Sex on Film: Articles

Jackie Collins Movies: Surprisingly Few Film Adaptations of Her Bestselling Sex Novels

Joan Collins in 'The Bitch': Sex tale based on younger sister Jackie Collins' novel. Author Jackie Collins dead at 77: Surprisingly few film and TV adaptations of her bestselling novels Jackie Collins, best known for a series of bestsellers about the dysfunctional sex lives of the rich and famous and […]

'Bread and Butter' Movie: Late Life Virginity and Other Social Anxieties

'Bread and Butter' movie: Christine Weatherup and Bobby Moynihan: Late life virginity can damage your emotional health. 'Bread and Butter' movie review: Late life virginity and other social anxieties in a funny and awkwardly romantic comedy The first insight of debuting feature film director Liz Manashil is that romantic comedies […]

Ann-Margret Movies: From Elvis Presley to 'Tommy,' 'Carnal Knowledge'

Ann-Margret movies: From sex kitten and Elvis Presley leading lady to two-time Oscar nominee. Ann-Margret movies: From Elvis Presley to 'Tommy,' 'Carnal Knowledge' Oscar nominations Ann-Margret, the '60s star who went from sex kitten and Elvis Presley leading lady to respected actress and two-time Academy Award nominee, is Turner Classic […]

Laura Antonelli: 'Malizia' Actress Who Led Troubled Life Found Dead

Laura Antonelli: 'Malizia' actress. Laura Antonelli: 'Malizia' sex symbol who led troubled life found dead (Note: This Laura Antonelli article is currently being revised and expanded.) Laura Antonelli, for a brief while an international star thanks to scandalous sex-themed movies such as Malizia and The Divine Nymph, and who later […]

'Emmanuelle' Movies Producer Dies: Sex and Technology 'Visionary'

'Emmanuelle' 1974, with Sylvia Kristel: French blockbuster distributed domestically by Alain Siritzky's Parafrance Films. 'Emmanuelle' movies producer Alain Siritzky dead at 72 Emmanuelle franchise producer Alain Siritzky died after what has been described as “a short illness” on Saturday, Oct. 11, '14, at a Paris hospital. The (reportedly) New York […]

'Nymphomaniac Vol. II' Review: More Provocative and Philosophical Than Vol. I

'Nymphomaniac: Vol. II': More interesting, more provocative, and more philosophical than its predecessor (image: Papou, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Kookie Ryan in 'Nymphomaniac: Vol. II') (See 'Nymphomaniac: Vol. I' Review: Lars von Trier an 'Actual Genius.) Previously on Nymphomaniac: Vol. I… Adult Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), beaten and unconscious, is found in […]

'Nymphomaniac' Movie Review: Lars von Trier an 'Actual Genius'

'Nymphomaniac: Vol. I' movie review: Lars von Trier offers his latest 'little nugget of geniu's (image: Stacy Martin in 'Nymphomaniac: Vol. I') It will be noted long after this review is filed deep in the bowels of some ancient digital archive of dead film critics that Lars von Trier was […]

'Nymphomaniac' Trailer: 'Sexually Explicit' Scene Horrifies 'Frozen' Moviegoers?

Nymphomaniac character poster featuring Shia LaBeouf. According to some – since then discredited – reports, Frozen audience members were inadvertently shown the “sexually explicit” red band Nymphomaniac trailer. (Reality seems to have been closer to a Dallas Buyers Club threesome sex scene.) Directed by Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves, […]

Buck Angel Documentary 'Mr. Angel': Transgender Star 'Inspirational' Story

Buck Angel documentary 'Mr. Angel' - about the life of the transgender adult star - available on DVD in December In the United States, it's Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 28, 2013. It's an inspirational time of the year for millions, so what's more appropriate than the December 3 release […]

Norma Bengell: First Actress to Go Full Frontal in Mainstream Films Dead at 78

Norma Bengell and John Herbert in 'As Cariocas' Norma Bengell dead at 78: Iconic (and controversial) Brazilian film, stage, television, and recording star made history as the first actress to be seen naked (full frontal) in a mainstream film Norma Bengell, a sort of Brazilian Jeanne Moreau, Brigitte Bardot, and […]

Daniel Radcliffe: 'Kill Your Darlings' Gay Sex Scene to 'Startle' Fans

Daniel Radcliffe: Gay sex scene in 'Kill Your Darlings' will 'startle' fans (image: Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in 'Kill Your Darlings') Daniel Radcliffe, 24, has survived Harry Potter. Last year, he starred in the horror thriller The Woman in Black, a major sleeper hit in the United Kingdom and […]

Kinky (Sex) Film Festival Call for Entries + Oregon Independent Film Festival Returns

