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8/10
Is pathological lying hereditary?
22 August 2019
For reasons which defy understanding, Ricky pretends to be a horse novice in order to secure a date with a pretty riding instructor. He could have just asked her to the hayride. He could have just stood there being the beautiful Ricky Nelson and waited for her to flirt with him. But instead, he did exactly what Ozzie does in every episode. He concocted a tall tale to get her into the saddle and take her for a ride. Except for Harriet, these Nelsons never seem to tell the unvarnished truth as their first response to any situation. And this is supposed to be a paragon of wholesomeness. No wonder they live with their parents until retirement age.

And speaking of aging, there's a scene at the end in which Ozzie and Harriet are in bed together. I'm not sure why the Nelsons were allowed one bed when Rob and Laura Petrie had to have two some years later. Maybe Mary Tyler Moore was just considered more prurient than Harriet. In the scene, David and Ricky show up in their pajamas to say goodnight. They are both strapping, fully-grown men (ages 22 and 18) with obvious chest fur sprouting out of the tops of their PJs. And then they turn around and head off to their bedroom, which they still share. And which still has the same two child-sized beds in which they slept when they were eight and twelve. You don't see their room in this episode, but it shows up in the next one and it hasn't changed. Maybe Ozzie's been lying to them about their age.

This episode is only mildly entertaining, but has two songs by Ricky, which makes it worth watching.
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9/10
Oh, Ricky!
20 August 2019
If you're looking for a Hot Ricky episode, The Trophy will do just fine. While David is still wearing the boxy clothing from the first five years of the series, Ricky has graduated to tight jeans and shirts. And where David is buttoned down, Ricky is just unbuttoned. The top three buttons, that is. Maybe he's trying to look sexy, or maybe he's just trying to prove that he's not a little kid anymore, but either way, he's showing a big wedge of thick chest hair. I'm pretty sure that it wouldn't have only been screaming teen-aged girls who tuned in every week to watch him. He completes his transformation by singing a remarkably raunchy version of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On". Not at all the sort of thing that one expects to see on Ozzie & Harriet. But no complaints, either.

The Trophy sees Ozzie trying to prove his athletic prowess, which goes just the way that you would expect. The rest of the Nelson clan show themselves to be a talented family. Ozzie proves that doing nothing but hanging around the house, asking your wife for everything, and eating ice cream is not likely to win any Olympic medals.
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7/10
Jokes already starting to get stale
22 October 2018
Given that the show is ONE 65 year-old joke, it's still remarkably funny. But at this point, they're still dragging some gags from episode to episode to episode. The Clampetts have been getting all their water by dipping a bucket into the cement pond. They make this clear to everyone they meet, meaning Mr. Drysdale and Miss Hathaway, in every episode. They complain about having to tote the water so far into the house. Jed moves the faucet back and forth and complains the the pump won't prime. But at no point does anyone walk over to the sink and turn on one of the taps. The Clampetts at least have an excuse for being clueless. How do these city slickers manage to run a bank if they can't even communicate how to use running water to a couple of hillbillies?
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7/10
Mid-70s campfest
30 May 2018
Anyone who didn't enjoy this probably wasn't around to suffer through that era in television. Unintentional or not, this movie is an effective parody of late-60s through mid-70s 'horror'. All style, no horror. This film sticks to the conventions of pretty much every Movie of the Week and Night Gallery segment. That horrible music was in the background of every television movie of the era, whether it was a romance in Scandinavia or voodoo in New Orleans. Floor-length hostess gowns, towering wigs, boring marriages, too many cocktails, ethnic tokenism...... you name it, every trope from the era is in this film. Katharine Hepburn's niece follows in her aunt's footsteps by playing herself (try to find a Hepburn movie in which she doesn't play a madcap heiress.) Joe Dallesandro does what he does best, which is wandering around half-naked and saying as little as possible. NO ONE wears a pair of low-slung pants like Joe Dallesandro. It would have been much better if there were less horror (the special effects are dire) and more sex (which requires nothing but more Joe Dallesandro not talking.)
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The Room (2003)
1/10
This is why the microwave won't work with the door open
18 November 2017
Imagine that you're driving along a deserted road at night and you see a cat that's been run over but isn't dead yet, and you stop to help, but there's no point in scraping it up and taking it to the vet because it's going to die anyway and you'll just cause it more pain, but you can't quite bring yourself to get the tire iron out of the trunk and put it out of its misery. That feeling is the feeling that you feel while you're watching The Room. At least if you're stupid enough to watch it sober, like I did.

