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Lost Lagoon (1957)
Surprisingly well-made tale
Very "Mid-Century" for those who love all things mid-cent, this should be the icon film of that era, truly. From the title and summary you may imagine this to be an escapist picture - that it is not. Whomever budgeted this film wisely went with a great director, editor instead of placing the money on the talent - using actors that are not top billers. Very watchable stuff, with plot that is not only believable, but fraught with real-life dilemmas and moral questions. Ending delightful, although unexpected!
** Spoiler Stuff Ahead**: The ending confirms the character of Charlie - our castaway in the picture, who reverts back to his good old self- instead of choosing the fantasy world concoction. And you know what? the wife LOVES him- despite his shortcomings, despite his unfaithfulness- and he goes back to her in the end- an actual good ending - for those who are of the persuasion to "do the right thing, even if it costs you".. You might cheer and laugh out loud at the "Jerk Overboard!" in the last few minutes of the film - but you will sneer at the corny "one long, last look" Charlie and his young fling give to each other from afar - for that I took one star rating away.
That Brennan Girl (1946)
One film that got me weeping & blubbering
Oh what a fine film. Girl with the WORST mother in history- a trashy, deceptive narcissist who almost ruins her daughter by selfishly assuming she'd continue in her mother's footsteps. She teaches her teen daughter how to apply lipstick- to be used as a tool to capture innocent men to scam them out of their money- at least that's how the "mother" sees it. Her daughter, Ziggy, manages to find and marry a perfect man who is killed in action, leaving her a widow with an enchanting baby: "Button-nose". Ziggy is cheated out of her child by lying, evil persons - the juvenile authorities granting Ziggy one way window visits with that adorable pumpkin, watching her child's "first steps" from afar had me blubbering, not many films cause me to shed tears like that. Every character in this movie is their own character- every personality developed, you feel for them, cheer for them, hate them and love them. SO worth watching!! The babies alone- oh man, what fabulous direction!!! How did they get that baby to follow directions? It was great. And- GOOD ending. A great movie for anyone who loves miracles, Irish mothers, babies, and who has experienced deception. What lies can do to a woman!
The Glass Mountain (1949)
BEAUTiful cinema, perfectly acted/directed
A memorable film- for it's perfection. Scenes in this film- namely, Alida's mountain holler for help (upon discovering unconscious plane crash victim) to skiers high up on the horizon, the gorgeous scene of skiers practically flying to her call, in fabulous Dolomite mountain range. This is one of those unforgettable films- a typical 1940s love story film, but beautiful all the same. Wonderfully cast, directed and acted. Lovely, lovely film/
UNFunny, UN-smart, UNinspired, the players do not have the savoir faire nor the education or background to create wise references. The timing is all off- it is tired, plastic and basically ruined MST3K. Either make it well, or do not bother at all. They bothered.
Good God, what a corny stinker.
This is one of those "made for TV movies" that might show on Lifetime. Shelley Long is in it. That should warrant a minus one star at least. She's too unattractive to get the casting couch, so she must get gigs based on what stinky pieces of crap she takes- this is one.
This is a film you sit around with the family and laugh at, not with.
She's single, and being courted by a millionaire dude, who wants to gentrify/build up a crummy, disenfranchised part of town with a "new theater, shops, and restaurants- it will bring hundreds of jobs to the town!" he gushes, but Shelley Long's character opposes with "Well, what about the community center??" So, a dingy community center for poor kids (who's parents are probably out of work) in the crummy part of town is a BETTER and more ethical idea than bringing jobs to the city and sprucing up that part of town?! Good Gracious.
This stinker has "cancer girl" (in all of these A Very Special Episode type deals) with the dark circles under her eyes. I wonder what miracle Santa will bring her? It has the "evil rich developer against the kids community center" plot, it has the "Santa" character - is he, or ISN'T he..a real Santa? Ugh I won't go on. This is so awful, so corny, I can't bear to write more here.