'Kinky (sex) film festival' looking for entries: CineKink 2014 (image: 'Strange Live Acts') CineKink, which bills itself as “the kinky film festival,” is looking for “films and videos, of any length and genre, that explore and celebrate a wide diversity of sexuality.” In the last decade, CineKink has screened an […]

Christian Grey: Shirtless Charlie Hunnam vs. First Choice Robert Pattinson

Shirtless Charlie Hunnam in Pacific Rim. Charlie Hunnam: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' gets its Christian Grey In the last couple of weeks, the world has been rocked by several revelations that have left earthlings – depending on their particular expectations, prejudices, and mental health – infuriated, terrified, shocked, thrilled. Am […]

'Nymphomaniac' Shia LaBeouf Sex Scene Photo 'Teaser'

'Nymphomaniac': Shia LaBeouf sex scene teaser, courtesy of Lars von Trier (image: Stacy Martin and Shia LaBeouf in 'Nymphomaniac') A PG-rated (okay, PG13-rated) still – or publicity shot – from Lars von Trier's (reportedly) sexually explicit Nymphomaniac, starring Shia LaBeouf and newcomer Stacy Martin, was recently posted on the film's […]

Lesbian Sex Scenes Turned into Porn? 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Author Julie Maroh vs. Abdellatif Kechiche

Léa Seydoux in Blue Is the Warmest Color. 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' graphic novel writer Julie Maroh discusses Abdellatif Kechiche's film adaptation + lesbian sex scenes Julie Maroh, the author of the graphic novel on which Abdellatif Kechiche's 2013 Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color is based, […]

Lesbian Love Story Wins Palme d'Or

Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in 'Blue Is the Warmest Color.' Lesbian love story Blue Is the Warmest Color wins Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or The 2013 Cannes Film Festival came to a close on Sunday evening. Earlier in the day in Paris, an estimated 150,000 bigots took to the […]

Gay Erotic Thriller Wins Queer Palm: 'Stranger by the Lake'

Pierre de Ladonchamps and Christophe Paou in Stranger by the Lake. Gay erotic thriller 'Stranger by the Lake' wins Queer Palm at Cannes Film Festival Writer-director Alain Guiraudie's gay erotic thriller Stranger by the Lake / L'inconnu du lac has won the 2013 Queer Palm handed out to Cannes Film […]

PARADISE LOVE Review: Sugar Mama Sex Tourism Portrayed in Remarkable Film

Sugar Mama sex tourism depicted in Ulrich Seidl's 'remarkable' Paradise: Love (image: Margarete Tiesel, Peter Kazungu in Paradise: Love) Sugar Mama sex tourism is the subject of Paradise: Love / Paradies: Liebe. Aside from the fact that this is a real thing, which is fascinating, director Ulrich Seidl's remarkable film […]

Roger Ebert: Pulitzer-Winning Film Critic & 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls' Screenwriter Dead

Roger Ebert. Roger Ebert: Pulitzer winner, TV star-critic, humanistic Twitter voice has died Roger Ebert, probably the best known movie critic in the United States, died earlier today in Chicago, after suffering a recurrence of the cancer he had been fighting for over a decade. Ebert was 70. (Image: Film […]

Jesús Franco aka Jess Franco: Cult Sex and Horror Spanish Filmmaker Dead at 82

Jesús Franco a.k.a. Jess Franco: Cult sex & horror Spanish filmmaker dead at 82 “I think I was born because my father and my mother had sex, so why should I be shocked by this thing that was the origin of my life? I think it's beautiful.” No, that's not […]

Harry Reems: 'Deep Throat' Porn Star & Free Speech Cause Célèbre

Deep Throat porn star Harry Reems dead at 65; Reems became a free-speech cause célèbre in the mid-'70s Harry Reems, star of the landmark 1972 porn movie Deep Throat and a free-speech cause célèbre following a federal conviction for obscenity in the mid-'70s, died Tuesday, March 19, '13, at a […]

James Franco 'Interior. Leather Bar': 'Cruising' 'Lost' Gay Sex Footage

Interior. Leather Bar: Self-identified straight men dealing with gay sex while recreating Cruising 'lost footage' (image: James Franco and Travis Mathews' Interior. Leather Bar, with Val Lauren) [See previous post: James Franco Gay Sex Movie 'Replaces' Banned Gay Sex Movie at Australian Film Festival.] William Friedkin's widely lambasted Cruising, which […]

Nagisa Oshima 'In the Realm of the Senses' Director Dies: 'Obscene Is What Is Hidden'

Nagisa Oshima: In the Realm of the Senses (Truly) Iconoclastic Filmmaker dead at 80 Nagisa Oshima, best known as the director of the sexually charged 1976 psychological drama Ai No Corrida / In the Realm of the Senses, died of pneumonia on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at a Fujisawa hospital, near […]

