• Flossie

    Flossie

    Here’s some generic soft-X fluff from the Swedish director of the once-notorious I, a Woman (1965). The plot: a diplomat seduces an inexperienced young Swedish girl, and they regale each other with stories from their erotic lives. “There was one time when I was living in a room with four other girls…” etcetera etcetera. Turns out there’s also a mysterious older rich woman who is manipulating both their fates (spoiler). Contains a few visible boners.

    I kinda liked this. I’m not made of stone.

  • Magic Spot

    Magic Spot

    ★★★★½

    God almighty, I'm tearing up at the end of a Farley/Roxburgh movie!

  • Joe Piscopo: A Night at Club Piscopo

    Joe Piscopo: A Night at Club Piscopo

    "I always admired the early rap artists like Run-DMC."

  • The Joe Piscopo Special
  • Keyholes Are for Peeping

    Keyholes Are for Peeping

    As soon as the American Genre Film Archive's beautiful new Doris Wishman Blu-Ray collection hit my mailbox, I knew that I immediately needed to see Sammy Petrillo in high-definition. Yes, almost 20 years after Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla, America's greatest Jerry Lewis impersonator united with one of the most demented skinflick stylists to create film history.

    Sammy has long, unkempt hair and is constantly photographed in brutal, unforgiving close-ups. He stars as a wacky gentleman who lives with…

  • Escape from Hellhole

    Escape from Hellhole

    Indonesian women-in-prison trash. The plot: a naive, virginal country girl comes to the big city and finds herself in the clutches of a pimp. She can either submit to him, or ensure torture and degradation at his women’s prison. She chooses the latter, and ultimately leads an uprising, etcetera etcetera.

    Mostly slow and tedious, but it does rouse itself for a big finale. Unpleasant, but also not grimy enough to stand out. Conspicuously lacking nudity, which is something I figure that you animals and scoundrels will want to know. Shot in brightly-lit widescreen, so at least it’s not a huge chore to look at.

  • Memory

    Memory

    It's interesting to witness the entire life cycle of a major political issue. Take, for example, the U.S. border crisis and the "kids in cages" we heard so much about a few years ago. We don't hear about it much anymore from politicians, but the subject is central to Liam Neeson's latest action movie. The main villain is Monica Bellucci as a high-powered El Paso businesswoman who owns the camps, which her Hunter Biden-esque failson is using as a private…

  • Night Hunger

    Night Hunger

    In the brief period of porno chic the followed Deep Throat, Gerard Damiano tried to make porn films that would be taken seriously as art. A decade later, with porno chic long gone and video on the verge of taking over, he was still making downbeat porno mood pieces, bless him.

    The structuring scenes of this vignette film feature Jerry Butler as a patron at a roadside diner, where the bartender tells him stories of the insatiable family that once…

  • Blacklight

    Blacklight

    I decided to check in on the Liam Neeson assembly line to see if the machinery is still in good working order. What I found was not encouraging.

    The noteworthiest thing about this low-rent offering is its effort to tap into the zeitgeist: an AOC-like politician is killed, a CIA whistleblower is on the lam, and a young WOC journalist is trying to expose a Deep State conspiracy to "kill innocent people." Neeson is a no-questions-asked CIA op who slowly…

  • Passing Strangers

    Passing Strangers

    An early credit for future Buddies director Arthur J. Bressan Jr., this exists near the films of Wakefield Poole and Fred Halstead at the intersection of gay porn and underground art films. Set in San Francisco, it tells a love story between an 18-year-old high school student trying to break into the city's gay life, and a 28-year-old veteran o the city's bathhouses and cruising spots. The first half, in which they communicate only through letters, is in black and…

  • Bob Dylan 65 Revisited

    Bob Dylan 65 Revisited

    No documentary can ever capture the full truth of a subject, because there's not enough time in a 90-minute movie. But even if you have 60 cameras whirring for 24/7 that still wouldn't capture the full truth of a subject because it would just be raw footage. The footage itself doesn't necessarily capture the energy in a room or the tensions that go unsaid. It takes a smart filmmaker to convey these energies through editing - and even then, what…

  • Getting to Dylan

    Getting to Dylan

    Coming a little over 20 years after Don't Look Back, this British made-for-TV documentary explicitly positions itself as a sequel-in-spirit. The film follows Bob Dylan as he makes a rare foray into acting with Hearts of Fire, a little-remembered flop directed by Richard Marquand and co-starring Rupert Everett. In the opening moments, Dylan arrives at Heathrow, wearing dark glasses and carrying an air of gloom with him. We see him at a press conference, where the reporters have, if anything,…