Absolutely BRILLIANT- Michael Showalter, comedic genius of our time
Showalter is a genius, a genius! Just thigh slapping, tear-jerking laughs throughout that won't stop.
My only complaint, and it's a biggie: Janeane Garofalo's HORRID cosmetic surgery. She looks as if she is a face-transplant survivor, you've seen them, they get some cadaver's face onto their own, and it just hangs there perpetually suspended and creepy. Well, that's what Garofalo's face looks like. It was so distracting, in every scene she's in I could do nothing but gape at her awful poor face. I don't think she was capable of making any expression except stunned apathy- if that is an emotion, that's hers. Her mouth is like Mr. Toads in a perpetual frown. In the very last episode, she manages to grin!! How did that happen? She must have gotten some special anti-toxin injection, as it was the sole instant in the entire series where I saw her face other than deadpan.
Studio One: The Last Summer (1958)
Whoa, what a show. And, these were live.
Westinghouse's "Studio One" are little gem- er, let's call them diamonds, because I'm tired of seeing the descriptive "gems" so much. Studio One has been airing on the "Decades" network 11pm Pacific. I've been scheduling my evenings around this show. Guys, these shows were LIVE. The audio to the programs is not as good as you'd like, it's muffled and hard to decipher, no closed captioning, keep your ears tuned.
His father died after losing everything in a financial failure, leaving his mother to take in sewing and "Harry" working as a bicycle paper boy earning "sixteen dollars and eighty cents a week> I have five hundred saved up in a box under my bed that I'm saving for when I go away to school" he tells a girl just down for the summer. The "summer girl" from the city, "Harry" confides in her "we used to be 'summer people' too, y'know, just like.. your family.. then the banks failed and dad lost everything and we... we lost all our money." There's a dance. "Please come", she tells him. He spends too much money on a new jacket for the dance, upsetting and concerning his seamstress mother: "I could have taken in one of your father's old jackets! $18 dollars! Harry, that is eighteen dollars out of the only five-hundred dollars that has to last you a WHOLE YEAR while you're away at school!".
The city girl has a birthday party. "Harry" does something just unthinkable and terribly regrettable that could, well probably will- alter his life forever. "Harry" does a very stupid thing that even etiquette books today warn people not to do. A thing that isn't scandalous, it's just using very poor judgment and not thinking.
The character playing his mother says something to him, that is just heartbreaking in the last ten minutes of the show that sums it all up. Don't miss it.
I gotta say, Dennis Hopper is absolutely remarkable in this. It is unbelievable really, just how good he is. What a perfect vehicle this was for him, well, you'll see it if you view this episode. He is so natural and so much the character, he is the character. Very well cast, well acted, everything. You cringe with Hopper, you want to cry with his mother, you are there because you feel just what the director (John Frankenheimer, who being born in 1930 would have made him a young man at only 28 when he directed this, pure genius he was) wants you to feel.
If you get the chance to own a set of these, or download a set off of public domain if available it would be a wise investment. What a change in content we have now in 2017 than the TV audiences had sixty years ago. Imagine this show being on the air prime time now and live to boot.
The Belstone Fox (1973)
Ahab and the White Whale
Ratings: All films are given ten, then stars are removed per errors- such as bad acting, direction, writing, dialogue etc. I found no egregious errors, nor inexcusable ones in this film.
This film has not been seen by your humble reviewer in over 35 long years. One of the nostalgia over-the-air networks aired it this evening, a rarely aired (& I believe, not available on DVD? possibly out of print on VHS) film. British cinema of the 1970s is a lot like pizza: always good, even if it's bad it's still edible. The Belstone Fox is one of those typical '70s era memorable and good films you will never forget.
