Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Stone Flees Puritanical Repression

I haven't seen Sharon Stone's new movie, Basic Instinct 2... In fact, I haven't seen the first Basic Instinct. Apparently the sequel is not doing so well at the box office, scoring a little over $3 million in receipts, just edging out Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector. Ok, in all fairness to Larry the Cable Guy, it has been out for two weeks. Health Inspector actually did about $7 million on its opening weekend. Hollywood Reporter has tracked down the director of the movie who offers an explanation for Basic Instinct's abysmal failure: (hat tip: Powerline)

Paul Verhoeven, director of the first "Basic Instinct" (which scored $353 million worldwide) as well as the widely ridiculed "Showgirls" (now regarded as something of a camp classic), attributes the genre's demise to the current American political climate.

"Anything that is erotic has been banned in the United States," said the Dutch native. "Look at the people at the top (of the government). We are living under a government that is constantly hammering out Christian values. And Christianity and sex have never been good friends."

Scribe Nicholas Meyer, who was an uncredited writer on 1987's seminal sex-fueled cautionary tale "Fatal Attraction," agrees, noting that the genre's downfall coincides with the ascent of the conservative political movement.

"We're in a big puritanical mode," he said. "Now, it's like the McCarthy era, except it's not 'Are you a communist?' but 'Have you ever put sex in a movie?"'

Of course! We can't see erotic images because of the puritanical repression in the United States of America. This is especially true here in the mostly Christian, mostly conservative City of San Diego. Let's ignore, for a moment, the dozen or so sex shops and all-nude dancer joints within ten miles of my home and stick to what is on Television beginning at 11:00 PM tonight.

Let's see, I could watch Sex and the City on my choice of two broadcast network channels, KSWB and KTLA. Ah, not fair you say. Sex and the City is not really an "erotic thriller". Well, neither was Basic Instinct 2 by all accounts, but I will move on. It goes without saying that we'll find much more fertile material on HBO and Cinemax (aka Skinemax) between the hours of 11:00 PM and 1:00 AM. Here I find, for my viewing pleasure, a choice between Bikini-A-Go-Go (technically a comedy), Hotel Erotica Cabo (must be a series), and back to back episodes of Best Sex Ever. Let's stick a fork in this one once and for all by talking about the Internet. Here is a VERY truncated list of binary (picture or video) groups that anyone with Internet access could choose from:

I want to re-emphasize that this is a much shortened... excuse me for one moment: beanie-babies?!?! Puritanical society indeed! Even beanie-babies are lumped into our "erotic" fetishes.

Well, Sharon Stone won't have to worry about that anymore. She says there is already a script for Basic Instinct 3 and that she is planning to direct it. She also plans to make the movie in the UK to get away from the puritanical constraints of the U.S. and to give the film a more "gritty atmostphere. It should be a big success. After all, who doesn't like their eroticism a little on the gritty side?

Public Service Announcement: While the usenet groups listed above are available to anyone with an Internet connection, they are completely unmoderated. So, you may be thinking that your going to view a picture or video of an erotic blonde, but what you actually get may be a picture or video of an exploited ten year old. Also understand that the picture, whether legal material or not, is also sitting on the hard drive in YOUR computer by the time you are looking at it.

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