Monday, 24 January 2011

The Kids Aren't Alright

Odd bod familes are fertile ground for filmmakers and there's few families weirder than the one depicted in Greek horror? comedy? Dogtooth. A seemingly normal suburban couple keep their 3 teenage kids completely isolated physically and verbally from the outside world but the stability of their existence is thrown off kilter when a sexual partner is brought in to service the son. This is an enthralling, thoughtful and occasionally funny look at prohibitions in society and family life and though I'm not sure what exactly it was trying to say I still rather enjoyed it.
Pretty Maids All in a Row is a sleazy, psychological thriller with Rock Hudson, Telly Savalas and Angie Dickinson. Set in a California High School that's festooned with 70's lovelies a nerdy kid discovers a naked corpse while whacking off in the bogs, the Police start the hunt for the sex-killer and the kid finds himself under the wing of the school's charming football coach. Roger Vadim directs and his love of beautiful young women is taken to it's zenith/nadir here with long lingering shots of flesh and an almost comic level of bawdiness, one thing is for sure if he'd made the film now there'd be plenty of Daily Mail headlines. Anyways besides it's obvious attractions it's an ok thriller and it's got a mean streak of black humour throughout but Gene Roddenberry's script is weak, the acting more so and it's sexual politics from a way-bygone age.

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