The plot is the man vs. mythical enemy, in this case Tag the fox as the whale. Ahab/Asher actually helped wean it, his hunting dog brought it home discovering the helpless kit, it's mother was savagely killed by local men in her own den while she was nursing her kits. The fox isn't magic, just wily and intelligent as most wild creatures can be. That is one of the heavy, morbid scenes in the film, there is one other and it goes on for what seems a tortuous eternity:
***spoiler alert ahead*** "Tag" the fox led one of the hunting party's pack into the path of a train. It's very distressing and I thought, quite realistic. Now, suspend disbelief, it's possible (even dialogue in the film supports this) that the train carnage was not by design and just a tragic, if not coincidental result of a fox eluding his pursuers. **END of Spoiler
Carry on past this point
But! Oh this tricky fox- the fox somehow gives an impression to the viewer that it was intentional, not by word or narration but through some very creative direction and camera work -not an easy task. However, hang-dog look is simple work, and with Asher's Foxhound there is a moment it gives him a contemptuous glance, as if to say "for shame... such cruelty!" The fox's elusive tactic and seemingly intelligent tricks make him a bit of a local folk hero, gaining humorous story in a hunting mag to boot. Asher goes mad and seeks vengeance over elusive Tag, and gets a chastisement from the hunting party.
The entire film is particularly enjoyable, and a small portion of my childhood being spent in this 1970s era, and I've had my share of helpless tortured animal gets revenge on cruel man films- and believe me, there were several in the 1970s, this one is markedly different. It doesn't cloy. It uses real talent, and the film is made up of more than just the plot.
Where the Lilies Bloom (1974)
Not exactly real depictions of the poor.
I remember the book, so I am a bit biased, but I am basing my rating on the film version alone.
Now, I have lived in one of the poorest and most rural areas of North Carolina myself before a mere ten years after this film was released- I can say that probably not a whole lot changed from 1974. Even homes that weren't as poor as depicted in Where the Lilies Bloom, I remember entering and even the floors inside were not level. The family is supposed to be extremely poor, so poor they barely keep food on the table by bartering and selling herbs and plants gathered from the local woods that are to be used in traditional medicines. The children are wearing brand new Levi's and well made plaid shirts which fit, except the littlest one in a shirt that is just a tad too large (get it? it's a "hand me down"). The clothing is typical mid-70s style, the real poor would have been in very ill-fitting severely outdated, maybe polyester in garish colors and patterns, clothing you'd get second hand. I wonder who the film's clothing consultant was? and since it was filmed practically on location, couldn't they've done just a bit of research? Yeah yeah, it wouldn't have the same aesthetic...
Roy Luther ends up passing away (not a spoiler, the entire plot is about the children trying to keep his death a secret from the authorities) really from poverty, in the book it's given that he died from intestinal worms (film version doesn't elaborate on how he died, however- I think that's a big loss, it's important to the story) yet the film has the kids trying to drive the family truck: late model Dodge maybe? I will say in North Carolina even today a truck is say, what a boat to someone in California is: a luxury, a wish item. If the family were so poor, how could they afford that vehicle? and why wasn't it sold when Roy Luther died, to get them some money? Wouldn't that be the first thing you'd do to be able to put food on the table? Where did they get the coffin for Roy Luther the kids buried him in? Maybe I missed something in the movie. Then, Hollywood has to season it up to make it "country": "Kiser Pease" rides up to the Luther's home on horseback yet. A horse is a luxury item there, as much as it is any where else- yes, even in the 1970s South. Well, the character "Kiser" does bring the object of his desire "Devola" a "couple o' hams" as a gift one day so maybe he's a high roller? But, he doesn't even smoke! EVERY one in North Carolina smokes. Old people, young people, men, women, poor, rich, children smoke. North Carolina is tobacco country. But no one in the movie smokes.
Oh well. It's a lazy Sunday afternoon movie, and it's entertaining, and it's nice to see trees and country. I just wish the film were just a bit truer to reality, and not a romantic view of what "country people" are in screen writer's minds, with the girls in pretty floral dresses and the token man on horseback.
