In Bed with Susie Bright 237: Susie's Nominees for Best Sex
In Good Night and Good Luck, my hat is off to the director for taking an entirely unsexy subject (Joe McCarthy) and infusing it with erotic atmosphere.
Smoking— everyone puffing away— never looked so good.That beautiful black and white celluloid gets me in the mood. Then there's those foundation garments. Foundation garments on Patricia Clarkson in particular. The music, with Dianne Reeves singing, was so seductive, I went directly to the music store after the movie theater, put the record on at home, and stripped. Where's my black satin garter belt?
For those of us on the team, the big question is, “When does the Director's Cut come out? —With the unexpurgated sex scenes? I am ready to endure every take.
For mainstream critics, the big surprise was that BB was a "woman’s movie," even more than a gay men's heartbeat. The not-so-secret secret that women find gay sex erotic is finally out of the bag for good.
Gay characters have traditionally been played for comic relief or pathos in Hollywood... not for sex appeal. This is the only truly arousing gay big-screen movie since Midnight Cowboy... I certainly do not include Making Love.
The other MUST-see in the Oscar bag is in the "Best Documentary" category: Murderball. This is a story about men who have spinal cord injuries and play an ruthless game of rugby from their Mad Max-styled wheelchairs, all the way to the Olympics.
It could've just been a great sports film, a brilliant "never give up" homage, but this movie went the extra mile by offering more candor about men's sex lives than any other movie this year— or most years for that matter.
Who are you rooting for, Oscar-wise? What are your favorite movies of the past year that didn't even get mentioned?
I end my audio show this week by answering a letter from a devout feminist who's fearing her S/M fantasies and wonders if she's really losing her mind. —Well, one can always hope!
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