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Movies: Trees of Life, Nudity as Comedy, Sailors on Leave

  Brad Pitt is a strict 1950s father in Terrence Malick's drama "The Tree of Life"

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The Memorial Day holiday brings us three big films:, THE HANGOVER PART II, KUNG FU PANDA 2 ...and THE TREE OF LIFE 2! I kid, I kid. In nearly forty years of filmmaking the elusive auteur Terrence Malick has only directed five features (Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World and The Tree of Life) so he's as likely to direct a sequel as Hollywood is to go a summer without one. (Or ten in the case of Summer 2011 - twelve if you count all The Avengers prequels.) All five Malicks are contemplative and possessed by the beauty of the natural world and the mysteries of human nature, so Hollywood has decided that only critics, dendrophiles, and big city arthouse viewers will be interested -- even with Brad Pitt front and center and even though it the film just won the Palme D'Or at Cannes  -- so it's only on four screens for the big weekend. Damn you, distributors!

Hangover2 Which leaves most audiences with choices between bloated sequel, A, B, C or  F. In the case of The Hangover 2, one of the media stories is how much male genitalia is onscreen. The penis is still taboo in Hollywood movies which leads people to say all sorts of ill informed things like this, from Executive Producer Ivan Reitman, for example:

 "It's a last-frontier thing. There's been a long tradition of naked and half naked women in films, so this is a way of upping the ante in terms of erotic explicitness."

But it's neither the last-frontier nor erotic. MORE, AFTER THE JUMP...

Penises have been used as comic props for many years now (Sideways, Borat, etcetera). The last frontier would be if Hollywood admitted that cocks aren't just for comedy; they've got mad drama skills, too! Think about it: when was the last time a mainstream Hollywood movie showed man parts in a way that wasn't meant to make the audience LOL? Take your time. Think long and hard. And, no, British movies don't count.

We'll wait.



This image of Tom Hardy's back as "Bane" in The Dark Knight Rises, the Batman film that's shooting now, got the internet all hot and bothered this week, but it's hardly the first time Tom Hardy has given a lot of back in the movies. If you haven't seen his coming out party as a Star Actor, check out BRONSON which is available for instant watch on Netflix. It's quite an odd movie, but he gives a lot of back -- front, too, and not for comedic purposes.

But remember: British movies don't count.

In honor of Fleet Week, currently in session here in NYC, four classic silver screen sailors from the movies.


Will you be shipping off with Jack Nicholson, Gene Kelly, Steve McQueen or Brad Davis?

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  1. The Piano is the first one that comes to mind.

    Posted by: Liquid | May 26, 2011 7:16:23 PM

  2. Richard Gere showed peen briefly from the side in American Gigolo.

    Posted by: Taylor | May 26, 2011 7:22:45 PM

  3. Most definitely with Brad Davis in "Querelle."

    Posted by: Yanz | May 26, 2011 7:25:08 PM

  4. Brad Davis -- so sad!

    Posted by: David B. 2 | May 26, 2011 7:29:14 PM

  5. Color of Night

    Posted by: Andrew | May 26, 2011 7:50:14 PM

  6. Viggo Mortensen did an extensive fully-nude fight scene in Eastern Promises. Not exactly mainstream, but far from comedy...

    Posted by: Daddy Todd | May 26, 2011 7:56:52 PM

  7. Peter Saarsgard in Kinsey was the first one I thought of...Then again, I quite fancy him.

    Posted by: EM | May 26, 2011 8:58:05 PM

  8. Boogie Nights was my first thought. He whips it out at the end and says "I am the star".

    Posted by: Richard | May 26, 2011 9:15:07 PM

  9. Bronson blows all these away. I wouldn't say odd. I'd say thoroughly engrossing and entertaining. An incredible filmic experience. (It did remind me a bit of another Brit biopic, Love is the Devil.)

    Posted by: Jeff | May 26, 2011 9:39:54 PM

  10. Peter Firth in Equus. Oh my!

    Posted by: Tallulah | May 26, 2011 11:13:26 PM

  11. not to ruin the Boogie Nights mention but sadly alas, it was not real cock. It was a fake member used for the actor.

    Posted by: Tim | May 27, 2011 12:45:20 AM

  12. In Sex and the City 1, I think Samantha's hot neighbor taking an outdoor shower showed side peen. mmmmmm. But yeah, not full frontal :(

    Posted by: redball | May 27, 2011 12:45:22 AM

  13. In 1969, the D H Lawrence book turned movie Women In Love by Ken Russell featured Alan Bates and Oliver Reed in a fireside nude wrestling scene with lots of good glimpses. Oh wait, was that British?

    Posted by: stick | May 27, 2011 1:23:09 AM

  14. In Mandingo Perry showed a nice piece of meat, full frontal. No comedy there.

    Posted by: jleo71 | May 27, 2011 1:29:30 AM

  15. We are hilarious. Collectively we hold the archive of all things penis in our heads.

    Posted by: Rob | May 27, 2011 6:39:36 AM

  16. Eastern Promises is a Canadian film not a Hollywood film.

    Posted by: Taylor | May 27, 2011 7:47:52 AM

  17. Mandingo wasn't a comedy??

    Posted by: The Iron Orchard | May 27, 2011 8:10:36 AM

  18. I have a memory of an explicit scene in "The Onion Field" that was all about power not comedy at all, am i right ?

    Posted by: arch | May 27, 2011 8:50:54 AM

  19. Jason Segal's penis was not played for laughs in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, even if some audience members scoffed at the shock value of it. It was intended to show his vulnerability while being dumped by his girlfriend.

    That same year, The Watchmen showed a whole bunch of blue CGI penis, and Dr. Manhattan was most definitely not funny.

    This column is about 3 years late.

    Posted by: nodnarb | May 27, 2011 8:58:18 AM

  20. "Angels and Insects" has the "real" thing - a semi-erect (really almost erect) penis. The movie has a strange and interesting plot to boot. It's available on DVD - Avant-Garde Cinema.

    Posted by: Jim | May 27, 2011 9:32:16 AM

  21. Bad Lieutenant. Serious scene full of acting, but unclothed.

    Posted by: AdamK | May 27, 2011 10:05:28 AM

  22. Choose between Steve McQueen and Brad Davis? Even in fantasy? Brain-splode!

    Also see:

    Posted by: lewlew | May 27, 2011 2:58:25 PM

  23. Viggo showed his cock in 'Indian Runner.'
    Harvey Keitel in 'piano' and 'bad lieutenant.'

    Posted by: Tikihead | May 28, 2011 2:01:35 PM

  24. Brad Davis, fo sho. especially if there is going to be homo wrestling, like in Querelle.

    BTW, saw Tree of Life...Jurassic Park + 8 1/2= Awesome!

    Posted by: miguel | May 30, 2011 4:37:44 PM

  25. thanks for this blog

    Posted by: Cheap jersey | Sep 20, 2011 10:12:01 PM

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