26 November 2008

You're a whore, darlin'

Because you know they just love doing it, Entertainment Weekly made another list... this time counting down the 50 Sexiest Movies of All Time (you can find 1-25 here, and 26-50 here), most of which is pretty asinine, although I (sort of) applaud their choice of Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight at the number one, even though I'm not sure it's "sexiness" resonates throughout the whole film enough for it to be the sexiest.

Shame, however, should be brought onto the mag for even mentioning 300 (which falls at number 50), which I will always lovingly refer to as gay porn for soccer moms (I didn't coin that, and forgive me for forgetting who coined it), a slice of ham like The Notebook, a cheese-fest like Dirty Dancing, an unsalted cracker like Cruel Intentions and a turd like Ghost. Shakespeare in Love and Mr. & Mrs. Smith could have also been omitted, and don't get me started on their ridiculous placement of fucking Once at #11. But props of course are to be given for the inclusion of In the Mood for Love, Mulholland Drive (duh) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (and, of course, that impossibly sexy scene in Don't Look Now between Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland)... If EW was so intent on choosing so many non-traditional "sexy" movies, where was Persona, which contains easily the hottest, fully-clothed, non-sex scene ever?

For a more inspired list, you can check out their 25 Least Sexy Movies of All Time, which goes from Showgirls to Batteries Not Included to Requiem for a Dream to Gone Fishin'.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well you could not have really expected entertainment weekly to have mentioned Persona, and its very likely for them to have a soccer mom in their group which would explain the list being a failure.

Anyway, are you excited about Atom Egoyan's new film 'Adoration'?

Joe said...

Yes, and no. I haven't really liked an Egoyan film since The Sweet Hereafter, even though I did respect aspects of Ararat. It sounded good, but it didn't seem to thrill many at Cannes. Of course, I'll still see it, even though Where the Truth Lies was pretty awful.

Erich Kuersten said...

good bitchy commentary on EW's middle-of-the-roading it. PERSONA should have been number one, for the guys, and then FEAR with Mark Wahlberg, for the chicks. Who is to say what is truly sexy? Mainstream journalists have no time for sex... or so they think.

Joe said...

Honestly, yes, I did think EW should have listed Persona. They pride themselves in being a bit more worldly than another list-making whore, AFI, but I suppose it should be noted that they're just a glorified pop culture mag, hence the inclusion of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. I guess they would have felt off-the-radar if they didn't include something with Angelina Jolie (even though I'm still certain she has yet to act in a single quality film... A Mighty Heart being the close-but-no-cigar one.

If cinema is the replacement for sex for mainstream journalists, the ones for EW must be pretty lousy lays.