Sex-Themed Movies Top Rome Film Festival Awards

Larry Clark movie, controversial “Italian Shame” win at Rome Film Festival 2012 Larry Clark's Marfa Girl, a loosely structured drama featuring intertwining stories, boozing, spanking, and teen sex in a small Texan border town, won the Marcus Aurelius Award for Best Film at the 2012 edition of the Rome Film […]

Sylvia Kristel: 'Emmanuelle' Actress, 'Private Lessons' Sex Tutor Dead at 60

Sylvia Kristel in Emmanuelle. Sylvia Kristel: Emmanuelle actress has died at age 60 Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, best remembered for the epoch-making erotic hit Emmanuelle, died in her sleep on Wednesday, Oct. 17, '12, in Amsterdam. Kristel, who had been battling cancer for several years, was 60. Back in 1974, […]

'Magic Mike' Trailer: Channing Tatum Shirtless + Johnny Depp 'The Thin Man' Too Costly?

Magic Mike: the “male stripper movie" Shirtless Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, and Matthew McConaughey are featured in the red-band Magic Mike trailer. (Please scroll down.) Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) directed this (romantic?) comedy about strippers. Yeah, male strippers. But is the “male” qualifier really necessary? Talk about […]

Carlos Reichenbach Dies: Brazilian Cinema Boca do Lixo Pioneer

Carlos Reichenbach's The Forbidden Paradise Carlos Reichenbach, a Brazilian filmmaker and cinematographer perhaps best known for his sex comedies and dramas of the '70s and early '80s, died of heart failure yesterday, June 14, while being rushed to a São Paulo hospital. Yesterday was also the day Reichenbach turned 67. […]

Deborah Kerr: Sexual Outlaw

Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, From Here to Eternity. With Deborah Kerr, it's not the bare shoulders that matter. It's the eyes. Deborah Kerr, who died at the age of 86 on Oct. 16, 2007, has usually been labeled the cinematic embodiment of the English Rose: ladylike from coiffure to pedicure, […]

Sex Tourism Movie Outrages Critics: 'Paradise: Love'

Sex tourism movie 'Paradise: Love.' Sex tourism movie outrages moralists: Cannes 2012 Reviews of Ulrich Seidl's sex tourism movie Paradise: Love / Paradies: Liebe, in which an Austrian woman (Margarethe Tiesel) and her friends travel to Kenya for a good time with the young locals, have been overwhelmingly negative. (To […]

Lina Romay: Sex/Horror Movie Actress Dies

Lina Romay, a pretty brunette who starred in numerous risqué features for longtime companion Jesus Franco, has died. According to online reports, Romay died of cancer on February 15. She was 57. Born Rosa María Almirall Martínez in Barcelona on June 25, 1954, Romay began her film career while in […]

Zalman King Dies: Produced 'Torrid' Sex Dramas '9½ Weeks' & 'Two Moon Junction'

Producer Zalman King dead at 69: Best-known for risqué dramas Actor-director-producer-screenwriter Zalman King, among whose credits are “scandalous” sex dramas such as 9½ Weeks, Two Moon Junction, and Wild Orchid, died of cancer earlier today. King reportedly was 69 years old. Born Zalman Lefkovitz in Trenton, New Jersey, King began […]

'Bel Ami' Trailer 2012: Robert Pattinson Realizes Sex Is Most Effective Social-Climbing Gear

Bel Ami 2012 poster with Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci. Shot in early 2010 but coming out in 2012, the latest film version of Guy de Maupassant's Bel Ami is also the latest attempt of Twilight Saga performer Robert Pattinson to both extend his range […]

Michael Fassbender 'Shame' Trailer: Sex Is in the Mind of the Beholder

Steve McQueen's Shame follows the horrific, lurid, disgusting, vile, filthy, putrid life of a … I'm not sure if can even type this: s*x addict. Michael Fassbender plays a predatorial New Yorker who thinks about sex all the time – even on the subway! – unlike normal people who think […]

Ken Russell Movies: Sex & Other Controversies

Ken Russell, best known for his movies featuring sex-starved nuns, nude male wrestling, “offensive” religious symbolism, and kaleidoscopic musical numbers, died Sunday, Nov. 27, '11, in the United Kingdom. Russell had suffered a series of strokes. He was 84. Now hardly as remembered or admired as, say, '70s Hollywood icons […]

Playboy Playmate Cynthia Myers Dies: 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls' Star

Model and actress Cynthia Myers, a 1968 Playboy Playmate, died Nov. 4. She was 61. Hugh Hefner announced her death on Twitter: “I'm saddened by the news of the passing of beloved Playmate Cynthia Myers, Miss December 1968.” No details about the cause of death have been released yet. Myers' […]

'Caligula' Actress Anneka Di Lorenzo Mystery Death

San Diego police are investigating the death of 58-year-old Caligula actress Anneka Di Lorenzo (a.k.a. Anneka Vasta), whose body was found Jan. 4 by joggers on a military training beach in San Diego County. Di Lorenzo appeared in a handful of “exploitation” movies of the '70s, most notably as Roman […]

'Shame,' Michael Fassbender and the Oscars: The Academy vs. NC-17 Movies?

