Dec 192008

>Maybe it’s our masochistic streak, but we always find ourselves waiting until it’s really almost too late before we kick into gift-giving mode during the holiday season. Ahhhh the sweet torture…the rush of adrenalin, the sense of impending danger as we fear we’ve really done it this time…followed by the relief of just barely squeaking it out in time!

For those of you who also indulge in this ritualistic practice of self-abuse, a few choice tidbits of cinematic kink for your giving pleasure, all available with a little extra penance paid in the form of two-day (next-day?!) shipping via Amazon.

But hurry! Or not, if you really enjoy your punishments:

Preaching to the Perverted
As we mentioned earlier, there’s a new Guinevere Turner-hosted edition of this sexy saga, the tale of a fresh-faced (and suit-wearing!) moral crusader who attempts to infiltrate the lair of fetish goddess Tanya Cheex (aka Guinevere Turner!). (Winner, Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature, CineKink ’03)

Silken Sleeves
Just in time for the new year, director Maria Beatty celebrates the four seasons of kink in the form of bondage diva Midori lavishing all kinds of attention on the helpless and beautiful Maya. Fall, winter, spring…mmm, summer! (Winner, Audience Choice Award for Best Experimental Feature, CineKink ’08)

Swingtown: The First Season
Oh, the swinging seventies! We’re still waiting for news that this engagingly sex-positive ABC(!) series will be back for another round–yep, we’re masochists–but in the meantime, here’s the first, glorious season all in one place.

The Notorious Bettie Page
We were all sad to learn of the passing of Bettie Page. This homage, directed by Mary Harron and starring Gretchen Mol, is a moving and tender portrait of the infamous pin-up star and the people who both created and consumed the imagery for which she’s known best. (Winner, CineKink Tribute, CineKink ’06)

Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers
You wouldn’t step into a dungeon without knowing how not to flog somebody in the kidneys–well, at least you shouldn’t. Similarly, don’t set forth on the path of the film festival circuit without having some clue of what you’re doing. Here’s that and more, all jammed into one handy, travel-ready tome.

So, there’s a good start! We’re going to keep this brief since, well, we’ve still got some shopping of our own to do, but more rummaging can be found in our CineKink @ Amazon section–with past festival selections available here!

Don’t mind the mess–we’re still moving things around. And get shopping!

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>Even though it was first released in 1997, Preaching to the Perverted was an obvious choice to open the first-ever CineKink NYC back in 2003, where it took home one of our first-ever Audience Choice Awards.

From British director Stuart Urban, the movie follows a fresh-faced infiltrator who is dispatched by moral crusaders in Parliament to gather evidence against fetish clubs in the United Kingdom, where many of the saucier activities are illegal. Thrust into a shiny latex world of clubs and parties, he instead – of course! – becomes infatuated with Tanya Cheex, leader of the fetish scene on both sides of the Atlantic. While he wants her to calm down, become “normal” and avoid going to jail, she wants to pervert him. Who will win? We can only say “hmmm…”

While it’s one of the few wholeheartedly S/M-positive films created to date and a favorite recommendation, until now only a trimmed-up R-rated version has been available on DVD in the US.


But brilliant news! Featuring interview extras by film critic Alonso Duralde with the beyond-sexy star of the movie, Guinevere Turner, there’s a new version out that is touted as unrated and looks to have a likely-key three minutes returned to its running time.

Starting today, freshly available on DVD… Preaching To The Perverted: Guinevere Turner Signature Edition!

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In a recent interview with The Reeler, director William Friedkin discusses his back-and-forths with the MPAA to get an R rating for the original release of Cruising in 1980. Sadly, for anyone hoping for a bit more detail on what ended up on the cutting room floor – and what apparently still isn’t being put back for the DVD release scheduled next month – Friedkin remains pretty mum:

What didn’t make it didn’t make it. I’m not about to circumvent the ratings board now and describe all the scenes that aren’t in the movie. There’s about a half-hour to 40 minutes. But I would have to say is was mostly just more of what was going on in the clubs, and they didn’t change or advance the story in any major way.

You know. Just more of what was going on in the clubs. That kinda stuff.

Much less the buzz-kill, this week’s episode of ReelerTV contains a clip of the film’s memorable hanky scene, along with host S.T. VanAirsdale’s revelation of which color he’s flagging these days. Who knew?!