I had gotten the impression that The Room was about a non-actor who tries to act and fails spectacularly. But The Room is actually about a non-human who tries to pass himself off as one of us and doesn't fool anyone. There are plenty of movies with actors who can't act in them. But with the rest of them, you figure that when they're not in front of the camera, they can probably order a burrito without needing some kind of Star Trek universal translator device. If you manage to sit through even a few seconds of the interview with Tommy Wiseau in the Special Features, you'll soon realize that, when he's acting in The Room, he's actually at the peak of his ability to communicate articulately. His incomprehensible 'Schwarzenegger in Hercules in New York' grunting and bellowing is Tommy Wiseau with a crew of 40 professionals backing him up.

And remember when using your microwave oven --- SAFETY FIRST!
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8/10
Highly entertaining campfest
24 November 2015
This was much more entertaining than I expected. The overacting is in a class of its own. The actress who plays Frau Frankenstein chews up the scenery, but the actress who plays Juanita is even more over the top. The wide-eyed reaction shots are beyond what you could expect from even the worst street mime. The fact that her makeup was applied with a wide-tip Sharpie helps. And the vengeful cowboy is no slouch either when it comes to hamming it up. The production values are obviously not high-quality, but better than you'd expect thanks to getting the lab equipment from the original Frankenstein films. The Frankenhouse is the absolutely worst matte painting that I have ever seen. Cal Bolden is everything that you could want in a giant, zombie, muscle slave. When Frau F says, "Igor, go to your room!," she really should have said, "Igor, go to MY room!" And in the scene when she's bitterly complaining about being romantically spurned by Mr. James... and standing next to a musclegod who obeys her every whim... and there's a bed in the background... she really needs to sort out her priorities. I watched it without Mr. Briggs commentary and had a blast.
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Ludwig (1973)
8/10
Beautiful but bloated
11 February 2015
A little bloated, but fantastic performances by Helmut Berger, who chews up the scenery, and Silvana Mangano, who just sits there looking beatific. The music, which seems meant to reinforce Ludwig's obsession with Wagner, is somewhat intrusive. The sets, of course, are Ludwig's own constructions, and quite beautiful in a too-fabulous-to-live way. The costumes tend to overwhelm the actors, making the whole thing a bit costume-drama-ish. The lighting, which is much too bright, unfortunately reinforces the costumeyness. It would be interesting to send it to the lab and give it a more historical lighting tone. Visconti doesn't put any gloss on Ludwig's love for handsome, mostly-naked young men, who make up the bulk of the extras. Fairly daring for 1972, but maybe that was part of Helmut Berger's pay package.
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The Pirates of Penzance (1994 TV Movie)
5/10
Too much slapstick
29 September 2012
The director seems to have been trying to replicate the mood of the Kevin Kline/Rex Smith film version of PoP but ended up turning it into a carnival rather than a musical. The Fabulous Singlettes as General Stanley's daughters was a good gag. They turn their songs into DooWop numbers. They sit around the stage smoking and cackling. They look more like hookers from a Fellini film than the usual bevy of Victorian maidens, but it works.

Apparently, that wasn't enough comedy, because every character in the production plays their part with the broadest slapstick possible. I wouldn't mind .... except that they stop the music to do it. Almost every single song is stopped literally half a dozen times so that the singer(s) can do a pratfall or a gag. The actors playing Frederic and Mabel have very strong voices, and their duets are wonderful. The Pirate King and Ruth are clearly more comfortable with comedy than with singing. The Actor playing General Stanley was the worst. He does his whole part in a fake "old man" voice, and his physical schtick does not work. I actually left the room and washed my dishes while he was singing Major General. And I still didn't miss most of the song. This version is almost half an hour longer than the Kline/Smith version because they just keep stopping the musical to wink-wink-nudge-nudge at the audience.
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The Pirates of Penzance (1980 TV Movie)
9/10
The only thing wrong with this...
19 September 2012
...is that I can't take a time machine back so that I can be there for this performance. The tape is technically sub-par, but it's not that bad. There's a bit of a machine hum for a few minutes and there's a little gargliness in part of the finale. But it's absolutely worth it. I'm a big fan of the film version, but it's like the difference between a blow-up doll and a live person. Patricia Routledge gives a great performance. And in the live show, you realize that Rex Smith has a HUGE voice. This performance is so lively, and the audience is having such a great time. I rented it and then promptly went to Amazon and bought it.
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Lost in Space: The Lost Civilization (1966)
Season 1, Episode 27
Odd even by LIS standards
18 September 2011
Warning: Spoilers
The menfolk take the chariot to search for a water source. Of course, there's a fishing hole within walking distance from the J2 and we know that there's an inland sea. But they go hunting for water anyway. It's unclear how they plan to get this water back to the J2 since they don't have any containers. And they make it clear that if they don't find water, they're all gonna die. But they still go hunting for water anyway.

