Some of Hollywoods best sexy movies

Some of Hollywoods best sexy moviesThere are literally hundreds of sites to choose from if you’re looking for steamy scenes in the movies Hollywood has offered over the years. Everything from subtle seduction to blatant pornography and every variation imaginable – even by the most imaginative – has been filmed, and most everything has found an appreciative audience

Some movies, some scenes and some actors and actresses, however, have made a lasting impression on huge numbers of movie-goers. These are quite varied and the depth and longevity of the impression made also varies, depending to a large extent on whether you’re a fan of Playboy or of Cosmopolitan. Even that distinction is pretty vague; what it comes down to is what turns us on from Hollywood’s mainstream movies.

As a rather classic example of erotic fantasy, Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (1999) is definitely made for adults, but it’s far from any definition of pornography.  In fact the main character, Tom Cruise as Dr. William Harford, never actually ‘gets it on’ in person, though he rubs up against the edges of many and varied opportunities. Other characters in the atmospheric drama do indeed get it on, but with artfully veiled body parts that strongly suggest rather than graphically display sexual actions.

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The scenes involving Cruise and his wife Alice (Nicole Kidman) are both sexually and emotionally intense, in a way setting us up for the quite enthralling intensity of the entire production. The movie’s R rating in the US has been scorched by leading critics, partly because the momentous orgy scene was digitally edited to allow a larger-audience rating. Eyes Wide Shut is a voyage in the beautiful but always dangerous seas of human sexuality and fantasy; not a cruise for the casual weekend sailor.

For a not-so-classic example of movie-from-book to remake of movie-from-book that unfortunately loses quite a bit in the translation, Endless Love with Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt, directed by Franco  Zeffirelli (1981)  really lives up to billing as a romantic drama; it is extremely romantic and the drama is subtle but more effective for that.

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Most of the smoldering sensuality of this film is lost in the 2014 remake, so stick with the first one.

Never to be confused with Walk of Shame, which is basically a comedy, Shame is a dark and disturbing look at the other side of human sexual relations.  In the case of Michael Fassbender as Brandon in the 2011 film directed by Steve McQueen, it’s about a man who is obsessively driven to the physical relief of orgasm, however derived, at the expense of any real human contact.

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Fassbender won serious acclaim for his performance; there is nothing lighthearted about his various sexual encounters but that only enhances the emotional (and sensual) impact. Carey Mulligan as Brandon’s equally but differently damaged sister Sissy is also very impressive. Overall Shame is an unforgettable movie; the general consensus is that you can only stand to watch it once.

If Nymphomaniac Part I doesn’t get your attention don’t bother watching Part 11, but that’s an unlikely scenario. “I am a nymphomaniac and I love my filthy dirty lust,” declares Joe to a meeting of Sex Addicts Anonymous. Her actions. as portrayed by Stacy Martin from age 15 through 31 and by Charlotte Gainsbourg from age 35 to 50, certainly bear this out as she falls or dives into numerous and often violent sexual encounters.

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Directed by Lars von Trier, the film follows Joe’s adventures in sadomasochism – her addiction to sex extends to the dominating ‘K’ (Jamie Bell); she has lost the ability to feel physical pleasure but a severe beating with a cat o nine tails administered by K brings her to orgasm again. That’s only a minor taste of the two part, four hour odyssey of sex, guilt and general aberration, as described to the elderly and mostly asexual Seligman, played by Stellan Skarsgard.

Hard to believe that when Last Tango in Paris first came out in 1972 it was rated X, but that’s only if you’re comparing it to more recent films. In ’72 – and still today –  the infamous butter scene with Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider will send chills up your back and elsewhere. As Paul, a cynical widower who insists his relationship with the young Parisian Jeanne (Maria) is to be strictly for sex, Brando does the dark macho man almost too well.

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The film was cited by many as director Bernardo Bertolucci’s masterpiece, though at the time of its presentation many others complained about its lack of moral fiber – or words to that effect. The film was quite controversial in its day, tame by today’s ‘standards’ but powerfully erotic.

The very short synopsis of Bound tells you it’s about a woman who falls for a younger man, is introduced to B&D and S&M, an education that enables her to ‘take control of her life’.  So: the 2015 film directed by Jared Cohn, starring Charisma Carpenter as the novitiate Michelle and Daniel Baldwin as Ryan the instructor has enough steamy scenes to heat up the most blasé blood in the audience.

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Depending on your point of view, all that sadistic and masochistic acting out may be just the ticket, or  you may get off even more on the role reversal that takes place as Michelle eventually turns on her BDSM boyfriend after realizing that he’s really just a jerk with behavior issues. Bound has often been described as a ‘mockbuster’ of Fifty Shades of Grey, but see them both and decide for yourself.

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Shame, A movie about sex that is not sexy

Shame, A movie about sex that is not sexy

Shame is a movie that is about sex, but for a movie dealing with that topic it is definitely the least sexy movie ever made about the subject. The movie follows Michael Fassbender who is a sex addict living in New York City, he plays the role of the character Brandon who lives alone in a bachelor apartment in the city. The movie details his various sexual encounters that become more a more desperate and unsatisfying as the movie progresses towards its intense conclusion.

This is not the first time that Mr Fassbender has worked with Steve McQueen, who is directing the film. They first worked together in 2008 on the breakthrough production for Mr Fassbender, ‘Hunger.’ In this movie he took the role of Bobby Sands a hunger striker in Ireland. In their movies they seem to push each other to the limit in a way that is creatively liberating but also challenging. The movie shows how the character Brandon is hell bent on self-destruction as he believes this is the way to excises his demons.

Shame, A movie about sex that is not sexy.Mr Fassbender does an excellent job of the character and creates an exterior that is polished and confident. He seems to be a successful man without any problems but there are certain things that betray what is going on inside. There is one notable scene where he’s sitting on the subway and he holds the eyes of a married woman for far too long.

There is also the endless stream of escorts coming to and from his apartment that giveaway that he might have a problem and later in the movie his boss discovers that there is a large amount of pornography on his computer.

Shame-Mulligan ShameHis sister visits in the city and disrupts his regular routine. She is played by Carrie Mulligan and has the role of a singer from Los Angeles. You can see from her character as well that she is incapable of developing a long-term romance and that hints that there was some problems with their family while growing up, you don’t actually know what happened and McQueen leaves this entirely open for interpretation.

This is a very different role for Mulligan and is worlds away from her previous work in films such as ‘An Education.’ The visit from the sister reminds him that he should perhaps try and become more normal and he gets rid of his enormous collection of pornography and asks out on a date a woman from his office.

Shame, A movie about sex that is not sexy,However, his downward spiral continues until he really hits rock bottom. His decline is shocking but it does feel slightly self-indulgent and tedious and the movie feels like a cross between Eyes Wide Shut and American Psycho.

Mr Fassbender has a great talent in that he is able to find subtleties in a character even if they are very hard to find. His recent movies have proved that he is capable of playing almost any character and doing it with a remarkable amount of grace, the movie ‘A Dangerous Method’ comes to mind