Meet Myles and Brody, best friends and total opposites. Myles is a hopeless romantic looking for Mr. Right. Brody is a sexy player on the hunt for Mr. Right Now. These two friends make a ... See full summary »
Michael Adam Hamilton,
Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance... See full summary »
Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny) is a well-rounded high school senior with a wonderful girlfriend Claire (Madeline Weinstein) and a bright future ahead of him - and with plans to achieve his ... See full summary »
This ripped-from-the-headlines drama covers the early rise of gay porn headliner Sean Paul Lockhart a.k.a. Brent Corrigan, before his falling out with the producer who made him famous. When Sean decides he'd be better off a free agent, a cash-strapped pair of rival producers aim to cash in by any means possible.
Real-life Luzerne County, Pennsylvania judge -- Michael Conahan -- signed paperwork in 2006 changing the real-life victim Bryan Kocis' charge from sex assault to corruption of minors. As a result of that change, Kocis was not required to be registered as a Megan's Law offender and Cobra Video commenced. Conahan later pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges in relation to the infamous "Kids for Cash" scandal, and is serving 17.5 years in prison for other charges. The Luzerne County scandal, involving Kocis' judge, of sentencing kids to overly-harsh sentences to an out of state facility for cash kickbacks was used in a Law and Order: Special Victims Unit episode 10.20 "Crush". Actress Swoozie Kurtz played the Conahan role of the crooked judge. See more »
For a movie with such lurid subject matter set in such a lurid industry, "King Cobra" is bit....ahem....limp.
There's plenty of drama to be mined from this real life story about a young up-and-coming (excuse the pun) porn star and a murder that he doesn't commit but of which he is indirectly the motive. But the whole thing never works up much heat, and the result is that it feels somewhat irrelevant. I feel guilty for saying that, since a real person was murdered in the middle of this mess, but the film never made me care much about any of the narcissistic people swirling around this film's plot. For what it's worth, the person I cared the most for was the murdered man, a porn producer played in the film's best performance by Christian Slater, of all people. He develops a real character out of this material, and gives a wonderfully sad portrayal of a man past his prime in an industry in which the expiration date on men is much earlier that it is anywhere else. Everyone else plays a caricature, and James Franco in particular hammers another nail in the coffin of my tolerance for him.
Included in the cast but utterly wasted are Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald, as a mom and sister, respectively, but I suppose a movie about the gay porn industry doesn't leave much room for women, does it?
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