Now this particular planet has an odd orbit that means that the temperatures go up above the 120s. The intrepid castaways never go hunting for water when the temperatures are moderate. They always wait until just before the season of fiery death. Then they get into their all-Pyrex car and go water hunting.

Stock chariot footage from the meteor shower episode ensues, this time cut with stock footage of lava to denote a volcano. After this episode of volcanism, the robot announces that they're driving over an underground water source. So they promptly drive the chariot right up a hill because when you're drilling for water, you want maximum elevation.

The water turns out to be brackish, so they get back into the Pyrex car. When it gets really hot (because Dr. S has stolen the AC parts) they drive into a cave. Will requests and receives permission to wander aimlessly through an unexplored cave system per standard Robinson parenting. There is a planet-quake, exactly like the last time that they drove into a cave. The quake is bad enough to toss Will and the robot down a mysterious pit which looks like a circular well full of debris from the top and a cave system from the bottom. Dr. R and Maj. W fail to notice the planet quake.

After a few twists and turns, Will and the robot find themselves on Gilligan's Island, only underground and furnished and populated by old Flash Gordon sets and costumes. Dr. R and Maj. W follow them down the hole. During another quake, a boulder rolls toward them, so Dr. R throws Maj. W in the path of the rock while hiding himself under a ledge. Note to Maj. W: back off a little on the Judy thing.

Prodded by the robot, Will kisses a sleeping child. When she awakens, she turns out to be a princess with Ferengi teeth who learned her lines phonetically. They all go to the underground kingdom where Will is supposed to marry the princess so that her major domo Ming the Merciless can unleash a thousand generations of mini-dress clad warriors to conquer the universe, starting with earth. The warriors wield full height weapons, because nothing's easier to shoot than a cross between a floor lamp and a coat rack.

At this point, the show turns into a Benny Hill episode with all the characters chasing each other from the throne room to the torture chamber to the instrument room several times, but sadly without Yakety Sax accompaniment. Eventually, Ming fries, the princess goes back to sleep and the castaways somehow get a two-ton robot out of a vertical pit.
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The Swarm (1978)
8/10
Bees is bees.
28 June 2011
So many questions, so few answers.

The on-screen talent for this film, as of 2011, has ten Oscars. Why did they do this film? Michael Caine might have been early in his career, but Olivia de Havilland? Irwin Allen's resume consists mostly of Lost in Space, Land of the Giants, Time Tunnel and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. How do you go from Gone With The Wind to The Swarm?.....

Why would passenger cars on a train explode when they rolled down a cliff? The cars are being dragged by the locomotive up front. Are all the passengers carrying thermoses full of nitroglycerine and napalm?.....

Why would the school principal allow the children to play outside when they knew that there's a swarm of bees who can kill with a single sting? Okay, I know the answer to this one: so that Olivia de Havilland can smash herself against the window and moan piteously......

Why would the two doctors in the room, when a teen-aged boy who's hooked up to monitoring equipment flatlines, respond by wailing rather than initiating CPR? On a related note, why, when the doctor who's vital to the project goes into cardiac arrest, would the other doctor leave the room for five minutes?.....

Why do Michael Caine and Richard Widmark, in every scene where they're together, yell at each other with three seconds of silence between alternate outbursts?.....

Setting aside the larger question of why you would decide to burn down an entire city to kill some bees - WHO CAN JUST FLY AWAY - why would you send flame-thrower teams to ride up and down the elevators in highrises, torching floors at random with no escape plan and no face coverings to keep the bees off? Okay, I know the answer to this one, too: after a while, it gets pretty boring watching people stung to death, so Irwin Allen decided that he should set them all on fire for the last 20 minutes of the film......

