WHAT: Lucky Bastard
By Lizandro Melean / @lizandro_melean
The found footage sub-genre, popularized by The Blair Witch Project in 1999, should be dead already, although it’s still alive and well with offerings like Paranormal Activity part 20, is dead and buried in my book. I must confess I still watch the Paranormal movies just for fun, I see these movies as a Halloween haunted house attraction of some sorts, but Lucky Bastard has brought life into the sub-genre focusing on a subject that goes hand by hand with it: porn.
Director Robert Nathan has created an obscene film, full of nudity, sex, hardcore scenes, simulated penetrations, sex acts that are there to offend you and it also offers performances that make you believe everything that’s happening on screen.
Betsy Rue is someone you should pay attention to. She has the look of a white trash porn star and knows how to act like one; she even reminds me of the real porn star Sylvia Saint. The movie is so great it takes the time to develop her role as Ashley Saint. Lucky Bastard shows you the dark side of the porn industry, it tells you what happens after the fake moaning ends and it transforms into sighs that ask for a better future. It’s a social critique that lies beyond the nudity.
Another actor that makes this movie succeeds is Jay Paulson, who plays a fan of a website called Lucky Bastard, and in the movie he wins a contest “to be with” Ashley Saint. His role is multilayer at times, and although we don’t know the reasons for his behavior, we know people like him live in this world.
This film is a spit on the face to the porn industry, to their makers, their actresses, and ultimately to their fans. Lee Kholafai and Catherine Anette are two other actors that are worth mentioning. Kholafai looks like an upcoming porn star and Anette has something that makes her shine in every scene she’s in. She has one of the best solo scenes with Paulson’s character, I truly enjoyed “their moment” after the “restaurant scene”.
Hollywood is afraid of this film, no one wants you to watch it, but Lucky Bastard is having great chances in festivals and in certain independent movie theaters that believe, like I do, that true films are sometimes cooked outside the cookie cutter Hollywood system.
Lucky Bastard is crude, polemic, dirty and sick. 90 minutes of sex, blood, and violence, the kind of violence that makes you think about the world we’re living in, not like the fake violence portrayed in movies like Die Hard 5. To me this movie is beautiful; a critique to the porn industry, a documentary about how hard it’s to be a porn star, and how a sick bastard can ruin your life
If you have a chance, you must see it…you’ll be a Lucky Bastard.
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