MILL CREEK DVD RELEASE: Macgruber, Balls of Fury, Your Highness (2010, 2007, 2011)

Mill Creek has released this DVD set of three 2000s comedies that is totally worth your money. You can get it from Deep Discount.

MacGruber (2010): Directed by The Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone, MacGruber does what all SNL films do: stretch a short segment into a full movie. However, because this movie has a rich history of spy films and MacGyver to make fun of, it does much better than most.

Star Will Forte would tell The A.V. Club, “What you see with this movie is exactly what we wanted to do. It’s the three of us having a bunch of fun writing it, then having fun making it with a bunch of our friends—old friends and new friends. I think that fun comes across when you watch it. It’s rare that you get that kind of creative freedom.”

Basically, MacGruber is the greatest secret agent of all time, but he’s been retired ever since his archnemesis Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer) killed his wife (Maya Rudolph) on his wedding day. Of course, he comes back. And oh yes, as I always say, hijinks ensue.

WWE wrestlers Chris Jericho, The Big Show, Mark Henry, Kane, MVP and The Great Khali appeared in this movie as past agents that have worked with MacGruber, which led to Forte, Ryan Phillippe and Kristen Wiig hosting Monday Night Raw. And one of the henchmen is remake Jason, Derek Mears.

I’m for any movie that has Powers Boothe as an authority figure and Kilmer as a villain who ends up getting his hand chopped off, machine gunned, blown up real good and then, as MacGruber prepares to marry the love of his life, pissed on.

There’s going to be a series of this on the NBC Peacock streaming service. I can’t wait. Hopefully it’s as much fun as this movie.

Strangely enough — and this feels like complete BS because there’s no attribution on IMDB — Kilmer and Forte almost ended up being on Amazing Race as a team, as Kilmer later stayed at Forte’s house for a few months after this movie and they became such friends that they watched the show all the time together.

Balls of Fury (2007): As silly as this movie is, it’s important to remember that it comes from The State‘s Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, which means that yes, it will be incredibly ridiculous but in a way that makes you feel good about how dumb it al is — and I say that with affection.

Randy Daytona (Dan Fogler) loses the semi-final ping pong game against semi-final game against Karl Wolfschtagg in the 1988 Summer Olympics and when he finds out that his father (Robert Patrick) bet on the game, he learns minutes later that the loan shark money that he used for the bet is collected by a near-supervillain named Feng (Christopher Walken) who makes Randy’s dad pay with his life. Therefore, no more ping pong.

Or maybe not. Nearly two decades later, Agent Ernie Rodriguez (George Lopez) recruits him Enter the Dragon-style to infiltrate Feng’s table tennis tournament and break up his guns for money empire. Oh yeah — the tournament is sudden death and that means that the loser dies, as his henchwoman Mahogany (Aisha Tyler) kills whoever drops the ball with a poison dart.

After training with Master Wong (James Hong) and his daughter Maggie (Maggie Q), he must defeat table tennis bosses like Freddy “Fingers” Wilson (Terry Crews), The Hammer (Patton Oswalt) and his old enemy Wolfschtagg (Thomas Lennon).

The idea that Asian masters can’t teach skills to white people was a big part of Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. The star of that movie, Jason Scott Lee, is in this as Siu-Foo.

Your Highness (2011): Before David Gordon Green started remaking every horror movie you ever cared about, he was making cute comedies like this one, written by Danny McBride and Ben Best.

This is the journey of Prince Thadeous (McBride) and Prince Fabious (James Franco), the sons of King Tallious. After they defeat the wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), Fabious plans on marrying the virgin Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) who he has just rescued. Thadeous skips the ceremony after hearing the royal guard, led by Boremont (Damian Lewis) insult him for his laziness. As he leaves with his friend Courtney (Rasmus Hardiker), Leezar attacks, takes back Belladonna and plans on having sex with her during the convergence of two moons. She will give birth to a dragon that will help him conquer King Tallious’ kingdom. Thadeous must help his brother or be banished.

Their quest is complicated when they learn that the king’s Knights Elite have staged a coup and joined with Leezar. What follows are episodes right out of an Italian sword and sorcery movie, like a tribe of Amazon warriors, a hydra creature, a labyrinth containing a minotaur, a quest for the Blade of the Unicorn and meeting warrior woman Isabel (Natalie Portman).

When you see the scene with Leezar’s three witch mothers, they are played by Matyelok Gibbs (Erik the Viking‘s mother), Anna Barry and Angela Pleasence from SymptomsThe Godsend and From Beyond the Grave (and Donal’s daughter, of course).

This movie was not well reviewed and James Franco has been said to outright despise it. I had fun, but as you know, I’ve watched so many some of the wildest barbarian movies that cinema has to offer.

