Here's a welcome break from your Fuck Team Five and Dorm Invasion downloads. Just when you thought there can't be any more variations of the over-saturated found footage subgenre, filmmaker Robert Nathan's unheralded Lucky Bastard (2013) scores in more ways than one. This little low-budget project had no right to be much better than the shyte I've been siftin through in recent months but it is. After a rather unnecessary prologue, we're let in on what we understand to be a video recordin of an adult shoot in an L.A. mansion gone wrong, involvin veteran porn producer Mike (Don McManus), his ditsy muse and porn star wannabe Casey (Catherine Annette), his bitchy top-liner Ashley Saint (Betsy Rue) and a rather unbalanced young stranger (Jay Paulson) whom they hired for one of those fan-fuck episodes. Movie title is in reference to the sleazy website that hosts them.
At a glance:
|Betsy Rue goes full frontal as porn primadonna Ashley Saint in Lucky Bastard.|
|Coming to shoot or shooting to come?|
Well, I don't reckon I have too much to complain about a well-conceived movie as indie as this. Lucky Bastard keeps it tight and enjoys a committed, believable cast with sound character exposition throughout, maintainin credible tension long after its sloppy contemporaries have fizzled out. I'd have preferred a little more emphasis on the darker themes but perhaps that would've made it a different movie.
Bad news on the doorstep:
|Not a comedy but Betsy Rue and Jay Paulson revisit American Pie shortcomings.|
|A nod to Silvia Saint?|
Perennial wonderment:Don't people keep cuttin and resubmittin until they can get an R ratin these days?
Reminds me of:
You don't wanna know.
Watch out for:
|Too tied up to talk to me about the dangers of gay sex?|
Amacam joker, berapa bintang lu mau kasi?An effective cheap story. This could be easily remade by a big studio as an R-rated wide release... or it could even be remade as a bona fide XXX movie by Reality Kings! Go check out the trailer. ★★1/2
All photos taken from the Lucky Bastard official website and Facebook fan page.
|Director & co-writer Robert Nathan, co-writer Lukas Kendall, |
actors Don McManus & Betsy Rue. L.A. premiere. 5 Apr 2013.
|Don McManus as Mike the porn producer.|
|Lanny Joon plays a nervous assistant. Looks like a young Tony Leung Ka Fai, no?|
|Chris Wylde lets his natural comedian charm flow into his cameraman role.|
|Catherine Annette as Casey|