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Thursday
Dec 27 2018

Thirst Trap Party.13 Sexy Movie Men

Each day a new 'year in review' party.Well,today you get two.Here's a bonus list from the team...

Tonight,Team Experience (and a few friends of ours from elsewhere) drool on our favorite thrist traps.The entries aren't ordered since we just asked people to choose which man they wanted to cover from a preliminary list of notable big screen men of 2018 with "write-in"choices welcomed.

We should probably note that the most popular choice,and in fact the only choice several different people asked for,was Steven Yeun fromBurningso apparently that multilingual yawn and general air of mystery/superiority really did it for everyone.Curiously no one chose Henry Golding but given his barrier-breaking double duty in bothCrazy Rich AsiansandA Simple Favor,we dedicate this list to him.

Let's take the men in random order.Y'all ready for this?

Noah Centineo as "Peter"inTo All the Boys I've Loved Before
InTo All the Boys...Noah Centineo was all the boys I've loved before and had sworn off loving in the future — to no avail.With a knack for being in the buzziest places at the buzziest times ("The Fosters,"Sierra Burgess Is a Loser),Centineo has the sensitivity of Alan Alda,the pout of Matt Dillon and the good sense to keep his shirt off.Plus,he's woke AF,which I'm told is something Cary Grant wasn't.Look up "zaddy"in the Urban Dictionary,and there he is,eyebrows raised.He's in the upcomingCharlie's Angelsreboot,too,making him the prettiest person in the franchise since Cheryl Ladd.-Matthew Rettemund (Boy Culture)

Colman Domingo as "Joseph"inIf Beale Street Could Talk
He's playing a dad,a very warm and loving father to his daughters,so 'thirst trap' is not the first thing that comes to mind.But imagine that deep throated laugh filing any room you are in,or that wide smile lighting up his face as he looks at you.Imagine him coming at you,enveloping you in his arms and dancing together like he does with screenwife Regina King.Yep,now you get it,no?-Murtada Elfadl

Chris Pine as "Robert Bruce,Earl of Carrick"inOutlaw King
Basically the only press coverage this Netflix film got centered around this gorgeous man's penis,which makes you realize why so few famous actors are willing to go full-peen.  Michael Fassbender had the role of his career when he did it inShame,and while his legendary member did indeed get plenty of attention,everyone still walked away talking about what a brilliant actor he is.  Pine's role inOutlaw Kingdoesn't allow for those levels of scale and color,which is a bummer,since he's a wonderful actor.He was MVP of the ill-conceivedInto the Woods,the only actor who truly matched the demands of stylized musical theater,broad but specific comedy,and sheer joy. He also worked wonders in last year'sWonder Woman,slyly channeling Harrison Ford but shining with his own confident bravado.  Chris Pine is a beautiful man:  those movie-star baby blues,that jacked torso,the dreamy smile.  But it's his talent and charisma that take him over the top.  -Eric Blume

Raúl Castillo as "Paps"inWe the Animals
There is by design some discomfort baked into Raúl Castillo's white hot turn inWe the Animals,since the camera that's leering up at him as he does his tighty-whitey dance has already been framed as being his son Jonah's point of view.Jonah's brothers see it as a goof and laugh but Jonah,Jonah looks.And so do we.And to borrow a turn of phrase from Piper Laurie...we liked it - we liked it!It's all part of the heady pubescent stew that the film expertly captures,our heads swimming with hormones,confusion,rage,lust.Raúl gets me all worked up too,Jonah!It's not tough to commiserate.-Jason Adams

Josh Dylan,Jeremy Irvine,and Hugh Skinner ofMamma Mia!Here We Go Again
When you use the music of ABBA to try and find yourself over a summer,in my book you're entitled not to one thirst trap,but three.Donna Sheridan (Lily James) got the adventure most of us only have a dream about when she lost the battle to Harry's (Hugh Skinner) advances in France,rode Bill's (Josh Dylan) boat and Nordic features by the pier,and had a summer romance with Sam's (Jeremy Irvine) angel eyes in Kalokairi.Three sun-kissed twinks all to herself.My,my,how could she resist that?If only she knew who the father of her daughter was… -Jorge Molina

Pierre Png as "Michael Teo"inCrazy Rich Asians
People forget that the freshly showered abs that caused such a media frenzy whenCrazy Rich Asiansopened were not Henry Golding's but Pierre Png's.But abs are not even the half of it since they're vying for MVP with those sculpted cheekbones,smiling dimples,defined chest,perfect hair,soulful face.You can feel Teo's caddish downfall coming a long ways off butIpersonally resisted,delusionally thrilled that an otherwise aspirational fever dream would posit that you can be just as sexy if you're the 'have not' among not just the 'haves' but the 1%.Crazy Rich Asiansdone him wrong!Can he be a romantic hero next time?-Nathaniel R

