Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Quickie Reviews!! March 2010 Edition Part 1!!

Holy Guacamole y'all...it's been too long. I have no excuses other than a combination of business, laziness, and mind-numbing experiences that made me want to shut out the internet. And in the meantime, I managed to accrue 100 followers - yippee! Rest assured, though, I have been diligently watching films, and have quite a few that I'm reserving for the full GGG treatment. For now, though, you will have to put up with some interim quickies. Drum roll please...

Obsessed (Dir. Martin & Martin, 1977)

This is one of those flicks that people kept telling me I would love, and I had to see. Well, it is rather impressive, and it has my beloved John Leslie in a starring role, alongside the wonderful pairing of Constance Money (Misty Beethoven herself) and Annette Haven. I won't give too much away, but the story centers around John and Constance (playing the titular Anna) having relationship issues, particularly in the bedroom. After Anna is raped, things take a curious turn as Anna starts hanging out with Annette (in an impressive and slightly creepy performance). This film is disturbing, intelligent, and manages to mingle eroticism with some pretty dark content.

River Rock Women's Prison (Dir. Kathryn Annelle, 2009)

I had been hotly anticipating this film for months, so when it finally arrived in the mail, I watched it immediately. Unfortunately, I turned it off after about 45 mins. I'm kinda ashamed to admit this, but I wouldn't be being true to myself if I lied - I didn't like this movie in terms of either narrative or sex. I'm starting to think there is a type of feminist porn that simply isn't my style. There were elements I liked, but this isn't the "narrative" film I was expecting - I was hoping for something linear, but instead it was much more stylized than I like. I appreciate that these films are being made - I'm always in favor of diversity of genres - but I guess this one just isn't for me. Still think Syd Blakovich is hot though...

A Thousand and One Erotic Nights (Dir. Stephen Lucas, 1982)

I went into this with low expectations due to a lukewarm review in my Robert Rimmer X-Rated Videotape Guide, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Starring the glorious John Leslie and Annette Haven, this adaptation of 1001 Nights, more commonly known as Arabian Nights, follows the original text very closely. A ruler (Leslie) decides to bed a woman a night for 1001 nights, but to kill the woman in the morning, so crafty Scheherazade (Haven) tells him stories that end in a cliffhanger in order to forge a bind between them and stave off execution. Of course, this leads to lots of fun, elegant, and erotic representations of the stories she tells. I really enjoyed this film - the cast is great, and it's filmed well. I have no earth-shattering analyses for y'all - it's just good.

Dog Walker (Dir. John Leslie, 1994)

This is another one people kept telling me to watch, so I finally watched it. This is an impressive film, and not just because it's a good film made during the video era (on a side note, I have a real soft spot for pornos that advertise proudly that they're shot on film). I can't really explain the plot, but it's to do with a young, babyfaced Steven St. Croix trying to get out of a mob-type ring he's involved in. He keeps seeing this woman walking a dog, and as he is being threatened by a mob boss, things start blurring between reality and fantasy. If that sounds vague, it's because I watched it a while ago, and I don't think I fully understood what was going on. Visually striking though, and ambitious in all the right places. It was also nice to see John and Jamie in their twilight years, looking handsome as always.

Candy Stripers (Bob Chinn, 1978)

A notorious classic that I've never seen, this is a film that also seems to be regarded as fluff. Call me crazy, but I thought this was a work of fucking genius! The "candy stripers servicing the patients" plot is played totally straight, as though sexual activity is the norm, and there is plentiful witty and deadpan dialogue, performed with admirable ease by everyone involved. I loved this film. One thing that struck me as interesting is that the film somehow manages to straddle a world where sex is seen as an everyday, normal thing, at the same time as it's a world where sex is still naughty and frowned upon. I'm not quite sure how they managed this, but it worked. Oh, and the original soundtrack kicks ass.


Jimmy said...

Two film that I really like in your post today. Anna Obsessed is really good even if the rape is hard to watch in the uncut version, but the end sure take me by surprise. Candy Strippers is a fun one to watch when we don't want to think too much, but the decision to not reinsert the cut footages in the film isn't too bright (demand a little more works to replace them in the film to see it as it is supposed to be seen). I will have to check 1001 Erotic Nights someday, the trailer on the Synapse compilation made me curious.

Don't excuse yourself for the few update... I have the very same problem.

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X-Ray Specs said...

I know I've seen Candy Stripers, but I just can't remember anything except the title. That's one advantage of getting old, you forget what you've seen and can watch it again as if for the first time :-)

Gore-Gore Girl said...

Jimmy - glad you liked those two. I actually thought Candy Stripers was more intelligent than any review I've read has given it credit for. There is some really clever dialogue in that movie.

DC - no problem!

Mr. X-Ray - ha, that's true! For me, I could have seen a movie last week and remember nothing about it. Sigh...

BlackSix said...

The original theme song for Candy Stripers blew my mind. Only if they did the same thing today, actually producing that theme probably cost the whole budget of your average porno these days!

Pius said...

I love Candy Strippers too and I really liked your point about the dual nature of sex in the film, it being both forbidden and omnipresent. I've found the same dynamic in some Victorian pornography and it is a magical thing when it's pulled off well.


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