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Monday, May 12, 2008 

Break Up To Make Up

As WILD THINGS in my previous post showed us, sometimes the most passionate lovemaking on film starts out with a good tussle...

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), "Wait a minute! Wait! Get off. All right, come on. Come on! COME ON!!!"

Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange

I didn’t see THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE until 1997, after trading a stack of porn on VHS for some classics on DVD (back then, a brand spankin' new format and VHS, in my eyes, was on its final legs) that a friend had fraudulently acquired but had little use for since he hadn't yet purchased a DVD player (I also got COOL HAND LUKE, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST and a few others). I had heard lots about it, however, and I remember not being able to wait to see this infamous spur-of-the-moment sex scene between Jack and Jessica (somewhat off-topic, one of my best friends from high school went on to marry one of Lange's neices) on the kitchen table of Cora’s diner that was so hot that people often wondered if it wasn’t genuine (and fans of film just loooove those “did they or didn’t they?” moments in cinema). Real or not, you’ll see for yourself that it’s every bit as good as advertised; I wasn’t disappointed. Also, should you ever want to see the movie in its entirety, keep an eye out for a young Boy Scout who, at the time, no one knew would grow up to become a man with a history of violence, future MMA champ Chuck Liddell.

A History of Violence (2005), "Get off of me. Fuck you, 'JOEY'!!! Get off!"

Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello

Little known fact: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE is actually a comic book adaptation. That’s right. Written by John Wagner and illustrated by Vince Locke, A History of Violence was a graphic novel released the same year I first saw THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, 1997. So when I heard David Cronenberg was set to direct a motion picture based on it starring Viggo Mortensen (and who hasn’t had at least a slight man-crush on LOTR’s Aragorn since this fine example of inhuman Middle-Earth bad-assery?) and Maria Bello (who, since THE COOLER, has always reminded me of a slightly sluttier version of MULHOLLAND DR’s Naomi Watts), I was psyched. I missed it in theaters so I had to wait for the DVD (this movie, ironically, was the final Hollywood motion picture released on VHS...only eight long years after I "predicted" the death of tapes). Of all the reviews I read of this movie before I saw it, I don't recall a single critic mentioning the busted-lip, body-bruising “love” scene between “Tom” and “Edie” that spontaneously jumps off in their stairwell after Viggo's character reveals a long-kept secret to his betrayed wife. It’s certainly worth mentioning. And remembering, as you’ll soon see.

Fucking hot as hell. Thank you, baby. :)

This IS a sexy blog. Might be one of my favorites as far as the theme and the full circle-ish feel not to mention how I managed to relate two totally unrelated movies.

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