And in some cases, amused. They once had us playing Old-Time Religion at band practice, and the Russ Meyer memories had me holding onto a bass drum for support as I was laughing too hard to stand.
When I think of Lisa Boyle, boobs notwithstanding, I almost always think of music first. Her appearance in Pray for Power has one of the most instantly recognisable movie scores I've ever heard, so why I wonfuse it so often with Leaving Scars is a mystery. Her first sex scene in Leaving Scars, after all, has its own music - which is also something I recognise. Pray for Power's music is just... y'know... better.
Appearance: Leaving Scars (1997)
Characters: Diane Carlson & Michael Taylor
Anyway, yes, Leaving Scars. As you can probably imagine, considering the date of production and the fact that this stars Lisa Boyle, this is another entry in the 'erotic thriller' genre: either espionage dressed up as softcore, or softcore under the guise of espionage. It doesn't really matter, since it's a genre in its own right (at least according to Radio Times). The plot of this is eerily similar to many, many, many other things I've seen: Diane (Boyle) is a bitchy, coke-snorting actress who somehow comes into possession of a computer disk (how retro!), and finds herself on the run from criminals who want it.
At which point detective Harry Hole drags himself out of his alcoholic stupor for one last case and... wait, sorry, wrong franchise. As you were.
|♪ Blue room (blue room, blue room...)|
What I'm noticing, of course, is that the music here is a perfect metaphor for the scene as a whole, which is also soft, repetitive and seems as if it's going to turn into something else, but doesn't. It also makes me want to watch Pray for Power again.
In fact, this sex scene is incredibly routine (and, as one wonderfully scathing review points out, tinted slightly with blue throughout), were it not for one thing: there's a POV shot. The sex, which is all in the same position (Diane is on top), is made more interesting (I guess...) through creative use of mixes to different angles; at one point, we see things from Michael's point of view - that is to say, we can only see Lisa Boyle. Which is by no means a bad thing. I've just watched this scene twice and I can't remember what Robin Downs looks like.
|Complete with boobs and an obvious emergency exit.|
It does have to be said, however, that the above review (and all the ones on IMDb) takes a slightly dimmer view of this than I do. It's certainly not a terrible scene - it's just not particularly sexy, and wouldn't be at all, were it not for the musical tease and Lisa Boyle, whose hair looks amazing, it must be said.
It probably doesn't have to be said that the only real reason I remember this is the eleven seconds of POV sex that we get, during which Lisa is giving a "don't you wish this was you?" look to the camera, with boobs on full display and even a little belly button action (no, I'm not sure why that's sexy; it just is). The rest is just, well... dull.
With the erotic thriller genre, you need to do two things. It needs to have good sex scenes which
|Soft porn candle! I've missed you.|
Then again, Birdemic got a sequel, so I suppose anything is possible.