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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Filth and Wisdom

Filth and Wisdom (2008)

Writer: Madonna, Dan Cadan
Director: Madonna
Starring: Eugene Hutz, Holly Weston, Vicky McClure

3 roomates live together above a blind poet. one's a druggist who wants to go to africa to help young children with AIDS. one is a ballet dancer starting out in the stripper biz. one is a ukranian in a punk (?) band who is a male version of a dominatrix...what is that a dominator?

I always get a kick out of things when I enjoy a movie more than The Illustrious Woman.  I want to be clear that this wasn't good--it would actually play better as a series of clips on YouTube--but I had fun.  The one Ukranian dude was strangely entertaining to me, and the way he approached is Dominator job was fun to watch.

The stories surrounding those interesting scenes were on the shitty side.  I was going to call them rote, but they weren't quite rote.  A racist Indian druggist in London is not an archetype.  A ballerina-cum-stripper kind of is, but not exactly.  A blind poet who loses the will to write when he loses the loses the ability to see is probably the closest to cookie-cutter.  But (and I can't believe I think this) it wasn't approached in a particularly typical way, and the direction wasn't nearly as hacky as (e.g.) what we got from Dolph Lundgren.

This was supposed to be a profound, philosophical study of the dichotomy of human existence and one of its many failures is that it presented itself in that way.  If it had taken itself just a little less seriously then it could have been more successful.  However, we all know that's not Madonna's bag o' balls.

The Woman
there were several times in this movie where the profoundness was so high school girl poetry i wanted to break out my copy of jewel's "a night without armor" and really change my life. the plot was average. it was directed well i guess. good job madonna? but it was a little like watching a feature length music video minus the music. it got boring and old after 20 minutes. it's a good thing it was only an hour more, but i kept checking the counter on the blue-ray and that's never a sign of a good movie.

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