Now that Steve McQueen's psychological drama Shame has received an NC-17 rating from the censors at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), some are concerned that the film's two leads, Michael Fassbender (right) and Carey Mulligan, may be penalized by the generally conservative membership of the Academy of Motion […]

'Shame' Banned to Most Teenagers in the US, UK - But Not in France

Michael Fassbender, Shame Steve McQueen's Shame, a look at a man suffering from what some refer to as “sex addiction,” has been screwed with an NC-17 rating by the censors at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). That means no one under 17 is allowed to watch Shame at […]

Art, Therapy or Torture Porn? 'The Bunny Game' Banned in the UK

Jeff Renfro, Rodleen Getsic, The Bunny Game Adam Rehmeier's The Bunny Game, a mix of explicit sex and physical and psychological abuse, has been banned by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), reports Total Film. A few weeks ago, the BBFC stirred up quite a bit of talk after […]

Shamefully Prudish 'Shame' & Risqué 'The Human Centipede' Posters

I'm not sure exactly why the above Shame poster would feature an empty bed. True, it looks like the poster bed from this Steve McQueen movie about a horrific disease known as Sex Addiction has been used – and used a whole lot. But to the best of my knowledge, […]

Sex Addiction at the Movies: Steve McQueen-Michael Fassbender 'Shame'

Carey Mulligan, Michael Fassbender, Shame Shame, writer-director Steve McQueen's follow-up effort to his acclaimed IRA drama Hunger, has been getting all-around excellent notices for the film itself, for McQueen's stylistic choices, and for Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan's performances as a pair of troubled siblings, one of whom gets to […]

Brazilian Sex Comedy Blockbuster 'Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands' to Be Remade

Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos / Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Brazil's biggest box office hit until last year's The Elite Squad 2, will be remade.At the Gramado Film Festival, currently being held in the small southern Brazilian town, actor-director Reginaldo Faria announced that his son, Marcelo Faria, will […]

Nude Rooney Mara & Sacha Baron Cohen Images

Rooney Mara naked (or nearly so), Daniel Craig clothed: 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' international poster. Nearly naked Rooney Mara in provocative 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' international poster Starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist, Niels Arden Oplev's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo became an international blockbuster […]

Sex Scandals & Politics

Weird stuff happened at the most recent MTV Movie Awards ceremony: Justin Timberlake grabbed Mila Kunis' breasts, Mila Kunis grabbed Justin Timberlake's crotch, Robert Pattinson kissed Taylor Lautner instead of Kristen Stewart, and winners in the various categories were given trophies that look like overstuffed popcorn bags. Yet, the weirdest […]

Tom Six vs. 'Human Centipede 2' British Ban

Tom Six Empire has published Dutch-born filmmaker Tom Six's response to the British Board of Film Classification's ban on The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) in the United Kingdom. Empire explains that “the censoring of the F-word, ironically, is Six's.” See below: Thank you BBFC for putting spoilers of my […]

British Board of Film Classification Banned Movies: From 'Je t'aime moi non plus' to 'Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS'

Joe Dallesandro, Jane Birkin in Serge Gainsbourg's Je t'aime moi non plus / I Love You, No I Don't According to the “censor watchgroup” site, Tom Six's The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) joins a number of other motion pictures banned in the last few years by the concerned […]

'The Human Centipede II' Banned in the UK: Potentially Harmful & Obscene

The British Board of Film Classification, an undemocratic institution like censorship boards everywhere, has just denied a certificate to the direct-to-video release of Tom Six's The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence). In other words, the film cannot be “legally supplied” anywhere in the United Kingdom. The decision was taken by […]

Miriam Karlin Dies: 'A Clockwork Orange' Deadly Phallus Victim

Miriam Karlin, A Clockwork Orange Miriam Karlin, best known outside the United Kingdom as the woman killed by a giant phallus in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, died earlier today at a British hospital. Karlin, who had been suffering from cancer, was 85. Born Miriam Samuels to an Orthodox Jewish […]

'Sleeping Beauty' Sex Scenes Stir Up Cannes Controversy + Tilda Swinton Praise

Emily Browning, Sleeping Beauty. Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty divided critics at the Cannes Film Festival – while reminding some of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. Presented by Jane Campion, Sleeping Beauty is the story of a young woman (Sucker Punch's and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events' Emily Browning) […]

