philosophy of life: "God doesn't hate us, Harry. If he did, he wouldn't have made our hearts so brave."
Harry offered Chloe to come and live with him and Esther, as her adoptive parents ("Be our little girl"), as she had earlier requested: "Esther and I will give you and your baby all the love we have left to give. Let's go home."
Harry ended the film with another voice-over:
Chloe (Alexa Davalos)
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2007)
This film was a fictional biopic (loosely based on Patricia Bosworth's 1984 biography) by screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson and director Steven Shainberg about a controversial photographer, Diane Arbus. The tale combined elements of Through The Looking Glass, Elephant Man, The Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast.
The story "imagined" the three months of Arbus' life in 1958 just before she became a controversial artist, including one of her relationships:
Lionel introduced Diane to an unknown world of artistic photographic expression and erotic obsession. He mentored her and transformed her into a dark and visionary photographer of society's freaks and grotesque outcasts before her suicide at age forty-eight in 1971.
In one of the film's more memorable and prolonged scenes, Arbus shaved the fur off Lionel's entire body (he suffered from hypertrichosis, or excessive hair growth) with a straight razor and lather.
Toward the end of the film, they inevitably made tender love together.
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