90 Minutes of Meh


Compliance is a 2012 “thriller” in which a prank caller posing as an authority figure,  convinces a dull fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an attractive young employee.

This movie has received a healthy amount of buzz from it’s intense trailer, solid worth of mouth from the blogosphere, and a nude scene from Dreama Walker( Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23) who plays the young and naive fast food employee.

All the characters, from the restaurant manager, to her employees, to the manager’s boyfriend who permanently looks like he is about to drool, to the beady eyed  prank caller, are just plain gross. Gross in appearance and of character. Taking the wretched cake here, is Stephen Payne in the role of Harold the janitor. Harold is like Sam Elliot, if Sam Elliot was discarded by his parents at birth and raised by a pack of cigarettes.

While the basic premises of the movie has some promises and appeal, the effort of director Craig Zobel is conspicuously bad.  The lack of overall presentation on his part, leads one to consider that this entire effort may have been a pervert’s idea of how to see Dreama Walker’s pert breasts and get paid to do it.

The intentions of Craig Zobel combined with his committed lack of enthusiasm, may have merited this director’s quiet execution.

If only for the honor and reputation of human decency.



Spring Breakers Was On Point


Even if Spring Breakers wasn’t the story you asked for, it was certainly the story you deserved.  This applies film goers across the board, one size fits, or, does not fit and never will fit, all.

This is that once in a generation occasion where a movie is allowed to breathe and evolve into an art film, while getting a bigger mainstream push than good financial sense ought to allow for.

Spring Breakers is not the delicate and intimate piece of work that Upstream Color is. The fact that director Harmony Korine was able to put together such a coherent, linear piece of work right after his last film, the abstract and absurd Trash Humpers, is a testament to his film making, his story telling, his artistic focus, and his spiritual currency.

If you wanted a naughty T & A heist flick, you go it. If you wanted an emotional piece of artistic achievement that kept you on your feet, you got that too.

To complain about Spring Breakers is to not take yes for answer.