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10 Sexiest Movies Ever

Posted on December 19th, 2014

Sexiest Movies Ever

 

It’s coming, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it: the Fifty Shades of Grey effect is going to make fans worldwide crazy. Even though we already know that some people will hate it, and some other people will love it, that it will be harshly criticized by some, and highly praised by the rest, we think that this release is the perfect excuse to take a look at the sexiest, hottest, films in the whole history of cinema. We can only hope that Mister Grey’s adventures will take a spot in this top ten in no time.

 

10 – The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Based on Milan Kundera’s deeply sensual and philosophic novel, this 1988 film turned the heat of movie theatres world wide. Daniel Day Lewis plays to perfection how Tomas struggles between his monogamous relationship with Tereza -played by Juliette Binoche-, and the bohemian, sensual Sabrina, masterfully portrayed by Lena Olin. The 1960s Czechoslovakian background adds an exotic and thought provoking background to this fascinating tale of sexual politics and personal discovery.

 

9 – Basic Instinct

In 1992, Michael Douglas was still considered one of the hottest actors in the planet. Pairing him with Sharon Stone in this torrid thriller was one of the smartest decisions director Paul Verhoeven’s ever made. The plot was simple and straight forward, something that would just give the audience the sense of danger and intrigue, and justify the inherent sexual chemistry of the couple. What nobody expected was for Sharon Stone to steal the film the way she did, just by crossing her legs in front of two policemen.

 

8 – Gia

Angelina Jolie has always been an incredibly attractive woman. In 1998, the 23 year old tattooed punk rebellious girl was just breath taking. During this film, she spends quite a long time naked, giving life to the top fashion model Gia Carangi, and taking the audience through a tragic, haunting trip from the rise to the ultimate fall of America’s first supermodel. The story line is dark and twisted, and it can be slightly off putting, but Angelina’s magnetic presence makes it all worth it.

 

7 – Magic Mike

One for the ladies. What can be sexier than throwing together Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Matthew McConaughey in a film, making them play professional strippers? The dance routines, and their perfect bodies make up for the predictable plot. Steven Soderbergh is a genius when it comes to cinematography and visual story telling, and he manages to keep the inherent hotness at its right level while feeding the audience with amazing imagery.

 

6 – Spring Breakers

This film was bashed by critics and members of the audience since it’s release, in 2012, but it has gathered a cult following since then. One thing is certain: Harmony Korine’s coming of age tale is not easy to ignore. Story wise, it’s a confusing amalgam of flashbacks and repetitions, making it hard to fully understand what is going on. However, there is a clear artistic intention beneath that, and it’s obviously shown in the cinematography, and in the way every shot is thoughtfully composed. Like an artisan, Mr. Korine crafts every scene, and every stroke of color, to achieve his desired work of art. James Franco’s performance is spot on, as expectable. But the most surprising thing about this film, and the biggest hook for the audience, is the presence of Disney princesses Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez. These two, along with Pretty Little Liars’ Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine, show the audience that they are able to play more than delicate flowers. The violence, sexual tension, and sheer transgression that they transpire is a proof of their courage and talent as artists, and that is to be admired.

 

5 – 9 1/2 Weeks

Once upon a time, in 1986, there was a sexy, magnetic man called Mickey Rourke. People tend to mistake that man with the contemporary Mickey Rourke, that strange creature, so full of muscles and plastic surgeries it is nearly scary. That man, the original Mickey Rourke -the guy we loved back then-, was involved in one of the sexiest films of all times: Nine 1 / 2 Weeks. With him, the alluring Kim Basinger, that incredibly attractive woman. They instantly became the couple of the year, hands down. But what was the movie about? That is not important at all. It was an exciting collection of sex and power games between the two of them, that made a whole generation dream, and lust.

 

4 – Bitter Moon

Some say that this 1992 classic is Roman Polanski’s reflection of his own love life. If that is true, then Mister Polanski’s love life is just a twisted mess. Fiona and Nigel -played by Hugh Grant and Kristin Scott Thomas- are a young and optimistic British couple travelling to Istambul. In their trip, they meet an older, and more jaded married couple, Oscar and Mimi, portrayed by Peter Coyote and Emmanuelle Seigner. Oscar, crippled and darkly ironic, tells Nigel the story of his relationship with Mimi, making it apparent that his love is not an usual one, but one that breaks the rules of what is conventional and socially admissible. The flashbacks of his narration lead to some of the hottest and most provocative moments in film history. The film is deep and captivating, forcing the audience to think deeply about their own relationships, and their way of understanding love and passion.

