The World of Erotic VR

What’s that?

The term ‘erotic’ may cause a few blushes and signal something ‘dirty’ or ‘taboo’. Whatever preconceptions you have about the term, it does hold a certain fascination for cinema audiences. New modes of exhibition are constantly blurring the lines between realism and fantasy in the world of erotic VR.

The film industry has been exploiting this fascination in erotic filmmaking for years, since the earliest days of on-screen kisses were banned by censors, however, there is no concrete set of rules or genre conventions which define what makes a film ‘erotic’. More pointedly, erotic films are subjective in that they encourage the viewer’s emotions or arousal through the depiction of sexual activity, but not necessarily through the acts themselves. To put it plainly, pornography can be thrown into the same arena as the Oscar-sweep It Happened One Night (1934) when looking at films under the umbrella term of ‘erotic’ films.

Why is it so popular?

The heightened reality offered by VR technologies has seen an opportunity for filmmakers of all disciplines to exploit the medium for their storytelling, and this opportunity has not been missed by erotic filmmakers and pornographers alike. With the mainstreaming of VR technologies and the increasing accessibility of pornographic content, it’s no surprise that adult VR apps are now readily available – even streaming giant Pornhub now offers a VR capability – along with other sites promising viewers a more realistic viewing experience.

Raindance challenges your perceptions of erotic VR.

Image c/o Pornhub Insights

Erotic films tap into our innate nature as humans to be voyeurs, and the physical means of a headset and headphones to construct a completely private, first-person perspective inserts the viewer within the action itself, free to watch and explore their environment.

So, how has the face of adult filmmaking changed in light of this new technology?

The immersive nature of VR heightens the perception of reality, allowing viewers to experience erotic spectacles in a very intimate, private manner. Erotic VR presents a first-person perspective into a genre that mixes fear and fascination – an experience that has only perhaps be rivalled in 2D film by the introduction of hand-held, ‘found footage’ that spawned the success of horror films such as Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. The fascination of VR collides with the taboo of erotic spectacle to create a controversial new means of depicting sex on screen. However, the technical challenges of VR filmmaking alongside the practical challenges faced when creating an erotic scene, suggests that this method of filmmaking is much more than a simple, modern-day ‘cinema of attractions’ and instead, could be considered a complex and innovative contemporary art-form that makes the most of this new technology by constantly stretching its filmmaking capabilities.

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Second Date by Jennifer Lyon Bell

Jennifer Lyon Bell’s recent VR short film, Second Date, does just that, challenging both the VR technology and its audience with the risqué nature of the film and what it portrays. Second Date had its world premiere at Raindance 2017, screening as part of the Best Sensual VR Experience competition strand. Set on an Amsterdam houseboat, Second Date is a lighthearted, unscripted Virtual Reality portrait of two young people fumbling towards ecstasy.

Learn more about Jennifer’s VR filmmaking experience and the secret to filming and directing a great erotic film at her Fantasy Film Workshop, available to Raindance members on Saturday 17th March.

The field of erotic VR poses a challenge to developers to keep up with the demand of its audience, already merging visual spectacle with video-game like interaction that allows the viewer some control over what they’re viewing. But how long before this immersive experience ventures into new, experimental technologies, perhaps finding ways to incorporate touch into the sensory viewing experience? Or expanding into AR and merging reality with simulation? All that we can say for sure is that: sex sells, and as long as people are making new and innovative erotic films, there’s no limit to the potentials of VR in shaping the future of erotic filmmaking.

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Final Quote-Filled Trailer for Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’

All the Money in the World Trailer

“I don’t have any money…” “Get it from your father-in-law – he has all the money in the world.” Sony has dropped one final trailer for Ridley Scott’s movie All the Money in the World, which has been making headlines recently with the last minute Christopher Plummer update. The movie hits theaters Christmas Day, so this is truly a last minute trailer in hopes it will drum up buzz and get people into theaters to watch it (I guess the reshoots cost a lot of money). The film is about the true story from the 1970s of a massive kidnapping plot arranged by a left-wing paramilitary organization in Italy. Plummer plays the “richest man in the world” oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. All the Money in the World also co-stars Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, Timothy Hutton, Charlie Plummer, Andrew Buchan, Olivia Grant, Teresa Mahoney, Romain Duris, and Charlie Shotwell. This is an intense trailer, and should make you excited to see this. ›››

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Trailer Teaser Erupts with Dinosaur Action

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer Teaser

This week will bring the first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to the 2015 reboot/sequel in the Jurassic Park franchise. Though some would argue that Jurassic World was a tad underwhelming, much like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it delivered the right amount of nostalgia mixed with fresh elements to make it feel new again. Plus, it had been awhile since we’d gotten a decent blockbuster with dinosaurs.

