Heating up August with Erotic Thrillers

With August the dog days of summer are upon us (even though July brought that massive heatwave). Cinema Shame is planning to perpetuate the sizzle by focusing on the classy, uber-sophisticated world of the erotic thriller. A sub-genre of films that could really make family movie nights awkward.  Yeah, I’m looking at you, Xenia Onatopp. Your orgasmic coup de grace techniques always had me scrambling for the remote.

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Death by sexual healing.

When I think of the erotic thriller sub-genre, the first thing that comes to mind is direct to video refuse or heavily-edited features on USA Network. My turning point was watching “The Last Seduction” last November. Linda Fiorentino (a @007hertzrumble obsession, by the way) and dark neo-noir compelled me to investigate the genre further.

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Obligatory Linda Fiorentino in The Last Seduction picture.

In Robert Barton Palmer’s book Hollywood’s Dark Cinema: The American Film Noir, he refers to the “erotic thriller as a direct descendent of the film noir.” Here I was judging these films for having a plot to tie sex scenes together. It also felt like a good time to cleanse the mind of the mindless summer blockbuster. So for this month, I plan to tackle the following erotic thrillers: Paul Schrader’s American Gigolo and Cat People and Lawrence Kasdan’s Body Heat.

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Reach out to us on twitter (@cinemashame) or by email (cinemashame@gmail.com) with your essential erotic thrillers. 

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June Prompt – 1989

This June marks the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman. A film with huge cultural significance, positive and negative — as it forever it changed the summer blockbuster landscape. The entire summer slate of 1989 has to be one of the greatest in film history for sequels, blockbusters and surprise hits.

Consider that during just a few months, the summer of 1989 begat Ghostbusters II, Lethal Weapon 2, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Licence to Kill, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Abyss, and Do the Right Thing.

And so far I’ve just mentioned the summer releases. The entire year boasted en entire roster of films worthy of discovery (or rediscovery). I would have been around three so there are no solid memories of this year for me, except vague memories about Hardee’s promotion of Ghostbusters II. I guess Licence to Kill would have been too much for a child’s happy meal toy, kids probably couldn’t handle a shark-mangled Felix Leiter toy.

For more discussion of non-summer related releases from 1989, we have our in-house resident expert, James Patrick (@007hertzrumble), whose personal website has posted some great discussion on films from that year. It is a great resource if you want to scroll back through a few of these releases you might have missed.

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I’m limiting my choices to three, but I have a feeling I will be doing more rewatches of 1989 films. My biggest shame release from 1989, which has had a lot of talk in the film twitter vacuum, is Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. (See James’ conversation here.) I’ve seen bits and pieces over the years but never took the time to watch the entire film. I’ve owned The Dream Team (another entry that James has lauded) for at least a year now without watching it and it would be interesting to compare Keaton’s performance to his role in Batman. The last movie I will pick from 1989 will be Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies and Videotape. I will always take this opportunity to toss a Criterion release into the mix.

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Reach out to us on twitter (@cinemashame) or by email (cinemashame@gmail.com) with your Cinema Shames from 1989 or 1989 recommendations.

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Future Prompts — Coming Soon to Shame Near You!

July – Cult Films

August – Racy Films (SCANDALOUS!)

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The Doris Day Rememberathon

I invited some friends to come on the Cinema Shame Podcast to celebrate the life and work of Doris Day. We discuss some of her personal history and many of her films, most notably It’s a Great Feeling, Starlift, Calamity Jane, Love Me or Leave Me, and Pillow Talk. I’ve cut in many of her wonderful songs and an interview with Robert Osborne on her 90th birthday.

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Direct download (right click, save as): http://traffic.libsyn.com/cinemashame/DorisDay.mp3

CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – Really likes Caprice

Alan Hait (@alanhait) – #OldMovieWeirdo and #TCMParty denizen

Danny Reid (@PreCodeDotCom) – Lord of the Pre-codes.

Jessica Pickens (@HollywoodComet) – Writing about Musicals at Comet Over Hollywood since 2009. 

Raquel Stecher (@RaquelStecher) – Classic and indie film writer. 

Clips Contained in this Podcast:

Doris Day – “Que Sera Sera”

Doris Day on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson 1974

It’s a Great Feeling Trailer

Doris Day – ‘It’s a Great Feeling”

Robert Osborne interviews Doris Day on her 90th 🎂 

Calamity Jane trailer

Starlift trailer

Clip from Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine

Caprice trailer

Doris Day – “S’wonderful”

Robert Osborne introduces Love Me Or Leave Me on TCM 2015

Love Me Or Leave Me trailer

Doris Day – “10 Cents a Dance”

Pillow Talk trailer

Bells are Ringing trailer

Preacher Boy – “Shamedown” <— Check out Preacher Boy’s music here

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Recorded in May 2019. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.

Star Wars / Raquel & Carlos Stecher

Raquel Stecher is joined by her long-suffering husband Carlos to discuss how she finally viewed Star Wars on her own terms. 

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – The Empire Strikes Back holds the #1 spot on his Letterboxd.com Top 200.

Raquel Stecher (@RaquelStecher) – Has joined the Rebel Allliance.

Carlos Stecher (@livefastlookgd) – Now committed to watching the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice. 

 
Music Contained in this Podcast:

Preacher Boy – “Shamedown”

20th Century Fox Fanfare

John Williams – “The Star Wars Main Theme”

Cinema Shame Star Wars Shop

Star Wars– BDDVD
Soundtrack: Star Wars Soundtrack
The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film

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Recorded in May 2019. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars (and sanity) are made from this podcast.



2001 / Stephanie Crawford

Stephanie Crawford returns to the Shame to fulfill her 2001: A Space Odyssey promise (and thereby transcend her human form). 

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – Space Baby believer.

Stephanie Crawford (@scrawfish) – Has now touched the monolith.

 
Music Contained in this Podcast:

Preacher Boy – “Shamedown”

Prince – “1999”

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – “Also Sprach Zarathustra”

Ray Stevens – “Thus Cracked Henrietta”

2001: A Space Odyssey Shop

2001 – 4K/BDDVD

Soundtrack: 2001 Soundtrack

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Recorded in February 2019. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars (and sanity) are made from this podcast.

Episode 20: Nitrate Picture Show Preview / Deborah Stoiber & Jared Case

Previewing the 2019 Nitrate Picture Show Film Festival with co-directors Deborah Stoiber and Jared Case.

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – Attending his first Nitrate Picture Show Film Festival in May.

Deborah Stoiber – co-director of the NPS

Jared Case – co-director of the NPS

 
Music Contained in this Podcast:

Preacher Boy – “Shamedown” <— Check out Preacher Boy’s music here

Bill Conti – “Gonna Fly Now”

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Recorded in April 2019. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.

Episode 19: TCMFF 19 / Jessica Pickens

“Live” from the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival with Jessica Pickens (@HollywoodComet).

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – 5th Turner Classic Movies Film Festival, was the holder of ticket #1 for Out of Sight in 2015.

Jessica Pickens (@HollywoodComet) – 6th Turner Classic Movies Film Festival, doesn’t just watch musicals! True story.

 
Music Contained in this Podcast:

Preacher Boy – “Shamedown” <— Check out Preacher Boy’s music here

The Marvelettes – “Mr. Postman”

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Recorded in April 2019. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.