17. Sleeping Beauty
Director: Julia Leigh
Stars: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Henry Nixon, Mirrah Foulkes, Ewen Leslie
Beautiful imagery only takes a filmmaker so far, as we learned while struggling to stay awake throughout all 110 dreary, aimless minutes of Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty. Sure, this kinky art-house flick is gorgeously shot and features an abundance of scenes in which a topless, stunning Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) acts as a voluntary submissive. What Sleeping Beauty is missing, though, is even the slightest amount of plot—it’s a film where nothing happens, nothing happens, and then the end credits roll immediately after something kind of happens. All we can tell you is that old dudes pay to sleep next a naked, drugged-up Browning, and it’s nowhere near as hot as your grandfather might think.