It’s the year of sex at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and depending on whom you ask it’s either awesome or awful. Obviously to us, it’s wicked. But with all of this coverage on sex at Sundance over the past few days, we ask the question, why is sex in film even shocking anymore? Daniel Radcliffe brought up a really interesting point when he was interviewed by MTV earlier in the week and was overwhelmed with questions about his gay sex scene in the film Kill Your Darlings, where he portrays beat poet Allen Ginsberg. "It's interesting that it's deemed shocking. For me, there's something very strange about that because we see straight sex scenes all the time. We've seen gay sex scenes before. I don't know why a gay sex scene should be any more shocking than a straight sex scene. Or both of them are equally unshocking."
Shocking or not, sex and porn reigned supreme at this year’s Sundance. Here are only a few of the films that got our attention.
Amanda Seyfried stars as Linda Lovelace, a porn star made famous for her role in one of the first porn films to have a plot, Deep Throat. This biopic follows Lovelace’s struggles with her abusive husband and the pornography industry before she began taking control of her life.
Don Jon’s Addiction
Sold to a production company for a cool four million dollars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s first feature-length film in the director’s seat, which stars Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore, shows what happens when a relationship builds between a guy who watches too much porn and a girl who watches too many romantic Hollywood movies.
James Franco takes us behind the scenes of BDSM porn site Kink.com. Read our in depth interview with director Christina Voros.
A middle-aged couple played by Juno Temple and Josh Radnor are stuck in a boring marriage and decide to change it by hiring a stripper to become their live-in maid.
The Look of Love
24 Hour Party People director Michael Winterbottom gives an interesting perspective of the life of porn mogul turned property tycoon, millionaire Paul Raymond, played by Steve Coogan. Check out a clip here.