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February 27, 2007

Death Drive


Sharon Stone and Basic Instinct 2 swept the Razzies taking four nods for worst of 2006: Worst Picture, Worst Actress (Sharon Stone), Worst Sequel and Worst Screenplay. As Hecklerspray puts it; worse even than Nicholas Cage and The Wicker Man "even though one of those movies features a bee-fearing policeman dressed up as a bear punching a woman in the face and the other one has boobies in it."

Inevitably, I thought it was a fine feature. For extended thoughts on the subject I refer you to K-Punk who observes "a film with this many bad reviews must have something going for it..." His review of the film should win an award of some kind.

'Basic Instinct' was a poor title for the first film, but it is clear - within seconds - that it is spectacularly inappropriate for the sequel, which glories in the fact that, far from being 'basic' or 'instinctual', human sexuality is always mediated through fantasy, fashion, technology and social role. The proposed but abandoned subtitle, 'Risk Addiction', would have been much better, but you do wonder why they didn't go the whole hog and call it Death Drive.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 27, 2007 06:47 AM


The erudite review almost fools me into wanting to see this flick. Almost. But it looks far too lame for even this connoisseur of cinema fromage to leap in.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 27, 2007 03:02 PM

I would describe the film as piquant.

Seriously though, it is actually architecture and interiors porn. If you can disattend the plot it is a stunning piece. The Swiss Re building is particularly impressive... more so than to the naked eye, in fact.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 27, 2007 03:05 PM

I always thought those old London zoning restrictions (nothing higher than the dome of St. Paul's) -- and their Washington cousins (nothing higher than the Washington Monument) -- to be rather sensible precautions for preserving the awe-inspiring aesthetics of an imperial seat.

But all that aside the Gherkin is a pretty neat structure. Lord Foster certainly has a easily-recognizable style. Hopefully he won't end up repeating himself endlessly like a latter-day Mies van der Rohe.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 27, 2007 04:12 PM

Ottawa too had the height restrictions relative to Parliament. Though the resulting shapeless blocks of downtown do no credit to the policy. Up until the Gherkin, London's only proper high-rise - I do not count One Canada Square, tallest building in Europe though it may be - was the Barbican. I would still invest lottery millions in a flat there.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 27, 2007 04:30 PM

I survived Can't Stop the Music, Showgirls, and Glitter, and now you've convinced me I'll have to rent Basic Instinct 2. Evidently I'm a very easily manipulated person. If you have any friends in the Nigerian Finance Ministry, I don't want to hear about it.

Posted by: utron [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 28, 2007 12:03 PM

Well, now you mention it...

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 28, 2007 08:10 PM