Studio One: The Out-of-Towners (1957)
E.G. Marshall's in it
E.G. Marshall, of "CBS Radio Mystery Theater" is in this. Eilneen Eckhart is in town for some convention, she's a Postmistress. E G Marshall walks by in the hotel lobby while she's being harassed by this really aggressive jerk: "Yer comin' with ME!" he barks, grabs her roughly by the arm, and E G Marshall luckily interrupts it. She stops Marshall from teaching that guy a thing or two... they meet again by surprise at the hotel bar (I think it is!) and they get to talking. Marshall, "Harry Mork", is married and asks "Evie Jackson" (Eckhart) if she'll sit down and have drinks with him. She asks him why he isn't asking the pretty young hostess he was talking to, instead of her, and Marshall responds that he wasn't talking to HER, but SHE was talking to HIM. For what it's worth, Evie Marshall has a matronly sort of look to her, glamorous but no "showgirl" type, and is kind of taken aback over this new guy's fascination with her. So, Marshall (playing character Harry Mork) asks her if she'd ever had a hard time telling important news over the phone? Turns out, he for some odd reason can't tell his wife who's back home the great news of his 'new job' and apartment search in the new town. Ms Jackson says "Well, you know, I don't know if I ever have had important news to tell over the phone!" They soon become fast friends, and I won't tell you the ending, but it's a very good show. I just love these Studio One episodes, they are "very good little movies". One hour programs, just like a compact movie bite size. They're wonderful really. These were all made way before my time, but I will take these shows over any newer TV show any day. As I watch it, it is playing on the "Decades Channel" over the air. When it comes on in your area, be sure not to miss it. It is very good and very interesting.
E.G. Marshall is so believable as his character in it, so well acted, and Eileen Eckhart is always wonderful and perfectly cast. I enjoyed her character very much in this. She said something poignant and true in the show, speaking with "Harry" toward the end of the evening, that "when you're young, you have such high hopes for the world. Then, you wish for just a little less- just enough, you know. As time goes by, you wish for whatever you can get.. " referring to a relationship. It is so touching and her statement really stuck with me.
The Howard Stern Show (1990)
WWOR show- aired in L.A. market in 90s. Low-brow stuff, guys
Howard Stern Show- one could give it zero stars, or ten stars, it is way out of the sphere of actual ratings. The show reminds me of what a bunch of very spoiled rich teenagers with a VHS camcorder would come up with in a basement when Mom's not home- but is entertaining, if not funny, and at times so bad, one laughs quietly, hoping no one else is seeing what you're watching. 1990s me loved the show, and looking back at recordings of it today in 2017, the love for it endures, even in later maturity and sagacity that only decades of life experience and learning can take one, yes as I said it still endures. It is too ludicrous to take seriously enough to be offended, and way back in the olden days of the '90s I distinctly remember there being a network warning that it is recommended for mature audiences, and that the content may offend certain viewers, etc etc. There are probably laws today under some UN charter, that would not allow this to be aired on any planet in our universe under threat of imprisonment for a thousand years.
This review is out of respect and admiration for the ultimate good sport (great sport, really) Adam West, who passed this year (June 10, 2017) from leukemia. West was wonderful on Stern's show. Stern had him on more than once, one episode is "Fartman Super Hero School" where Adam West was the instructor. One of the students/super heroes, is "Old Man" West (addressing student/hero 'Oldman'): "er, ah, what is YOUR super power, sir?" "ah,I can get into movies at half price". There was "Captain Korea" (as opposed to 'Captain America') wearing "chinky-eye" glasses, sporting a terrible ethnic Asian dialect. West tells him he can get a job at a deli.
There are claims this program was ONLY aired in NYC area, but I know it was aired in Los Angeles market during it's reign: (source: Wikipedia) "In Los Angeles on KCOP, the show managed to attract a 34.4% market share at 12:30 am in the males aged 18 to 49 demographic"
I hope, some day, it will pop up on some DVD set or rare VHS collection available for consumer purchase. I envy those who claim to own their home-recorded VHS tapes from when it first aired. I'd love to have a set myself!