'3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy': Erotic Hong Kong Hit

Saori Hara, 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy Whereas sexually explicit and semi-explicit material is shunned in Hollywood for fear of incurring the NC-17-rated wrath of the Motion Picture Association of America's censorship board, 3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy has become a Category III-rated (no one under 18 allowed) […]

'Flesh for Frankenstein' Review: Joe Dallesandro Stars

Monique van Vooren, Joe Dallesandro, Flesh for Frankenstein The first time I saw Flesh for Frankenstein was during its theatrical release in 1973, when it was titled, Andy Warhol's Frankenstein. Warhol, of course, had little to do with the production besides lending his name to it. The real genius behind […]

'Straw Dogs' Review: Infamous Rape Scene

Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Straw Dogs If there has ever been a more over-interpreted and misinterpreted film than director Sam Peckinpah's 1971 drama Straw Dogs, I've yet to encounter it. Citizen Kane and 2001: A Space Odyssey have had more ink spilled over them, but most of the ideas tossed […]

Erotic 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?', Mr. Leather Contest: CineKink NYC

'Indietro,' with Madison Young: Eroticism and bondage in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' reboot of sorts. CineKink NYC: Mr. Leather contest, erotic/bondage 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' reboot The 8th annual CineKink NYC, a “specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality,” will […]

'Kinsey' Movie Review: Liam Neeson as Controversial Sex Researcher

Kinsey movie with Liam Neeson, Laura Linney At one point in Kinsey, Liam Neeson's polemical Dr. Alfred Kinsey tells a reporter that it would be “useless” to make a film of his 1948 book on male sexuality. Be that as it may, Kinsey would probably have recognized that his extraordinary […]

'Monster's Ball' Commentary: Racial and Sexual Relations

Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Monster's Ball This brief piece is an amalgam of two comments posted in response to Alt Film Guide's Monster's Ball review written by André Soares. The comments have been slightly reedited for easier reading as a single post. See below. I've seen Monster's Ball twice, […]

'Monster's Ball' Review: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry

Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Monster's Ball In Monster's Ball – the title refers to the macabre partying held the night before the execution of a death-row inmate – first-time screenwriters Milo Addica and Will Rokos join forces with third-time feature-film director Marc Forster to create a motion picture of […]

Lena Nyman Dies: 'I Am Curious (Yellow)' Banned as Pornography

Lena Nyman, the Swedish actress who starred in the controversial, sexually charged Swedish drama I Am Curious (Yellow), died today following “a long illness.” She was 66. Curiously, Nyman's death took place one day after that of another star of another controversial, sexually charged release of that era, Last Tango […]

Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider: 'Last Tango in Paris' Butter Sex Scene Offensively Ridiculous

Maria Schneider Schneider vs. Bernardo Bertolucci vs. Marlon Brando: Last Tango in Paris Blame Game After Marlon Brando died in 2004, Maria Schneider watched Last Tango in Paris once again and found it “kitsch.” Watching the infamous butter sex/rape scene below, one can see why. The “thrusting, jabbing eroticism” that […]

Maria Schneider: Controversial 'Last Tango in Paris' Actress Dies

Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris. The scandalous film was reviled by Lucille Ball, admired by Robert Altman, and reinterpreted by Ingmar Bergman Maria Schneider, best known for her sex scenes with Marlon Brando in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris (1972), died of cancer […]

'Twilight' Sex Scene: PG-Rated BD1? + Inexplicably Drooling Fanboys

'Twilight' sex scene: 'Breaking Dawn - Part 1' to feature PG-rated Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart close encounter? 'Twilight' sex scene: PG-rated 'Breaking Dawn - Part 1'? In the last couple of days, new images of eagerly anticipated 2011 releases have been cropping up online and in newsstands. These include […]

John Leslie: Porn Star Who Reached Height of Fame During 'Boogie Nights' Era Dead at 65

John Leslie: adult film actor ca. 1970s. Along with Jamie Gillis, John Holmes, Harry Reems, Ron Jeremy, and a handful of others, John Leslie was one of the biggest male stars in heterosexual, sexually explicit movies made during the Boogie Nights era, known as the (American) Golden Age of Porn. […]

“Gay Zombie Porn” & Censorship in Australia: Bruce LaBruce 'L.A. Zombie'

Bruce LaBruce's L.A. Zombie, in which gay porn star François Sagat is a Los Angeles zombie (or a schizophrenic homeless man?) who uses (really kinky) sex to bring the dead back to life What's a democracy? A place where police can raid someone's house because its resident has dared to […]

Bob Guccione Dies: 'Penthouse' Publisher Was 'Caligula' Producer

Malcolm McDowell, Caligula Penthouse founder Bob Guccione died of cancer on Oct. 20 at a hospital in Plano, Texas. He was 79. Best known for the explicit sexual content found in his magazine, a Playboy rival that began circulating in England in the mid-60s and in the United States near […]

Michelle Yeoh Martial Arts Fighting & 'True Grit' Trailer + 'Blue Valentine' Sex Excess?

