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Vigilante Seamstress  
on March 4, 2006 - 12:18 PM PST
  of Ms. 45 (1981)
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful

Shot in 1981 and directed by Abel Ferrara (The Driller Killer, King of New York, The Bad Lieutenant, among others) this is the story of a mute seamstress named Thana who has a bad night. She gets violently raped at gunpoint in an alley on her way home from work one evening, and upon getting herself back to her apartment, interrupts a burglar who rapes her again.

This sets the stage for a revenge killing spree the likes of which New York City has never seen.

There is some gore, but not nearly as much as I feared there might be. A surprise to me was the cinematography, which at times was really stunning (especially for a low-budget indie flick). I was really impressed with the way several of the scenes/shots were set up.

Beneath the rather thin revenge plot is a (rather thin) feminist message that, nonetheless, adds some depth to the whole experience. The more Thana kills, the more she begins to thrive. She becomes empowered - an utterly new experience for her. Her self-esteem improves and her confidence builds. In fact, a killing spree seems to be just the thing she needed to break out of that shell she was hiding in.

As the film nears its climax, our anti-heroine is dressed as a nun in bright red lipstick wielding her .45. It's one of those cinematic images that, once you've seen it, you'll never forget.

At 80 minutes, it never got boring. My friends who watched it with me didn't appreciate it as much as I did. But I liked it.

If you like cult films, violence but not too much gore, some hilarity (both intended and unintended) and appreciate an eye for composition and artful cinematography - I think you'll dig Ms. 45.
Feel good movie of the year - for stalkers.  
on December 8, 2004 - 11:07 PM PST
  of Chuck & Buck (2000)
3 out of 6 members found this review helpful

It's a stalker flick with a twist. Stalker meets boy. Stalker stalks boy. Stalker actually gets boy to spend the night with him... and then boy loses lustre, and stalker moves on.

The obvious message here is one of hope, and not giving up. Be persistent, but be careful to always keep things just shy of a restraining order.

This movie holds the illustrious #2 spot on my list of "most torturous movies to sit through" I have ever actually sat through. If you're a person who would enjoy Chinese Water Torture, or would be entertained for hours watching a banana slug intent on crossing a busy eight-lane freeway, this movie might be for you. I wondered, more than once, how the filmmaker had achieved making a 97-minute film seem like two-and-a-half hours.

This film is an uncomfortable moment that lasts an hour-and-a-half. Only once before have I been in a longer uncomfortable moment - the movie "Happiness" - which is solidly and most likely eternally in the #1 spot on my "most torturous movies to sit through" list.

But that said, I thought the movie was pretty good. The acting is wonderful, the characters are real, and there are a few laughs to lighten the experience a little. I don't regret seeing it. But if I had it to do over, I'd don't think I'd add it to my queue.

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