Italian Spider-Man (2007)

At one point, before the internet united the world and divided our country, each nation had its own take on superheroes, like Japan’s Supaidāman, Turkey’s 3 Dev Adam (there are so many to pick from in that country, to be honest) and Mexico’s La Mujer Murcielago.

Director Dario Russo and actor David Ashby made this as a short in college, then turned it into multiple episodes in which Italian Spiderman (Ashby as Franco Franchetti) proves to be the only man who can hold a reality-altering asteroid.

From a surf contest with Captain Maximum (Leombruno Tosca) to growing to a massive size to fight that villain, massacaring his henchmen and losing his mentor Professor Bernardi, all while stock footage crocodiles turn into men, penguins being summoned, mustache boomerangs and the non-appearance of a villain named Goblin run past you at superhuman speed.

It helps if you know way too much about ripoff remix remake films, but even if you don’t, this is still pretty great.

Russo and Ashby would go on to make Danger 5.

You can watch this on YouTube.

Watch the series: Lake Placid

Sometimes, having OCD and ADD and who knows what else leads me down some strange paths. This time, it was to go all-in on Lake Placid. A note: The Lake Placid vs. Anaconda movie and Lake Placid: Legacy will be covered soon enough.

Lake Placid (1999): Not many eco-horror movies have the pedigree of Steve Miner directing and David E. Kelly writing them. Maybe it’s just that I’ve watched so many cable sequels and low budget cash-ins this week, but man — this is an actual movie! This line will make more sense by the time this article is done, as man did these movies take a dive when it comes to quality.

A SCUBA diving death in Aroostook County, Maine leads to an entire team investigating the cause. Sheriff Hank Keough (Brendan Gleason), wildlife officer Jack Wells (Bill Pullman), American Museum of Natural History paleontologist Kelly Scott (Bridget Fonda) and mythology professor Hector Cyr (Oliver Platt) soon discover that there’s a giant crocodile in the lakes, fed by kindly old Mrs. Delores Bickerman (Betty White).

The Stan Winston-created gator looks great, a moose head is gorily removed from the lake and White’s character is fun. There are also several references to Alligator, which I endorse because it’s the best of all croc or gator on the loose movies.

Lake Placid 2 (2007): Sheriff James Riley is now on the case of the gators and if you know your made for SyFy movies, you know that he has to be played by one-time Duke of Hazzard John Schneider. Instead of Betty White feeding gators, you get her sister Sadie, played by Cloris Leachman (they were both on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, so at least the casting has some meta quality). Instead of Steve Miner and David E. Kelly, we have David Flores directing and Howie Miller and Todd Hurvitz writing.

It is, as they say, a major step backward.

I was going to ask where a cop would get a grenade launcher and then I remembered that in my hometown of 7,436 people the police all have AR15s, ballistic armor and a battle armored SWAT vehicle. So this isn’t all that far-fetched, I guess.

In case you wondered, yes, a small dog is menaced by the gator.

Lake Placid 3 (2010): Sadie Bickerman has died and left her home to her nephew Nathan (Colin Ferguson from Eureka), who plans on fixing it up with his wife Susan (Yancy Butler) and their son Connor, who inherits the Bickerman family trait of feeding gators and making them into human masticating killing machines.

In this movie, an entire family of gators bites down on peeping toms and skinny dippers, keeping the cable movie from showing too much gore or too much skin. It also has a literal home invasion via crocodile years before Crawl.

Director Griff Furst — Stephen’s son — has been in nearly ninety movies and also directed Swamp SharkAlligator Alley and Trailer Park Shark. Writer David Reed is now a writer and a producer of The Boys.

The end of this movie directly ties into the fourth movie.

Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (2010): David E. Kelly, which wrote the original Lake Placid, gave this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars and said, “Is this the last one really? The ending doesn’t make me think so. I am glad to see Robert Englund in this and some of the cast from the previous movie! The effects are still lame as second and third, but the story is good.”

David Reed was back as the writer and sequel king Don Michael Paul (Kindergarten Cop 2, Jarhead 2: Field of FireSniper: LegacyTremors 5: BloodlinesSniper: Ghost ShooterTremors: A Cold Day in HellDeath Race: Beyond AnarchyThe Scorpion King: Book of SoulsJarhead: Law of ReturnBulletproof 2 and Tremors: Shrieker Island) was new to the series, making what was claimed to be the last film in the series. Come on, people.

After the events of Lake Placid 3, Reba (Yancy Butler) is still alive and she starts this off by killing the last remaining crocodile in the supermarket. Now an EPA agent, she returns to Black Lake a year later to work with sheriff Theresa Giove (Elisabeth Röhm). And in every Lake Placid there must be a Bickerman and this time it’s Jimmy, played by Robert Englund.

Butler is pretty great in this, the crocodile is somehow twenty feet long and a whole bus full of kids gets menaced.

