Thoughts on 9 Songs

Sunday, July 11, 2010 5:31 PM By Simon

-So, uh, in retrospect, this problem might've been solved if I had actually looked up the film...but, y'know, I was browsing about Netflix, and saw the name, and saw that it was by Michael Winterbottom, and I was all like 'Hey! He's made movies I like!', and so I read, like, two sentences of the description, and by 'sexually explicit', I thought, y'know, lots of nudity and dry humping, whatevs...

-This movie makes normal people renting porn feel proud, and movie buffs feel weird. I think.

-Note: if you are reasonably pretty couple, a British guy and an annoying American girl, like having sex, have money to go to indie-band concerts, and have an open-minded friend with a reasonable knowledge of video camera, you can do a shot-for-shot remake of this. Seriously, all they do, the two main actors (one of whom was a child actor in Britain, so, y'know, shit) is fuck and go to concerts.


Mike Lippert said...

This movie is a failure on Winterbottom's part but it's an interesting one nonetheless. I, like you, didn't realize it was actual porn either.

July 11, 2010 at 7:37 PM
Runs Like A Gay said...

This is Winterbottoms sex movie like The Killer Inside is his violence movie. There's really no line which he feels he cannot cross.

Saying that the music's OK.

July 11, 2010 at 9:59 PM
Neil Fulwood said...

'9 Songs' seems like Winterbottom was undecided between making a deliberately controversial and sexually explicit drama like 'Intimacy' or doing a concert film, and finally decided to make both. And edit them into the same movie. It says something when the gigs are more interesting to watch than the sex.

July 12, 2010 at 12:54 AM
Darren said...

I love the fact that they advertise the soundtrack rather than the content. All you need to know is it has a woman's panty-clad bottom on-screen.

July 12, 2010 at 12:55 AM
Dan said...

Terrible film. Terrible acting. Winterbottom's worst.

July 12, 2010 at 2:43 AM
The Kid In The Front Row said...

yeah, this was a bizarre film. i think this was when i first realised there are forms of sex and nudity that don't turn me on. ha.

July 12, 2010 at 2:53 PM
Red said...

Yeah, I should've listened to the warnings that this movie had absolutely nothing to it.

July 12, 2010 at 5:51 PM
Franz Patrick said...

I kind of liked it (in parts). I remember watching it at around 2 in the morning. It was a bit weird, a bit sexy and it managed to grab my attention. Definitely not Winterbottom's best but I liked the risks he took involving his interpretation of how far two lonely people will go to not feel that way anymore.

July 12, 2010 at 11:53 PM