 

3 – Dangerous Liaisons

Putting the concepts “John Malkovich” and “Sexy” in the same sentence is a dangerous proposition; not entirely off the mark, but in the limit. However, director Stephen Frears made a wonderful choice of cast, when selecting Mister Malkovich for the role of the Vicomte de Valmont. With him, Glenn Close, Michelle Pfeiffer, Keanu Reeves, and a very young Uma Thurman, make the cast a stellar one. Based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, this 1988 film tells the sexual adventures of a group or aristocrats in Baroque France. The Marquise de Merteuil -Glenn Close-, bets with her friend and lover the Vicomte de Valmont that he can’t seduce and corrupt the young and innocent Cecile de Volanges (Uma Thurman). From there, the love triangle grows and mutates, giving way to a sensual and provoking tale of sexual politics and emotional manipulations.

 

2 – Eyes Wide Shut

The password is fidelio. Stanley Kubrik’s last film is a masterpiece in visual storytelling and high temperature imagery. The film tells the story of Doctor William Harford (Tom Cruise), and his wife, the art curator Alice Harford (Nicole Kidman), as they go through a trip of self discovery in New York, that leads them to ask themselves essential questions about their lives. Mr. Harford spends a long part of the movie trapped inside an S&M macro swingers party, with masked naked women crawling about, and all sorts of degenerate behaviours taking place in every room of the mansion. That, and Kidman’s long topless sequence, makes this striking masterpiece one of the top films in this list. A must see for film lovers, and for those who just want to take a peek through the darkness of the other side.

 

1 – Secretary

In 2002, James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal made film history with this strange and twisted comedy. A recently released mental hospital patient (Gyllenhaal), gets a job, working as a secretary for a very demanding and strict lawyer (Spader). Their relationship becomes more and more complex, as a strong sexual sadomasochistic elements tension to appear between them. The story gets more torrid as it advances, maintaining an extreme level of sensuality and suspense. The parts are played to perfection, and the storytelling manages to keep a light touch in a very heavy and sensitive subject. This film could have gone wrong in so many ways, it’s just amazing it is so good. If we are talking about the imminent release of Fifty Shades of Grey, Secretary deserves a very well earned number one on this list.

Now you know what are the ten films you need to watch before submitting yourself to the overpowering will of Christian Grey. Watch them in order to achieve a greater effect.

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The Top 7 Movies Which Have Sparked Controversies

Posted on December 18th, 2014

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Sony’s decision to cancel the December 25th release of the movie “The Interview” is the latest twist in a saga which has captured the public imagination. The decision comes hot on the heels of an unprecedented move by top movie theatres to pull out from screening the movie citing terror threats.

The movie has aroused the ire of the North Korean state because of its storyline which depicts a fictional plot to assassinate current leader Kim Jong Un. The secretive communist state initially declared the movie “an act of war” and threatened retaliatory action if plans to make it proceeded. When the threats were not heeded, Sony suffered a massive hack attack which saw documents, emails, contracts and movie scripts (including a script of the next James Bond movie) getting stolen.

The hack did not dissuade Sony Pictures from its plans to release the movie. However, the game changer was when a terror threat was made against movie theaters which screened the movie. Given the backdrop of the 2012 theatre shooting at a premiere of The Dark Knight which left 12 dead and over 70 injured, movie theatres decided not to take a risk. Despite assurances by the FBI that there are no credible terror threats, they pulled out of screening the movie. Sony Pictures had no option but to follow suit.

The Interview is by no means the first movie to spark controversy. Many movies from the past have sparked fury, ire and anger from different categories of people. They have elicited a series of retaliatory attacks from cancellations and bans to arrests or even death threats to their producers. Seven of these controversial movies from the past are the following:

 

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

This story of this movie centered around a documentary crew which vanished in the Amazon. The movie is the supposed reel of the actual footage shot by the ill-fated crew. Its usage of native actors and documentary-style footage got people convinced that it was real. Its depiction of beheadings, amputation and actual cannibalism aroused suspicions.

Just 10 days after release, the movie was confiscated, and the producer Ruggero Deodato was arrested and charged with murder. He was accused of killing his actors to capture the graphic footage. The charges were only dropped when he produced the actual actors in court – alive and well. Even then, he was still charged for obscenity and animal cruelty, found guilty and given a suspended four month sentence.

The charges aside, Cannibal Holocaust was banned in several countries for being obscene, brutal, grotesque and distasteful. Among the countries which banned the movie include Italy, UK, Finland and Australia.

