Basic Instigation? Indecent Disposal?

"You like to watch don't you," the ads for Sliver ask, breathlessly leaving out all the proper punctuation marks, thereby implying that other, more significant proprieties may have been violated in the movie itself. If we're honest with ourselves, we have to answer, "Well . . . er . . . um . . . yes."

For a movie screen is, among other things, a big lighted window. And we, watching in the dark, are, among other things, voyeurs, always hoping to see forbidden sights. Sliver's vulgar lure is that we will be allowed to peep at Sharon Stone in various...

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