It's a shame that so many people necessarily equate nudity with sex. Sex scenes are cliche. They are boring and they are all the same, and often they don't give you a good view anyway. The human body is beautiful - not obscene. So when I find a movie that has positive body nudity, or at least nudity that is not simply a sex scene, I will list it here.
The films listed here may contain sexual content or other objectionable material as well as nudity.
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Maslin Beach 1997, Unrated)
La Belle Noiseuse 1991, Unrated)
There may not be a better movie about the creation of art. Frenhofer is looking for truth in his paintings, and I think this film finds truth in its own canvas. The human emotions and relationships are subtle but very authentic and while the movie is taxing (I split it over two days) it does have a certain suspense. If you fall in step with its pacing you'll find yourself wanting to see the rest.
The Emerald Forest 1985, R)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988, R)
The Loss of Sexual Innocence 1999, R)
Y Tu Mamá También 2001, R)
Swimming Pool 2003, R)
Lifeforce 1985, R)
Eyes Wide Shut 1999, R)
The Sessions 2012, R)
Piranha 3-D 2010, R)
Caligula 1979, R)
8 1/2 Women 1999, R)
Das Wilde Leben (Eight Miles High!) 2007, Unrated)
The Wicker Man 1974, R)
Spring Breakers 2013, R)
Kill List 2012, Unrated)
Eastern Promises 2007, R)
Re-Animator 1985, R)
The American 2010, R)
Not Another Teen Movie 2001, R)
In a sense it's nice that the movie lets you know what you're in for right up front. There are some clever gags and I laughed at this more than most comedies I've seen lately. However, there is so much gross-out humor that it really wears on you, as well as jokes that are too obvious and drawn-out. The conventions of movies like "She's All That" are ripe for the thrashing, so I can't be too hard on a film that points out the ridiculousness of those. It also picks on movies that are a lot funnier than it is. Let's face it - Airplane! and The Naked Gun set the standard for gag-a-minute spoof movies and they have never been surpassed. The farther away we get, the worse the imitations are becoming. This is a smarter movie than the Friedberg and Seltzer junk, but not enough to recommend it.
The Return of the Living Dead 1985, R)
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007, R)
Great cast, interesting storytelling - I'm not sure if the use of multiple perspectives is as necessary or interesting here as it has been in other films, but sometimes it's illuminating to see where one character was while something else was happening. There's an unusual tone to this movie that is serious but still just the least bit tongue-in-cheek. I get the feeling that the robbery was supposed to be funny - and it was, a little. The movie displays life's downs so vividly that it's almost necessary to laugh just to handle it.
The Bank Job 2008, R)
The Shining 1980, R)
The Blue Lagoon 1980, R)
Apocalypto 2006, R)
Schindler's List 1993, R)
Papillon 1973, PG)
Starship Troopers 1997, R)
Watchmen 2009, R)
It isn't the best movie I've seen from last year but it's certainly one of the most unusual. Watchmen is a film I don't love but can't help but be intrigued by. Even as long as it is there's always some new colorful development with unique characters doing things their own (messed up) way to keep things interesting. There's a lot to think about and a lot of visuals to marvel at. Also Rorschach: I'm not locked in here with you... you're locked in here with me! How epic is that?
Planet of the Apes 1968, G)
An American Werewolf in London 1981, R)
Children of Men 2006, R)
The Butterfly Effect 2004, R)
The Wrestler 2008, R)
The Fifth Element 1997, PG-13)
28 Days Later 2003, R)
Dark City 1998, R)
L.A. Confidential 1997, R)
A compelling cop/crime thriller that is fiendishly well written and acted and featuring a lot of star power. Guy Pierce's Lieutenant Exley steals the show as the principled detective who wants to provide justice in a city full of corruption, and he becomes the movie's guide to its moral conundrums - his dynamic against Crowe's Bud White is electrifying. The supporting cast is all great and it adds up to a sensational and satisfying movie experience.
Into the Wild 2007, R)
Witness 1985, R)
Big Fish 2004, PG-13)
Airplane 2 - The Sequel 1982, PG)
Airplane! 1980, PG)
Comedy is one of the most difficult genres. Everyone has a different sense of humor and even with the best writing a performance that is slightly off can completely alter the mood of the scene and throw off the joke. Truly hilarious movies only come along once every so often, and many of the great ones have been spoof movies. Airplane! is the granddaddy of spoof movies, and in my opinion, the funniest. Nothing is sacred in this crass, irreverent, manic, and downright silly film that makes fun of every religion and racial stereotype and fills every scene to the brim with groan-inducing puns, witty word plays, and spastic sight gags. Almost every scene is classic cinema. In some ways, Airplane! is a cartoon played out with live actors. Some scenes are so over the top it's ridiculous - and that's what makes Airplane! a joy to watch. Leslie Nielson appears in a smaller role than you would expect, but it's clear that this is his type of movie. And of course he delivers the line for which the movie is known; "Don't call me Shirley." Some jokes are cliche now, but back in 1980 Airplane! pioneered them, and it is still incredibly funny today. A mile stone, and a must-have for the comedy fan.
Species: The Awakening 2007, Unrated)
Amadeus 1984, R)
I identified closely with Salieri and some of his scenes were truly moving. He is the heart of the film and his struggles are what make this film worth experiencing. Mozart on the other hand feels like he is not from that time period - neither Tom Hulce nor Jeffery Jones looks like they belong in those period wigs. It's a much more irreverent take than I would have expected, but perhaps now on a second viewing I would appreciate it more.
Caddyshack 1980, R)
Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) 1995, R)
To those who say this movie is quite easy to follow, I found that to be true. I also give Gilliam and company points for it. There's nothing wrong with simplifying a potentially disorienting concept so that the audience understands it. The fact that you leave the theater confused doesn't necessarily mean you've watched a deep movie - maybe you just watched a confusing one. In my search for great movies, I came across 12 Monkeys. One of my favorite genres is that of the time-bending thriller, and this promised to be an worth entry into that category. Indeed it is. I wouldn't quite call 12 Monkeys a great movie, since it didn't wow me as have some of my recent discoveries; but it is still a very solid film that delivers in a number of ways. First, I found Bruce Willis's performance here to be trumped by his co-stars Madeline Stowe and especially Brad Pitt. I thought Pitt was a convincing and entertaining psychopath and his scenes help keep the movie alive. Willis spends more of his time scowling and looking unwell than anything else, really. Stowe on the other hand provided a bright counterpart for him and it was interesting to observe her psychologist's volatile relationship both to Willis' character and to her own beliefs and ideologies. There's a very dark and dirty feel to all the sets, like the movie was shot in sewers and dungeons. It reminds me of the odd-ball sci-fi of The Fifth Element stripped of its shimmer and vibrance. Of course the plot is intriguing, and we increasingly wonder whether the events that the main character believes he is a part of represent truth, or merely the twisted perception of a damaged mind - escapist fantasies put together from old memories. It's John's struggle for his identity, his sanity, and his freedom that drives the film. In the final scene we get to see pieces of a puzzle come together, but it's not terribly shocking or twisted. If you like distopian sci-fi or time travel movies as I do, you should give this one a look.
The Terminator 1984, R)
The Master 2012, R)
Hobo With a Shotgun 2011, R)