Fritz Lang uncredited- real noir for fans of this type film
10 Stars- I found no errors in this film. Memorable, plot is typical noir: mystery, a little suspense (not enough to raise your blood pressure) and of course a romantic interest.
Women will love Bobo, the mysterious manly man with an accent, who can punch down bullying malefactors with no effort to save the dignity of any woman. Bobo is ever accompanied with his trusty and also-brave bulldog, who fights with him- the dog's doing so plays an important part in the mystery, which I will not divulge here so as not to spoil the ending. "Bobo" is a Gypsy, at least he calls himself one, with a tag-along leech by the name of Tiny. Tiny and Bobo are a couple of laborer types that take jobs here and there, Bobo is a strong and honest good natured fellow, both he and Tiny drink to excess and sometimes fight (with Bobo it's usually to defend a woman or a beaten man) Bobo is ever the quiet do-gooder, always happy to lend a hand or help the helpless. Tiny has a hold on Bobo, a scheme which unfortunately is a hold that Tiny uses to blackmail and control, up to demanding Bobo keep on moving along from town to town, never attaching to anyone or thing. But- Bobo falls in love with Anna, the gorgeous and smart Lupino (who wouldn't? She is as tiny as a wasp and so pretty) whom he rescues from a possible suicide by drowning (reason for this attempt is not really given in the film) Bobo and Anna become fast friends. Anna is a wayward girl with a history of taking low jobs like slinging hash, which Tiny warns Bobo that "she is a no-good hash-slinger!". I think there are aspects of the characters that are in the book "Moon Tide" that are not addressed in the film, but that's OK because the film stands on its own. I thoroughly enjoyed Moontide and I know that viewers won't turn away when watching it because it is one of those movies that come on late late at night but you dare not sleep because you don't want to miss ONE second out of it. Just a fun, memorable and romantic feel-good kind of thing, not schmaltzy- that embraces real noir and real romance in a fine way.
A film that uses every bit of it's scenery even though it isn't much (you won't notice the spartan sets, only if you take the film apart, because the film 'takes you there')every craft in the film making was used to great advantage. In lesser hands this would not have been so good. The direction is expert: Fritz Lang uncredited, not sure why. Jean Gabin as Bobo was well cast, I'd never heard of him myself before, he is believable as Bobo the gypsy very well. He met Anna mere days ago but is well in love with her enough to marry her and she him and there is a degree of believe-ability here Both of them- Anna and Bobo I cheered for, wished well, and was in love with both of their characters so much, I wanted all of it to be true, in fact so much that it is as if one is watching a slice of life in a 1940s-era San Pedro dock, with the salty but good as gold characters who keep their mouths shut for the right reasons to protect their life long friends.
A Very Commie Christmas
I would honestly like to give this episode one star only for "awful" but, since everything was fine except for the plot, I will only remove 7 stars from a possible ten.
The family is snowed in the mountains when they left to cut a Christmas tree (ON Christmas?? Shouldn't they have had a tree up long before the very day? like, two weeks previous? Oh well... )They break into a boarded up cabin for shelter. They bemoan the fact they're snowed in on Christmas DAY, but are hopeful and cheery, imagining they'll either be rescued or make the most of it, considering they are in a winter wonderland.
