January 21st, 2013
06:12 PM ET
Out of the threads of conversation still emerging from 2013's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, one of them has been concentrated on just how many projects have zeroed in on sex.
There's the biopic about adult actress Linda Lovelace starring Amanda Seyfried - a mesmerizing clip for which has been circulating on the Interwebs - and offerings from James Franco that include a "meta-documentary" called "Interior. Leather Bar." (which is directed by Franco and Travis Mathews) and another documentary called "Kink" (which Fanco produced).
While Sundance has been home to boundary-pushing projects before, says the Los Angeles Times, this is a particularly sex-focused slate of cinema.
Franco suggested to the paper that the topic has become a new frontier for filmmakers to explore storytelling, and the Times says that others have agreed.
"There is no single explanation for what's prompted the flowering of sex-themed movies," the Times says. "But in interviews around Sundance, many of the people responsible for the films agreed with Franco that we've entered a new era. Now that the taboos have been broken, it's about character and storytelling."
So perhaps it's no coincidence that some of the buzziest projects are also those that have gotten attention for their more adult fare:
Not everything is so saucy. There's "Austenland," a comedy about a woman obsessed with "Pride & Prejudice" who decides to visit a Jane Austen-themed vacation destination to find the man of her dreams. The Hollywood Reporter called it "clever," adding that the "funny, reasonably romantic and wholly commercial" film, written and directed by Jerusha Hess, "should hold fans over until someone musters the nerve to do another straight-on remake of 'Pride and Prejudice.'"
And last but certainly not least is "Fruitvale," one of EW's movies to watch coming out of the festival. Written and directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer, the film chronicles the shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant (played by Jordan) in Oakland in 2009.
Spencer plays Grant's mother, a role she called "the toughest ... I’ve ever had to play" in an interview with ABC News. “His family said they didn’t see Michael B. Jordan up there. They saw Oscar.” The film's reportedly been picked up by The Weinstein Company, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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