Anyway, with just a few days out from the release of the full trailer, Universal Pictures has released a Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer teaser featuring out first look at one of the action sequences from the film, and it has one particular elemtn that we’ve never seen in a Jurassic Park movie before. You’ll see what I mean below.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer Teaser

The clip begins with Chris Pratt as Owen Grady running across an open field like Indiana Jones being chased by the native protectors of the idol in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and an unknown new character played by franchise newcomer Justice Smith (Paper Towns) look on in fear as they see a stampede of dinosaurs trailing behind him. But why are they running?

It just so happens that there’s a volcano erupting in the background, creating plenty of fire, smoke and flying debris. I’m not sure whether the volcano or dinosaurs are more deadly in this instance. Actually, the volcano might make the dinosaurs deadlier since they’re running in complete terror.

Much of the plot of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is still under wraps, but we know the movie will include new cast members James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, and Rafe Spall. But perhaps the most enticing piece of casting is the return of Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum this time. Plus, there will be new dinosaurs coming into play too.

A Monster Calls director J.A. Bayona has taken over directing duties from Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow, and we’ll be sure to post the full trailer as soon as it’s available.

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful franchises in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before.  Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens June 22, 2018.

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A World of Wonders Awaits You – One Final Trailer for Pixar’s ‘Coco’

Pixar's Coco Final Trailer

“I’m not like the rest of my family…” Disney-Pixar have revealed one final, official trailer for Pixar’s Coco, the first musical and next animated movie from the beloved animation studio. The story involves a young boy named Miguel who gets lost in the world of the dead while searching for his great-great grandfather. This already opened in Mexico to rave reviews. The voices include newcomer Anthony Gonzalez playing Miguel, along with Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Renee Victor. We’ve already seen three trailers previously, but this final one gives us a colorful look at the world that awaits us. I’m very excited to see this, I’m in need of another Pixar tearjerker. This looks charming and heartfelt, as expected from Pixar. ›››

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: ‘Choose Your Pain’ Puts the Crew in a World of Hurt

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Okay, what was with that ending of the latest Star Trek: Discovery episode? Did “Choose Your Pain” turn Star Trek into a horror show?

“Choose Your Pain” is, as the title suggests, filled with tons of pain, including the minor pain of seeing another Stamets continue to look in his bathroom mirror while the real Stamets walked away. The only levity found in this episode, aside from the first usage of the f-word in Star Trek history, was Rainn Wilson’s highly enjoyable Harry Mudd. Seeing this Star Trek OG character was a sight for sore eyes. Speaking of sore eyes, let’s get into the types of pain caused by both the Klingons and Starfleet.

Lorca’s Eye Problem

As a person with 20/80 vision, I sympathize with Lorca trying to protect his eyes at all costs. When he’s captured by Klingons, I had to actually avoid looking at the screen since the Klingons’ choice of torment for Lorca was to subject his eyes to harsh light. I’m squeamish about any kind of eye prodding.

I thought he would have gone blind after that. Conveniently for the action sequences, he did not, but it seems like his eyes have been badly damaged. He’s been told to get his eyes “fixed,” but what does that entail? Does that mean Lorca will don some eyewear like Geordi La Forge’s visor?  That’d be cool.

Also: we find out he’s killed an entire crew before his turn on the Discovery. It’s a shocker, even though Lorca has been portrayed thus far as a possible villain. But was it for a good reason? Was he really trying to keep them from being abused as Klingon POWs? My money is on him just being bloodthirsty.

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Tyler’s Sexual Assault

Poor Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) was a victim of sexual assault aboard the Klingon vessel. What else does the line “the captain of this ship has taken a liking to me” to mean? Thankfully, Tyler managed to escape with the help of Lorca, but not before he got some licks in on his attacker. Yes, his attacker is a woman Klingon.

