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MOVIE REVIEW
This week's reviewed movie is:
Black Snake Moan

GENE

SNICK

 GORDY

Gene the Barber

Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber

BLACK SNAKE MOAN

 

Some people will feel uncomfortable; many others will find it more sweet than sweaty.

This film moves in many directions. It's a hilarious comedy and a musical bluesy-feel drama.

Samuel L. Jackson plays Lazarus, an over-the-hill farmer and retired blues singer who rescues a sex-crazed white trashy loose girl named Ray (played by Christina Ricci), chaining her to his radiator heater on his farm to save her from herself.

Black Snake Moan is as unpredictable as it is unusual.

It shows how a little human kindness can go a long way.

It works for me.

Christina Ricci turns in one gutsy performance in the raw and sometimes laughable Black Snake Moan.

It's an offbeat film about strange people, told in a unique way -- why just the pacing is enough to cause some to writhe in their seats.

Advertised like a 60s exploitation film, this story about a nymphomaniac, an alcoholic blues guitarist, and a National Guardsman with anxiety disorder is actually a parable of dysfunctional people trying to cope in a "normal" world.

Not for everyone, but surprisingly fresh.

This is basically a silly, twisted story.

In my view the movie tries to mix too many human dysfunctions, like: extreme lust, mental illness, love lost, and adultery, to mention a few.

I found the excited, unstrung, and barely adorned characters to be on the trite side, or used far too much.


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