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Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey’s Inside Deep Throat

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In 1972, the pornographic industry focused on pleasuring only male audiences without even considering women’s needs. It wasn’t until the daring film, Deep Throat, was released into theatres that people acknowledged a woman’s sexuality. The documentary Inside Deep Throat explores the films impact on society and its long lasting effect on the porn industry.

Deep Throat tells the story of a woman who can’t find her “itch”. She’s had sex, and just doesn’t understand its appeal, until she discovers how to achieve an orgasm. This strange technique is what made her such a huge star, not just on screen, but also in the bedroom. She rose to pornographic stardom so quickly that no one seemed to even question her overall feelings toward the career, or her home life. The film goes into great detail of her family members opinions on the subject and the importance of the film as a whole. It was such a racy film since it was the first porno to focus on women’s pleasure, and even acknowledge the female orgasm. Most films finished once the male received pleasure, however, Deep Throat showed that women are just as important. This was extremely controversial considering the time, however was revolutionary in the industry. Linda Lovelace soon became one of the most iconic porn stars and is still recognizable today.

In my opinion, the overall film was extremely informative and has allowed me to see the porn industry in a whole new light. It is a much bigger force in our society than I thought, and can define our time. Porn has made a drastic change since Deep Throat and has morphed into a gender mutual industry, for the most part. There is now porn sites and videos dedicated to women, which shows how women are now considered just as sexually active as men. It is sad to think that there was a time in which women could never achieve pleasure and never even knew what it felt like to orgasm. Its a privilege in life that should be accepted by everyone in society as the norm. Deep Throat has allowed many women to find their “itch” and find themselves along the way.

Miles Forman’s Hair

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Guilty pleasures are rarely praised. They sit at the back of your mind, awaiting attention, and only get recognized during times of despair. They aren’t mentioned in conversations, but only when a person is most vulnerable, do they emerge. Hair by Milo’s Forman, is one of the biggest guilty pleasures. However, I, do not hide my love for it. A person should not be ashamed of something that allows them to feel happiness, it is a pleasure that is too often faked,  and not easy to come by.

Hair tells the story of a small town country boy, Claude Hopper, portrayed by the highly underrated actor John Savage, visiting to New York City for the first time before he joins the army. He only has three days to spend before the terror of war, and thats all he needs. He immediately befriends a group of hippies who encourage him to embrace life and friendship. He soon realizes that life can be difficult for even the most care free groups of people. Its a story that perfectly depicts life in the 60’s, and true friendship as a whole.

Oh and did I mention that its a musical? Well it is, allowing the viewer to truly enjoy the upbeat and fun loving theme. The songs, dance numbers, and overall vibe of the film leaves the viewer feeling enlightened and wanting to buy the soundtrack. I, personally, love musicals, however it could be very overbearing for those who aren’t used to incessant music numbers that lead the plot along.  As a whole, its still one of my favourite films, even if I know people cringe and laugh when I speak so fondly of it. Its a film that can make me happy at any point of my life and that is an undeniably magical trait in the world we live in.

Wim Wenders Paris, Texas

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Every once in awhile, I can come across a film that is so beautiful that it leaves me effected in one way or another. Wim Wenders Paris, Texas is a film that is worth remembering for the rest of my life. I will forever cherish the first time I watched it; the stunning visuals, the  quirky music and most of all; the words spoken that left me speechless. 

Travis Henderson is a man with nothing left to loose, literally. He abandoned his wife and child for four years, unknowing of the consequences. Found by his brother, stumbling across the dessert and brought back into the real world without a word of where he went, or why. All he had with him was a small picture of a lot in Paris, Texas, claiming that its going to be his home with his wife and child. His brother had been taking care of his son, and his wife is no where to be found. Struggling to connect with his son, he feels guilt for his absence and soon realizes what needs to be done.

The camera captures images of relationships and nature in such a way that displays their true beauty and the secrets that lay beyond. The cinematography is a main contributing factor to my love for this film. Much of the film is told through silence and moments where the viewer is encouraged to just think. Many people grow unruly and impatient with a film like this, but its beauty makes up for its lack of plot. I’m not saying that it isn’t interesting, because some of the best films are the ones that are relatable. I’d much rather watch a film thats boring, but I can relate to, rather than a film thats action packed and completely unrealistic. I love being able to take something away of a film, whether it be factual, or understanding myself as a human being. Either way, any film that leaves an after taste, is a film worth recommending.

Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis

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A beautiful story, told through not only emotions, but breathtaking songs. Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis is a film whose music guides you more than any other film ever could.

Llewyn Davis is a man that loves folk music more than anything in the world. The movie follows him as he tries to find his way in the music business as well as get over his recent breakup with long time girlfriend, Jean. The story follows him for just a week, in the Greenwich folk music scene. Oscar Isaac does an amazing job of portraying the heartache of folk music. Even at times when all hope is lost, you can still hear so much passion and love in his voice.