 

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

This movie by celebrated producer Martin Scorsese was an adaptation of a controversial Nikos Kazantzakis novel. The movie is a fictional portrayal of Jesus – not as the divine Biblical figure – but as a human being beset by human passions and desires. The movie aroused the ire of conservative Christians especially because of a scene which depicted Jesus making love and having a family.

Despite the fact that the movie producers stated clearly that the movie wasn’t an accurate portrayal of Jesus, the sense of outrage was not diminished in anyway. The anger boiled to fever-pitch especially among a group of French Christian fundamentalists. These fanatics stormed a movie theatre which was screening the movie and hurled Molotov cocktails into the crowd, injuring several moviegoers.

 

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

This movie was an adaptation of the 1962 novella, A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess. Adapted by the celebrated producer, Stanley Kubrick, the movie gained notoriety for its graphic portrayals of violence and rape. It was slapped with an X rating in the US, and condemned by the Catholic Church for being “morally offensive”.

A Clockwork Orange is credited with inspiring a number of copycat crimes. One of the most infamous was a rape of a woman in which the rapists sang “Singin’ in the Rain” which is a copycat of an actual scene in the movie. There were also two murders in which the murderers claimed to have been inspired by the movie.

Media reports of such copycat crimes aroused stern condemnations from the public. Kubrick’s wife reported receiving death threats. There were numerous protests in front of Kubrick’s house. In the end, the producer called for the movie to be banned in the UK. The ban lasted for 27 years, and was only lifted upon Kubrick’s death in 1999.

 

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

This movie aroused even much more controversy than the book on which it was based – Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Dan Brown’s novel had already stirred up fury in the Christian community given its claims that Jesus got married and may have had children. When the news of the movie’s impending release hit the airwaves, the condemnations began long before its trailers were even released.

The movie was branded as “blasphemous”, “misleading”, “provocative” and “anti-Christian” by the Catholic Church. The condemnations were by no means limited to the Catholic Church. Many other Christian denominations organized protests, and called for boycotts of any movie theatre which screened it.

The condemnations only made the movie popular, and upon its release, thousands flocked to see it. However, lobbying by some Christian groups certainly succeeded in getting the movie banned in certain countries. Such countries included Sri Lanka, Samoa, Lebanon and Pakistan.

 

The Exorcist (1973)

The controversy stirred by this movie is actually quite unique in that many groups had different (often contradictory) condemnations of the movie. Some people condemned the movie’s plot (which was about a demon possessed girl) as being superstitious, backward and archaic. Many movie theatres banned the movie’s first teaser trailers for being “too disturbing” to audiences. And certain Christian groups accused the movie of glorifying Satan.

There are some people who actually believed that there was something inherently evil about the movie. The international televangelist, Billy Graham, famously claimed that an actual demon resided in the reel of the movie. Mr. Billy Graham wasn’t the only one to make such an outlandish claim.

Numerous stories circulated about certain bizarre and macabre occurrences happening at the movie set. There were mysterious accidents and unexplained deaths which caused some people to give credence to the movie’s demonic aura. Such speculations only caused the movie’s popularity to soar. The Exorcist winded up being a box-office success, receiving numerous Oscar nominations and etching itself among the most popular horror movies of all time.

 

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Mel Gibson’s portrayal of the last few days of Christ’s life received lots of condemnations especially from Jewish organizations. There are those who branded the movie as “Anti-Semetic”, pointing to the fact that it seemed to blame Jews for killing Jesus Christ. There are those who also condemned the movie’s brutal portrayal of Christ’s suffering claiming that it masked the real message behind the suffering i.e. God’s grace and love for mankind.

However, it was those who made “anti-Semitic” claims who ended up receiving credence – from none other than Mel Gibson himself. After getting busted for drunken driving, the actor/producer was captured releasing a barrage of anti-Semitic expletives. He later apologized for his actions, but the condemnations for the movie did not go away. In the end, the condemnations only caused the movie to become more popular. It ended up grossing an estimated USD 600 million.

 

Innocence of Muslims

This yet unreleased low budget film caused an outrage in the Muslim world when its trailer was released on YouTube in 2012. The trailer – which depicted Mohammed as a philanderer, fraud and psychotic madman – caused violent riots in many Arab countries. The caricature in the movie aside, Islam bans the portrayal of Muhammad in any graphic or visual form, artistic or otherwise. But in this case it was the “insulting” portrayal of Muhammad which got many Muslims up in arms.

