It’s October, the scariest month, which means it’s time once again for our annual Schlocktoberfest! We’re kicking off our celebration of all things spooky-ooky with John Carpenter’s lightweight yet underrated Christine (1983). On the surface, this movie is about a haunted car that kills people, but if you pop open the hood, you’ll find threads of repressed homosexuality and anti-materialism that give this well-crafted gem the horsepower it needs to go that extra mile. Join us as we fawn over Carpenter’s sturdiness, relive a Law & Order moment, and review an infomercial for the Venus II, this week on Hex Rated BOO!vies!
Hot stuff coming through! While it may be difficult to stomach and wildly problematic, The Boys in the Band (1970) remains a seminal landmark of queer cinema. William Friedkin’s adaptation of Mart Crowley’s play paints a sympathetic portrait of a group of gay men struggling to manage the hate they must endure, both from society and from themselves, in the pre-Stonewall era. It’s the final episode of Guest Fest 2019 and queer culture maven Matt Baume joins us to compare this movie with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, whip up a couple of blue whale cocktails, and discover our uniquely suited temperaments this week on Ex Rated Movies!
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Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh earned a screenwriting Academy Award nomination for Heavenly Creatures (1994). Our resident Oscar expert Darren Dewes not only knew that, he also knew the rest of the nominees for pretty much every other category that year! As well as who won!! He joins us this week to talk about Jackson’s heart-wrenching, visually-stunning masterpiece about the real life murder of Honorah Rieper (Parker) by her daughter and her daughter’s friend. Join us as we falsely anticipate Michael Nyman’s death, tackle our middle school teacher kink, and hear Darren’s story about The Piano (for the second time) this week on Ex Rated Movies!
While arguably not his best movie about teens with psychic powers, Brian De Palma’s The Fury (1978) definitely succeeds in delivering those deliciously stylish De Palma goods. Boasting fantastic set pieces, a terrific score by John Williams, and what is quite possibly the best ending in film history, this movie just plain rules. Bay is bae this week as the always wonderful gentlemen from The Suspense is Killing Us podcast join us to talk about Kirk Douglas’s strange spy craft, Elizabeth Taylor’s delightfully drunk demeanor, and Robert Loggia’s orange juice commercial on another Guest Fest 2019 episode of Ex Rated Movies!
Jane Campion’s In the Cut (2003) blends Sex and the City with Law and Order: SVU, then deftly filters the result through a feminine lens, creating a total subversion of the erotic thriller genre. Whether they’re shooting garbage in a swamp or one-upping each other with their indifference to the humanity of women, the way men behave in this movie never really seems off base. But if you’re a horny straight woman, what else are ya gonna do? The inimitable Bettina McKelvey joins us this week to talk about Mark Ruffalo’s D, realistic dildo BJ’s, and a sex scene that’ll make you want to yell, “I love America”, this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Guest Fest 2019 continues as we welcome the jazzy, zippy gents behind Shoes and Pants Productions, Freddy Molich and Scott Shoemaker! Their pick, Hello Again (1987), is a bizarre bit of 80’s ephemera wherein Shelley Long chokes to death on a South Korean chicken ball and is brought back to life a year later by her fabulous sorceress sister. And while it seems like the filmmakers would have imbued some gravity in the idea that magic is real and can bring people back from the dead, they didn’t. Join us as we reminisce about VHS cover art, ponder our Long ambivalence, and get all excited about a Lynne Thigpen cameo, this week on Ex Rated Movies!
It’s no secret that we love to stare into the cold, dark abyss of existential dread. However it may come as a surprise that our guest this week, that rakish bon vivant John Coons, is also bedfellows with cruelty, manipulation, and meaninglessness. His pick, I Heart Huckabees (2004), is a whimsical examination of life, what it means, and the things we tell ourselves to get through it. Boasting a fantastic cast giving excellent performances and a Jon Brion score that ranks among his best, this film asks the tough questions as only a twee, mid-aughts, deconstructed film can. Join us as we discuss Jude Law’s vomit, Isabelle Huppert’s leg hair, and Jason Schwartzman’s kombucha farm this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Guilt can make you do some crazy things. And in the case of Rebecca, the protagonist from Womb (2010), it can motivate you to grow a clone of your dead lover inside your body and then raise that clone as if it were your child. Things grow complicated from there. Set on a frigid northern European coast that’s primarily populated by pasty people in chunky knits, this film forces the viewer to grapple with all the icky, squicky details of cloning and what its invention could mean for the soul of humanity. Jessica Baxter joins us for an episode full of mud-smeared windows, Game of Thrones characters, and baby ass specialists this week on Ex Rated Movies!
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Steel yourself for a shot of Malort because this week we received a transmission from Brian and James of A Piece of Pie: The Queer Film Podcast! And said transmission is all about the sexy gay thriller, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). Gorgeously shot and immaculately cast, this movie shows how far one man will go to perpetuate a false persona. Join us as we discuss Matt Damon’s hard femme look, Jude Law’s totes naked tush, and Philip Baker Hall’s hard boiled wee wee speech, this week on Ex Rated Movies!