Thursday, February 06, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks (Seven Deadly Sins Edition): Lust

In the sixth week of 2020 for Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We venture into the first of the Seven Deadly Sins for the series in the subject of lust. Defined in many ways such as intense longing and a desire for something or someone. It is one of the seven cardinal sins that play into temptation and chaos. Here are my three picks:

1. The Center of the World

From Wayne Wang is an obscure erotic drama of sorts that was shot during the early days of digital cinema as it revolves around a dot-com millionaire who meets a stripper and pays her $10,000 to spend three days with her in Las Vegas. Starring Peter Sarsgaard and Molly Parker, it’s an exploration of desire and identity as this millionaire copes with his own loneliness and uncertainty while he plays to her rules of four hours of erotic play and no penetration. Yet, things get complicated as well as feelings for one another as it is also told in a non-linear narrative as it’s a gem of a film.

2. Lust, Caution

Ang Lee’s adaptation of Eileen Chang’s story set in late 1930s/early 1940s Shanghai during Japan’s occupation of China where a Chinese student joins the Chinese resistance to spy and later assassinate a top official working for a traitor to the Chinese. It’s a film that takes place during two different moments in time with the first half set in the late 1930s and the second half in the early 1940s with Tang Wei as this Chinese spy trying to meet this official in Tony Leung Chiu-wai who is the target yet there is a conflict between both of them as he’s married and she’s hired to target him as they both get into this intense affair with some nearly-graphic sex scenes.

3. Room in Rome

A loose remake of a Chilean film called In Bed, Julio Medem’s 2010 film about a Spanish woman and a Russian woman who meet in Rome as they spend the entire night together as they discuss their own desires and their own stories in the course of 10 hours. They also talk about their own sense of loss and uncertainty as well as their fascination towards sex with a man or a woman as it is an intimate drama starring Elena Anaya and Natasha Yarovenko that doesn’t have much plot but the performances and setting of the film makes up for it.

© thevoid99 2020


Big Screen Small Words said...

I haven't seen any of these but Lust, Caution is on my watchlist.

Jay said...

And I've only seen Lust, Caution.

Debbie D. said...

Interesting lineup. I'm not familiar with any of these, but they all sound interesting. Nice to meet you! First-time participant at The Doglady's Den. Cheers!

ThePunkTheory said...

Such interesting picks! I haven't seen any of those films but they all seem intriguing.

Sonia Cerca said...

I haven't seen any of these but Lust, Caution sounds interesting.

Brittani Burnham said...

I've only seen Lust, Caution and I remember liking it up until the end of the film. I remember the uproar that film's rating caused lol

Birgit said...

I have not heard of any of these but I might take a peek at Lust, Caution

thevoid99 said...

@Big Screen Small Words-Lust, Caution is a film that many should see as it is an intriguing suspense drama.

@Jay-I'd suggest seeing my other picks if you're horny.

@Debbie D.-I try to throw in some curves and stuff that not many people know about.

@ThePunkTheory-They're all different but they're all mainly drama but with lots of sex.

@Sonia-Lust, Caution is one of Ang Lee's better films as it seems like he's losing his mojo over his obsession with high-frame rates.

@Brittani-the NC-17 rating is dumb though the sex nearly went into realms of porn though that's not really bad as I can understand the NC-17 rating. It's not a film for kids.

@Birgit-See Lust, Caution.