The preconceived notion about adult movies is that they have to contain ample nudity, which forms more or less a subset of the entire bunch of adult films. 2018 so far hasn’t been one of those years when we witnessed outrageously explicit adult content or too less either – rather, it would be safe to say we’re somewhere midway. While we’ve had a few movies like ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ etc. which carried forward the so-called “legacy” of its franchise, there were a few like ‘Red Sparrow’ which set new standards on how a film could fit in both as an adult entertainer as well as a spy-thriller. Also, as and when the word “adult” is mentioned, one thinks only of nudity, vulgarity or violence, but the present list is compiled for the movies which have received an MPAA “R” rating – also referred to as “adult” movies in this context.
Not only did 2018 so far witness a perfect balance between sense and sensuality in the case of adult movies, but it also saw a jump in logically sane “R” rated movies which indicates the forever-evolving taste of audiences and the filmmakers’ fear of failure if they base a movie on nudity and vulgarity alone. Also, such movies which base themselves on “nudity” or show of skin alone are often “branded” as porn movies – flicks like “Fifty Shades”, “American Pie” are near-perfect examples of that. There are umpteen examples of why a movie can’t succeed if it sells sex or violence alone – it has to be appropriately bundled and channelled to get to the expected results.
Adult erotic mainstream movies, if made well can really break the ceilings of cinema. Clear examples are films like ‘Shame’, ‘Last Tango in Paris’ – to name a few, which broke many misconceptions surrounding adult cinema. But obviously, without a talented filmmaker at the helm, things can quickly get out of hand and they have in the past. And then there are also films that are not shy in selling sex and bringing audiences in theatres, although the success of such movies can be attributed to their immense popularity beforehand (due to a “gone-viral” trailer or visuals) or perhaps to mouth publicity. Without any further ado, here’s the list of adult films which have been so far released in 2018, along with a few that are set to release this year in the increasing order of their “adultness” – something that is surely going to add eroticism to the mix of other genres of films. The list has been divided into two categories: the first consists of the R-Rated films (19-5), the second consists of erotic films (4-1).
19. The Death and Life of John F. Donovan
A Canadian film at the outset, from Xavier Dolan, the film boasts of a star cast featuring Kit Harrington in the titular role, Natalie Portman, Kathy Bates to begin with. Interestingly, Jessica Chastain was earlier cast in the movie but her role was dropped later due to unforeseen reasons. The feature surrounds the character of John F. Donovan, an American television star who sent letters of correspondence to a young Rupert Turner while the former was at the prime of his career. As it turns out, because of the letters’ content, Donovan’s career is decimated and Turner later recalls how the so-called letters impacted both of their lives. The movie was majorly panned by the critics and audiences alike and perhaps the story of John Donovan is better retold by someone else. Thoughts?
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