I have to admit that the actual story told is very dull, however the music makes everything come to life, much like folk music as a whole. I am not saying that it was completely boring, because to me it wasn’t, but to someone that isn’t used to actually watching a film and taking it all in, it might not suit them so well. Over the years popular films are more fast paced in order to keep the audience interested, which is completely stupid. The best parts of some films are the pauses, silences, and moments of pure bliss, where you can just think about what your watching. The film represents folk music well, and you can’t help but buy the soundtrack within the first ten minutes of it.

As a whole this film made me question why it wasn’t nominated for more oscars. It was nominated for best cinematography, which is well deserved, however it deserves more recognition. In my opinion, its better than many of the films nominated this year, and I hope that more people will watch it and grow to understand its simplistic beauty.

Jean-Luc Godards Pierrot Le Fou

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A world where happiness is encouraged, dancing is mandatory, and emotions aren’t suppressed. I wish more than anything that my life was a Jean-Luc Godard film. I wish that it was nearly as colourful, or spontaneous. That life wasn’t seen as a set of goals, but as an opportunity to be as happy as possible. A persons objective isn’t to get the perfect job, but to love someone more than anything. Pierrot Le Fou tells the story of what life should be.

Pierrot is a man that loves two things in life; literature and Marianne. He runs off with her, abandoning his life in search of happiness. No more conformity, or caring what people think, its just him and Marianne against the world. They’re soon on the run for their reckless behaviour, yet they couldn’t care less. They live in various unconventional places, but all they care about is each others presence. It, however is not a love story. It’s a story of life and how people would do anything to be happy. I don’t care if it sounds stupid or unrealistic, but its something that isn’t seen much in film today. Its a part of old French cinema that I love so much. It’s not the storyline that makes me love them, its the writing and emotions that are examined. It puts all of your emotions into profound words that explain everything that has ever been questioned. It opens your eyes wider than ever before, and changes your perspective forever. I don’t care if I sound insane, or that my words are over exaggerated, but then you clearly have never seen a Godard film.

Jean Luc-Godard is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, His quirky and unconventional writing style is what sets him apart from the crowd and makes him stand out as a genius in the film industry. I promise that if you were to watch this film, that it will change your perspective on life, love, and happiness. It will open your mind to new thoughts and emotions that you thought were never possible. It is a movie whose effect can last a lifetime, yet it’ll never grow old.

Dennis Hoppers Easy Rider

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Imagine being able to leave your day to day life and travel across the country. No more knowing what the next day will bring, or whether it will be pleasant. Relying solely on instincts and the everlasting urge to live in the moment. Dennis Hoppers Easy Rider is a film that shows what is imagined on a daily basis in cubicles across the country. Freedom, courage, and spontaneous interaction with people of similar interest. It is truly a tale of the American Dream.

Best friends Wyatt and Billy cruise across America, determined to make it to Mardi Gras on time. They find themselves distracted by the people they meet and the opinions of civilians that don’t understand. Shunned like a stray dog in the streets for not conforming to societies expectations. However, they could care less, because they’re the ones that are truly free. They don’t need to be accepted or thought of kindly, they just need to live their lives the way they want, and everyone else can mind their own business. They soon discover that it isn’t about getting to Mardi Gras, its about the journey there and their experiences in-between. This is an extremely important concept for people to grasp. You are not defined by your end result, you are defined by how you get there. Your life would be pointless if you never effected people in some sort of way, and didn’t fight for what you believed in.

Dennis Hopper created a debut film that can define his career. His directing style and choice of music truly sets him apart from other people of that time. In 1969 film was considered sophisticated, and no one wanted to hear a story about hippies. He shows us that he was years ahead of everyone else with his knowledge of life and its importance. He has been, and will continue to be, one of my favourite people in the movie industry, and I hope that more people will go back and enjoy his films, because they are truly a work of art.

Park Chan-wook’s Stoker

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A visually stunning masterpiece, that proves that in order to beautiful, you don’t have to be pretty. Park Chan-wook’s Stoker is a film with a  morbid and disturbing plot, but the way it is filmed makes it a work of art.

India Stoker is a strange young girl with a curiosity that can’t be tamed. She is no ordinary girl, with an ordinary life. She used to spend her spare time with her father hunting, until the terrible accident. He died, leaving her alone with her mother, whom she can’t possibly relate to. At the funeral, her mother reveals to her that she has an uncle, that they never bothered to mention because of his travels. Right away she realizes that something isn’t right about this man, and his effect on her mother. Theres a growing tension between them, and At first, I thought that it was going to be a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and didn’t expect to like it all, but the cinematography made up for its poor storyline. It progressively gets better throughout the film, but I still didn’t enjoy the plot. It just seems like a really lame TV movie with terrible writers and actors that didn’t fit the part. The characters also were questionable because they have no morals, and completely go against everything they believe in. At the start of the movie they feel one way, and then as it continues they just seem to forget. It’s also supposed to be scary but it seems like the main character couldn’t care less about what was happening around her. This made it very difficult to connect with her and have any sympathy whatsoever.

Cinematography has a lot to do with then quality of a film. If my review was supposed to be based solely on the cinematography, I’d say that its perfect. However, that is not the case. It, as a whole, is a decent film. It is not amazing, nor is it special in any way. I recommend this film to people that don’t mind watching it with the sound turned off. That way you can see how beautiful it is, without being corrupted by the rest of the movie.