Enter "Nick" a local SQUATTER And THIEF, who makes Christmas a reality by gifting each member of the family an item he's surreptitiously snatched from other people's cabins. "Nick" grabs a SHOTGUN from the mantle of a cabin he's squatting in, finds a nice teddy bear too, grabs that too, that'll make a nice gift for Kitten. How thoughtful of Nick! It must be easy to be generous when it's other people's loot. Nick is a local bum who has lived for years off of the largess of others without asking them first if it's OK to take their things while they're gone. Nick makes a happy Christmas for the family, hands out "gifts" he's stolen, the family is delighted with their gifts he's supplied them. The forest ranger enters this crowded cabin that Nick and the family is celebrating in, interrupts "Nick" by discreetly telling him he wants to "speak for him for a moment" as not to embarrass Nick in front of the family, after all they've no idea who this very generous stranger is, Ranger does not arrest Nick, but simply chastises him for being so careless by getting caught!: "Now, Nick, you know better than to have that fire in the fireplace, allowing all that smoke from the chimney, knowing full well that would give you away" " Now, Nick shamed (I think) by getting caught by the ranger, sneaks out (but takes a big bag of loot of booty he's stolen with him- why didn't the ranger get that stuff back?) out of the cabin, feeling unworthy of the family's Christmas day celebrations. Forest Ranger stops him by yelling "Hey! You can't walk out on Christmas day on your GUESTS like this!" "....guests?" "Saint" Nick replies. "Yes, your guests!" Ranger says, implying all is forgiven, and to enjoy the special Christmas day with the grateful family, all supplied with stolen loot from other people's cabins.
Christmas Lessons Learned from watching Father Knows Best:
A) it is perfectly alright to steal, especially from rich people. They deserve it. B) if you steal anything, you just leave a handwritten note promising to pay them back someday, even if you won't ever pay it back. It's the thought the counts! C) Thieves might be embarrassed if you arrest them in front of other people. D) even if you have to steal, lie, or harm others, it's OK if it makes someone else happy, especially children on Christmas.
And the progressives sneered at the Red Scare.
Harvey Middleman, Fireman (1965)
Darling "small" film
"Im Harvey Middleman. I'm a fireman. My mother, she wanted me to be a doctor" Harvey Middleman, who loves his job, and saving "pussycats". He shows up to the firehouse and finds all his colleagues sleeping- How can they be sleeping? "They must not like their job...." It kind of reminds one of a bit of a Walter Mitty plot, and several scenes make one burst out in laughter, for instance Harvey at home, after a long days work, and his wife asks him if he's taken out the garbage. He tells her that she can take out the garbage, and says: "All I wanted to do was come home, relax, and have some 'baby lamb chops'" A person can't over-use the word gem to describe this cute movie. It is not a deep kind of thing, nor is it heavy. It does stick with you, forever, with fond memories.
Gripping Film .. by Students??
This short was just recently showcased on "Short Film Festival" on local PBS. It is quite engrossing, I usually start a film with Four Stars and remove one for each error. I honestly could find none- unless the cuteness of the couple can count as one (the female character was just a bit TOO 'clean' and fresh-looking to be an ex-drug abuser in my opinion) the setting is a snowy mountainous locale, scene consists of a young couple on a short trip, who change from a wrecked truck to a snowmobile- and things happen. The direction, acting and dialogue put you in the shoes of the characters. Not once did I find myself saying "Ach- that would NEVER happen" or "Nobody talks like that!" the film did *exactly* what it wanted to viewer to feel- to think, to cry. Excellent.
The First Time (1952)
Incomplete review, switched it off halfway.
Uninventive vehicle with Robert Cummings who plays the tired father who has tons of baby bills to pay. The couple's life revolves around all of the troubles that involve a new baby, such as lack of sleep, feeding times, etc etc. But- although the film revolves around a baby, an hour into the film: WHERE IS THE BABY?
The viewers aren't even treated to see the new baby after its born! Where was it?? Isn't the most important aspect of this movie the baby?? Even as the mother recovers in the hospital after just giving birth, there was no mother and baby introduction (????!). When mother and father finally leave the hospital, the mother leaves with a bundled up wad of blankets- we are supposed to imagine there is a baby in there. After parents arrive back at home, we can hear "baby cries"- movie sound effects- but no baby is ever shown. The actors playing the grandmothers, the new nanny, all apparently are peering into an empty bassinet. Un-freakin-believable.
