Saturday, June 26, 2010

Piso porta (2000) aka Backdoor

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Rating: 6.4/10 147 votes
Runtime: 99 Min
Language: Greek With English Sub
Country: Greece
Color: Color
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Director: Yorgos Tsemperopoulos
Konstandinos Papadimitriou ... Dimitris Kemeras
Alexandriani Sikelianou ... Foteini Kemera
Haris Sozos ... Apostolos Dedes
Ieroklis Michaelidis ... Uncle Ilias
Antonis Kafetzopoulos ... Giannis Kemeras
Margarita Anthidou ... Officer's Wife #1
Vassiliki Deliou ... Officer's Wife #2
Yorgos Kalaitzis ... Officer #1
Stavros Psyllakis ... Officer #2
Alexandros Tsakiris ... Officer #3
Dimitris Adamopoulos ... Architect
Matias Simounets ... Psimikakis
Giorgos Basiakos ... Technician
Yannis Tsikis ... Urban Planning Officer #1
Stathis Voutos ... Urban Planning Officer #2


Yorgos Tsemberopoulos directs this politically-themed coming-of-age story about an Athens youth who struggles with the death of his father, the tumultuous political situation of 1960s Greece, and his own burgeoning sexuality. This film was screened at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

Set in 1966 Athens, we follows a 13 year old boy as he slips from childhood into adolescence. This film starts out by being about one thing, (a young boy growing up without a father, his burgeoning sexuality and friendships), and ends up something else entirely, (a picture of Greece at the time of the dictatorship).

Some poignant moments including:
(1) addressing the death of his father,
(2) coming to accept his stepfather,
(3) throwing a wild party while his parents are out of town,
(4) experimenting with alcohol and drugs,
(5) visiting a hooker and getting a venereal disease from her
(6) how a political uprising changes his life fro
m a child to a youthful revolutionary.
Nicely done and highly recommended.

Another review
This film starts out by being about one thing, (a young boy growing up without a father, his burgeoning sexuality and friendships), and ends up something else entirely, (a picture of Greece at the time of the dictatorship). It ought to be more interesting than it actually is. It's about youthful revolutionary fervor but it has no revolutionary fervor of its own. It would have been a better film if it had ditched the politics altogether and concentrated instead on the life-lessons of the central character, a boy from a well-heeled family of developers whose father has died suddenly. Konstandinos Papadimitriou sleepwalks his way through the part; his character isn't allowed to develop and you lose interest in him. If the film had been about his older, worldly-wise friend played by Andreas Kontopolous it probably would have been better.

The film dawdles along without any sense of urgency. It's meant to be a child's eye view of the world and in particular of the political situation in Greece at the time but it's like a paint-by-numbers version of "Z". It keeps flashing forward to what appears to be the boy's detention but that feels like a gimmick to keep us watching to the end. We know from the start what is going to happen so we need something a lot more forceful than what the director gives us to sustain our interest. It's well-intentioned but a bit on the dull side.

Madobe no honkîtonku (2008) aka Hanky-Panky Baby

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Runtime: 81 Min
Language: Japanese no subs
Country: Japan
Color: Color
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Director: Hikaru Horii
Akinori Ando
Megumi Kagurazaka
Haruo Konno
Satoshi Shiiba
Masato Tsujioka
Akiho Yoshizawa

Description: A 3 Friends look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the trio begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Sadomania (1981) - Jesus Franco


Sadomania (1981) Aka Hellhole Women
Genre: Drama | Horror | Thriller
Country: Spain | Director: Jesus Franco
Language: English | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.66 : 1 | Length: 102mn
Dvdrip Xvid Avi - 656x416 - 738mb


Plot: A couple of newlyweds, Olga and Michael, are traveling along the desert and accidentally trespass on the property of Magda Urtado (Ajita Wilson), who is the director of a boot camp of sorts, where the women are treated as slaves and are half naked at all times. Magda keeps Olga in captivity while Michael is free to go, but later on in the film he plans an escape for Olga. She goes to work with the other girls out in the hot desert, and from there the plot just goes out in all different directions. There are a couple subplots in which a few of the workers are sent out to be hookers, one where a worker participates in a deadly game of cat and mouse, and one where the Governor (Antonio Mayans, billed as Robert Foster) is having trouble getting it on with his wife so he buys a couple of the workers to help him perform. There is also a scene where the Governor is finally able to have sex with his wife, but only while watching one of the females be raped by a dog. Director Jess Franco also stars in the movie as an obviously gay man.

Filmed on an exploitation level this sleazy flick is a typical Jess Franco-film and everyone should know what that means: a nearly not existing plot, lots of nudity and some misogynist violence. This film is banned in the United Kingdom, but it´s really questionable in how far "Sadomania" is still an exciter compared to today´s standard: there is a girl having hinted sex with a dog, trade with female human slaves, lesbian sex and some S/M-role playing, but it´s full of unconscious humor and bad acting. The most memorable part comes from Ajita Wilson, a transexual, who became a porn star in the 1970s and plays the role of the sadistic prison leader. Nevertheless "Sadomania" is worth to be seen - assumed that you like this kind of film: it´s entertaining from beginning till the end and definitely the right stuff for your next trash movie video party! Jess Franco´s masterpiece "Vampyros Lesbos" however is still unequaled!!!






