Watching Movies with a Critical Eye with Film Critic, Clarisse Loughrey
with Film Critic, Clarisse Loughrey
- Son of Bambi Meets Godzilla, 1999Watched on Thursday May 6, 2021.
- Antiporno, 2016 - ★★★★★ (contains spoilers)This review may contain spoilers. The porn industry is known for its degradation of women and inclusion of questionable acts—Japanese porn being regarded often as the worst. When Sion Sono was asked to create a film with the insane restriction of including at least one sex scene every ten minutes, he decided to troll the entire nation by making a satirical masterpiece that highlights the harm of pornography and the vulgar presence of sex in our everyday lives. The protagonist struggles with her sexual identity due to the contradictory messages she was given since her childhood. However, humans are by nature attracted to the taboo. She fanaticizes about incest, BDSM, lesbianism, orgies, and other things that she considers to be desirable sins. The most prevalent of these wicked acts is taking a person’s virginity, as the most corrupt thing one can do is to corrupt others as well. This along with the mindset of men being the dominating gender leads to a belief that women desire force and submission. Purity is the ideal, but all women are naturally perverted animals at heart. "I'm a virgin. A virgin but a whore," says the protagonist. She constantly feels as if she's being pressured to act like a nymphomaniac, imagining a film crew always expecting her to act as obscene as possible. She coops herself up in a sex dungeon of aesthetic bliss, yet she gags and vomits whenever things get taken to an extreme extent. She considers getting raped to be her ideal loss of virginity and something that should be pleasurable. She considers sexuality to be freedom, yet all the freedom she has is restricted to the room she locks herself up in. The one thing she never sexualizes, however, is her dead sister. She's a recurring memory that symbolizes something that never got tainted by the knowledge of sin. She resides in heaven; for all eternity, she remains in a state of purity that the protagonist wishes she could go back to. Sono also decides to take a few direct jabs at the forced inclusion of sexual appeal in art as a more personal "fuck you" to the folks who funded this film. Antiporno is an extremely angry movie, utilizing blatant commentary and pitch-black comedy to nail its messages into your head. From its gorgeous cinematography to its fantastic characters, there is nothing that this film doesn't excel at. I may be a virgin, but I'm a whore for Sion Sono and have no plans to stop watching his incredible works of genius.
- DHARMA, 2020 - ★★★½Watched on Wednesday May 5, 2021.