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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Maureen Dowd, "Dirty Words From Pretty Mouths": Lalaland's Flavor of the Month

I'm much in need of comic relief from the efforts of the Brookings Institution to rebuke Bibi Netanyahu for daring to get in the way of Obama's great nuclear weapons giveaway, and fortunately for me, Maureen Dowd is not writing today about the Israeli prime minister's speech before Congress. (Whoops, my serenity was just interrupted by Nicholas Kristof's inane "The Two Israels," i.e. good Jews and bad Jews.) Instead, in her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Dirty Words From Pretty Mouths," Dowd preoccupies herself with the flavor of the month in Lalaland:

"But, more and more, women are bringing the raunch to the screen on their own. Hollywood is still all about the dumb testosterone tentpoles and parched when it comes to women filmmakers. Yet there is a small but significant trend of women writing, directing and producing more sexually explicit movies and TV shows.

. . . .

In 'Sleeping With Other People,' written and directed by Leslye Headland, who also wrote the ribald 'Bachelorette,' Jason Sudeikis instructs Alison Brie on the art of pleasuring herself, using an empty green tea bottle as a stand-in for lady parts.

And, in the dark indie 'I Smile Back,' written by Amy Koppelman and Paige Dylan, Sarah Silverman plays a sex-and-drug-and-vodka drenched suburban mother who masturbates with her daughter’s teddy bear as she lies on the floor next to the sleeping child."

How gratifying to know that the world of motion pictures is reaching for new artistic heights! How morally and aesthetically uplifting!

Meanwhile, here I am trying to get someone to read my screenplay about a CIA operative captured by ISIS in Syria (you can download, read and rate "The Hannibal Protocol" via The Blacklist), and now I learn that female raunch is all the rage.

As I've told my children a million times, timing is everything, and "almost" is not enough.


  1. Women don't need men! See? Feminism is correct. We can denigrate ourselves just as effectively. Good to know such important films are being made. I am woman/hear me roar. LOL.

    Hollywoodland, a land I know too well having emigrated here from there, (also known as "Land of the Locust") might like your screenplay if you put it in an anime context and have lens flares written into the cinematic direction.

  2. if only Dowd had instead tried to explain why "50 Shades of Gray" is a hit in Turkey.

    Once one follows box office dollars, my bet is Russell Crowe's "The Water Diviner" will seal the allure of men and war on screen, over this embarrassing explosion of 'female raunch'.

    In 2 weeks, Dowd will be struggling to explain why Jimmy Choo glass slippers are the legacy of "Cinderella", whilst avoiding the big controversy as to whether actress Lily James' waistline was photoshopped (NOT)...or whether the director, Kenneth Branagh could never understand the secret yearnings of Cinderella, despite Branagh's nailing Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility"

    "Cinderella" 2015 will cure that raunch trend...