Movies that are slightly off.
Everyone needs to be loved - sometime or another.
The concurrent sexual lives of best friends Jonathan and Sandy are presented, those lives which are affected by the sexual mores of the time and their own temperament, especially in relation to the respective women who end up in their lives.
Well, damn, they don't really make 'em like this anymore, do they?
While the plot to this film is virtually non-existent, with the film simply spanning 25 years in the lives of two college friends with extra focus on the women that come and go in their lives - what the film tries to do is incredibly ambitious. It's not very subtle at times, but I found it fascinating to be given an insight into how these two characters look at intimacy between people, and how these feelings change over the years. The film explores difficult psychological processes in a really honest way. I thought it was extraordinary how, without hammering it home, it highlights so many different views on…
I must confess: I don't much like Jack Nicholson. Well, his movies/acting, I suppose. I always have to be convinced to like them as I watch them, rather than going into them with the expectation of enjoyment. Knowing he is in a film makes me skeptical about it. In this particular film, his performance is neither distractingly hammy (most of his later career) nor nuanced (The Passenger), and therefore, I remained unconvinced. It's a flaw, this default prejudice, but I am trying to own it.
The film depicts two men who both treat women as objects in their own ways. Nicholson's character embodies confident misogyny while Art Garfunkel's (I know, right) character is a shy, nerdish sort. Both have unrealistic…
Outside of the phenomenal performances, this was pretty standard. Nichols has always been able to get great performances out of his actors. My main problem with his work is how drawn out every film of his is. His stuff begins to really drag for me around the midway point, despite of the great performances onscreen. A big problem with this was that Nichols doesn't really explore the characters. For a film that runs its course like a play, this really could have benefited from doing so. Nichols one grazes the surface of these characters. The fight scenes between characters do not have then power they need because of this. Whereas the scenes of relationship turmoil in Bergman's Scenes From a…
If Easy Rider introduced Jack to the masses and Five Easy Pieces proved he could really act, then Carnal Knowledge cemented the Jack persona for the next 40 years. I swear every line he speaks in the film is quintessential Jack. It might as well be a dramatization about his actual sex life and the self-centered asshole mentality he flaunted with such ease. And leave it to Mike Nichols to deliver still-contemporary direction. Less ahead of its time and more a long-lasting style of storytelling that adapts over time. Like a fine wine, the narrative techniques haven't aged. If you made the film today, set it in 1971 but kept Nichols' same approach, it would still feel fresh.
look at these assholes.
Mike Nichols' candid and provocative exploration of the romantic relationships pursued by two best friends (Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel), spanning over twenty five years from college to middle age, proved controversial upon its release due to its frank and vivid discussion of sex and the ways men and women struggle to co-exist in harmony. Alternately funny, touching, cynical and vicious, the film still proves highly perceptive and startlingly forthright, presenting a sobering view of the often incongruous attitudes the genders thrust upon one another in relationships, and in particular the power dynamics that evolve based on an unequal division of lust and feeling, gratification and dependence. Nicholson is fiercely wolfish as the impertinent Jonathan, whose relentless pursuit of transient…
Mike and Dave's Scavenger Hunt, Vol. 1!, #3: Watch an unseen Jack Nicholson film (letterboxd.com/michaeleternity/list/mike-and-daves-scavenger-hunt-vol-1/)
If you can picture it, this is like "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" meets an '80s sex comedy like "The Last American Virgin". Not what I expected, much more substantial and resonant, a real punch-in-the-heart downer about how diseased and bleak love and relationships (and even life) can turn out. Fantastically douche-y performances from everyone, especially of course Jack Nicholson; only the 2nd searing, dense, larger-than-life performance (of eventually dozens) in his career, and already as creepy and loathsome as any antagonist he ever played. He wasted no time subverting his growing star status for the integrity of interesting roles. He did the same thing…
A talkie where nothing of value happens. It doesn't gell that someone that looks like Nicholson's character with a smile like a leech could be attractive.
I've read that this was a daring movie for the time because of its sexual issues, but watching it nowadays there's nothing to be shocked. The sex is mostly in the dialogues.
Carnal Knowledge is a good movie, with a fine script and the gorgeous Ann Margret.
Yet another testament to Nicholson's early 70's invincibility.
4.5 out of 5 (A-)
A realistic look at sex and relationships in the seventies. Awesome to watch Jack Nicholson and Candice Bergen at such a young age.
So I got this film because I was told it was one of the best erotic films made in the seventies by several lists. This was not, imho, an erotic film at all. I mean it focuses solely on the infantile sexual obsession of two completely uninteresting and unsympathetic characters and objectified woman in the worst way. Awful stuff really and even though I watched it until the end I was sort of sorry I did. I didn't really see a story. I didn't see any change in the characters or even a point to the whole thing. And I mean just because we see a nipple this is erotic. No, this film was a piece of exploitative crap. Great title for a movie that was not made here. One star for Candace Bergen.
Art Garfunkel continues his run as the second best member of any duo.
"Is this an ultimatum? Answer me, you ball-busting, castrating, son of a cunt bitch! Is this an ultimatum or not?"- Jonathan
Carnal Knowledge was directed by Mike Nichols, a director I need to see more films from. It also stars Jack Nicholson, which is the main reason I watched it. Jack is fantastic as expected, and Art Garfunkel, Candice Bergen, and Ann-Margret are all very good as well. The film has some good laughs throughout, some fun dialogue exchanges, as well as some strong dramatic scenes. Overall, though it's nothing groundbreaking or anything, I enjoyed Carnal Knowledge. 7/10
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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