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The Unsexiest Cover

I got turned off, immediately and ironically, by Entertainment Weekly's latest cover story, "The 50 Sexiest Movies Ever."

It's not the picture. Who doesn't love and lust for Kate Winslet? It's the fact that four movies are mentioned on the cover — Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Notebook, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and, most prominently, Little Children — and none of them was released more than 10 years ago.

The list is worse. Of the 50 films, only five were released before 1980. The list is weighted for race, for sexual preference, but hardly at all for history. For shame.

As for the list itself? It's easy to disagree with whatever choices anyone makes in this kind of thing — people do it to me all the time — so I'll just mention the ones I absolutely agree with: Out of Sight, Body Heat, Bull Durham ("Oh my"), Y Tu Mama Tambien (their no. 7; I'd have it higher), The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Year of Living Dangerously, The Seven Year Itch, Mulholland Drive (Paul Allen? Seriously?), Swimming Pool, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Secretary.

Oh yeah, and the car-washing chick from Cool Hand Luke. Puttin' em on here, boss.


Posted at 03:32 PM on Sat. Nov 22, 2008 in category Movies  
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Tommy Marx wrote:

I disagree with one movie you mentioned. I still remember watching Body Heat and feeling the persperation, the dangerous obsession, the breathtaking sexuality of the movie. When she led him by his penis, I felt angry, violated, and incredibly aroused. This was a movie that, to me at least, couldn't exist without sex.

As for the rest of the choices, I thought this was one of the stupidest cover stories Entertainment Weekly has ever printed and one of the most desperate.
Comment posted on Tue. Nov 25, 2008 at 10:38 PM

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