Luke Benward as "Bo"in Dumplin'
I wasn't familiar with Luke Benward before coming across him in Netflix's recent charmer Dumplin',but I could have told without consulting his IMDb that he has Disney Channel history: there's a training ground for that level of clean-scrubbed cuteness.But he doesn't seem manufactured or robotic in Dumplin',imbuing a thinly conceived character — Bo,the flirty burger flipper with a heart of gold,who loves our heroine just the way she is — with a spontaneous twinkle and some measure of wit in his delivery.He even manages to make the character's ever-present toothpick between the teeth seem rakishly appealing: the boy has talent.-Guy Lodge (Variety/The Guardian)

Joe Alwyn as "Samuel Marsham"inThe Favourite
Taylor Swift's boyfriend certainly had quite a year,and no 2018 film has demonstrated this better than with his hunky,somewhat doofy portrayal of Samuel Marsham.Whether he's tumbling around in the leaves with Emma Stone or performing his hypnotic (and dare I say,seductive?) dance routine with Rachel Weisz,Alwyn offers the one subtle glimpse of kindness the other characters severely lack.But don't worry,Joe,if none of the leading ladies want you on your wedding night… I'll still be there.-Spencer Coile


Allen Leech as "Paul Prenter"in Bohemian Rhapsody
The quality ofBohemian Rhapsodyis another conversation,but its supporting actors help make this wet dream tolerable and relatable.One such supporting actor is Leech,who makes background actors memorable in the visual sense.He makes background characters like Tom Branson pop,and he makes his thicc body welcome in movies,but here inBohemian Rhpasodyhe's svelte,a Tom of Finland fantasy come to life,leather jacket and creepy mustache and everything.His character manipulates Freddy Mercury's (Rami Malek) bank account,career,and body.And honestly,he can do the same to me anytime.-Paolo Kagaoan (In the Seats)

Steven Yeun as "Ben"inBurning
Before this year,I only had a vague sense of who Steven Yeun was,not having seenOkjaor a single episode of "The Walking Dead."  Then cameSorry to Bother You,where he plays a slightly mysterious,surprisingly seductive rabble-rouser who kept stealing my attention (and Tessa Thompson's) away from Lakeith Stanfield.  That was followed by his star-making turn as an even more mysterious and alluring,though far wealthier and ultimately more sinister romantic rival inBurning.  Beneath his smooth friendliness and air of easy culture and refinement lies a core of deep boredom with life that drives him to play with and eventually discard people,yet that's precisely what makes him so fascinating.  Is his character a foil,a cad,a sociopath,a projection,or all or none of these things?  With his enigmatic smiles,sleepy eyes,and (perhaps literally) killer yawns,he keeps you guessing,and hooked,drawn like a moth to his flame.  You know you shouldn't get mixed up with this guy,but like the main character(s),you can't help it.-Lynn Lee


Tomasz Kot as "Wiktor"in Cold War
"Cute"and "sexy"are concepts that shift in what they encompass from one era to the next,but "handsome"is more fixed: Polish star Tomasz Kot would have qualified as leading-man handsome in pretty much any cinematic decade.That razor-cut jaw!Those moodily deep-set eyes!That perfectly swept swoosh of hair!Pawel Pawlikowski knows just how to shoot him inCold War,and he repays the camera's kindness with aloof soulfulness to burn,his still-waters presence perfectly offsetting Joanna Kulig's volatile sensuality.I can't say I would keep hopping across borders to get away from him,but you do you,girl. -Guy Lodge (Variety/The Guardian)

Okay readers,who didn't we mention that you drooled upon?Who made you quiver under your bodice in 2018?

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Henry Cavill in Mustache mode in M:I Fallout.The best dad of the year.Oh good lord!

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJon

I know it's a populist choice,but Michael B.Jordan's shirtless swagger made me feel things.

So did brief shot Bradley Cooper getting a,well,shot in his ass.

And Stephan James is also a beauty.

December 27,2018 | Unregistered Commenterpawel

Willam,Shangela and Lady Gaga in ASIB

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrown Cow Stunning

@JasonAdams I endorse your Raúl Castillo pick!He played so against his "Looking"character - instead of gentle and centered,he gave us charismatic and problematic.One of the best movies of the year.

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterSan FranCinema

Tomasz Kot can look at me with those dark,piercing eyes ANY DAY.And also ALL THE TIME,please!

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterDancin' Dan

Timothée Chalamet in Call Me By your Addiction
Viggo Mortensen in Chaffeur Promises
Paiman (for us from the cult he's very sexy) in Heredithairy
Ryan Gosling in My First Man

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrown Cow Stunning

Totally get the Steven Yeun love,and him being the most popular pick this year.But beyond that I'd favor the other young gentleman in The Favourite (have been a Hoult fan for what feels like forever),Alden Ehrenreich in Solo (that face,that artfully deployed grin),and Alex Pettyfer in The Strange Ones (maybe menacing?definitely mysterious).

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterScottC

Tomasz Kot is a man to die for.

Your francophile license has been revoked due to the abscence of French hotties,for instance Arnaud Valois or Arieh Worthalter,the hot dad in Girl.

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Henry Cavill and Jérémie Renier made me feel...things in movie theaters in 2018.

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Winston Duke's beefy,boastful,swag-driven,and very funny M'Baku in Black Panther.He's the film's underrated beefcake.

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterAustin

Bradley cooper showing his butt is a #1 in my book....