An hour into waiting for the baby to be shown, I never did see ANY baby. Only baby crying sound effects, wadded up blankets, not even a baby foot. No baby. Got so angry I turned the stupid movie off. No laughs, no great dialogue, just a bunch of used up jokes about how much a baby costs.
Wasted a good hour waiting for a non-existent "baby".
Mille mois (2003)
One of the rare Moroccan films, too bad!
There are very few "real" Moroccan films. There is a reason for this- one, Morocco doesn't invest a lot in film, and it may be on account of cultural reasons. Moroccans are very discreet. This is something that is lacking in this film, actual discretion, namely by the character playing the mother (her clothing shows a bit too much of her shape) and the rebellious daughter- who's acting is truly awful. Very early in to the film, she goes on and on describing some demonstration at her school "it was like a rock concert! A boy put me on his shoulders, I could see everything! The riot police.." to her little brother as she plays music in her bedroom. I found this particular scene extremely insincere, and off putting actually. In other words: I didn't buy it. To know Morocco and Moroccans- rebellion is not something one promotes (in Morocco, beards are considered "terrorist-y" and the secret police literally pull out their beard hairs, one by one with tweezers! Rebellion of ANY kind is strongly quashed, not only by the police but in the home as well) children don't go round bragging about things like this, so I found that scene not believable at all. If you go to any news media, you will plainly see that if Moroccans have any sort of rebellion, it's very small and quickly stopped. The scene in other words, was written in with some sort of propaganda involved in my opinion. "Hearts and Minds" indeed! I can't recommend seeing this unless one wants to practice their Moroccan Arabic language skills. Maybe not, really, as it leaves a bad taste in one's mouth with the characters, although speaking daridja (Moroccan Arabic) do some very un-Moroccan things. I knew I was in for it when as the beginning credits went across the screen, two of the producers had Jewish names- let me tell you why this unnerved me: would you watch a film on capitalism and free trade that was produced by Soviets? Although Moroccan Muslims & Jews live side by side without any problems, and there is a lively Jewish population in Morocco, I would not consider a particularly Muslim topic left to Jewish productions, just as I would not trust a particularly Jewish plot left to a Muslim production. Just doesn't "jibe".
As usual, any production out of Morocco with embarrassingly bad acting, stinky plot (why oh WHY must the producers degrade the female characters so?) the mother character seems to want to have a "fling" with a man who is not her husband- in Morocco, a man may refuse to marry a girl simply on the rumor she has even THOUGHT of another man. To understand the faults with this production, one would do best to understand the Moroccan culture.
I'd steer clear of this film- it's unreal, it's based on fantasy, and has an agenda. This is NOT Morocco, it's some political propaganda dreamed into a goofy, boring bad actifying mess.
A Talking Cat!?! (2013)
Bizarro Soft Porn sets mixed with home computer special effects
Wasn't sure whether to give it one star out of ten, or ten stars for the films pure lack of any sort of slot to fit it in to. For one thing- the soft porn style sets are not your imagination, the director, David DeCoteau not only makes gay porn- he also directs CHILDREN'S films. And uses the same sets.. makes me uncomfortable knowing children's films are also done by this same guy, under an alias company name "1313" on IMDb. Thanks Nathan Rabin, I KNEW it. You just confirmed my fears.
Soft porn music, lighting, sets... the crappiest special effects for the talking cat ever. Picture a photo shopped-style moving black "mouth shape" for the poor cats mouth- and a drunken sounding Eric Roberts as the cat's voice. The cat is neither cute, nor cuddly- the film does not use the cat pictured on the film's ad poster.
The film totally reminded me of "The Room" in it's weirdly quiet way. I was waiting for a character to waltz in and casually mention "didn't you hear? I have cancer.. Bye!" A million dollar budget?? Why? How? I wonder if some of their budget went to "hush money" to the child actors' parents. Wouldn't surprise me! This is one of those "you've GOT to WATCH this" films.