Films You've Seen Recently and Don't Know WTF to think

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Why is it so embarrassing watching sexual scenes, not only with your parents, but with anybody?

Or is that just me?

If i was sat with one of my best mates watching a serious film with a sex scene in it i'm sure we'd both be awkwardly sniggering and pretending not to be aroused about it all.
perhaps because the alternative would be to sit there each coldly appreciating the exquisite erotic vibe and that would be even more embarrassing
 

luka

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A Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn​

In this bizarre erotic family drama, a young widow pretends to be a cow for her senile father-in-law, who's a farmer.
 

Clinamenic

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Why is it so embarrassing watching sexual scenes, not only with your parents, but with anybody?

Or is that just me?

If i was sat with one of my best mates watching a serious film with a sex scene in it i'm sure we'd both be awkwardly sniggering and pretending not to be aroused about it all.
No I feel you, I'm just inclined to push through the awkwardness internally, trying to confront the locus of taboo or whatever we can call the heart of it.
 

version

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I started watching Trainspotting with a mate and his parents when I was fourteen or fifteen and he got up pretty early on and just disappeared off somewhere, so I ended up sat watching the majority of it with just his parents, the sex scene included.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Watched the new(ish) Ben Wheatley one, In the Earth and... it's a sort of Blair Witch thing where they wander off into woods maybe haunted by a kinda pagan spirit, and then it goes a bit torture porn, and then there is the trademark psychedelic sequences (fair enough, not as long as I'd feared) and... what? It was disjointed and I struggled to see the point, despite Joel Fry being very good as the out of his depth punching bag that most of the bad stuff happens to, and the guy out of League of Gentlemen and No 9, in fact solid performances all round but as often with this guy I feel there is a point there but I'm nowhere near grasping it.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Saw Last Night in Soho last night in... well, in the cinema in El Corte Ingles which wouldn't have been my choice of venues if I had found somewhere else that showed it. But actually it looked and sounded good in there and the psychedelic sequences borrowed from Repulsion and George Clouzot's Inferno were suitably intense and as overwhelming as they had been designed to be.

But the film itself was confused and in turn it confused me. It seemed unable to work out whether certain people were victims or aggressors or aggressors cos they were victims, and also what that meant in terms of their moral standing.

Now I'm all for ambiguity in the hands of a skilled master who shows you the complexity of a situation to explain that there are no easy answers, but when it feels that the director is merely flailing around going "Well I guess they were the baddie, or maybe it wasn't so bad what they did, oh I don't know" it's simply not that involving, the film itself - in parts - feels almost like a test run so he can figure out how it should go...

And a lot of that I think arose cos of a sort of forced twist ending which I didn't really buy and which sent foreshadowing ripples out in front of it making the whole film feel a little bit out of sorts with itself.

But none of that is important really, you probably want to know if it's really like a giallo and, apart from a few shots, it's not. Instead of the expected grittily menacing euro funk soundtrack we get a load of 60s easy listening selections - the idea clearly being that context can somehow imbue these mundane and familiar bits of fluff with an extra, sinister element... but that doesn't really work, it's just left Down Town stuck in my head all day.

And the character of the protagonist's friend - the most non-threatening, sexless black man they could find in the whole of London - was badly misjudged.

As usual I'm listing all the bad points, but that doesn't mean I didn't like it. It was always moving, it looked good, it was great to see legendary venue The Toucan brought back to life like that...

I guess I could say a load more but this post is already verging on the way too long and tedious.
 

entertainment

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I think Titane would file nicely under this category. Something about the post-human freud thing seemed very fresh and it unfolded in interesting ways but the whole thing was so sprawling and disjunct it was hard to form a stable opinion about it.

Interesting thoughts about Last Night in Soho, Rich. There was a triailer for it in the cinema and I thought it looked good.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Definitely don't let what I said put you off... I've been, not exactly harsh, but I have definitely dwelled on the bad points.

I went to see it with three friends, the same group whom I persuaded to come and see Dune in fact, none of them are really film geeks or even particularly aware of culture - what I mean by that in this context is that none of them had read Dune and none of them knew what a giallo film is. So in each case, while I wanted to see the films to gain new pieces to fit into a jigsaw I'd been working on for years, they were coming in completely cold with a kinda "That twat Rich wants to watch another one of his stupid films, I guess we can go along as nothing else is happening" attitude.

And coming in cold like that they all pretty much hated Dune, but, luckily, and to my surprise, they were far more positive about the Soho one. Much to my relief cos I really want to make this cinema club a recurring event, and while the guys see it a a social thing and are broadly happy as long as they can do loads of lines before, during and after the film, I understand that if I keep foisting on them stinkers that they struggle to sit through, then my nascent cinema club will be still-born.
 
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