Film Review: Don Jon

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Expectations around sex and relationships are what is explored in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s bold first attempt at writing and directing. More specifically, Don Jon deals with society’s growing acceptance of hardcore porn, personified through Gordon-Levitt’s likeable lead character Jon.

Jon’s relationship with, or rather – addiction to, porn governs his journey. It’s established from the outset that the porn he consumes plays a significant part in his perception of the ‘ideal’, along with his well maintained body, car, pad, church, family and social life. Yet it emerges that his sexuality is so invested in the virtual world, that his actual real-life experiences are continually left wanting. Even with Barbara (Johansson), the apparent girl of his dreams, the sex doesn’t fulfil him the way he had hoped for.

There’s no doubt that Gordon-Levitt’s début will jar viewers into considering their own habits and modern methods of consumption, just as we see Jon undergo in the latter half to an unexpected and uplifting outcome.

Personal Score: 3/5

Spring Breakers Film Review for The F-Word

Harmony Korine’s film Spring Breakers completely knocked my socks off. It’s a fascinating and scarily accurate take on modern society, down to the dub-step and references to double-penetration.

First, here’s my long review for The F-Word, in which I argue that there’s more to SB than bikini-clad ‘hotties’ and explain why, contrary to the opinion of others, the film does not reinforce rape culture.

My second review, for Rock’n’Reel Reviews, summed up the film’s greatness nicely.

SpringBreakers

Personal Score: 5/5

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