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In This MeToo Era, Carice Van Houten Regrets Her 'Game Of Thrones' Sex Scenes

"My consciousness is bigger. I'm a bit more woke."

If there’s anything left of Game Of Thrones‘ lasting legacy after that horrendous final season, it’s the number of sex scenes and nudity it managed to shoehorn in during its early years. Carice van Houten, who played Melisandre, had her fair share of sex scenes and getting her nude on for the show, and it’s now something she seemingly regrets following the dawning of the #MeToo era.

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Chatting to Insider about her sex scenes on Game Of Thrones, Carice van Houten says #MeToo has made her question why Melisandre even needed to be nude in the first place and how the movement made her more aware of the ‘male gaze‘ not just for the show but for her whole career.

“In retrospect, I thought, ‘Why did that scene have to be nude? Why was that normal?’ I did question things and it was not so much that I was blaming anyone, but that’s just how we evolved, and just how the movement affected me.

“It was not so much that I was blaming anyone, but that’s just how we evolved, and just how the movement affected me … My consciousness is bigger. I’m a bit more woke.”

Fair point. Carice’s retrospective view on the sex scenes in Game Of Thrones certainly has echoes of the criticism that was leveled towards the sheer amount of nudity present in the show’s early seasons and how this unfortunately ushered in the ‘sexposition‘ technique – i.e combining plot points with sexytimes to keep viewers hooked.

Her experience with nudity and sex scenes on Game Of Thrones, combined with the #MeToo movement, has shaped how Carice approaches nude stuff for future projects.

Getting naked is fine if it serves a narrative function, but Carice is done with nudity for nudity’s sake (“I’ve done that enough now. No more.”), something that felt like the case at times on Game Of Thrones.

While most of us walked away from Game Of Thrones with a sense of utter disappointment, much respect to Carice van Houten for publicly saying something important about how unnecessary nudity can be on TV, as well as being one of the few people to somehow find a silver lining in the show’s lousy final season.

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The 'Spider-Man' PS4 Game Also Eerily Predicted The COVID-19 Pandemic

Do creatives have a crystal ball or something?

It’s kind of difficult to not put too much stock in all those eerie coronavirus predictions we’ve seen in so far from The Simpsons, Tangled, and Space Jam, but the scarily similar parallels of what unfolds in the Spider-Man PS4 video game and the COVID-19 pandemic is too much to ignore this time.

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Let’s break this COVID-19 prediction thingy down from the top, starting with what unfolds in Spider-Man. In the second half of the PS4 game, Peter Parker fails to stop Doc Ock from releasing a virus called ‘Devil’s Breath‘, which attacks people’s immune systems, is incredibly contagious, and can be fatal if left untreated. The symptoms are close to the flu but some people can remain asymptomatic.

Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

The subsequent behaviour of the public in Spider-Man in response to COVID-19 Devil’s Breath is also eerily similar to how we reacted to the coronavirus pandemic. Lockdown rules are implemented, people are taking to social media as a coping mechanism, PSAs telling people to “stay home” and wear masks are everywhere, and news outlets are providing updates on the pandemic for the public.

Hell, the game even has a small group of idiots sharing misinformation about what’s happening.

Where things deviate from real life is how Spider-Man depicts an all-out war between criminals, the police and an armed militia amidst the pandemic, though it’s not a stretch to say that we’re only a few degrees of separation from that based on the ridiculous anti-lockdown protests going on.

Beyond the similarities between COVID-19 and Devil’s Breath, Spider-Man also somehow nailed the piss-poor response to both pandemics.

In the PS4 game, the mayor of New York City, businessman-turned-politician Norman Osborn, struggles to contain the virus properly and quickly pins the blame on Spider-Man.

In the real world, New York City has been badly hit by COVID-19. While its mayor, Andrew Cuomo, is actually competent and has done an admirable job during these tough times, the same can’t be said about the businessman-turned-politician who is running around as U.S. Cheeto-in-Chief.

Trump’s efforts in containing the coronavirus been piss poor (and dangerous) to put it lightly. Not only is he trying to monetise the pandemic, he’s trying to gaslight the American population on how relief efforts are really going while trying to throw people under the bus for his own leadership failures.

At least Norman Osborn wasn’t a flaming racist, unlike someone in the White House we all know.

