Top 10 ‘seductive’ cinematic moments

Now we’re not talking scenes here necessarily – more just moments within a scene perhaps. Some are the first time we see the character (often the most impressive) and some once they’ve been established. All are rather brilliant. And these are a selection of my favourites.

‘Do you want some red rope licorice?’ Wayne’s World 2 (1993)
Garth is doing his laundry and in walks Kim Basinger, sucking ‘innocently’ on his licorice and sharing a steamy moment as she hands him back his tighty whiteys.

‘A blonde walks into a bank’ The Mask (1994)
Aged 21 Cameron Diaz auditioned for this film with no experience. She was cast and introduced to cinema in bravura fashion. Jim Carrey’s jaw hit the floor (as he probably wasn’t even acting).

‘A girl gets out a pool’ Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
I tend to mention this film, the original American Pie, quite often. And its inclusion here is fully justified, with Phoebe Cates emerging slow-mo from a pool in Judge Reinhold’s fantasy.

‘Why don’t you do right?’ Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
How do you act opposite a sex symbol that isn’t actually there? Bob Hoskins managed admirably in this scene; one where Jessica Rabbit first appears; sung seductively – in true femme fatale fashion – by Amy Irving.

‘Cat got the milk’ Batman Returns (1992)
Possibly the best transformation in cinema. Bookish and shy Selina Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer) gets left for dead, only to be revived by kitties. She then rips up her apartment to make a new suit, emerging in a vengeful mood as Catwoman.

‘Thigh or breast Mr Bond?’ Goldeneye (1995)
There’s good Bond girls and bad Bond girls, the latter being far more interesting. Famke Janssen plays Xenia Onatopp (great name), whose special skill is crushing men to death with her thighs. What a way to go.

‘A Manhattan for the lady’ The Last Seduction (1994)
Cruelly snubbed for an Oscar due to a technical reason, Linda Fiorentino elevated this slightly hokey film – and script – with a sultry performance, completely flooring Peter Berg in the process.

‘Bend over and read the letter’ Secretary (2002)
James Spader is a bit of a past master at kinky characters (watch Crash at your peril) and here, as the original Mr Grey, he puts Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character in her place with a bit of spanking. Which she adores.

‘Nothin’ but short skirts around the house’ The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
‘Does daddy get a kiss from both his little girls?’ ‘Oh no. Daddy doesn’t even get to touch mommy…’ Margot Robbie holds her own in her first major role, summed up well in this scene where she teases DiCaprio mercilessly.

‘I’m the money’ Casino Royale (2006)
The more Bond films that come out the better Casino Royale seems to get. It also cements Eva Green as probably the best Bond girl there has been. She makes her entrance in a simple yet wonderful scene on a train.

Sin City 2: So who’s the dame?

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Imagine the scenario. It’s been seven years since the first Sin City and the wheels are finally in motion for the follow up, however Rodriguez’s patience is wearing thin. Word is that cameras started rolling a few days ago, yet there are still parts to be cast. Myself – like many fans – were probably wondering why it’s taken seven years.

I suppose Miller’s failure with The Spirit meant he had to ‘take a break’ for a few years, at least until a studio were willing to back him again. I’m not sure I entirely buy that as sole reason for delay. Rodriguez directed the original and I’m sure he’ll be directing this one, particularly since his Barbarella remake stalled. Miller’s role has always been the script and – to a degree – the casting. So who knows why it’s taken this long. Best not dwell, let’s look at the story.

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In terms of plot, the story takes place after the death of Hartigan but before some of the events of the first film. The story focuses on Dwight, who takes revenge on a woman who betrayed him, Ava Lord, the Dame.

At the same time, Nancy is trying to come to terms with the death of Hartigan (Bruce Willis), the man who saved her from Yellow Bastard in the first film.

In terms of script Miller has not been idle. He’s spent time ensuring there are no loose plot strands and that both films will mesh together effectively. With William Monahan, Oscar winning script-writer for The Departed, assisting on the final draft.

Last call for casting
Goldie (Jaime King) is on board and we’ve got a new deadly, little Miho (Jamie Chung). This is encouraging as Miho is meant to have a bigger part in A Dame to Kill For and Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch) is a bit of an up-and-coming actress.

jessica albaUsual suspects are all back: Marv (Mickey Rourke), skinny little Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba), Bob (Michael Madsen), Gail (Rosario Dawson), and of course Dwight (Clive Owen). Dwight’s character undergoes facial surgery in this storyline, so it’s possible there will be another actor playing Dwight pre-surgery.

Sadly, actors Michael Clarke Duncan and Brittany Murphy passed away in the seven years between these two films. Their characters, Manute and Shellie, will have to be replaced and have yet to be cast.

So who will play Ava Lord?
Rodriguez and Miller’s original choice Angelina Jolie – whom I’ve spoken about in the past – is out of the picture, tied up with Disney’s Maleficent. She’s clearly going to be brilliant in that, but it is a kid’s film. She was born to play the ultimate femme fatale.

As a fan of Angie I reserve the right to act like a toddler and stamp my foot and demand she quits and heads straight to Rodriguez’s studio in Texas. Sadly it’s not going to happen.

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Actresses that have their names in the hat to play Ava Lord include Salma Hayek, Rose McGowan and Rachel Weisz. For me, the latter is the most interesting. She’s never really played a full-on, seductive temptress but I think she’d be outstanding. Salma Hayek would slip pretty effortlessly into the role – anyone that’s seen her snake dance in Dusk Till Dawn would agree.

However, I have a feeling the role will go to Rose McGowan. For me, she’s the biggest unknown in terms of whether she’ll excel as Ava Lord. Whoever it ends up being, I’m sure they’ll be a revelation. We just need to wait 11 months to find out!