Wet Dreaming, Sort Of

On Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers” Decadence is good for you. Take your decadence like you take your vitamins. I understood this whilst freezing my bum off outside a Canadian Cineplex, arguing with the boyfriend about the artistic merits of Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers,” the movie that has the gatekeepers of America’s family values system being …

On Virginity

“What IS virginity?” I first knew that different people would answer this question differently as I rode down an escalator in a German shopping mall a few years ago; my friend turned toward me and delivered this peculiar line: “I could de-virginize you right now.” “What?” I wasn’t surprised he had brought up the subject …

Mel, I Hardly Knew Ye

Oh dear. Does a certain movie mean we can’t make fun of Mel Gibson anymore? If I were to play a free-association game using the image of Mel Gibson, the words and phrases that most readily come to mind are: “Crackpot,” “Braveheart,” “Cute bum.” And “Aaaaaaagh his poor wife has had, like, a million kids!” …