Archive for the Film Category
Male bonding in movies is still a relatively rare subject for the cinema to tackle. If it’s not one of the new crop of movies exploring gay relationships, cinema usually doesn’t know how to portray the love, admiration and affection between men.
Here are three very different films. They explore unique approaches to the subject of male bonding. It’s probably interesting to note that each is set in a predominantly all-male environment. Enjoy.
I thought I’d seen “Betty Blue” before. The title seemed vaguely familiar to me. So, for years I avoided the movie, convinced by the pouting girl on its cover that I’d seen it already. A standard piece of Hollywood dross, I told myself. Not even realising that the film was French and subtitled. But once the story started and threw us into the mix with its languid photography and that long, sweaty, obsessive sex scene that introduces the director’s cut, I was hooked.
Deliverance (1972) is British director John Boorman’s gripping action-adventure about four suburban businessmen on a disastrous weekend’s river-canoeing trip. It ranks as one of my favourite films. I can never tire of seeing it. The horror starts in this clip below.