There were violent riots in numerous countries including Pakistan, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. In Egypt and Libya, US embassies were attacked. In the latter country, the embassy based in Benghazi was stormed by armed men, and the US Ambassador Chris Stevens murdered. There were death threats issued against the movie producer, as well as the actors who appeared in the film.

In the aftermath of the riots, several world leaders – including Barrack Obama – urged YouTube to remove the trailer. YouTube refused, claiming that it would amount to censorship. An actor who was voice was used in the trailer later sued, asking Court to order the removal of the trailer from YouTube. The decision was ruled in her favor, but Google appealed, and the matter is yet to be resolved.

 

The bottom line is that movie controversies are nothing new. The controversy caused by The Interview is just the latest case of a movie causing unforeseen reactions from certain categories of people. However, this is the first time that a specific country has been so infuriated by a movie that it has sponsored actions which have led to the cancellation of the movie in another country. The precedence this sets, as well as the wider ramifications of this Sony’s decision are yet to be seen.

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Sony cancels “The Interview”

Posted on December 17th, 2014

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Sony Pictures has made official what has been painfully obvious to everybody since yesterday morning, when hackers threatened to blow up movie theaters if The Interview was released next week. The studio has officially scrapped its release plans. Sony had little choice here, after the major theater chains announced earlier today they would not display the film given the threatening circumstances. Here’s the statement:

“In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

“Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole ourintellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

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Holidays for Horror Fanatics

Posted on December 15th, 2014

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As great as the standard holiday classics are, after the 100th viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, you might find yourself craving a different take on the holiday season. Rather than holiday cheer, horror movies twist the images we all grew up with in a delightfully sinister way. Seeing our childhood Christmas icons reach increasingly darker depths stirs up some of our most deep-seated emotions, which is what makes these holiday horror flicks so fun. Here are some instant inductees into the alternative canon of Christmas films.

5. Silent Night, Deadly Night

You might have missed the lecture in psychology class about how watching your parents get murdered by a man in a Santa Claus suit will inevitably lead you to a lifelong love of donning Santa suits and going on murder sprees. Or, maybe that class never happened. For the sake of Silent Night, Deadly Night, suspend your disbelief and watch little Billy grow up emotionally scarred by the specter of Santa and an evil, abusive Mother Superior. As he forges his bloody path through life, he devises a surprising number of Christmas-inspired ways to off his victims and end their holiday cheer. And, for whatever it’s worth, it was famously derided by Siskel and Ebert.

4. Black Christmas

Black Christmas combines university co-eds, an oversized, mostly empty sorority house and a psychopath with a telephone to craft an atmosphere of mounting terror. After a series of obscene phone calls, the sorority sisters begin getting picked off one by one. The phone calls continue to worry the women, but they don’t even realize just how close the killer is. The phone calls are scary enough, but the Christmas songs playing in the background at the same time create a blood-chilling contrast. Director Bob Clark (who also, incidentally, went on to direct A Christmas Story) puts us in the uncomfortable position of seeing through the killer’s eyes by shooting many of his scenes from first person point of view, a trick many later horror films would use.

3. Gremlins

This 1984 classic invites you to imagine a truly unique Christmas present that could potentially destroy your town and kill half of its residents. That is exactly the present Billy Preston gets from his father: a cute, furry animal called a mogwai. Unfortunately, he doesn’t pay attention to the strict rules regarding water and food, not knowing that failure to do so would spawn the gremlins. The gremlins attack Billy with saw blades, a crossbow, a chainsaw and basically anything they can get their little green hands on. In fact, by the time Billy is facing down the barrel of a gun, even he has probably forgotten how many brushes with death he has had in this single day. And in case you’ve already seen this one a thousand times, check out the Manhattan-based sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, which is notable for a Hulk Hogan cameo and for boost enrollment in ADT Security around New York City.

2. Jack Frost

It took a while for this 1997 film to attract a following. At first glance, the barely B-movie effects and dialogue make for a good laugh rather than an authentically frightening experience. But Jack Frost goes right ahead with its outlandish plot about a serial killer who transforms into a snowman. Also, look for the scene with antifreeze and oatmeal. Don’t ask. It has to be seen to be believed. Despite these ridiculous plot points and a bargain-basement budget, fans have taken to the movie, making it a new cult classic.

1. Santa’s Slay

In Santa’s Slay, our evil Santa Claus doesn’t waste time getting to the slaughtering. In fact, Santa dispatches a table full of people with considerable panache in the first scene alone. From this point on, viewers realize that this Santa doesn’t need a contorted backstory. He is pure evil. He rides a sleigh and swears liberally. He’s into strippers. He quips playfully after killing people. Nick, the main character, finds out that Santa is essentially hell spawn, which makes everything much clearer. The rest of the movie takes viewers on a scramble to get Santa the hell out of Hell Township. Former professional wrestler Bill Goldberg’s portrayal of Santa is equally brutal and funny, making this movie strangely rewatchable.