Michelle Yeoh gets some martial arts practice in 'Reign of Assassins.' Michelle Yeoh martial arts skills displayed in 'Reign of Assassins' Chao-Bin Su's upcoming Reign of Assassins marks the return of Michelle Yeoh, 48, to the martial arts genre. Yeoh hadn't kicked, fought, and flown on screen since her ferocious […]

'Splice' Movie Commentary: The Effects of an Unusual Sex Scene

Delphine Chanéac, Adrien Brody, Splice Splice, the new film by Canadian director Vincenzo Natali, is a revitalizing standout in the long-suffering genre of sci-fi/horror. Instead of veering into predictable B-movie, torture-porn tendencies, Splice is a serious, insightful commentary on scientific and human ethics. It is also self-effacing, ghoulishly funny, and […]

'Antichrist' Movie Review: Lars von Trier Directs Sexually Daring Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg,, Antichrist Into the Woods (a.k.a, Satan's Church) It goes without saying that Lars Von Trier's Antichrist is a disturbing and controversial film. I will not lie; the only reason I decided to watch it was because it was a play instantly on my Netflix queue, and even then, […]

Cult Sex Movie Director Joseph W. Sarno Dies, 'Hollywood Fan Magazine' Exhibition

Joseph W. Sarno (a.k.a. Joe Sarno), the director of cult erotic movies such as Sin in the Suburbs (1963), Moonlighting Wives (1966), and Confessions of a Young American Housewife (1974), died on April 26, '10, in Manhattan. Sarno was 89. Sarno's specialty became known as “sexploitation,” as his films were […]

'Easier with Practice': Q&A with Filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Brian Geraghty, Kel O'Neill in Easier with Practice Easier with Practice, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's feature-film debut based on an autobiographical article written by Davy Rothbart for GQ, has been getting some pretty good buzz. This psychological drama about human connections in the early 21st century has won the Grand Jury […]

Tinto Brass: 'Caligula' Follow-Up to Be World's First 3D Porn Film

Malcolm McDowell in Caligula Avatar's 3D success has had some far-reaching effects. First, Warner Bros. announced that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part II and Clash of the Titans will be converted to 3D. Now comes erotic filmmaker Tinto Brass, 76, who says he'll produce Italy's […]

Mel Gibson Is Back & So Is Controversy, 'Hugh Hefner' Documentary Sold

Mel Gibson's revenge thriller Edge of Darkness opened today, Jan. 29, '10. Directed by Martin Campbell and written by Academy Award winner William Monahan and Martin Bovell, the film marks Gibson's comeback in a starring role since M. Night Shyamalan's 2002 Christian sci-fier Signs – in which God allows most […]

'Beefcake' & Homoeroticism + Cult Camp Classic 'Can't Stop the Music' & Haunted House Lesbianism

Beefcake: Written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald, the 1999 docudrama Beefcake traces the groundbreaking trajectory of photographer/videographer Bob Mizer, whose “health & fitness” work – mostly focused on great-looking, muscular, scantily clad (or fully naked), young white men – helped to further the causes of gay liberation and freedom of […]

'Super 8/12' Movie Review: Bruce LaBruce

After Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 but before Rob Marshall's Nine there was Bruce LaBruce's “8 3/4” – better known as Super 8 1/2, LaBruce's no-budget mix of cleverness, self-indulgence, and explicit sex. Having just watched the film, my three biggest complaints are: a) at about 100 minutes, Super 8 1/2 […]

CineKink San Francisco: 'The Auteur' & 'Cinderfella'

CineKink San Francisco will take place from November 19-21 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Screening films include James Westby's The Auteur, a farcical comedy about has-been Italian erotica filmmaker Arturo Domingo's trip to Portland to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award; A. Benjamin's Kinky (above, lower photo), a […]

2009 Fetish Film Festival Winners

Flemish filmmaker Erik Lamens' SM-rechter / SM Judge (above) was chosen the best narrative feature at the 2009 Fetish Film Festival, held in the northern German city of Kiel from Oct. 29-31. Inspired by a true story, Lamens' SM Judge tells the story of Belgian judge Koen Aurousseau, who, as […]

White Couple with Black Child Movie 'Skin' + Phone Sex & Alfred Hitchcock AFI FEST

