Michelle Williams at NY Critics Circle Awards

Michelle Williams at NY Critics Circle Awards

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere.

As we enter film awards season this year, a new trick has entered the fray. Cunnilingus: it’s this year’s disabled/abused/gay/mental illness/foreign accent!
While it is always satisfying to see an onscreen acknowledgement that a man might do a little bit more during sex than pump and grunt, I approach this latest cinematic development freighted with qualms, and not just because of the intimation that getting in between a woman’s legs is … edgy and niche… First, it means watching actresses practise, in close-up, at length, their sex faces, which is almost as painful as listening to Nicole Kidman’s English accent in The Hours…
Which brings us back to the point that it is apparently easier, or at least more acceptable, to show cunnilingus between two women than a man and a woman: neither Black Swan nor The Kids . . . were threatened with an NC-17 rating to my knowledge. But then, of course, women don’t mind doing it to each other. They don’t find it so, you know, gross. And it’s probably easier for them, right? What, with their inside knowledge of the area, so to speak. Hadley Freeman

Michelle Williams Natalie Portman

Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman

Blue Valentine will hit U.S theaters on December 31. Optimum Releasing has taken UK rights from The Weinstein Company for Blue Valentine, and will co-distribute the film with TWC. The UK release date is set for Jan 21, 2011. Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan may have inadvertently saved the upcoming Derek Cianfrance flick, Blue Valentine, from box office disaster. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams play characters that get drunk and their problems intensify when he wants to have sex and she doesn’t, but will to get him off her back. That hurts his pride and the result is an upsetting scene that makes you squirm, (there is a split-second of full-backal Gosling, and as often happens in independent films, Michelle Williams is simultaneously despairing and topless), but is an honest one that establishes clearly that this couple has nothing left and isn’t going to make it because love has turned into contempt. “You want hot cunnilingus? Go see Black Swan.” Stephen Garrett