What are Your Best Movie Theater Experiences?

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  1. ImmortalSlasher

    ImmortalSlasher Well-Known Member

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    I think Basic Instinct was the first movie I heard was or might be rated X. And it didn't make sense to me because that was a normal Hollywood movie with an actor I knew from Romancing the Stone. Back then just a little bit of nudity was a big deal. It was like that scene in Scream that the movie buff talks about.

    No one I knew was going into an X rated movie store. I only remember one store on a corner. It seemed really shady.
     
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    Basic Instinct was NOT rated X
     
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    Nc 17 was for Henry and Showgirls. Theres some great x rated big movies out there from an earlier era like Beyond the valley of the dolls, Midnight cowboy, Myra Breckinridge, and I am curious (yellow). I had a big blockbuster flashback from a post a couple entries back and what I remember of the 1990s was how putridly boring it was in its conformity. It was the 50s redone for liberals this time. Pop culture was really banal back then, steeped in homogeneity and garnished in Santa Fe decor. Many people were predicting the horror film to be going "the way of the western", with new releases so awful that it became a regular thing to read Video Eye of Dr Cyclops reviews where he would threaten to quit Fangoria as the tapes were so bad. Arthouse was more Merchant Ivory than Tarantino, and mom n pop deuce leftover vids were being drummed out of markets by intolerant chains and dtv subpar product. Such a stagnant time for all the arts then. Great media existed, but more in defiance of the mainstream than actual inclusion. We would have to drive an hour each way to rent a porn here. Not in snow though. But its true. Look at 90s horror and dig the cringe. Fight Club and Office Space were films made against that comfy stagnation of the last quiet American era.
     
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    A few people I was around then were saying it was rated X. It really wasn't the sort of movie I was watching back then I think. Although I did see Sharon Stone in movies before like Action Jackson and Total Recall. I probably didn't pick up on her name as she wasn't a big male action star or Ripley.

    Just topless scenes were a big deal then to me. No one was seeing what I learned was called softcore on cable channels. Even cable was a luxury purchase then. So the people saying Basic Instinct was rated X were probably thinking that they were going to see a lot more than normal.

    I never heard of Myra Breckinridge and I am curious (yellow) before. Myra Breckinridge sounds crazy. I can't believe that's a 70s movie. I thought the whole sex change thing was more modern. According to wiki history there is a record from 1917.
     
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    Here is the U.S. one sheet for Basic Instinct with the R rating.

    Basic Instinct (one sheet) photo only.jpg
     
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    Other films of that era concerning sex change as a theme are Beyond the Valley of the dolls, The christine Jourgensen Story, Dinah East, and I want what I want. I would also give honorary mention to the Cockettes film Elevator Girls in Bondage, Fortune and Men's Eyes featuring Sal Mineo and Don Johnson, and Holly Woodlawn, Jackie Curtis and Candy Darling (also a vision of beauty in Some of my Best Friends Are) in Women in revolt as well as Kuchar's Thundercrack and Divine in Mondo Trasho as straddling that genderfuck dynamic that it conincided comfortably with in that era. The 1968 Japanese film The black lizard is another fun film along those lines. Everything was more outlaw and less defined than it is now so they coexisted more cozily. Also, throw in a listen to Lou Reed's Take a walk on the wild side as I just listed 3 of its references (jackie thought she was james dean for a day).
     
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    You know as much as I like the old posters and seeing them in theaters back then. I don't think I ever looked at ratings on posters. I know I saw Conan the Barbarian in theaters which I just checked and is an R rating. But I wasn't even close to 13 when I saw it.

    What's this? After Hours?

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088680/
     
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    Lo lo lo lo lollllllla. God bless ray davies!!! Oh man I dont even know how that happened. Greatest genderfuck pop hit of the early 70s ever! I'd tell ya more but i got one hand waving a lighter back n forth over my head!
     
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