Sexless Monday

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For decades, no big-box-office, adult-oriented Hollywood movie was apparently complete without a sex scene, from Don’t Look Now to Basic Instinct. Yet it appears that erotica is now dying out in mainstream cinema.

A critical analysis published in the Washington Post last week noted: “Sex is disappearing from the big screen, and it’s making movies less pleasurable.”

It said that a new summer pattern has emerged: the release of several European-produced festival and arthouse films – often, like this year’s French drama Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo, heavy with action – followed by a season of sexless Hollywood action and family films.

Lost between those two options is the classic sex scene. So no more Don’t Look Now with Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland; no 9½ Weeks with Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke; no Dangerous Liaisons, The Postman Always Rings Twice or Mulholland Drive … the list goes on.

“Once a staple of high-gloss, adult-oriented, mainstream movies,” the Washington Post wrote, the sex scene “has been largely forgotten and ignored, recommitted to the very esoteric margins it sprang from generations ago”.

But why? According to academics and close observers of Hollywood culture, the reasons are multifarious, and suggest that the movie business is going through a profound realignment of priorities backed by broad cultural, political and legislative changes.

Edward Helmore @ THE GUARDIAN

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14 Responses to Sexless Monday

  1. Micki says:

    The four quadrants? Hmmmm. Maybe. But, has the film industry become reticent about portraying sex because behind every film project stands a host of potential advertisers who are loathe to be associated with anything that might damage their brand?

    #MeToo’s “best feature” is that it has raised awareness about sexual predatory behavior in the entertainment industry — and other venues too (politics, sports, religion, children’s camps, etc.) but one of its less admirable features is its cavalier disregard for due process. (IMO) Sure…many accusations seem very plausible (sheer numbers)…but accusations warrant proof.

    Undoubtedly, gratuitous, mindless VIOLENCE will remain a box office money-maker.

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  2. Micki says:

    Nary a mention of Jay Inslee….

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    • Den says:

      Jay is focused in climate change while the select few are talking jobs.

      Americans have been trained not to pay attention to climate change by having the subject out of the daily conversation by the MSM. For all I know the MSM is run by the major corporations infested with lobbyists for fossil fuel byproducts like plastic.

      Jay needs to put those plans away temporarily and talk jobs, helping poor and regime change IMHO.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    The house to the north appears to also have a black 2 door jeep with a soft top. Two young women in a hatchback stopped in for awhile.

    In other news, a squirrel fell out of a tree to land with a thump on her back on my porch; walked away.

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  4. Carol says:

    Heard the Catbird in the lilacs this morning, nothing this evening.

    It didn’t rain today, but it was the usual overcast, gloomy day.

    LANSING — You’re not imagining it: June has been gloomy.
    And forecasters predict more wet weather is in store.
    As of Sunday, it had rained half the days this month.
    It’s been colder and wetter than normal, data from the National Weather Service shows.

    Lansing’s average temperature this June has been 63 degrees, 2.7 degrees below historic averages.

    Temperatures haven’t climbed past the low 80s this month. June 7 and 8 were the hottest days so far, with highs of 81 degrees, according to preliminary NWS data.

    June 3 was especially chilly, with a low of 42 degrees.

    Lansing has seen 4.76 inches of rain in June ― nearly 3 inches more than what is typical.

    Sunshine has been scarce. There were only six clear days in June, preliminary NWS data shows.

    Half of all June days, eight as of Sunday, have been partly cloudy. Two days were so overcast that cloud cover exceeded 80%.

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  5. Carol says:

    Diane the same but now they think pneumonia has settled into her lungs. Antibiotics will affect her kidneys. While there is always hope, it doesn’t look good for her at all. 😦

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  6. Den says:

    Carol, you are lucky to be having cooler weather,
    this hot as hell stuff here with 40% humidity is unbearable.

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  7. Den says:

    No sex for you!

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