Sophie Okonedo as black daughter of white parents in Skin Winner of four audience awards, including at the AFI Dallas and Santa Barbara film festivals, Skin tells the factually inspired (and quite curious) story of Sandra Laing (Hotel Rwanda's 2005 Academy Award nominee Sophie Okonedo as an adult; Ella Ramangwane […]

Sasha Grey 'The Girlfriend Experience'

Set at the time of the 2008 US presidential elections, The Girlfriend Experience follows Manhattan escort Chelsea (21-year-old Sasha Grey, voted best female performer in XXX films last year), a savvy businesswoman who offers the “girlfriend experience” to her clients: dinner and movie dates, chats, sex – and even that […]

Penélope Cruz, Bernardo Bertolucci, Gael García Bernal Sign Roman Polanski Petition

Actor Gael García Bernal, Academy Award-winning actress Penélope Cruz, veteran director Mario Monicelli, veteran screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr, and Academy Award-winning filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci and Ethan Coen are a few of the latest additions to the list of signatories demanding freedom for filmmaker Roman Polanski, currently being held by Swiss […]

Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch Sign Roman Polanski Petition

Woody Allen, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and Terry Gilliam have added their names to the petition, organized by France's Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD), demanding the release of Palme d'Or and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski, currently in the custody of Swiss authorities. In […]

Fetish Film Festival 2009

Modern Love Is Automatic by Zach Clark (top); The Pawn Layman by Frank-Peter Lenze (bottom) Kiel's Fetish Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 29-31 at the Traum-Kino in the northern German city, prides itself in presenting “the best in Fetish and BDSM” cinema. Among the 2009 festival's screening films are […]

Nagisa Oshima at the American Cinematheque

“No other director of Oshima's generation has made more vital, inventive and challenging films, or taken more risks. He is a giant in contemporary cinema.” - Tony Rayns “Plainly the greatest living Japanese filmmaker.” - Jonathan Rosenbaum “Japan's greatest living filmmaker.” - J. Hoberman Those in the Los Angeles area […]

Luis Buñuel 'Viridiana' Screening: Got Filmmaker in Trouble with Catholic Church & Franco Dictatorship

Viridiana, Luis Buñuel's provocative 1961 Palme d'Or-winning classic proving that life is a bitch and then you play cards, will run at New York City's Film Forum from Friday, April 24, through Thursday, April 30. Inspired by a painting of Saint Viridiana kneeling on the floor before a crucifix and […]

Marilyn Chambers

Marilyn Chambers, known for her erotic films of the 1970s, died Sunday at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Canyon Country. She would have turned 57 on April 22. The cause of death is still unknown; Chambers was found by her daughter. Born Marilyn Ann Taylor (or Marilyn […]

'Shall We Kiss?' Q&A with Director Emmanuel Mouret

In Emmanuel Mouret's quietly observant Un baiser s'il vous plaît / Shall We Kiss? (literally, “A Kiss, If You Please”), which opens today in Los Angeles, a young, good-looking couple, Émilie and Gabriel (Julie Gayet and Michaël Cohen), meet accidentally and are just about ready to go for some physical […]

Jack Wrangler: Porn Star and Documentary Subject Dead at 62

Jack Wrangler, the blond, handsome 1970s sex star – and a lifelong smoker – has died from complications of lung disease in Manhattan. He was 62. Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon, a documentary chronicling Wrangler's life and career – including his marriage to big-band singer Margaret Whiting – was released […]

'Darfur Now' Screening + Sacha Baron Cohen 'Brüno' Trailer & 'State of Play' Images

'Darfur Now.' Darfur Now and The Devil Came on Horseback, both focusing on the ongoing Darfur crisis, will screen as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 27th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, April 15, '09, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. […]

'American Swing': Q&A with Co-Director Jon Hart

Jon Hart and Mathew Kaufman's entertaining documentary American Swing chronicles the rise and fall of Larry Levenson, whose nightclub & sex club Plato's Retreat became, along with Studio 54, one of the top New York City hangouts of the late 1970s. Jon Hart (right) has kindly answered (via e-mail) a […]

'American Swing' Mathew Kaufman and Jon Hart

American Swing (2009) Dir.: Mathew Kaufman and Jon Hart Scr.: Keith Reamer Interviewees: Buck Henry, Annie Sprinkle, Melvin van Peebles, Ron Jeremy, Jamie Gillis, Helen Gurley Brown, and others     By way of interviews, photos, and home movies, Mathew Kaufman and journalist Jon Hart's American Swing humorously chronicles the […]

'Debauched Desires': Masaru Konuma Four 'Erotic Masterpieces'

