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"Two Shades of
I don't think this movie
ever had a theatrical release, but I'm not sure
where it came from. I think it made the rounds at
a couple of film festivals ... did it end up as a
straight-to-vid? The haunting tagline
"starring Eric Roberts", is certainly a
good indication of that.
A woman (Rachel Hunter)
is framed for the murder of her own betrothed, a
slimy wheeler-dealer. She saw the actual
murderer, but she can't convince anyone. She
decides to change her identity. Since the D.A. is
a deaf woman (Marlee Matlin), the accused takes a
job at one of those computer relay centers where
speaking people and deaf people can communicate
on the telephone with a moderator. (The
hearing-impaired person uses a modem, types and
reads typing. The speaking person speaks and
hears speech, although he is actually speaking to
the interlocutor, who reads the typing.)
Say, what are the
chances that the new woman at the relay center
would get to monitor the exact phone calls she
wants to keep an eye on? Hell, what are the
chances they would hire her immediately for such
sensitive work, with no experience in jobs
requiring similar confidentiality, no references,
and a phony social security number? The details
are completely implausible.
At any rate, the relay
center is somehow involved in the crime, because
the dead fiancee had a relayed message on his
computer when he died. I'm still not sure why or
how, but let's give the writer the benefit of the
doubt. It had something to do with the DA's
boyfriend, who must use the relay center for more
than just talking to the deaf DA.
Soon Hunter realizes
that the D.A.'s boyfriend (Eric Roberts), whom
she speaks to every day in the interlocutor role,
is related somehow to the murder of her own
boyfriend (Gary Busey). So she does what most
women would do in the situation, she sleeps with
him. Pretty logical, right? He takes a phone call
right after they form the two-backed beast, and
she notices a cigarette lighter that was used by
her boyfriend's masked killer, so she knows
Roberts must be the actual killer, and she runs
out of his place.
That's when things get
really complicated, more people die, and the
police think she killed them all. It turns out
some of them aren't even dead, but Eric Roberts
then kills a few more to make up for it. Finally,
in a massive shoot-out, bad guys and police kill
each other, double-cross each other, come back to
life, yadda, yadda, yadda.
OK, let's be honest.
This movie sucks pudding through a garden hose.
It's even embarrassing by Eric Roberts'
standards, but the cloud has some silver linings.
Rachel Hunter shows us her chest, and she's one
of the world's great beauties. Marlee Matlin
shows us her chest, and she hasn't shown all that
much flesh in her career. So it's a happy ending
for nudity lovers, even if movie lovers may be a
Avoid the DVD and rent
the video. As mentioned earlier, the only reason
to watch the movie is the nudity, and there is
far more in the video. The DVD is matted on the
top and bottom, and they have cut off Matlin's
nipples comletely, and also reduced the angles
from which Hunter's are visible.
Marlee Matlin Rachel Hunter (1,
Sidebar. The IMDb says
Matlin was born in August of 1965, which makes
her only 34, and which made her only 20 during
the filming of "Children of a Lesser
God". She was 21 when she picked up her
"best actress" Oscar, becoming the
youngest woman ever to be honored as Best
Actress, and only the fourth woman ever to win in
her screen debut. Find her home page at
www.marleematlinsite.com Here is some additional
Matlin flesh, from her other two movies with face
and breasts visible together. (She also did a
headless underwater shot in "Children
Matlin in "Hear no
Matlin in "In Her Defense" (1,
of Sexual Innocence" from Tuna
Did Figgis let Leaving
Las Vegas go to his head or dictate his future?
Not even close. Loss of Sexual Innocence is one
of the most "arty' art films I ever saw.
Although lack of backing hindered him here and
there, he created the film he wanted to create.
Whether you like or dislike the results, you have
to admire him for trying.
This quirky film has
nearly no dialogue, and 4 or 5 plots that are
loosely woven together, including the story of
Adam and Eve falling from grace. This piece is
about imagery and music, and leaves much latitude
for the viewer to gain a personal understanding.
The reviews range from "piece of crap"
to brilliant, with a lot of people feeling more
like me. It has a few wonderful moments and some
stunning imagery, but is certainly not an
engrossing story. The Adam and Eve element has
received a lot of criticism as not being
necessary. For me, without this plethora of
nudity, I probably would not have watched more
than 10 minutes.
As an example of the
imagery, there is one scene where Figgis turned a
camera up-side down, and photographed the
reflection of woods in a lake. This image is
disorienting at first, which is the effect he
wanted, and is an amazing piece of camera work.
The DVD quality is very good and includes a
feature lenght commentary by Figgis.
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