Thursday, January 24, 2013

Idea for a new internet meme: Porny Sundance movies featuring James Franco.

James Franco as Hugh Hefner in Lovelace.
Let's face it, sex has always been a big part of the Sundance films festival.  There are no ratings requirements at the festival so just about anything goes.  This year has been a banner year for sex.  In fact, I'm starting to wonder about my choices. First there was Interior. Leather Bar. made by and featuring James Franco.  Then there was Kill Your Darlings (review to follow) featuring Daniel Radcliffe as Alan Ginsberg in a surprisingly revealing gay sex scene.  And now comes Lovelace, from directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and screenwriter Andy Bellin. It's the story of Linda Lovelace and her 70s porn spectacle, Deep Throat.

I, of course, have not watched Deep Throat.  But this movie made me kind of want to.  The reenactments of some of the scenes made me realize that the movie might be about more than just sex.  It might be about humor and camp and cultural phenomena.  Those are all things that I find interesting.

But let's get back to our original premise of this most.  Because this is a movie about porn that features James Franco.  Yes, Sundance darling James Franco makes a somewhat weird appearance as the mostly weird Hugh Hefner.  And since he was so involved in Interior. Leather Bar., I'm hoping we'll see an internet meme featuring real or imagined photos of Porny Sundance movies that feature James Franco.

I suppose I should talk more about the movie.  Lovelace is well acted, well directed, and features all kind of 70s stuff that makes me happy.  But there a lot of better movies at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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