Where I Draw The Line

11 Mar

I think of myself as open minded and ready to understand everything.  Or at least give my self a chance to understand something.  My open mindedness is manifested by the types of movies I have on my Netflix queue.  I have been a member for over 3 years and browsing my history, I find that I have an eclectic mixture of movies I have chosen to view.  I particularly enjoy foreign movies, of which Netflix has a wide range of choices.

My most recent rental however was quite disappointing in a way.  It was Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution.  While I vaguely remember reading that this movie had caused some buzz, I do not remember what it was all about.  I knew that Ang Lee is some sort of a trailblazer; someone who marches to his own drums, even dances to it without restraint.  I thoroughly enjoyed the simplicity of his more famous movie, Brokeback Mountain, and how that simplicity in story translates very well.

But back to his recent offering.  The movie is excellent, I thought.  The cinematography was good.  The actors were terrific.  However, I do have a problem with the sex scenes, which I thought were all real, not simulated.  Am I correct?  I dont mind watching sex scenes, when it is done as an integral part of the movie.  This is where I believe Ang Lee crossed the line between artistic and pornographic.  I know that I may have been showing conservative self by this reaction.  But the scenes in question are long and graphic and I dont mind him putting some in, but well those scenes are just too much.  Cut the scenes in half and it does not make a dent in the story line one bit; so why bother cramming it all in when it does nothing more or less to the story?

Yes, there is such a thing as too much.  And this is where I draw the line.

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Posted by on March 11, 2008 in Uncategorized



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