Posts Tagged ‘Magic Mike’

Recently I bashed The Longest Ride for simply being porn for teenagers.  That is, the film doesn’t seem to contain much explicit content; therefore, they rely on the implicit – mixed with the fallen human heart – to produce sensual material teens and pre-teens can watch.

This got me to thinking about the definition of porn.  Pornography carries with it the connotation of ‘cheap’ or ‘low quality’.  However, with the release of Fifty Shades of Grey and TLR, I think we’re seeing a different quality of porn being released.  I’m not saying these movies contain any quality worthy seeing, I’m simply saying the box office has realized that there’s money to be made off of material that’s pornographic.

Porn seems to be saturating more and more of our culture and the statistics of porn consumption are staggering (One study shows that the annual consumption of pornographic videos comes to 11 videos per person on earth!!).  Because of this amount of consumption, movie-makers understand that there’s a market for this sort of thing.  Therefore, we have FSG, TLR and Magic Mike, as well as, it’s sequel being produced.  While all of these films may break away from certain conventions that apply to porn, they’re still taking certain recipes of porn.  However, a new recipe seems to involve adding a bigger budget and notable actors/actresses; making it a different quality.

It’s going to be interesting to continually see the effects of pornography on the wide-release films in the cinema.  Will we continue to see ‘quality porn’ being released at the local cineplex?  I’m confident we will.  Let me know what you think.

Posted: June 27, 2012 by jperritt in Comedy, Drama, Rom-com [romantic comedy], Romance
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The romantic-comedy-stripper film, Magic Mike is being released this Friday.  The previews make the film look somewhat innocent, but the content doesn’t seem to be all that innocent.  Some might even say it’s pornographic.  What do you think?


Posted: June 25, 2012 by jperritt in Snapshots
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snap·shot – a brief appraisal, summary, or profile.

Every Monday we hope to provide our readers with snapshots of films being released for the upcoming weekend. This will be a brief summary of films that will assist our readers in the area of discernment. Instead of searching other sites and reading lengthy articles, it’s our hope to provide a concise list of all the films of the weekend in one consolidated post. If you wonder why we don’t list the MPAA ratings, please click here.

Magic Mike – A courteous male stripper teaches a young and vulnerable male stripper how to take his clothes off, get women, and party.  Genre – heart-warming, family, drama; content – language, drug use, sexual content and brief graphic nudity.

Madea’s Witness Protection – Tyler Perry proves, yet again, that it’s funny to dress up and play multiple characters.  Genre – comedy; content – crude sexual remarks and drug references.

Ted – A bear comes to life from a childhood wish, but the boy grows into a man (an adult spin on a childhood plot).  Genre – comedy; content – crude sexual content, language, and drug use.