PRESS RELEASE Kino International and KimStim are proud to release the four-DVD set Debauched Desires: Four Erotic Masterpieces by Masaru Konuma. Directed by the master of Japanese erotic cinema Masaru Konuma, CLOISTERED NUN: RUNA'S CONFESSION (1976), TATTOOED FLOWER VASE (1976), EROTIC DIARY OF AN OFFICE LADY (1977) and a re-mastered […]

Gay Zombie Movie 'Otto; Or, Up with Dead People' Offends

Tina O'Grady, a member of the Ohio Department of Public Safety's “cultural competency initiative” was scolded by her boss after co-workers complained about an e-mail she had forwarded promoting the gay-themed Out@Wex Film Festival in Columbus. As per the Columbus Dispatch, O'Grady's co-workers seemed to be particularly offended by the […]

Salvatore Samperi

Director Salvatore Samperi, the maestro dell'erotismo all'italiana best known for the 1973 social/sex comedy Malizia / Malicious (above), died on March 4 in Bracciano, near Rome. He was 64. Invariably pushing the boundaries of the socially – and erotically – acceptable by the hypocritical, image-conscious bourgeoisie in Italy and elsewhere, […]

Fusion Focus on LGBT Ethnic Minorities (in U.S.) + CineKink 'Mindflesh'

Fusion Focus: Pedro Nick Oceano. Fusion 2009: The Sixth Annual Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival will be presented by Outfest and HBO on March 6-8, 2009. The three-day festival includes screenings of features and short films, in addition to panels, workshops, and parties throughout the Los Angeles […]

Joe Dallesandro: Honorary Teddy Award at Berlin Festival

Joe Dallesandro, Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey's muse in films such as Flesh (1968), Trash (1970), and Heat (1972), and whose crotch adorned the Rolling Stones' album “Sticky Fingers,” will be the recipient of the 2009 honorary Teddy Award, given to those who have contributed to gay/lesbian/etc. cinema, at the […]

'Brokeback Mountain' Gay Love Scenes Censored on Italian TV + Heterosexual Sex Scene Left Intact

Brokeback Mountain with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as gay cowboy lovers kept apart by fear and bigotry. Directed by Ang Lee (Sense and Sensibility, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), the 2005 romantic drama became both a critical favorite and a sleeper box office hit, ultimately collecting $178 million worldwide. Brokeback […]

'After Winter Comes Spring': Movie Series Celebrating the Fall of the Berlin Wall + Star-Studded Sundance

A Short Film About Killing with Miroslaw Baka. One of the films to be shown in the series “After Winter Comes Spring: Films Presaging the Fall of the Wall” is an extended segment from Krzysztof Kieslowski's Decalogue / Dekalog film series – originally made for Polish television: A Short Film […]

'Young People Fucking' Review

Young People Fucking (2008) Dir.: Martin Gero. Scr.: Martin Gero and Aaron Abrams. Cast: Aaron Abrams, Diora Baird, Sonja Bennett, Callum Blue, Kristin Booth, Josh Cooke, Josh Dean, Ennis Esmer, Natalie Lisinska, Peter Oldring, Carly Pope     Directed by Martin Gero and written by Gero and Aaron Abrams, Young […]

CineKink Goes to Washington

CineKink goes to Washington, D.C., on November 21-22, with two nights of “sex-positive and kink-friendly” short films and videos ranging from “documentary to drama, camp comedy to hot porn, mildy spicy to quite explicit – and everything in between.” The screenings will be followed by a party with the Rites […]

'Teeth': Kinky Horror

Teeth (2007) Dir. / Scr.: Mitchell Lichtenstein. Cast: Jess Weixler, John Hensley, John Pais, Hale Appleman, Lenny von Dohlen, Vivienne Benesch, Ashley Springer     Writer-director Mitchell Lichtenstein's Teeth is a horror movie with comedic elements that deals with mutation, virginity, and the the myth of vagina dentata. Dawn O'Keefe […]

'Viva': '60s Throwback Sex Comedy

Anna Biller has been labeled the next John Waters. This is not true. John Waters has his own distinctively trashy and marvelous style, which is far different from Biller's lush and extravagant filmmaking. But when it comes to cult following and underground notoriety, Biller is filling Waters' Comme des Garçons […]

FBI Says No Marilyn Monroe Sex Film

From NBC News Senior Investigative Producer Jim Popkin: “The FBI does not have a pornographic home movie of actress Marilyn Monroe in its files and never did, FBI officials tell NBC News. Document analysts at the FBI have completed a manual search of FBI records and found no evidence of […]

'Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom' Review: Pier Paolo Pasolini vs. Fascism

Why is it that bad artists always try to justify their garbage by claiming to be experimental, political, or any other label that does not pertain to the quality of the artwork itself? Well, it's simple – they cannot justify it in any other way. Naturally, when the film or […]