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PORTRAITS OF ANDREA PALMER

PORTRAITS OF ANDREA PALMER

“Come What May”
PORTRAITS OF ANDREA PALMER
BY
RYAN LOGSDON

PORTRAITS OF ANDREA PALMER is a kaleidoscopic 16mm pornographic film shrouded in a deep horror aesthetic which allures spectators into its confrontational construct, forcing viewers to bare witness to a sorted tale of a troubled sex worker as she travels a path towards the gallows through a shattered mosaic of degradation passing for Andrea Palmer’s existence.

PORTRAITS plays out like an averse memoir with a stereotypical pornographic plot found in most adult features: a young woman, sympathetic in her optimism, heads to the west coast to fulfill dreams of becoming rich and hopefully find a contention of happiness in her life while meeting a surplus of memorable side characters that aid or harm the protagonist throughout her sexual encounters.

Andrea Palmer’s character, performed with an intense measure by the talented Katrina Zova, tries to find work as a camgirl, selling herself for free to anonymous onlookers who watch her perform basic sex acts that seem tame in comparison to the normality of what can be easily found online, but after hopelessly searching for funds a mysterious offer finds Andrea drawn to the west coast to a manifested destiny of endless sunny days, beautiful people and the deep facades that mask La-La-Land hidden beneath the false projections of perfection.

The sex depicted within PORTRAITS flows throughout the narrative like a bullet tears through the flesh of a slain animal fleeing its fate. Zova’s parade of sexual and stylized musings allows a intimate glimpse into the eyes of a reclusive grace seldom found in adult entertainment. Zova’s performance contains a colorful range, solidifying her among the top actresses in her field.

The ravishing Sheena Rose is featured in a scene-stealing sequence with Katrina Zova as Rose’s seductive eyes engage a silent desire of exploration that awaken carnal desires from Andrea Palmer. Sheena Rose’s perfect body delicately wraps itself around each frame of 16mm film like a coiled snake, showcasing her voluptuous symmetry of loveliness and head-turning eroticism.

Andrea’s arrival into her new world finds her almost joyful as the tones of the film shift to the realms of a happiness she may have never beheld … until she is met face to face with the grim realities of what amateur sex workers are up against including incalculable harassment, nefarious characters and increasingly violent assaults as the story begins to take abrupt turns towards the twisted nature of humanity.

PORTRAITS OF ANDREA PALMER is also a horror genre-related endeavor displaying moments of utter shock while casting glorious images marked with cutting causes of unease that only increase as Andrea continues down her faithless path.

In particular there’s one sexual assault that’s so effective in its delivery that one’s gaze or attention might be entangled in the splendid dynamic of the moment between the two actors, forgetting you’re witnessing a deplorable at-knife-point rape scene that’s perfectly executed.

As the semen and gore-soaked final images wrap up the events depicted within the film, a cathartic sense of fleeting satisfaction finally grips Andrea Palmer as the destiny that manifested itself within her is laid to rest, bound in a grand gesture of self-sacrifice to complete her journey.

PORTRAITS OF ANDREA PALMER is the feature film collaborative debut from creators J. Lyons and C. Huston and the co-creators allow their fiction to unfold with a unique sense of constant movement as these two maverick storytellers propel their fragmented scenes into a frenzied, loathsome climax shot in a strange design reminiscent of an Italian horror film from the ’70s. The sound design by Vince Roth, cinematography by Joe Rubin and the editing by Louis Justin are all flawless and each are accompanied by chaotic music written and performed by Michael Parsons, which delivers an atmospheric gallery of static energy that transcends the typical adult film soundscapes into musical works devoid of forward emotional progression before releasing manic tidal waves of epic grandeur.

PORTRAITS genuinely feels raw, like a film shot in the elder days of the seventies porn scene and its refreshing style doesn’t feel as if it’s a forced throwback which seems to be a common pitfall of young directors striving to recapture the lost tones of the past cinematic Grindhouse Culture and PORTRAITS OF ANDREA PALMER proudly stands alongside such controversial pornographic films such as Forced Entry, Water Power or the classic AVON distributions that excelled in producing porno with taboo subject matter and themes that have granted these “roughies” cult classic status in the underground film subculture.

Mixing softer introspective dialogues inside this penetrating tale of lust makes for an unsettling pace for such a depraved tale but these simple, quiet moments allow an almost subconscious demand to sit and wait for the credits to roll – hand in hand with Katrina Zova – feeling the touch of Andrea’s plight in life which has become a complex tragedy.




PORTRAITS OF ANDREA PALMER is an enthralling work of raw, confrontational filmmaking.




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A Serbian Film (2010): It’s Fucking Art!

A Serbian Film (2010): It’s Fucking Art!

In a desensitized world when shock truly does have value, along comes A Serbian Film, and here we are 8 years later still discussing it and reeling from the controversy. It’s a film that has ruined a lot of other films for me, making them seem colorless by comparison.

A Serbian Film (2010)

If, like me, you’re a fan of A Serbian Film, then you know it’s not something you admit to just anyone or casually discuss at family dinner. I used to find myself constantly on the defense regarding my love of this film, but now I refuse to be. I no longer justify why I like it or why it’s my second favorite movie of all time; I defend the movie itself. Before I get into the reasons why, let’s just quickly go over the movie’s plot and content for those who may not have watched it yet.

