Archive for the ‘erotica’ Category

Eva Green (Isabelle), Michael Pitt (Matthew), Louis Garrel (Theo). Screenplay by Gilbert Adair. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Rating: 18. Running time: 115 minutes. The Dreamers is Bertolucci’s long, delicious love letter to love itself, Paris, youth, sex, the spirit of ’68, Hendrix and Dylan, Keaton and Chaplin, cinephilia and Godard and the New Wave that inspired […]


Brigitte Bardot (Juliette Hardy), Jean-Louis Trintignant (Michel Tardieu). Screenplay by Raoul Lévy and Roger Vadim. Directed by Roger Vadim. Rating: PG. Running time: 95 minutes. Simone De Beauvoir famously proclaimed Brigitte Bardot to be the most liberated woman in post-war France. That is, of course, a controversial view, but it’s wholly in line with Beauvoir’s […]


Catherine Deneuve (Séverine Serizy), Michel Piccoli (Henri Husson), Geneviève Page (Madame Anais). Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carriere and Luis Buñuel. Directed by Luis Buñuel. Rating: 18. Running time: 101 minutes. Belle de Jour the film unfolds like literature. Novels may be more commonly renowned for their cryptic clues lurking between the lines, and the meaning of their metaphors which are easily missed […]


Javier Bardem (David), Francesca Neri (Elena), Liberto Rabal (Victor), Angela Molina (Clara), José Sancho (Sancho), Penélope Cruz (Isabelita). Screenplay by Jorge Guerricaechevarria, Ray Loriga and Pedro Almodóvar. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Rating: 18. Running time: 97 minutes. Pfft. What were you thinking, Pedro? This one’s bizarre, and I mean really bizarre. Not so much what […]


James Spader (Graham Dalton), Andie MacDowell (Ann Bishop Mullany), Peter Gallagher (John Mullany), Laura San Giacomo (Cynthia Patrice Bishop). Written by Steven Soderbergh. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Rating: 18. Running time: 100 minutes. A frank title from the frankest of films, this little indie flick from debut director Steven Soderbergh stormed Cannes and shocked thousands […]


Tom Cruise (Dr. Bill Harford), Nicole Kidman (Alice Harford). Screenplay by Frederic Raphael and Stanley Kubrick. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Rating: 18. Running time: 159 minutes. Kubrick never did make another film with a plot quite as dense, gripping and intriguing as Eyes Wide Shut. It has that special quality of being fascinating from very […]


Isabella Rossellini (Dorothy Vallens), Kyle MacLachlan (Jeffrey Beaumont), Dennis Hopper (Frank Booth), Laura Dern (Sandy Williams), Hope Lange (Mrs. Williams). Directed by David Lynch. Screenplay by David Lynch. At the start of Blue Velvet, we see a man engaging in one of the most casual and common of home activities; namely, he’s watering his front […]