Saturday Double Feature: Fifty Shades Freed (2018) and…

Hey, it’s Saturday, and, as always, that means it’s time for the Saturday Double Feature!

Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

For some reason, I suppose the big opener this weekend is going to be Fifty Shades Freed, the presumably (and hopefully) final movie in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. Now don’t misunderstand, it’s not the subject matter that I am opposed to. Not at all. Instead it’s the complete lack of chemistry between the leads and the complete lack of any real sexiness in a series that is selling itself on sex.

So even though I’d probably not, in actuality, be featuring any of the Fifty Shades movies in my own theater programming, still, the franchise is popular, and it does provide an opportunity to look at interesting films with which to pair it for a double feature.

There is one movie that stands out as everything that the Fifty Shades series wants to be but fails to manage, and that is the 1975 film The Story of O. In it, Corinne Clery stars as a young woman known only as “O”, a fashion model who is taken by her lover to a chateau in the outskirts of France where she is indoctrinated in the ways of sexuality and submission.

Personally I suspect there’s more sensuality in that short trailer than you’ll find in the entirety if this week’s release.

So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Fifty Shades Freed? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!

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