Considering the news we’ve been hearing from Hollywood and the film criticism industry over these last few weeks, it’s quite poignant that this episode would air now. It provides another layer to the conversations we’ve been having about victims and predators. In this case, Star Trek: Discovery is shining a light on male victims of sexual assault at the hands of female perpetrators.

The insinuation that Tyler has been raped repeatedly by the Klingon captain was so subtle in the dialogue between Tyler and Lorca that it’s easy to look past it, or even excuse it away as Tyler purposefully using his sex appeal to his advantage. But the way he swings at the Klingon captain tells a different story. He’s trying to throw back some of the pain she’s caused him.

Tyler’s victimhood might also go unrecognized by some viewers due to how much our society’s view of toxic masculinity keeps us from seeing men as sexual assault victims, especially when it’s at the hands of a woman. Male victims are often scorned or seen as weak. Just look to last week, when Terry Crews revealed he had been sexually assaulted by a powerful Hollywood executive. While Crews received tons of support, there were also people — many of them men — wondering why he didn’t say anything and why he, as a man, didn’t do anything, particularly since his assailant was another man. Some people assumed Crews couldn’t be a victim just because he’s a burly man (that’s not counting the racial implications there are to this assumption).

While women are often wrongly stereotyped as “asking for it,” male victims are also stereotyped in the same way. Somehow, it’s always painted as the victim’s fault — not the perpetrator’s — for their own assault. Even worse for men is when other men might congratulate male victims for “getting lucky” if their assailant happened to be a woman.  I haven’t seen much on the internet in the way of actually recognizing Tyler’s trauma — I’ve only seen one person tweet about wanting the show to explore Tyler’s PTSD. I’ve also seen a person say Tyler ended “a relationship” with the Klingon captain? This was no relationship. Hopefully, Discovery will explore this further. After all, Star Trek has always been about using science fiction to tackle real world social, moral, and ethical questions and quandaries. It’s only right for the new show to dig deep here.

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The Tardigrade’s Abuse

Seeing the Discovery crew abuse the tardigrade so much was quite painful. I won’t go into a “Would the original Star Trek have done this?” debate since the Discovery is a ship under duress in a myriad of ways. However, the tardigrade’s suffering provided a much-needed moral wake-up call for the science crew, which — thanks to Michael — realized the tardigrade was in distress.

They realized this too slowly, though. Honestly, it’s quite surprising and tone-deaf for the crew to not realize that this animal could have some form of sentience. Even Saru, who is prey on his planet, assumes the animal has no smarts. You’d think he of all people would understand what it’s like to be, well, preyed upon.

Folks were also slow to get into gear solely because it’s Michael giving them the advice. I get she got nearly everyone on board the Shenzhou killed, including the beloved Captain Georgiou, but doggone it, do they still not get that everything she does involves trying to save people’s lives?

On the flip side, everyone’s got a right to be mad at her, especially Saru, who idolized Georgiou as much as Michael did. Saru expected to become Georgiou’s next Number One, but, as he told Michael later, he never got that chance. His grief increased when he was made acting captain in Lorca’s absence; a role he felt he would have been more prepared for if he had gotten the same training from Georgiou as Michael did.

Saru didn’t have another option except to use the tardigrade to find Lorca; if another host for the tardigrade DNA was available, the tardigrade could have been spared. But after it went into protection mode, another organism had to step up. That organism was Stamets. The tardigrade was set free, but Stamets has apparently opened up a tear in the space-time continuum that could be the beginning of the mirror-verse and the start of the alternate realities as we know it (hello, Star Trek reboot series). Things are going to get loopy.

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‘Castle Rock’ Trailer: J.J. Abrams Dives into the World of Stephen King for Hulu

Castle Rock Trailer

“You have no idea what’s happening here, do you?”

At the tail end of New York Comic-Con this weekend, Hulu has unveiled the first Castle Rock trailer that actually features footage from the series executive produced by J.J. Abrams and set in the fictional location that has been the setting of many Stephen King stories over the decades. It doesn’t really tell us what the series will be about just yet, but it does tease plenty of Stephen King characters and Easter eggs that will be present.

Watch the Castle Rock Trailer

It’s wholly appropriate that there’s only a single line of dialogue saying, “You have no idea what’s happening here, do you?” because there’s no indication whatsoever about how various Stephen King stories will be linked together other than by the titular Main locale itself.

