8:00 PM, 17th August, 2001
Some are born evil, others choose evil, and some have evil thrust upon them. We are most inclined to forgive the members of the first category. The Marquis de Sade, for example, was hard-wired from birth as one of the most villainous of God's creatures. Taking the gifts and opportunities at hand, he achieved everything he possibly could. That his achievement is reprehensible does not entirely obscure the fact that his spirit was indomitable and his tenacity courageous. You know you've made your mark when a word-"sadism"-is named after you.
Philip Kaufman's Quills supplies us with a Marquis toned down for popular consumption still gives us a very graphic and suggestive film. The film is sure to offend the more sensitive with its full frontal male nudity and concluding scenes of graphic and gruesome violence, while boring those who come to be titillated by the tale of the life, love and writing of the controversial Marquis de Sade. This Marquis stands not so much for sexual license as for freedom of artistic expression, and after he is locked up in an asylum and forbidden to write, he perseveres anyway, using his clothing, his skin and the walls of his cell as surfaces, and his own blood and excrement in place of ink. A merciful deity would have supplied him with writer's block.
While no doubt it is an interesting movie, it is suggestive and deals with its main character well, and if you know anything about the Marquis, that may be enough for you to stay away.
10:05 PM, 17th August, 2001
This documentary of the biggest 'gang-bang' of all time (251 men in 2 hours) also covers the more personal home life of Annabel Chong. The contrast between the identities of Annabel Chong porn star and Annabel Chong daughter and Californian University Graduate provides an interesting premise and apparently fascinating viewing. Any documentary that has a cast list that reads; Seymore Butts (Performer), Chi Chi La Rue (Porn Director), John T. Bone (Director of Worlds Biggest Gang Bang 1 and 2) and Mr. Quek (Father) is bound to push some boundaries for the average viewer.