On this episode, Matt’s study of sexy shockers comes to a thrilling climax with the distinct yet divisive Poison Ivy (1992). Straddling the line between camp and sincerity, this movie tells the story of a budding sociopath, (played with fervid pluck by Drew Barrymore) who will do whatever it takes to gain a modicum of financial and familial security. Join us as we discuss Tom Skerritt’s butt, attempt some truly horrible improv, and share the link to google.com this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Enemy (2013) is a movie that, depending on how you want to watch it, could be about one man’s struggle to reconcile his irrational fear of commitment; or it could be about giant space spiders that are infiltrating our society through cloning. It’s debatable. Directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, this ochre-toned psychological thriller weaves a web of intrigue that lingers in the mind long after the movie ends. Meryl Streep, Gary Glitter, and Franz Kafka all get a name drop this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Continuing his exploration of erotic thrillers, Matt finally chose one that blatantly objectifies its male leads with François Ozon’s Criminal Lovers (1999). This Hansel and Gretel meets Bonnie and Clyde tale deftly melds those two stories while also managing to usher in themes of sexual discovery and personal dominance. There’s even a little Story of the Eye thrown in for all you teenage lust killers out there! Ryan shoots a bunny, Matt eats some pears, and tumescence becomes a luxury this week on Ex Rated Movies!
If Ryan were forced at gunpoint to choose his favorite movie, chances are he’d say The Fifth Element (1997). And he’d be totally fine with that! Directed by Luc Besson back when he still had something to prove, this colorful sci-fi blockbuster thoroughly delights thanks to creative editing, a playful visual style, and a perfect cast. Join us as we ponder the movie’s parallels with Taxi Driver, heap some love on the character of Ruby Rhod, and give ourselves a hearty pat on the back. All this and the debut of MC Fish this week on Ex Rated Movies
This week we welcome the rakish and talented John Coons (aka Johnny Coonami, aka John the Dog) to help us unravel the baffling fiasco that is Mother’s Boys (1994). Sporting a Clueless-meets-Cruella de Vil wardrobe, Jamie Lee Curtis stars as a WASPy, ranine sociopath who just wants her family back. Like Vanessa Redgrave throwing herself into the role, we tumble headfirst down the stairs of confusion as we sort through a mess of C-section scars, architecture emergencies, and road groceries. One man’s erotic thriller is another man’s sexy shocker this week on Ex Rated Movies!
This week, on an extra hungover episode, Matt and Ryan tactfully traipse the territory of accidental suicide by autoerotic asphyxiation with World’s Greatest Dad (2009). Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and starring Robin Williams, this breezy dark comedy examines what it means to live authentically and how legacy is crafted in the minds of the living. Is fallback high school teaching a trope? Can you hold things with your boobs? Why did we drink so much last night? Join us at our most desiccated this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Sex and car crashes. Two great tastes that taste great together? David Cronenberg’s adaptation of the J. G. Ballard novel asks this question and a truckload more as we follow around a small cabal of symphorophiliacs in their pursuit of sexual satisfaction. While the premise might seem like a gimmick, analysis of the film yields many rewards. That is, as long as you consider head-scratching questions a reward. Come for the particularly incoherent opening banter! Stay for Matt’s speculation on Cronenberg’s sex life! It’s Ex Rated Movies!
Ethics and morals: two easily confused concepts that are no less confusing after hearing us discuss them. Buoyed by a perennially prescient script and a pitch-perfect performance from Reese Witherspoon, Election (1999) puts its characters through the ethical and moral wringer and allows us to judge who’s right or wrong. And you know how we love to judge! Press play for some pear hate, financial “advice,” and a maintenance odyssey this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Do you smell that? There’s something in the air. Must be the odor of Matt’s pot of anticipation boiling over as he kicks off his erotic thriller season with the quintessential Basic Instinct (1992). Directed by Paul Verhoeven from a script by Joe Eszterhas, this baby’s got it all: sex, drugs, violence, double entendres, punch dancing, Steven Tobolowsky, hoo-haw peek-a-boos, and Pizza Hut. Find out if Michael Douglas makes us moist, who history’s greatest “urophile” is, and where to locate the commode artistries this week on Ex Rated Movies!