Friday

Enter The Void

A junkie dies in a sleazy Tokyo dive, but he refuses to leave the world because he had made a childhood promise never to leave his sister. The film follows his soul as it floats from place to place in the filthy haunts of drug users and around the garish neon world of Tokyo's underbelly of erotic commerce. He watches over his sibling while his consciousness simultaneously regresses toward his childhood memories and even his own birth. Since his sister is a stripper who seems to have sex non-stop, he (therefore "we" in his P.O.V) spends most of his time watching her get laid, except for when he watches her get an abortion.

And that's about it.

Fire one up and break out the old kaleidoscope and lava lamps, man, because, like, the sixties are back, man. The film is self-consciously transgressive, self-consciously artistic, and painfully "psychedelic.'' The director is constantly in search of provocative and trippy new P.O.V. shots. For example, one scene finds the camera inside the sister's vagina, looking at the penis entering it. Another scene is a graphic representation of an abortion, complete with a spread-legged view, detailed medical procedures, and a bloody fetus.

As you might expect, opinions vary dramatically on the merit and appropriateness of this project, with evaluations running the full gamut from "leading-edge genius" to "pretentious and boring drivel." If you read the following debate culled from seven different reviewers, you will certainly see that it is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of movie.

Ambitious, deeply mystic and provocative movie with earth-shattering FX

Billed by director Gaspar Noe as a "psychedelic melodrama" inspired by his hallucinogen-powered screening of "Lady in the Lake," "Enter the Void" suggests the Gallic provocateur should get some better drugs. Not clever enough to be truly pretentious, Noe's tiresomely gimmicky film about a low-level Tokyo drug dealer who enjoys one long, last trip after dying proves to be the ne plus ultra of nothing much.

At his best, Gaspar No is so far ahead of everyone else that Enter the Void remains an absolute must-see, as flawed and exhausting as it can be.

'Enter the Void' is like 'Ghost' without the romance, humor or suspense.

Gaspar No has followed up his 2002 Irreversible, an unwatchable exercise in provocation, with Enter the Void, an unbearable exercise in provocation.

Work of art or huge practical joke? Can't say, but you've never seen anything remotely like Enter the Void.

A visually creative but pointless assault on the senses that uses Freudian imagery to give the illusion of profundity in a tale designed to indulge an adolescent view of drugs and sex while satisfying a childish impulse to shock.

 

The merit of the film may be debatable, but there is no debate about whether the film is filled with graphic sex and nudity. There's plenty to see for the perve in all of us. Unfortunately, it's not romantic, or even erotic. While there are some pleasant moments in the childhood flashbacks, the locales for the present-day action are grimy, and there's no tenderness or real joy in the sex. It's just fucking.

There are also various miscellaneous women and men in various stages of undress. Let's leave those for the Blu-Ray.

 

TV Round-Up

Five more countries heard from.

It took two countries to produce this first project. Terra Ribelle is an Italian-language TV series filmed in Argentina and Italy.

There have been seven episodes so far. Let's catch up, with Deep at Sea's vids:

Ivana Lotito in episodes 1, 3, and 6 (samples below)

Anna Favella in episodes 1, 4, and 5 (samples below)

Sabrina Garciarena in episodes 4 and 6 (samples below)

Giselle Morgan in episode 3 (sample below)

Danila Stalteri in episodes 1 and 7 (samples below)


Australia is also in the TV nudity picture now, with Rake. Johnny Moronic catches us up with plenty of nudity from Lisa McCune in episode 2


And Norway enters the arena as well, with Tuva Novotny in episode 4 of Dag (see below)


And Canada's contribution - a capture of Anna Silk and friend in episode 8 of Lost Girl (we've already had the video here)

 

  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.

OTHER CRAP:

Catch the deluxe version of Other Crap in real time, with all the bells and whistles, here.

 

 

The Sopranos

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Aesthete continues his HD coverage of the much-honored series

Theresa Lynn. Samples below.

 

 

Pics

La Lohan - a familiar old pic back again as a magazine cover

 Candice Swanepoel

Christy Turlington

 

 

Clips

Here is one of my favorite vintage scenes, and this is the best quality I've encountered from this rarely-see nudity. Bonnie Bedelia's topless scene in the pilot for Then Came Bronson.

You can't go wrong with Ursula Andress in Loaded Guns. What a body!

Isabelle Huppert in L'Ecole de la chair

Diane Lane (non-nude) and the ubiquitous Paz de la Huerta in Fierce People

Oksana Borbat and Xeniya Fesenko in The Return to the House on Haunted Hill