Sunday, June 13, 2010

Joze to tora to sakana tachi (2003) aka Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

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Rating: 7.7/10
Runtime: 116
Language: Japanese (English .srt softsubs)
Country: Japan
Color: Color
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Director: Isshin Inudou
Satoshi Tsumabuki ... Tsuneo
Chizuru Ikewaki ... Joze (Kumiko)
Juri Ueno ... Kanae
Hirofumi Arai ... Koji
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
YosiYosi Arakawa ... Bookstore Clerk
Noriko Eguchi ... Noriko
Daigo Fujisawa ... Ryuji
Kazuhiro Fujiwara ... Haruki Kanai
Itsuji Itao ... The Manager
Tai Kageyama ... Master of Mahjong Bar
Anne Mari ... Woman at Mahjong Bar
Yoshiyuki Morishita ... The Pervert
Koji Ookura ... Man at Mahjong Bar
Eiko Shinya ... Joze's grand mother
Hiroyuki Tanaka ... Patron (as Sabu)

Description: Tsuneo (Tsumabuki, of Waterboys fame) is in the beginning of the movie an easygoing student who enjoys a laid-back college life consisting of a part-time job at a mah-jong parlour and casual sex with girls from his school. The life ahead of him seems pretty straightforward and predictable. Then he hears rumours in the mah-jong parlour of a strange old woman who pushes a baby carriage around in the neighbourhood. Why does she always bring a baby carriage? What does it contain? While the busy minds of the customers in the parlour ponder over these questions, the manager asks Tsuneo to take his dog out for a walk. Out walking the dog, the baby carriage in question literally bumps into Tsuneo, and his curiosity leads him to peek inside it. That becomes his first encounter with the strange young woman, Josee (charmingly played by up-and-coming Ikewaki).

a comment from imdb:
This beautiful fairy tale from the shabby quarters of Osaka instantly became one of my favorite flicks of all time when I went to see at at the premiere at Cinequinto in Shibuya on a cold December afternoon in 2003. The cold and noisy streets of Shibuya contrasted the warmth of the cinema and the pleasant music played by Quruli during the credits.

Tsuneo is an easygoing guy who casually sleeps around with girls, works at the local Mahjong Parlour and generally drifts around. A typical Japanese college kid. That is until he literally bumps into Joze. A physically disabled girl who is pushed around in a baby carriage by an old lady (who sleeps at the dinner table throughout most of the movie). Tsuneo is intrigued by this beautiful and surprisingly intelligent young girl. Joze is sarcastic and defensive, but in a very charming manner, and Tsuneo soon becomes a regular visitor at the old lady's shabby house. But is it possible for a guy such as Tsuneo to commit himself to a very special girl such as Joze?

Chizuru Ikewaki's performance as Joze is really extraordinary. The sarcasm and witty remarks mixes really well with her Osaka-dialect and her eccentric exterior, and yet we sense a very sweet and vulnerable girl underneath her shell. Satoshi Tsumabuki also does his job quite well as Tsuneo. The chemistry and intimacy between the two characters as they grow closer to each feels quite real and convincing, and it is entertaining to just watch them interact casually at the same time.

There are so many details that make this movie entertaining. The kid who glares dumbfounded at a naked girl waves at Tsuneo's little brother. The love hotel that turns into the inside of a virtual aquarium when you turn the lights off. The exceedingly delicious-looking food that Joze casually cooks. All these details make this movie a unique and fun experience.

When the movie was over, I found myself entertained by the comic aspects of the movie, but I was also deeply touched by the love story, that seemed so profound and real. This movie is both a light, romantic comedy as well as an intimate story about two people who develop and evolve through their relationship. In this regard, it is thematically similar to recent films such as "Lost in Translation" (2003), "Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind" (2004) and the Japanese "Vibrator" (2003).

"Joze to tora to sakana tachi" is a rare and unique film experience. I implore you to see it. 9/10

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Viola di mare (2009) - Donatella Maiorca


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Name: Viola.di.Mare.2009.iTALiAN.AC3.DVDRip.XviD-GBM.avi
Size: 1399 MB
Play duration: 01:42:04
Resolution: 656 x 352
Framerate: 25 fps
Audio: AC3 Italian
Subtitles: English srt

Growing up in 19th-century Sicily, rebellious Angela (Valeria Solarino) finds herself attracted to her best friend Sara (Isabella Ragonese). As deep friendship turns to romantic passion, her strict quarry boss father demands that the relationship cease and that she marry one of his workers. Refusing, Angela is locked in a cellar until her father determines a potential way for them both to get what they want.

Based on a true story, and adapted from Giacomo Pilati's novel about it, this beautiful and sexy film dramatically portrays a fascinating instance of historical gender-bending.