Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
Jane returns to the jungle to search for Tarzan and brings him back with her. But her obligations allow little time for love. Tarzan succumbs to the erotic charms of other women, amongst ... See full summary »
Ambitious drama almost joins Spinelli's Golden Circle
Arguably Adult Cinema's top director all-time, Anthony Spinelli with son Mitch concocted this almost "deep", soul-searching saga as a vehicle for Euro superstar Rocco Siffredi. I found it intriguing, but lacking that something special that denotes his classics from a decade or so earlier.
Joey Silvera actually steals the acting spotlight, playing Rocco's best friend and seemingly bad influence, though that is up to the viewer to decide. Rocco is despondent over the split after 2 years with his love Rosa (Rocco's real-life wife, before she got breast implants and starred memorably with him as Jane in Tarzan X).
Joey's suffered a business setback in his wheeling & dealing financial world profession, so he decides to turn this into a Road Movie and hit the highway with Rocco in his Corvette convertible. Their destination: a sort of mythical Elysium named County Line, immortalized on a post card with Chasey Lain's photograph.
Having trouble blurting out his English-language dialog, Rocco is out of his league in trying for a dramatic performance, and frequently leaves smoothie Silvera bewildered, resembling a stage play where one actor goes up on his lines, messing up his partner's responses.
Spinelli goes for surrealism when the boys get lost and end up in a Western ghost town, the type where B westerns used to be shot, but are still suitable backdrops for low-budget pornography.
All sorts of improbable events occur in this County Line, much of it looking like "Twilight Zone" action where they seem to have been transported to the Old West (and at another point, The Roaring Twenties). Plenty of it is rather cryptic, such as the appearance of The Clown, who does a weird mime routine taking us briefly into Antonioni or Fellini territory, certainly two classic directors that Spinelli admired.
It all boils down to a quest for the meaning of life, with an enigmatic ending in which Rocco's exhorting to Joey that "Life is not a movie" is called into question.
The girls are very sexy, including starlets like Isis Nile and Chasey Lain early in their careers (both pre-boob enhancement) and one can forgive the pretentiousness of Mitch's script.
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