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

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?


  1. Jeff says

    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.)

  2. says

    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?

  3. nodnarb says

    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.

  4. Jim says

    “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.

  5. miguel says

    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!

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