In an email I received today from Shortbus writer/director John Cameron Mitchell, he tells me that on January 9th, the IMDb agreed to remove the adult label from Shortbus, but a check again today shows the site has not followed through. Other films found by Mitchell (and verified today) that are classified as “adult,” are: Vincent Gallo’s The Brown Bunny, Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi’s Baise-Moi and Catherine Breillat’s Romance.
In addition to 9 Songs, other explicit films that are not restricted include Larry Clark’s Ken Park, Patrice Chéreau’s Intimacy, and Nagisa Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses.
Thanks for the heads up, John!
As of this posting, the Internet Movie Database is censoring its search results by preventing certain films from coming up in the regular results of a search of the database. Go ahead and search for John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus. See? Try it with Caligula, Debbie Does Dallas or Taboo and you get the same results, that is, none. None of these films come up in a search for their titles. However, the search seems at least a little bit arbitrary, since Michael Winterbottom’s 9 Songs does show up. Hmmm, hetero money shot, ok by the IMDb, but an autoerotic facial? Nope. Straight penetration, sure, no problem! Gay analingus? Nope.
Split hairs, anyone?
Think that’s odd? It gets even more fucked up. Search for any of the actors involved in Shortbus and see what happens. Jay Brannan? Nope. PJ De Boy? Unh unh. Lindsay Beamish or Sook-Yin Lee? Nope and nope. However, Miriam Shor does show up in a search using her name, as does writer/director Mitchell.
Oh, but there’s more….
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In response to fellow blogger Tom Hall‘s call to arms, as well as the 2006 indieWIRE Critics’ poll I am posting my year end list. I have violated the rules laid down by Mr. Hall and indieWIRE because I felt like it and because I have trouble following directions. I have doubled the performance categories and thrown some runners up, as well as a few “worst of the year” mentions. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my blog, my rules!
Also, there are many films I have yet to see, including The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, L’Enfant, Army of Shadows (returning soon to Film Forum!), Old Joy, Casino Royale, Borat, Half Nelson, The Last King of Scotland, Volver…. now it’s just getting embarrassing. As a result, I get the feeling I will be monkeying with my list as the year winds down this week. The “best first feature” section is especially barren for me, not having seen any of the indieWIRE-listed films. That said, I am pretty ok with my choice. As for the “best documentary” category, I am woefully unprepared for this one. (Jesus, I am getting more and more pathetic as this goes on….). I am therefore leaving it blank and hope to fill it in at a later date.
On with the poll!
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People, I cannot urge this enough. Shortbus opened in New York City today and I urge every one of you out there to go and see it, asap! Even the few pin-headed, racist, sexually uptight, reactionary, fundamentalist Christian douche bags that might stumble across my blog. Maybe this film will open up a new world for you and you’ll realize that singing sodomites are a wonderful thing.
The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis wrote a wonderful review of the film, which you can find here. Yes, that’s the same Manohla with whom I apparently almost had a flame war a few months back. What can I say, on that film we disagreed, on this one, we are on the same page…no Foley pun intended.
That said, TV Guide’s review while positive, has the most baffling lead I’ve read in a long time, and I quote:
A darkly comic trifle that follows in the footsteps of such films as Catherine Breillat’s Romance (2000), [Vincent Gallo’s] The Brown Bunny (2003) and Michael Winterbottom‘s 9 Songs (2004) by incorporating hard-core sex into a nonpornographic narrative.
Uh, ok. Except that the only thing Shortbus really has in common with those three films is genitalia. And “darkly comic trifle?” What does that even mean?
Shortbus is being released by ThinkFilm in New York City as of today, October 4th and in Los Angeles & San Francisco on October 6th. Make it a point to support the film on opening weekend and remember, we all get it in the end!
Other posts about of Shortbus:
The Rabbi Report’s TIFF Review: Shortbus
Tom Hall’s Back Row Manifesto…TWHiii nails it once again: Toronto 2006 | Ideas And Liberation
The Rabbi Report:
Shortbus Party At Cannes – 1st Video Blog
2nd Shortbus Cannes Video – Shoo Bee Doo Bee Doo Wop!
3rd Shortbus Cannes Video – Ça Plane Pour Moi!
Final Shortbus Cannes Video – Wig In A Box
Photo © Think Film Company Inc.
The American Heritage dictionary defines pornography as: “Sexually explicit pictures, writing, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal” while Dictionary.com says it is “obscene writings, drawings, photographs, or the like, esp. those having little or no artistic merit.” Using those definitions, know this: despite what you might have heard or read, John Cameron Mitchell‘s brilliant new film Shortbus is most decidedly not pornographic. As Tom Lehrer wrote in his genius pro-porn tune, “Smut”: “To be smut it has to be ut-terly without redeeming social importence.” Mitchell’s film is beautiful, sexy, smart, sensitive, loving, incisive, relevant and a whole host of other adjectives, all of which fall squarly under the rubric of socially important.
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