Culture Jamming

Dirty pictures top this week's pop culture picks

TOP PICK – Indie Sex (Genius Products)

This two-disc DVD compiles a four-part mini-series about sex in the movies that aired on IFC last year. The former Mrs. Marilyn Manson, Dita Von Teese, hosts the round-upwhich juggles talking heads (John Waters, Ally Sheedy) and film clips (Porky's, Short Bus). Bonus materials include extended scenes and a helpful "Sex in Cinema Milestones" feature.

BOOK – Cinema of Obsession: Erotic Fixation and Love Gone Wrong in the Movies (Limelight Editions)

After you've finished watching Indie Sex, check out this companion piece: a look at psychotic passion in the movies over the past 100 years. Writers Doninique Mainon and James Ursini can be a tad too scholarly at times, but their incisive takes on Vertigo, Boxing Helena, and Mulholland Drive reveal just how screwed up sex-starved maniacs are. Besides, there are plenty of pictures of half-naked stars!

BOOK – 501 Movie Stars, 501 Movie Directors (Barron's)

These hefty, valuable volumes are stuffed with tons of info about all your favorite filmmakers. The Stars set does its best to balance golden-age actors like Katharine Hepburn and Robert Mitchum with Us magazine perennials like Leonardo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie. Meanwhile, the Directors book profiles the obscure (Jean-Marie Straub, who made 1968's The Bridegroom, the Comedienne, and the Pimp) as well as the mega-rich (Steven Spielberg).

DVD – Saturday Night Live: The Complete Second Season (Universal)

The Not Ready for Prime-Time Players were still exploring the boundaries of the live skit program in 1976. The original first-season castanchored by Chevy Chase, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner–returned for a second season of some of the ballsiest comedy to ever air on network television. This mammoth eight-disc box includes all 23 episodes in their entirety. Best: rarely seen music performances by George Harrison, the Kinks, and Tom Waits.

TV – 31 Days of Sundance (Sundance Channel)

The indie-movie network wraps up its month-long salute to its influential film fest with a bunch of flicks that premiered at the shindig over the past decade. You'll want to tune in on Sunday, starting at 9 p.m., when Best of the Fest looks at this year's most promising works. It's immediately followed by Donnie Darko, the mind-fucking thriller about a very bad bunny, which bowed at Sundance in 2001.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE – 14th Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards (TNT, TBS)

Of all the self-congratulatory award shows that pop up on TV this time of year, this one (which airs live at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday) is the most self-absorbed. Actors vote for their favorite performances by other actors in 2007. Daniel Day-Lewis, Cate Blanchett, and Javier Bardem are among those vying for the industry's gayest-looking trophy.

 
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