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Hounddog

The other night kengr and I finally saw "Hounddog" starring Dakota Fanning. I think it's a very beautiful and touching movie, angering in some points and sad in others. Definetely a movie to see. Excellent movie about not letting hardships take your life from you.

And OMG, after all the hype about the rape scene, I was expecting it to be some kind of full-body pantomime with Dakota in a flesh-colored body stocking, but it consisted only of this:

1. Boy makes Dakota's character (DC) sing and dance for him, nothing NSFW yet (NNSFWY).
2. Boy makes DC take off her outer dress, NNSFWY.
3. Boy makes DC take off her second dress. What she's wearing underneath is technically underwear (and undershirt), but we already saw it earlier in the movie since she used it as a bathing suit before. NNSFWY.
4. Cut to head and shoulders shot. Boy makes DC take her underwear and undershirt off. Still nothing NSFW yet.
5. The rape. Which is just some noise, some screaming and protests, and cut to head-and-shoulders view of DC on the ground in the mud.
6. Occasional cuts to DC's hand getting pierced by an exposed nail.

My reaction: "All that hype for THAT? There's more graphic content than that in JC Penny's catalogs!"
Seriously, anyone who would get off on that scene would have gotten off on the rest of the movie first, and would get off on JC Penny's catalogs. Serious anticlimax, no pun intended. I mean, I've heard of or seen older movies with worse stuff. There wasn't even any nudity in this movie. Well, there was, but it was hidden by how the scene was set up. I can understand protesting movies like "Pretty Baby," but this one... good gods, people.

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consortofvenus
Apr. 13th, 2009 08:04 am (UTC)
That would still probably disturb me, but then I'm sensitive and I still wouldn't see any reason to protest the scene at all. Bastard Out of Carolina had more graphic scenes. (I still haven't found the one I thought was a sequel to that, damn it. Girl is young adult-ish, father who used to abuse her comes back from jail, stuff happens, including father not being pleased at her having a black boyfriend).
fayanora
Apr. 13th, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
Well I was angry and sad for the character, but it takes so much to get to me anymore due to my emotional shunt/dam being too damned effective.

Ah, Bastard Out Of Carolina is another I want to see.

whatwasthatone is good for finding things you can't remember titles for.
ex_luzmirel
May. 11th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
I am so happy toread a positive review on this movie. I am sure both Robin and Dakota made a great job. as wella s the rest of the cast.
I see Dakota as an indie movie actress in the future. She has a lot of potential for being one, dont` you think
I dont know if you colllect Dakota` s pics, but here is a nice ones.(from Sundance Film Festival , where Hound Dog was premiered)
http://l.yimg.com/eb/ymv/us/img/hv/photo/movie_pix/sundance/sundance_film_festival_2007_photos/_group_photos/dakota_fanning15.jpg
fayanora
May. 12th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
I'm glad my review made you happy!

Yes, I collect pics of Dakota. And Elle. I am a member of both dakotafan and ellefan. That is a nice picture.

And as to older movies with "worse" stuff... "Pretty Baby" comes to mind, lots of scenes where the young Brooke Shields is nude. No sex scenes, but plenty of nudity. I've seen more child nudity in groups of Muslim girls than I saw in "Hounddog." (Okay, exaggerating grossly, but you get the point I'm sure.)

I've never been able to figure out what Indie means. I suppose I could just look it up, though. *Goes to do that.* Independent filmmakers? So... amateurs or what? *Confused*
fayanora
May. 12th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
No, you doofus: indie films aren't amateur films necessarily. "Phoebe In Wonderland" was, I think, an indie film.
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