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Princess Cyd (2017)
A rare review
I don't review movies much anymore, but there were things about Princess Cyd that I wanted to make note of, in hopes that others who are '... hmm... not sure..'. might give it a chance if they come across it. It's on Netflix and I'm sure available other places too.
I've watched a lot of indie dramas through my life and rarely have I come across one that felt as satisfying as this by the closing credits. Poignant without being saccharine, intelligent without being "clever", slow but well paced. Mostly though, I was impressed at the choices made by the writer/director, and very probably the editor, to avoid dramatic cliches and over-used tropes. There's a sense of quiet subversion at work here, a sense of veering off in a new direction at the moments we've been trained to think 'Ohhh, I know exactly where this is about to go, and ohhh I wish it wasn't.' Pleasantly surprising. I don't want to give much away, let others be equally surprised.
If you like films that make you feel you haven't seen them before, that show restraint and intelligent plotting, well you could do a hell of a lot worse than Princess Cyd. I kinda loved it. 8/10 is high for me.
Fatal Choice (1995)
I saw this on video years ago, from the crappest convenience store rental rack on the planet (remember when you could hire videos from 711 at 3am?). And let's face it, Fatal Choice probably never got anywhere near a cinema. It's got a decent B-cast; Charles Napier and Henry Silva among others. I don't remember it being the greatest film ever and everything I've read about the director says he's a hack (I saw 'Two Coyotes' and it was pretty dreadful) but somehow this one always stuck in my head. I believe the reason for that (aside from Henry Silva who I always loved) can be summed up in two words: Tiffany Lawrence. She was truly and incredibly stunning and fourteen years later I still remember her vividly, despite the fact that she seems to have done almost no film work since. I've searched high and low for a copy of the video but alas, no luck. Average film, but those eyes!