Why didn't Richard Chamberlain have a bigger career?.....

Did Irwin Allen slip LSD to the actors to get the interviews in the 'Making Of' special? Because both Michael Caine and Olivia de Havilland carry on a bit about how this film is really a public service documentary sort of thing because killer bees are real!!! And Olivia really sells it. Ben Jonson, on the other hand, actually says, "Bees is bees.".....

The Swarm is by far the most entertaining piece of inexplicable schlock that I've watched this year.
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10/10
A seminal example of the filmmaker's art
18 September 2009
I saw this in San Francisco when it first came out, at one of the theaters on Market Street. The theater was packed, which was not, I think, the norm for weekday matinées of porn films. Needless to say, you feel like you're in danger of getting poked in the eye through the whole thing. Roger, in particular, almost hit the back wall of the theater. Although the stars were some of the most popular gay porn stars of all time, nobody in the theater seemed to regard it as an erotic experience. Everyone was laughing hysterically. When you see a regular film in 3D, you always have the impression that they've gone off mission by sticking things right into the camera and squirting things at it. It seems like the natural course of events in this film, so maybe it's time for a gay 3D porn renaissance.
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Oddly entertaining.
8 July 2008
On the minus side, it appears to have been filmed on a cell phone, the sound was processed in an underwater echo chamber (apparently the transfer process overlays Mandarin and Cantonese tracks) and the subtitles were created by someone who is clearly not a native English speaker. And there's a scene in blackface which keeps referring to African-Americans as negroes. On the plus side, Kaneshiro Takeshi. And it's a sort of charming window into lowbrow Hong Kong humor. Did I mention Kaneshiro Takeshi? It's more reminiscent of Benny Hill than martial arts. How else can you explain Sammy Ho being chased by the hot office chick? Interestingly, the final shoot-out, punch-out, knife-out turns seamlessly into the rap party. And Kaneshiro Takeshi is in it.
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I like big sheep and I cannot lie.
6 July 2008
For the first, say, 85 minutes, I couldn't make heads or tails out of this film. It appears to be a lost episode of the Brady Bunch where they wake up and discover themselves in a lost episode of Gunsmoke where they all wake up and find themselves in a lost episode of Night Gallery. I get why the hookers wear Victorian get-ups, but why does the visiting financier wear a Wild, Wild West outfit while trying to close a business deal? Most realistic dump ever. Coolest movie monster ever. It looks like a huge plushie that got caught in a fan and half skinned. And sheepy got back! Somehow, the last five minutes of this extraordinarily aimless film turned it into an existentialist allegory and it all seemed perfectly sensible. Except maybe the white plastic casket at the dog's funeral and, of course, the pie eating contest.
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Samurai Deeper Kyo (2002– )
6/10
Poor man's Inuyasha
11 April 2008
Although reasonably entertaining, Samurai Deeper Kyo bears more than a passing resemblance to the much better Inuyasha. The (anti)hero has a violent history but is conflicted and ambiguous about being nice to people. He has a posse of sidekicks who wander around using their special skills to kill half-demons. There's a girl who moons over the hero even when he acts like a tool. Unfortunately, it isn't nearly as well written as Inuyasha. The plot is convoluted and confusing. There are way, way, way too many characters and too many of them look alike. Yuya-san, despite carrying a pistol, is a much bigger doormat than Inuyasha's Kagome. On the plus side, the story includes many real people, including Tokugawa Ieyasu, Tokugawa Hidetada and Hattori Hanzo. And in SDK, one of the main characters is a gender-bender, so there's a bit more homo-erotic subtext.
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8/10
Simplified Chushingura
19 November 2007
Since the 1962 "Chushingura - Hana no maki yuki no maki" is one of my favorite films, I was expecting this to compare unfavorably, but I really enjoyed it. Keeping the focus on Oishi gives a really different flavor than the true ensemble structure of Chushingura. I think that reducing the number of major characters makes it a little easier to understand, but if you didn't grow up hearing the story, it's going to be a bit confusing. How fantastic would it be if there were a separate film telling the story from the perspective of each of the 47 ronin? It's quite beautifully filmed and makes good use of color to set the mood, particularly with the white funerary costumes at the end. I actually liked the 70's wawa music at the beginning, partly because it made me think of Lone Wolf and Cub.
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7/10
Sci-fi beefcake
17 November 2007
An entertaining piece of low budget schlock. Despite the cheesy production values, it's quite well done. A zombified, hairy chested scientist, denied the opportunity to wear a shirt after his pseudodemise, is impregnated with alien sea monkeys, clearly an homage to the ads inside comic books of the era. Why is it that, when Roger Corman is involved, there's a always a shirtless, hairy chested scientist, e.g. Giant Leeches, Crab Monsters? I don't get it, but thanks a million, Roger. The plot and characters are no worse than in any other sci-fi from the fifties and all the actors are veterans of genre TV and movies. The lighting is sometimes good, the score is theremin heavy with an occasional moment of Felliniesque jauntiness. The monster is post-nuclear Sesame Street, but after all the money spent on the sea monkey x-ray scene, you can't have everything. If you pay attention to the opening title sequence, you'll note that the rocket ship separates from its booster rocket and looks amazingly like the space shuttle. Sometimes they get it right.
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Red Lion (1969)
10/10
This movie is crazy good!
30 October 2007
I can't believe that I've never seen this before, because it ranks with the finest in Japanese cinema. The ensemble cast of crazy, frequently snaggle-toothed actors is superb. These people steal scenes from Mifune Toshiro! That takes talent. Mifune is stellar as always, but the sassy pie-faced hooker, the oily existentialist assassin and the smarmy anxious deputy are amazing as well. Although the film is mostly played for comedy, the ending is as moving as anything that cinema has to offer. A film about very particular people in a claustrophobic little village suddenly becomes an epic metaphor for sweeping political and economic change in Japan. Oh, and I'll be singing that song for a month.