At the risk of beating a dead horse, we should definitely point out that all these ridiculously accurate similarities between Devil’s Breath and COVID-19 are pure coincidence and there’s just no way the developers of Spider-Man could’ve made such a wild coronavirus prediction when they were working on the PS4 game.

Now apropos of nothing, here’s hoping a sequel to Spider-Man comes out soon because I need to see what happens in the future play it.

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Has Aged Into The Greatest Movie Of The 2010s

Oh what a day! What a lovely day!

From a difficult gestation period lasting over a decade, production difficulties of every kind imaginable, and clashes between its two leads, Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, it’s really a miracle that Mad Max: Fury Road even exists.

Yet it managed to roar its way into cinemas in 2015 and showed the world that innovative blockbuster filmmaking is possible. Five years on, not only is Mad Max: Fury Road easily the best film of 2015 but it’s arguably blossomed into the greatest film of the 2010s.

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The 2010s saw plenty of great films that had spectacle and a heap of films that had fantastic storytelling, but no film managed to combine the best of both these worlds quite like Mad Max: Fury Road.

Just on a technical level, Fury Road is a masterpiece of film craftsmanship. Rather than rely heavily on CGI like nearly every other blockbuster, director George Miller meticulously planned every shot and actually did everything as practically as possible, only using CGI sparingly to enhance scenes.

Those beautiful sweeping shots of the desert? All filmed on location in actual deserts. Those hulking spike-covered hot rods and scavenger vehicles? They actually built those. Hell, they even built that fire-spewing guitar for real and we only see it for a few seconds, but that image of the Doof Warrior wielding a flamethrowing guitar instant became a cinematic classic.

No other film from the 2010s put as much attention to detail as Mad Max: Fury Road and the results are there for all to see on the big screen.

Almost as impressive as all the technical stuff is Fury Road‘s storytelling efficiency. A majority of blockbusters overload every scene with grating exposition, which is breaking the number one rule of filmmaking: show don’t tell.

But Fury Road subverts it by basically having no script at all – Miller storyboarded the entire film instead and approached it like a silent film where imagery is all you needed.

Fury Road was completely reliant on visuals to tell its story, build its detailed world and develop its cast of characters. The film has the fewest lines of dialogue ever seen in a modern blockbuster, but what we get instead is a masterpiece on visual storytelling that simply doesn’t age.

Nearly everything you learn about the world of Fury Road is through what you see on the big screen, and character development is accomplished through through actions rather than words.

A raised eyebrow from Tom Hardy or a grimace from Charlize Theron tells us so much more about their characters in Mad Max than any wordy conversation ever could. Gestures like those stand the test of time longer than any monologue.

Beyond its unparalleled technical merits, Mad Max: Fury Road ultimately came in at the perfect time for the story it is telling. The film’s messaging about environmentalism, feminism, survival, and the stupidity of a patriarchal society run by old white men carried serious weight in 2015 and it’s all grown even more relevant in the years since.

The post-Fury Road world saw the rise of Trump, right-wing idiots in power, serious environmental issues, the dawning of the #MeToo movement in holding powerful men accountable for their actions, and a world that’s going through some seriously dark times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking of #MeToo, the GOAT team talks about Harvey Weinstein’s conviction and what’s next on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Watching Fury Road in 2020, one can’t help but pick up on parallels between the film’s themes and what’s happened in the real world over the last few years. It’s almost as if Mad Max: Fury Road anticipated the reckoning of the #MeToo movement, the climate crisis, and the sense of hopelessness brought on by COVID-19, and wrapped it all up in a two-hour chase scene.

But in a strange way, Fury Road acts as both a forecast and remedy for our real-world anxieties. For all the gritty ruthlessness depicted in Fury Road, there’s an undercurrent of optimism throughout. Despite complication after complication, the bad guys lose and the good guys win in the end.

The sight of Tom Hardy’s Mad Max sharing a look of understanding with Charlize Theron’s Furiosa at the film’s conclusion gives us that glimmer of hope we all need right now.

Mad Max: Fury road is easily the greatest film of the 2010s and arguably the best action film that’s ever been or ever will be made. Perhaps one day there will be an action movie that’ll equal or surpass it, but it looks like it’ll be a cold day in hell before a movie like that will be able to tackle this hulking chrome beast that crawled from the gates of Valhalla.

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