Instead, we get a series of mysterious images, including a funeral procession, a lethal injection, a sinking vehicle with a stikcer that says Shawshank Department of Corrections, a dog that looks exactly like Cujo, anther dog digging up a body, a piano that’s fallen through the floor of a rundown house, and more. Did you notice anything else alluding to a Stephen King story?

The new trailer teases the ensemble cast at the center of the series, with a large focus on Andre Holland (Moonlight) as attorney Henry Deaver, wandering around the various locations in the Maine town. Plus, there’s Scott Glenn as retired Sheriff Alan Pangborn, a recurring character in Stephen King’s books, and the only one who was mentioned by name during the New York Comic-Con panel (according to Deadline). But surely there will be plenty of other familiar characters making appearances.

In addition, previous stars of Stephen King adaptations are involved in the series, though they are playing completely different characters than they’ve played before, which weren’t part of any Stephen King stories before. There’s Melanie Lynskey (from the miniseries Rose Red) as Molly Strand, a real estate agent who has sold some spooky houses in Castle Rock; Sissy Spacek (star of the original Carrie) as Henry Deaver’s mother Ruth; and Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise from the recent adaptation of It) as a death row inmate who happens to be a client of Henry Deaver.

Other cast members who we get brief glimpses of include Evil Dead remake star Jane Levy as Jackie, a morbid, death-obsessed girl who’s appointed herself the historian of Castle Rock and Lost star Terry O’Quinn as Dale Lacy, who is said to be a pillar in the community.

Castle Rock was created by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, who will serve as executive producers along with Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer in collaboration with Bad Robot Productions and in association with Warner Bros. Television.

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

Castle Rock will arrive on Hulu sometime in 2018.

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Discovery of World War II shipwreck ends a 74-year mystery


For 74 years, the merchant ship SS Macumba lay lost beneath the depths of the Arafura Sea, off the coast of Australia’s Northern Territory.

It was attacked back in August 1943 by two Japanese aircraft, who scored a direct hit on the ship’s engine room. Three seamen were killed, and survivors were taken aboard an escort. 

The ship was left to sink, and its whereabouts remained unknown for decades.

The SS Macumba.

The SS Macumba.

Image: Marine National Facility

That’s until researchers from the CSIRO aboard the RV Investigator discovered the shipwreck on Wednesday morning, during a survey of the area. Read more…

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This Interactive Map Shows You Current Drone Laws in Every Country in the World

If you need up-to-date information about the drone regulations in your country, this map will be a lifesaver.

No one likes having to traipse around official government websites to try and dig up (and understand) documents that tell you whether or not it’s legal for you to fly a drone in a given area. No one likes it, but it has to be done because it’s obviously important to respect the laws of the land. However, if you’re tired of trying to dig up information on drone regulations in different parts of the world, you’ll want to check out this super helpful tool.

Blogger and avid traveler Anil Polat has created an interactive map of the world that contains the drone laws in every country in the world. Take a look at this impressive piece of work below:

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Eggs & Bacon: Django Unchained, LOTR, Jurassic World, Watchmen, Iron Man & Toy Story

Some little details you may have missed in your favorite films. In Django Unchained, a man asks Django what is his name is and how it is spelled. “The D is silent”, the man responds “I know”. This man is Franco Nero, the original Django from the original 1966 film. All 3 Peter Jackson cameo […]

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‘Rushmore’ with a 90s Rock Soundtrack Is the Worst/Greatest Thing in the World

If you want your day ruined watch this video. If you want your day made watch this video.

As I write this, it’s a windless 93-degrees out, smoke from the nearby forest fires is blocking out the sun, and Eve 6 is blasting out of the speakers at this sports bar—so yeah, I’m in a worse mood than usual. But when I stumbled upon this damn ass video by the always lovely Kentucker Audley, I wasn’t sure whether I loved or hated every fucking minute of it.

Maybe it’s just one of those days—or maybe it’s just one of those videos, but watching Wes Anderson’s brilliant melancomedy Rushmore set to the musical stylings of Blink-182, Smash Mouth, and all of those pop rock bands of the late 90s—Third Eye Blind—is just sacrilege, or annoying, or just not something I can handle in this heat. Either way, you need to watch it.

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