The DVD is also stellar. The subtitles are color coded by character to keep you from getting confused, and you have a choice between full titles and stripped down ones. The liner notes even include a bibliography! Plus the animeigo website has additional liner notes for the film. That's love.
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10/10
Superb and ruthless
23 September 2007
I'm bursting with good things to say about this film. Japan's (maybe the world's) greatest actor playing one of Japan's greatest heroes is already goosebump inducing. In fact, all of the cast is stellar. As the other comments have pointed out, if you don't know the story of the Shinsengumi, you're at a disadvantage. This is a sort of Japanese Iliad, a real life story of heroism and tragedy. Everybody in Japan knows the names of the leaders of the Shinsengumi in the way that American children learn about George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. The good news is that the DVD program notes are fairly encyclopedic. They cover the major characters, places and events. Serizawa's entry mentions that "his hobbies include drawing, long fights on the beach and driving foreign invaders from his homeland."

The film starts out well by including the ugliness of the Wolves of Mibu period. Hijikata is portrayed in a very dark way. Toward the end, Kondo actually says that Hijikata did all the dirty work so that Kondo could keep his hands (and soul) clean. Even though the Shinsengumi are the heroes, there is a point where you will be yelling at Hijikata to commit seppuku. The shogunate is a mess and you end up rooting for Kondo's devotion to the shogunal party at the same time that you want the shogunate to dry up and blow away. The film manages to be nuanced and yet get you jumping up and down yelling at your television.