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Upcoming Marvel Movies

Posted on December 13th, 2014

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Marvel movies have quickly become among the hottest commodities in the entertainment industry. What makes Marvel movies so unique is the fact that they are all interconnected through a shared cinematic universe. While every movie can stand on it’s own merits, the fact that they are all related to one another serves to enhance the experience for moviegoers. The shared universe of Marvel movies allows for grander story telling, more compelling character development, and an overall experience that cannot be matched by any single movie.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Poster

The next Marvel movie scheduled to be released is “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” set to premier on May 1st, 2015. If the reaction from the first trailer released is any indication, this film is going to be a huge hit for Marvel Studios. The sequel to the massively successful Avengers, Age Of Ultron tells the tale of artificial intelligence gone wrong. Although details are still sketchy, it appears as if the story revolves around a failed attempt by Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, at creating a robotic peace keeping force. The trailer drops major hints as Captain America’s shield is shown broken, and there is a brief glimpse of Thor dropping his hammer, apparently in defeat. Although the details of the film may still be sketchy one thing is for sure, it’s going to be a record setting hit.

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After the blockbuster follow up to the Avengers, the next Marvel movie to be released is “Ant-Man”. With a release date of July 17th, 2015, this is one of the few Marvel movies that doesn’t seem to be guaranteed to be a hit. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the film, Marvel’s hiring of Paul Rudd, and the legendary Michael Douglas shows that they are fully committed to making this film a success. Following the exploits of a superhero that can shrink to the size of an ant, the film promises to be visually stunning while also offering a compelling story. Even though there may be doubts surrounding this film, if we’ve learned anything about Marvel movies it’s that we should never doubt them.

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While there may be some doubt about “Ant-Man”, the next Marvel movie, “Captain America: Civil War” promises to be the kind of summer blockbuster that Marvel has become known for. Scheduled for release on May 6th, 2016, the latest Captain America film made headlines when it was announced that Robert Downey Jr. would be joining the cast playing the role of Iron Man. Immediately upon the announcement that Iron Man would be a major part of the film speculation began that it would be a cinematic take on the immensely popular Civil War story line from Marvel comics. The speculation became fact once the full title of the film was released, and Marvel fans were immediately driven into a frenzy. In the comic story line the basic synopsis was that Iron Man backed a proposal that stated that all superhumans had to register with the government, and Captain America opposed him. If the movie is anything like the comic story, it promises to deliver great action, suspense, and excitement.

After these next 3 films there are a lot of other Marvel movies planned and announced in the next several years. In addition to a third Avengers film, a sequel to “Guardians of the Galaxy“, and a third Thor film, Marvel has also announced “Captain Marvel“, “Dr. Strange“, “Inhumans“, and “Black Panther” films. While the continuation of it’s proven movie properties is reason for excitement, the launching of new properties has created quite a buzz as well.

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“Inhumans” promises to be a pivotal movie in the Marvel cinematic universe because it will expose moviegoers to the concept of Inhumans. Introduced on the television series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, Inhumans are the result of experiments performed by the alien Kree upon primitive humanity. Inhumans are an important part of the Marvel cinematic universe because it allows the movie studio to introduce a race of superhumans. This is important because Marvel is not allowed to use mutants in any of their films because they sold the rights to X-men to Fox. “Captain Marvel” will likely introduce a hero who has ties to the Kree as well. Since Ronan, the main villain from “Guardians of the Galaxy” was Kree, this serves to tie Marvel’s earthbound movies to it’s space based properties.

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While “Inhumans” will introduce the public to a hidden race of superhumans, “Dr. Strange” will delve into the world of magic. While the Thor films featured so called gods, they were gods whose abilities appeared to be based upon highly advanced technology. Dr. Strange is known as the sorcerer supreme, and promises to reveal the mystical side of the Marvel cinematic universe. Rounding out the new properties is “Black Panther”, a film that will tell the story of T’Challa, king of the fictional nation of Wakanda.

Marvel movies have redefined what movies are capable of delivering in terms of entertainment. While there have been film properties in the past that have had multiple sequels, never before have so many films inhabited the same fictional universe. Marvel movies set a new standard for moviegoers expectations, and it is a standard that all other movie studios are struggling to catch up to.

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