11 posts categorized "Porn"

May 21, 2015

LOVE — CANNES 2015

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The pornographic  “Love” is a 3D sexploitation movie made by a filmmaker unaware of the genre that he’s working in. Noe, the genius behind such groundbreaking examples of provocative social satire as “I Stand Alone” and “Irreversible,” has made a film so sophomoric that it boggles the mind.

It is amazing that this dross came from the same person who created “Enter the Void,” one of the most visually and viscerally challenging films of the last 20 years. (That movie is currently streaming on Netflix.)



Marketed as Noe’s supposed dream project since his days in film school, the "semi-autobiographical" “Love” is meant to display the reality of “sentimental sensuality” via “blood, tears, and cum.”

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Semen is by far the most plentiful of the three fluids shown on, and off-screen, when you consider the graphic bit in which Noe takes obvious advantage of the 3D process to break the proscenium window with a load of gooey spunk. I get it: this single image is enough provocation to elevate “Love” to cult status out of the gate. So be it. 

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Featureless no-name actor Karl Glusman plays the director’s younger alter ego Murphy, an always-horny American studying filmmaking in Paris. Murphy (yes, "Murphy's law” is the trite allusion that Noe is compelled to spell out in block letters) is a miserable soul whose passion for cinema means that he wears an olive-green Army jacket just like the one Robert De Niro wore as Travis Bickle in “Taxi Driver.” Posters from such divisive films as Pier Paolo Pasolini's “Salo” and “Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein” adorn Murphy’s small Parisian pad, which he shares with Omi (Klara Kristin), the mother of his son Gaspar (yes, really), courtesy of a broken condom.

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Not only is there not a single empathetic character in the movie, but the ostensibly character-defining, formally explicit sex acts that Noe films (primarily from above in a pictorial framing style), illuminate fewer aspects of personality traits than you would find in a typical sample of homemade porn.

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“Love” premiered at Cannes (2015), a festival certain to include at least one salacious picture per year. In 2003, Vincent Gallo’s “The Brown Bunny” sent critics groaning over its gratuitous oral sex scene between Chloe Sevigny and Gallo. “Brown Bunny” certainly isn’t any better than “Love,” but it was mercifully shorter at 93 minutes.

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“Love’s” arduous running time is 130 interminable minutes. Another difference is that no one expected much from Vincent Gallo as a filmmaker, who had only made one film (“Buffalo 66”) before “Brown Bunny.” The situation is considerably different for Noe, who is likely to discover that even his staunchest supporters will find little to admire, much less love, in a film that feels more like a student film project than a movie by an experienced filmmaker.

“Love” represents the one of the biggest examples of regression for any filmmaker in recent history.

What a mess.

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Not Rated. 130 mins. 

Zero Stars

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November 18, 2013

BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL!

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Bettie Page Reveals AllBettie Page’s remarkable life and cultural influence is exhaustively explored, commented upon, and celebrated in a documentary that serves as the end all and be all on the subject thanks to the famous pin-up girl’s own retelling of her life-story.

Documentarian Mark Mori leaves no stone unturned in providing a treasure-trove of archive photos and clips from Bettie’s photo-shoots and movies, along with other era-appropriate footage and illustrations, to underscore Bettie’s late-life narration — culled from a series of audio interviews she gave the filmmaker before her death in 2008.

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Bettie’s trademark bangs and naughty-but-nice modeling style is illustrated and discussed in the context of America’s repressive sexual mores and violent times of the ‘50s when she started posing for private camera clubs. By the time she posed for Hugh Hefner as a Playboy playmate in 1955, Bettie was already famous as the Queen of the Pinups.

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Perhaps the film’s greatest gift is that Mori never shows Bettie Page in her time-ravaged older incarnation, but rather allows her charismatic leathery voice to give candid descriptions of the events before, during, and after her becoming famous as a fetishized bondage model.

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Bettie Page’s illustrious career and legacy lives on. “Bettie Page Reveals All!” contributes heartily to her rich tradition as a feminist rebel with a cause. Many will continue to copy and emulate her liberated attitude and style, but there will always only ever be one Bettie Page.

Rated R. 101 mins.

5 Stars

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June 16, 2013

FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY

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Far Out Isn't Far Enough“Far Out Isn’t Far Enough” is everything a good documentary should be.

Captivating, informative, shocking, and entertaining, Brad Bernstein’s dynamic exposé traces the lifelong struggles of multi-disciplined artist Tomi Ungerer — a man brimming with so much charisma, you can’t help but fall under his spell.

At one time the most famous children’s book author in America, Ungerer’s twisting path — from a child growing up in Nazi-occupied Alsace, France to becoming an enormously successful illustrator, political cartoonist, and author in ‘50s and ‘60s New York — Ungerer’s remarkable artistic output in so many fields practically ensured his eventual exile from America.

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His gift for erotic drawing — he published many imaginative books of erotica — became a sticking point for puritanical American critics who effectively blacklisted him overnight when his “multiple activities” were exposed at a children’s book convention for the American Library Association where Ungerer was invited to speak.

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Members of the crowd physically attacked the artist, prompting him to give back verbally the pain that was inflicted on his body. The damage was done. Even his supporters — including such luminaries as Jules Feiffer and Maurice Sendak — were unable to prevent Ungerer’s children’s books from being pulled from American libraries.

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Few artists have so fiercely and eloquently tilled the soil in the “no-man’s land between good and bad” as Tomi Ungerer. Here is a bold cinematic portrait of one of the most honest and talented artists you could ever hope to meet.

Not Rated. 98 mins.

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