The Model is a movie about… a model. It stars real life model Maria Palm, in her first movie role, as a young woman from Denmark who goes to Paris to make it big.
Maria Palm, pretty as she is when she’s in makeup, is clearly out of her depth as an actress. Worse, the camera tends to linger on her when she has nothing to do, something even veteran actors can have trouble with. Despite that, though, it’s actually not a terrible movie. I couldn’t call it a good movie, but it has high production value, and the other actors are such professionals that it’s not the disaster it could have been. Ed Skrein (you may know him as Francis in Deadpool) is very good; in fact he’s far too good an actor for this movie.
As you might expect from a show about an escort, this show has a lot of nude scenes and a lot of sex scenes. Most are not that explicit– this is still a mainstream production– although some are, especially the final episode. Riley Keough appears nude in the majority of the episodes, and her simple matter-of-factness about it makes the whole thing work.
Bonus: she’s Elvis Presley’s granddaughter.
There isn’t a note of falseness anywhere in The Girlfriend Experience. Every moment is perfectly naturalistic; no actor seems to be acting. Steven Soderbergh recently said “Why do you think you can improve on what’s real?”, and you can feel that philosophy in every frame. This show never lies to you.
Riley Keough deserves a special mention as the actor at the center of it because she’s infinitely watchable while doing what often seems to be very little. It’s eerie when her character goes from her normally unemotive, taciturn self when she’s alone, to turning on the charm for a client. At one point she asks her sister, “Am I a sociopath?” At another in the same episode, a client calls her a “female Ted Bundy”. What she is, though, as a scene in the first episode shows us, is almost painfully herself at all times.
Also, I didn’t realize this until I saw it on IMDB, but she’s one of the girls in Mad Max.
I gotta say, whatever you think about the rest of the movie, this scene is sexy as hell. Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas are like something from a fever dream. Lorenza Izzo in particular has a wicked charisma that’s fun to watch. You can’t take your eyes off of her.
Some of the thumbnails below look like they’re just of Keanu, but that’s caused by the thumbnail software centering the frame; if you click you’ll see one or both girls at the side of the frame.
Another entry from the worst-titled movie of the year. The first was Alyson Bath’s, and there’s probably one more coming with some of the minor characters. Turns out slasher flicks set in houses full of young women are a good source of nudity! (I actually like this movie for indulging that cliche, though; if you’re going to mimic 70’s-80’s slasher flicks, go all the way.)
As far as slasher flicks go, this one isn’t bad. While the plot and dialogue are exactly what you’d expect, the production values are high and the actors are all game. This is a B movie, but at the very high end of B movies. Call it a B+ movie. It probably could have been released in theaters around Halloween and done well for itself.
If I was judging it against every other mainstream movie I’ve seen this year I’d have to give it two stars, but Roger Ebert taught us that we shouldn’t do that– we should judge a movie for what it is and what it’s trying to be. In that light I give it three stars.
One oddity of its release is that, while the dialogue is all in English, all text in the movie is in Dutch, which you’ll see in the clip at the bottom if you decide to watch it.
This is a terrible movie. There isn’t much else to say about it except that Angelina Armani has a sex scene, she’s quite attractive, and her character likes it quite rough.
This movie, and maybe even the lovely Ms. March, are nearly forgotten to history, but once upon a time in the summer of 1994, she was the hottest goddamn thing in the world.
This movie is an oddity. It may well hold the record for the most graphic nudity that was allowed an R rating. There are actually a few shots of bush; I can’t remember the last time I saw that in an R-rated movie. It has a sex scene montage, an art that’s definitely been lost. She’s shot in soft focus when she first arrives, (despite that the young Jane March was nearly flawless), another odd throwback. It’s like what a classical director of the 50’s and 60’s might come up with if he was talked with making something modern and dirty.
And why yes, that is Bruce Willis she’s having sex with, lest you think this is just some top-shelf porn. 1994 was a good year to be Bruce Willis.
That is one sexy robot.
Her character in this film is strangely attractive, despite the fact that she never once speaks or smiles. It’s odd. She doesn’t stare either, she just kind of… looks. You never know what she’s thinking, or how much she’s aware of the situation. The film continually gives us hints that she is aware, but never comes right out and says it. Awesome movie, by the way. You should see it twice.
I will, thanks.
Here’s Alison Brie in the movie Get Hard, which I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t even watch, I just skipped to the Brie to get screenshots.