In the future, humans are divided into Sex Negatives and Sex Positives. The negatives get sick if they have sex so they go to Cafe Flesh to see positives who are forced to perform on stage ... See full summary »
Mark S. Esposito
Following on the heels of one of Rinse Dream's stronger pieces of video work, UNTAMED COWGIRLS OF THE WILD WEST 2 unfortunately doesn't quite live up to its predecessor. It's still mandatory viewing for Dream fans (if they can find it!), but unfortunately finishes out his filmography on a bit of a sleepy note.
Dream's post-CALIGARI video work is an interesting body to explore on its own terms, largely eschewing almost any sense of narrative for a more formalist exploration / deconstruction of what makes modern porn tick. Nevertheless, a bit like a magic eye painting or a Rorschach test, if you squint just right, the vague outlines of a plot do become apparent. NIGHTDREAMS 2 & 3 (Dream's video work is solely comprised of diptychs constituting one long-form feature) is the closest to a traditional narrative, though still highly impressionistic, while PARTY DOLL A GO-GO 1 & 2 prove the least. COWGIRLS falls somewhere in between, with a vague wisp of story apparent in the first part, but, as far as I could tell, all but completely abandoned in the second. Future viewings may prove there's more here, but, for now, it feels pretty empty.
Like all of Dream's video work, UC2 largely consists of retro-pop dialogue repeated robotically by its cast, then whipsawed back and forth in the editing room to create a weird kind of formalist abstraction. After a superb opening recap of the first installment that reduces the entire film to a blinking barrage of non-sequitur gibberish, the film settles into fairly routine F&S, albeit with some nice crane-based camera-work. Unfortunately, this is the most dialogue-free of Dream's latter-day productions, with the zany writing kept to a minimum and most of the formal experimentation coming from video-generated title cards interrupting the action. While I admit to getting a few chuckles out of these, nothing quite reaches the Olympian heights of "slut slaw," the brilliant neologism for the female anatomy coined in the first part.
Instead, Dream here seems largely to be on autopilot, cranking out five acceptable sex scenes, chopping them up just enough with video titles so that they become impossible to jerk off to (the director's general porn M.O.), and then calling it a day. While his prior video productions are all brilliant deconstructions of the video-shot porn era, it seems by UNTAMED 2 even Rinse Dream was running out of ways to subvert the system. In the end, it's probably best that he quit here, while he was still at least somewhat ahead.
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