Tag: Explicit

Film

Queerness, Sexuality and Cinema

There are, generally speaking, three types of films representative of queer relationships: those that pretend queerness is inherently asexual, those that oversexualise it and those that actually do a fairly good job of representing a range of sexualities and are widely embraced by the LGBTQ+ community. The veiled queerness is an old, old trope. It…

Music

Sex sells: the modern music video

Music videos are, at heart, a marketing exercise. Labels don’t throw thousands of pounds at a band to make art, they do it to promote the music and try to sell it. There are four historical ways to market any product: humour, showcasing, controversy and sex. This Is America is a great example of a…

Film

Nymphomaniac

For those of you who haven’t watched it (oh, how I envy you) Nymphomaniac is a two-part film in which a girl tells a celibate man about her self-diagnosed nymphomania and the problems it has caused her since childhood. The film itself is really quite beautiful, even in its brutality. In the most violent, heart-wrenching…

Film

Hollywood’s ageless sex

It is fair to say that at some point in their lives, 99 percent of people will struggle with their perception of themselves and their bodies, particularly during a time when it is changing, such as adolescence. Our media is obsessed with looks, there are constant lists being created with titles like ‘Hollywood’s Best Bums’…

Film, OldVenue

Crack, Cannabis and the Cinematic Experience

Show excessive use of hard core drugs in films and you’ll be accused of glorifying them. Show fairly frequent use of milder drugs in films and you’ll be accused of suggesting that drug use is common place. Can directors possibly portray drug usage in film while equally showing the negative consequences? The answer appears to…