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Destricted (2006)


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As helmed by a series of avant-garde performance artists and provocateurs, the seven-episode omnibus picture Destricted both pays homage to classic porn and deconstructs the concepts of obscenity and voyeurism, with a series of extreme tonal variations on the sexual act. The premier episode, artist Matthew Barney's "Hoist" (which is laced with transsexual metaphors) depicts a bizarre mating ritual between a man with a giant cucumber for a penis and a 50-ton deforesting Caterpillar truck. For the

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That it's taken Destricted nearly five years since its debut at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival to turn up in theaters is doubly unsurprising.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Comment (1)
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[A] mixed bag.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (2)
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Wearing its presumed scandal value like a merit badge, porn omnibus Destricted loses almost all its salacious appeal as soon as it hits the screen.

May 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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Like real sex, this collection ranges from exhilarating to frustrating, from kinky to dull - and like real porn, it will have the viewer wishing at times for a fast-forward button.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)

Destricted is a series of short films by directors and video artists ostensibly investigating the relationship between eroticism and pornography. A lot of them are dire.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian | Comment (1)

The graphic content guarantees that this will attract sensationalist attention. But, beneath the provocation and pretention, there are some interesting ideas here -- even though they're not always subtly expressed.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
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Whatever most of the filmmakers here were trying to achieve, it sheds no light on porn, simply reproducing it at its most trite, stale and unimaginative.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Comment (1)

Full of hardcore, show-all scenes of couples getting it on, it's supposed to provoke debate about sex and art. In reality, porn has rarely triggered so many yawns.

September 5, 2006 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

These shorts are essentially obscene. But they're also artful and intriguing.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Comment (1)
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It's a very up-and-down affair that alternately has us reaching for a smoke and wishing it was enough already so we can just get some sleep.

March 27, 2006 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Destricted is good for a few inadvertent laughs, but as a sociological statement on human sexuality, it's practically worthless.

February 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
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Yikes! Where do i start with this one? Ok, so the brief was to 'pay homage to classic porn and deconstruct the concepts of obscenity, voyeurism, the porn industry' .....blah blah blah. The first film has a man (with a Turnip up his arse) rub is manhood up against a JCB that is hanging from a crane. Another has a man masturbating in the middle of a desert (although he fails). Another is just an old recording of an 80's porn film, another is of a man shagging a sex doll and a girl doing something to a teddy bear that you really should do to a teddy bear....and you get the picture. So, to answer the question you really want to, so pull up your trousers and let the dog back in the room, this is not a porn film! As many other reviewers have said, Larry Clark's segment is quite interesting but I wouldn't say it was worth watching for, it is for want of a better phrase, a load of wank.
November 23, 2011

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Words fail me. I knew what I was getting into before renting this - an artistic look at porn in our society from the point of view in short film by various film makers. Not really something I would generally be drawn to, but I thought I would give it a go to see the Larry Clark one. Of all, his would be the best film - he interviews some young guys looking to get into the industry and some of the girls. That is actually quite informative and brings some much needed humanity to this collection. Much of it is pretty gross and sterile. None of it, (in my opinion) is titilating - not what I was looking for anyhow, but I can figure some people would rent it thinking that. I'm sure there is some big statements being made here, but it's over my head. If you like Larry Clark, may be worth a look just to check out his short film, but otherwise couldn't really recommend this.
November 9, 2009

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An extraordinarily tedious collection of X-rated short art flicks.
August 26, 2007

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Where sex meets art. And then they both meet boredom.
I know the films are made as art, and don't necessarily have to have a narrative (even though, one of the better shorts, Clark's Impaled has a very loose narrative, probably making it my favourite), and much it's much like watching the Cremaster films (speaking of Cremaster, Barney's film was pretty good in this too) only with more dudes whacking off. The one I rented this one for, Noe's, We Fuck Alone, was decent if only for it's audacity with it's strobe effect and constantly moving camera ā la Irreversible, but when it comes right down to it, it's just more whacking off. My suggestion is, if you watch it, view it in sections just to keep hardcore boredom at bay.
February 21, 2008

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