Milos, a semi-retired porn star, is struggling to provide for his wife and young son. When Milos’ former co-star comes by and offers him a role in an “art film” being made by a visionary and promising new director, it seems like his troubles are over. So far everything sounds pretty tame, right? Let’s fast forward to after the shooting of the “art film” starts and watch as it begins a downward spiral into depravity that would make the Marquis de Sade blush.

A Serbian Film (2010)

The areas causing the most controversy are the film’s depiction of child abuse, forcing a minor to watch a sexual act, raping a newborn, and raping a child. There are many other graphic, sexually violent scenes, but the aforementioned really get the censors riled up. For these reasons, the film has been heavily edited and banned in many countries, making an uncut copy somewhat difficult to find. Fear not, however, as Unearthed is releasing an uncut version with tons of extras and a much-anticipated documentary on the film.

Now back to my defense of the movie. It’s often assumed that I will use the same political defense the director Srdjan Spasojevic claims. Spasojevic insists he spent years trying to perfectly put on film how it felt to grow up in the midst of a very chaotic time in Serbia. He states that the infant rape and necrophilia show how the government rapes its citizens from birth until after death. Spasojevic also states, “this is a diary of our own molestation by the Serbian government”. Although these are not the reasons why I support the film, they were successful in getting me to investigate a little further into Serbian politics.

A Serbian Film (2010)

I personally don’t use the political pretense to justify this movie, and quite frankly I call bullshit. I believe Spasojevic wanted to make a shocking movie and once the backlash came, he used his carefully prepared political statement as a defense. I defend this movie simply because it’s art. Art that makes you really feel something, be it shock, anger, disgust, or horror, forces you to put down the fucking phone and watch. It makes you feel genuine emotions, powerful ones. For that reason alone, A Serbian Film is worth defending and remains one of the most engaging cinematic experiences of my life. I applaud it for pushing boundaries I didn’t even know I had.

A Serbian Film (2010)

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MOVIE REVIEW: Revenge Is Her Middle Name (2011)

By Travis Love

Revenge

Directed by Anthony Matthews and released in 2015 on Unearthed Films Revenge is Her Middle Name tells the story of a calculative downtrodden hooker named Kat, who has plans of changing her life for the better by any means necessary. Unfortunately for Kat, her pimp doesn't hand out a severance package or 4-Ho-1k to hos that betray him. What follows is an unbridled ride full of twists and turns and a few tricks pulled by the whore with a bloodlust for gore.

The plot line is as follows:
1.) Kat discovers that after countless tries she's finally become pregnant with the assistance of her dope fiend boyfriend.
2.) They formulate a plan to rob Kat's pimp to keep themselves in drugs, upon robbing her pimp Kat backstabs her boyfriend and bolts for a better life.
3.) Her pimp catches up to Kat after a some time and his posse has an all-you-can-rape buffet leaving Kat broken, bleeding, and childless.
4.) Kat begins to hunt down each member of her pimp's posse and dishes out her gruesome revenge Costco bulk style leading to her eventual main target...her pimp.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the gritty depression of Combat Shock and the unmerciful brutality of I Spit On Your Grave hooked up, and bumped genitals on a soiled mattress in a seedy alleyway? Well this movie is totally the bastard love child of that hump session in the best way possible! Every bit as dirty as it is bloody, the film leaves you feeling tainted by its unbelievable filthy sexiness, but begs you not to use protection so that you can enjoy the feeling (oh and you will!).

If anything can be said of 'Revenge is Her Middle Name' it's that it wins the hearts of Revenge film aficionados like a hooker shooting ping pong balls out of her ham wallet at a bachelor party, it makes you stare at it in awe and bewilderment. The story is filled with unapologetic risqué dialog that is every bit as enjoyable as the violence. During the rape scene you feel the tension building to the boiling point that will eventually explode into a tidal wave of epic revenge!

Anthony Matthews is definitely a talent to watch as his writing finds something often missing in indie cinema, actual plot twists. So many times during the film it directs you to one conclusion but immediately finds betrayal or hidden facts that don't come into play until later..or sometimes until the very end of the film. It's amazing when a film doesn't just give you all facts in a linear fashion, but leaves surprises and story arks to keep you on your toes.

The violence unleashed upon Kat's transgressors is completely bloody and cathartic as she dispatches her own brand of twisted justice. Sometimes dehumanizing and humiliating her victims before slitting their throats cold and void of any emotion but rage. The glory hole scene alone will have you covering your mouth in the grandest "Holy fucking shit!" moment ever. Horror nerd boners will be bountiful upon watching this film.

In conclusion Revenge is Her Middle Name has to be hands down one of my personal favorites to be released this year. If revenge films are your jam then you owe it to yourself to find this film and love it to death like that hamster you wouldn't quit petting in grade school. To quote Kat's pimp, "Blood and semen will spray in a frenzy of revenge", and I loved every minute of it!

Rating: 9/10

-Travis

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