The production is beautiful, everything that you would want a samurai film to be. The costumes of the Shinsengumi are semi-accurate, unlike the beautiful but wrong ones in Gohatto. Although the pattern is correct in this film, the real colors were much more lurid. In real life, they must have looked like a troop of murderous peacocks as they charged through Kyoto. The exterior shots are gorgeous and the interior shots are lovely as well, although everybody seems to have brand new tatami at every point throughout the movie.
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6/10
I heart henchmen
21 September 2007
The really amazing thing about this movie is that almost everybody in it ended up having a career. In real films and television shows that you've actually heard of. Seriously, follow the links. I guess that you have to start somewhere. The good news is that there are lots of hot, hairy-chested, black guys in skin tight, low cut outfits. The bad news is that Rudy Ray Moore isn't one of them. He's a bit of a middle-aged blob, and he probably should have kept his man-boobs covered instead of jiggling them in my face. There, I said it. The other amazing thing is that, when the credits roll, there about three actors and about 300 dancers - disco dancers, disco skaters, featured disco dancers, featured disco skaters. Really. Which probably explains why the reporters at the press conference looked suspiciously like the featured disco dancers. Anyway, I think the moral of the story is that you're supposed to smoke angel dust before you watch the movie.
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Fruits Basket (2001)
9/10
Totally sweet - totally pervy
2 September 2007
At first, this seems like a Japanese cartoon version of Pollyanna. But after a few episodes, it becomes wildly gender-bending. Boys are in love with boys, but that doesn't stop them from running erotic cosplay shops filled with stewardess uniforms. Or from hitting on high school girls. The 'responsible' member of the family writes hentai novels. Several of the characters are at least part-time transvestites. Others are actually the opposite of the gender that they present to the world. Even the regular humans are pretty edgy. One is an ex-member of a violent girl gang, the other a creepy psychic goth chick. The important thing is that they all have great hair. The drawing style is nice. Important moments are highlighted with frames in quite different drawing styles - calligraphy, basic black and white, or juvenile (well more juvenile) versions of the characters. It keeps it visually interesting. The animal versions of the characters, in very simple style, are poignantly expressive. And if you like ginger boys, Kyo is hot!
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Querelle (1982)
10/10
Fractal filthy fun
13 July 2007
I saw this in the theater when it was first released and it remains my favorite Fassbinder film. I frequently find Fassbinder quite preachy, but with Querelle, he just lets the action unfold like a contagious disease infecting the viewer's mind with its rapturous toxins. If the director had tried to turn Genet's "novel" into a linear story, it would have been a disaster. Instead, it's a bizarre mishmash of voice-over narration, written narration and strange, almost ritualized acting. And it's far more erotically charged than any porn film. The visuals, particularly Brad Davis, are so superbly composed that nothing else really matters. Except, of course, Jeanne Moreau singing "Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves". Fassbinder makes a compelling argument that sex and violence go together as well as cake and ice cream. If you don't love perversion for its own sake, this won't be the film for you.
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5/10
Less like Shakespeare, more like Jerry Springer.
24 May 2007
Curse of the Golden Flower suffers from a common cinematic ailment: none of the characters is likable, so who cares what happens to them. Throw us a bone here and give us somebody to root for. Plus, what is happening to Zhang Yimou? Every movie he does comes out shinier and less substantial than the last one. Flying Daggers seemed technicolor compared to Hero, but Curse is blinding. What with the cleavage and the costumes and the cleavage and the hot pink sets and the cleavage and the fight scenes and the cleavage - what exactly was the point of the whole thing? This film seems oddly reminiscent of The Lion in Winter. Except that I don't speak Mandarin, so I have no idea if the dialog is brilliant. But I'm guessing no. Li Gong sweats a lot. Wait for the 30 Second Bunnies version.
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Shortbus (2006)
10/10
So much sex and so unsexy
22 April 2007
This movie is not about the sex. It is, however, very graphic. In fact, one of the characters pops a wad into his own mouth in the first five minutes. So if that's going to puncture your serenity, don't rent it. And especially don't rent it and then whine about how you were offended by it. The sex, however, is only titillating for about five minutes before the mood of the film really becomes clear. It's much more about despair than it is about lust. The characters in the film are grasping for life and meaning in their lives and John Cameron Mitchell uses sex as a metaphor for that. It's really very sweet in a bonerlicious kinda way. There's suffering and redemption. There's sodomy and sex toys. What more do you want?
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Poster Boy (2004)
7/10
Satisfying but laden with directorial 'auteur' moments
16 April 2007
I started out disliking this, but ended up rather enjoying it. The cinema verite style was very hard for me to get past. It seems really contrived, particularly because several of the characters were absolute caricatures. The senator and his wife were cartoonishly unambiguous and the bitter friend seemed like unnecessary set dressing. Comedically evil right wing conservative and hand-held cam make for strange bedfellows. I came around during the Palm Springs hooker scene, just because it didn't go for the obvious gambit. That did cut the potential smarminess of the whole coming out agenda. The narrative convention of the reporter and protagonist is also absurdly contrived. Having said those things, Jack Noseworthy really puts the thing over. If he smiled at me, I'd probably throw my whole life away, too. Ultimately, the movie isn't really about gayness or politics. It's about grown children allowing, or not allowing, their parents to control them.
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