Sizzlers & Fizzlers

By Chris Willman
Updated December 29, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

What fogged cineasts’ spectacles? Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, infusing the act of dish-washing with erotic tension in The Bridges of Madison County…Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange, making every man want a kilt after their rendezvous in Rob Roy…Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman, demonstrating how an icy courtyard can hasten courtship in While You Were Sleeping…Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, talking (!) their way through a Viennese night in Before Sunrise…and Massimo Troisi, finding his poetic voice after Maria Grazia Cucinotta does wonders with a foosball in The Postman.

The defoggers? Nicole Kidman, getting touchy-feely with Val Kilmer’s Batnipples in Batman Forever…Demi Moore, putting on a one-woman show for a slave girl and a little red birdie in The Scarlet Letter…Leonardo DiCaprio and David Thewlis, stabbing and shooting each other between tonguefests in Total Eclipse…and Justin Pierce, raping a passed-out Chloe Sevigny, who’s already saddled with HIV, at the climax of Kids.

And which were just mist-ifying? Jeff Bridges and Ellen Barkin, using the ”Battle Hymn of the Republic” as their personal ”Bolero” while atop a table in Wild Bill…Antonio Banderas, enjoying a postcoital serenade from Salma Hayek while training twin pistols on a set of snipers in Desperado…and Nicolas Cage, whose death spasms give him the oomph he needs to finally consummate his affair with Elisabeth Shue in Leaving Las Vegas.