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Reply #75 on: February 09, 2021, 11:47:52 PM
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"One anonymous source described it as PTA's personal bildungsroman, a long-awaited return to entertaining mainstream commercial cinema, 'It's like, imagine a cross between The Last American Virgin and Truffaut's Day for Night'"

putneyswipe shared that in the Soggy Bottom thread. I simply searched to see if the movie was talked about here, in other words I did not watch it because I heard about it this way, which is what happened between me and Live and Let Die

The Last American Virgin is a favorite kind of thing of mine: a person from another country making a Hollywood movie. written/directed by Boaz Davidson from Tel Aviv, Palestine (that's what it says), a remake of his own movie, Lemon Popsicle. from period piece to contemporary. it's like a live-action anime. hyper-sexualized teenagers, melodrama, fashion, and music is always playing

later I thought to mention that The Last American Virgin takes place in the valley


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Reply #76 on: February 11, 2021, 03:21:21 AM
I'm surprised you hadn't already seen this! One of the great valley films, IMO.


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Reply #77 on: February 11, 2021, 04:43:21 PM
it was actually a friend's copy in a friends setting. you know I was more into movies about troubled outsiders


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Reply #78 on: March 06, 2021, 12:43:30 PM
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

You know, I'd never heard about it as a movie. Having heard about it as a cultural event (the beginning of blaxploitation), and a one-man's-creation movie, I lazily imagined I knew what the movie would be like, but it wasn't like that at all. Specifically, I didn't anticipate the range of this movie's cinematic grammar. Writer / director / producer / stuntman / musician / lead actor Melvin Van Peebles thoroughly immerses himself in the creative process of moviemaking. What a direct way for someone to communicate their imagination to me. This movie oozes with creative expression. In a special feature, Van Peebles explains that there had been the potential of an established actor as Sweetback, but Sweetback only says nine words the entire movie, which other actors didn't consider worth it, though Van Peebles knew it was exactly what he wanted so he did it himself. Damn I mean he really made this movie happen and I think that same energy exists in the movie today.