R & R Rated: the only podcast that makes your teen years of rewinding sexy film scenes seem like insightful cultural analysis! Film critic and Sexualities scholar Roe McDermott and screenwriter and pop culture critic Rory Cashin look over sex in cinema, and break down why some cinematic representations of sex turn us on, why some make us turn them off, and what themes and messages keep turning up.
What's there left to say about 1995's multi-Razzie award winning cult classic Showgirls that hasn't already been said? Quite a bit actually! Rory has seen the movie a million times, but Roe had never seen this hyperbolic exploration of Las Vegas, sex and exploitation. Will this be the movie that finally tears their shared love of movies and sex scenes apart? Listen and see!
Rust And Bone
2012's foreign language awards magnet is under the sexy microscope this week, as Roe and Rory examine the cinematic depiction of a life-changing injury, and disability scholars' thinking about this representation of the sex life of a character with a disability. Tangents include the magnetic chemistry between Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts, women internalising the male gaze, why great f*ck-buddies are the world's unsung heroes, and the tragic tale of the loneliest whale in the world.
Roe & Rory take a look at 2002's romantic drama thriller Unfaithful. Aside from netting Diane Lane an Oscar nomination, it also manages to offer a more complex and interesting examination of infidelity than most Hollywood movies. Until, well, it doesn't. Digressions include how sorry the third party should be about their role in cheating, the problematic panic defence, & the Venn diagram intersection of Frenchness and smugness.
This week, Roe and Rory reluctantly cast their gaze on the Netflix phenomenon 365 Days, a film that claims to be an erotic romance and is, in fact, neither. Roe and Rory explore why the film's depiction of violent sex, toxic masculinity and rape is far from the transgressive, boundary-pushing depiction of sex it's claiming to be, and is instead a rehash of tired, damaging, gendered tropes of romance, passion and sex. Digressions include the role capitalism plays in depictions of romance, why sassiness is not the same as empowerment, why BDSM is always associated with abuse and a lack of joy, and why this film may be problematic, but ultimately, society is The Problem. The call is coming from inside the house, people...
TW for discussions of sexual violence and kidnap.
Out Of Sight
It's time to talk about the sexiest film scenes that don't actually show any sex! Starting with a discussion of Steven Soderbergh's 1998 crime-caper-comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney, Roe and Rory talk about how directors can create erotic tension and a sexy atmosphere without showing any sex. Digressions include a rant about the hetero, male-centric concept of 'foreplay'; what film you should watch to improve your sexting skills; and why a woman sitting in a bar does not need your negging chat-up lines.
Roe and Rory discuss the groundbreaking feature from Ang Lee.