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterMark

These are your thirst traps?The bears are roaming free because they guys ain't caught shit.Except Colman is beautiful.

December 27,2018 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

No one picked Henry Golding?!I'm rioting!

A great damn list though.I'm fanning myself all dramatic like.

Allow me to submit for consideration Jorge Lendeborg Jr.He was one of Simon's friends in LOVE,SIMON and the romantic interest for Hailee Steinfeld in BUMBLEBEE.He's adorable.

And Daniel Wu in the latest TOMB RAIDER.He's just hot.

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

I second (or third) Henry Cavill,Stephan James and Winston Duke.Woof!

And the wording around Colman Domingo—"warm and loving,""deep throated,"etc.—was unintentionally too much and on the nose.He can get it.

Obviously Luke Benward and Pierre Png are the mostest.

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Apart from Pierre Png and the Luke guy,I would say this is a spectacularly questionable selection haha!But different strokes for different folks.My vote is for Bill Heck,but only in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterEvangelina

Wow,why not throw in Fermin from Roma while you're playing Bad Choice Bingo?;)

Leaving off Winston Duke was a real miss,agreed.Also Jeremie Renier.

Other possibilities:
— Lewis Tan,Deadpool 2 (barely in it,but left enough of an impression to scope him out hard)
— Sam Heughan,Spy Who Dumped Me
— Joey Pollari,Love Simon
— Richard Armitage,Ocean's 8

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJames from Ames

Nat,Luke Benward was also and equally irresistible in Life of the Party this year.I completely understood why it was so difficult for Melissa McCarthy to keep her hands off of him.

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJS

Given the writers on this site,I'm not surprised the men of Black Panther went ignored.

Yes to Steven Yeun,Tomasz Kot,and Colman Domingo tho!

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterMya

No one chose Henry Golding?I didn't realize your staff didn't have eyes lol.JK but despite this sudden backlash,Henry Golding in A Simple Favor will stay with me for years.

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterDavid S.

Henry Golding like many British men have copied the David Beckham tattoo idea of more is better no matter where they are.It's an unfortunate trend trend to me but to each their own.

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterTom G

Very much approve of this list!

December 27,2018 | Unregistered Commentereurocheese

Jérémie Renier getting pegged was a dream come true.

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

Chris Pine has a huge head and I'm not talking about his frontal.

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterAnita Wintour

I am a straight married white woman and find these choices rather interesting.
Few would be that interesting to me or my friends.

Different strokes for different folks.It is what makes the world go round!!!!

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRdf

Pawel -- i was going to do Michael B Jordan but i'd just written up a Black Panther item for that "best screen animals"list and didn't want to keep doing the same movie.I figured someone else would choose him.

David -- i would have covered him but wanted to do Pierre Png!

Ryan -- i had Daniel Wu on the preliminary list but I think Tomb Raider completely biffed that.They gave him NOTHING to do.He's such a dreamboat.They didn't even make him a love interest...a just sort of there ally instead.

Jon -- also yes.

December 27,2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Noah's private film was quite something...so is he.

December 27,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJimmy

i guess it's because he was in a little-heard of movie that nobody mentioned jason momoa?

permission to come aboard!

December 27,2018 | Unregistered Commenterpar

I am a straight married white woman

You're the monster who's obsessed with me?

December 27,2018 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

par -- i assume it's because these blurbs were all turned in on Aquaman's opening weekend.

December 27,2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Paul Rudd all bearded up in IDEAL HOME is my pick.Plus that naked bear rug romp scene with Steve Coogan!

December 28,2018 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge P.

/3rtful -I'm dying of laughter here.

December 28,2018 | Unregistered Commenterbeyaccount

I wouldn't exactly say "thirst trap"(also because I'm not entirely sure what that means) but I thought Keiynan Lonsdale was so precious and adorable in Love,Simon.

December 28,2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

01.Henry Cavill,MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT
02.Keiynan Lonsdale,LOVE SIMON
03.Michael B Jordan,CREED 2
04.Anton Yelchin,THOROUGHBREDS

December 28,2018 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Who doesn't include Henry Cavill in Mission Impossible?In favor of a bunch of white boring skinny kids in a dumb musical,for example?

December 28,2018 | Unregistered CommenterBD (the real one)

Just remembered someone!I blame holiday brain for forgetting him but it's INSANE no one else has mentioned him.Anyways...Florian "Big Nasty"Munteanu.He played the damn sexy Drago in CREED II.Woof.

December 28,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

BD -- the list is personal choices from each of these guys.To each their own,right?It' would be absolutely terrible if everyone was attracted to the exact same people.

December 28,2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I would like to remind everyone that this list said "sexy men"not "sexiest men"...it's not mean to be definitive.Please enjoy it for what it's meant for,a celebration of personal favs.;)

December 28,2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

John Krasinski
Stephan James
Henry Cavill
Joe Alwyn
Bradley Cooper
Tomasz Kot
Jason Momoa
Viggo Mortensen

December 28,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

Henry Cavill muscles rippling beneath his dress shirt as he beats up the guys in the bathroom in "Mission Impossible"is one of the classic and sexiest movie scenes from 2018

December 28,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

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