Thursday, March 12, 2015

Massive movie report

I don't care how you feel about porn, about Larry Flynt, or Hustler magazine.  There is no denying the impact on our society both for good and for ill that Flynt and Hustler have had.  On one hand they actually showed us what Playboy wouldn't and what Penthouse only reluctantly did after Flynt came along.  Flynt's court battles against censorship and his defense of the first amendment are stuff of legend and we're a better country for all the battles he fought.  This documentary shows what putting out Hustler magazine was like from the inside, it's told by the staff, the publisher, the photographers, and some of the models who appeared in the magazine.  It's a fast paced well told doc and I highly recommend it to the non squeamish who don't mind frank talk about sex and seeing naked bodies.

A young just married couple go off on their honeymoon but something goes wrong when the wife takes a walk in the woods by herself.  

This one is an eerie tale that holds it's cards close to the vest until the very end.  It doles out information slowly and it builds to a pretty creepy cool climax.  Both leads shine in this film and you know it had to be a tough shoot for both of them since they are in nearly every shot and many of the shots are full of raw emotion and suspense.  I highly recommend this one. 

This one is a film that wants to be a creepy suspenseful thriller but it comes off more as an excuse to show off the body and budding sexuality of it's young  nubile female lead.  I'm not complaining because she's really hot but the film suffers a bit because they wanted to cram her hotness in at the expense of plot and storytelling.  The film tells the story of a young girl who's mother goes missing, it delves into how she copes and how those around her react to the disappearance and investigation into it.  It kept me interested but I felt they could have done better if they had focused more on the plot and less on the female lead's body.  Still, I recommend it.

Paul Williams was everywhere in the 1970's.  On the radio, in movies, on TV, he was omnipresent.  He wrote some of the most iconic songs of the '70's and he wrote and recorded a ton more.  If you threw a rock, you'd hit him or one of his songs.  Then he just dropped off the public radar in the 1980s.  It turns out he spent many years kicking a drug and alcohol habit and he became a treatment counselor, in addition to still singing and performing, albeit on a smaller stage under a smaller spotlight.  This unorthodox documentary tells his and his documentarian's story of what became of Williams, what he's up to now, and his friendship with the film's director.  It's a bit meandering at times but it's still enjoyable.

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