There’s an opportunity to make the Lake Placid movies high trash, yet no one ever seems to go for it. You know there will be more, so that’s my challenge to croc creatives: go wild.

Savage Lagoon (2007)

At some point in the late 1940s, the beautiful countess of Rudlov disappeared, which has been blamed on both a monster and the lagoon. Now, a New York ballerina named Illona Rudlov (Jacqueline Freid) has come to Bohemia to reclaim her lost relative’s castle.

Director and writer MarieAnna Dvorak was born in Czechoslovakia where her career was damaged by the Communist regime, as religion — a major part of her art — was prohibited. This was originally released in 1999 as Bohemian Moon and it really has it all, as they say — a lake monster, a potentially incestuous love affair, the previously mentioned lake monster chowing down on a nude woman, the fate of the aristocracy after the Communist revolution and a whole bunch of talking.

This movie feels like walking through a lake and your feet get caught in mud and you struggle to walk but you know there’s something mysterious on the shore and it ends up being just something the light shone on and made sparkle. It also feels like space aliens beamed this down and had to wait until streaming was at the level that it is today for us to watch it and enjoy it, but never understand it.

It’s like a fairy tale with lots of fucking, but none of it fulfilling. There, I said it.

You can watch this on Tubi.

Zombies by Design (2006)

I have functional OCD and ADD, so when I found out that every Dave Wascavage movie is on Tubi, I ran hard and fast toward them all, drinking them in. Zombies by Design has one of his better concepts: what if a Trading Spaces show was airing a live marathon and a housewife plans on having her mad scientist husband’s lab be the room that gets fixed up? And what if that scientist was planning on unleashing zombies on the world?

This movie cost $17,000 and that’s about what the catering budget is for a half day of a Hollywood shoot. With that money, Wascavage fills the screen with plenty of gore and lots of that MS Paint-influenced CGI of his that I love so much. Seriously, it was disconcerting when i first saw it but now, after seeing all of his movies, I demand it.

The zombies have these little glowing antenna on the back of their heads that allows them to be controlled. There’s also a control noise that I swear made my dog more upset than anything since all of the nonstop screams of Alucarda.

There are also plenty of limbs being ripped clean off, which I demand from zombie films. I also like that Wascavage keeps using the same crew, like Juan Fernandez, and writes the movies with his wife Mary, making this a family affair.

There’s a near Fulci moment where a cameraman sees the zombies coming and does absolutely nothing, deer in the headlights until they toss him on a table and rip his arms off and eat his guts. By the end, the crew of the home renovation show is riding in a panel truck and just trying to escape a suburban bedroom community awash in blood, gore and piles of clothing also covered in more blood.

These days, zombie movies have become disposable and boring junk, a fact which makes me beyond sad. Wascavage gets tons of credit here, because he made a movie packed with fun that never gets old.

You can watch this on Tubi.

Nympha (2007)

Sarah (Tiffany Shepis!) has come from New York City to Italy on a spiritual quest to become part of the New Order convent where she plans to live out her life as a cloistered nun.

As Bunyan wrote in Pilgrim’s Progress, “Then I saw that there was a way to hell, even from the gate of heaven.”

Sarah begins having visions of a young nun who was on the same journey that she was on and how her life became anything but a serene journey to discover God’s grace. And that means to find the divine, you need to have your ear drums pierced, your eyes filled with acid, your hands burned and your tongue removed. Then she magically heals but not before flashbacks filled with monstrous infants.

For as over the top arty and — at times — silly as this gets, you have to give it to Shepis for being committed. She’s actually a pretty good actress, but most people will only be watching this for the nudity and sapphic scenes that nun movies promise. Well, you’ll get it, but you have to wander the desert like some kind of prophet before you get that revelation. Hope you enjoy eating all those locusts and wild honey.

Directed and written by Ivan Zuccon (The Darkness Beyond), this is another attempt at me trying to find my way into the horrors of Italian film post late 80s. Sometimes, the results are successful. This is around halfway one of those times.

Pumpkinhead 4: Blood Feud (2007)

Filmed back to back with Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes, the fourth Pumpkinhead movie played in Dayton, OH before it showed up on SyFy. Despite being a Southern story, it was filmed in Bucharest, Romania.

It sets up a real Hatfield and McCoys situation and literally, I mean that, as this is about the feud between the two families. Ricky McCoy and Jody Hatfield are in love and this feud won’t stop them from hooking up. Then Pumpkinhead gets summoned and the ghost of Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen) shows up too and nearly everyone dies.

Director and writer Michael Hurst also made the House of the Dead 2 TV movie and Mansquito, so there you go. Also, Romanians playing rednecks. There needs to be a Letterboxd list of that.

Raiders of the Damned (2007)

Long before Milko Davis made his mainstream debut to worldwide streaming audiences with the fun apoc-when-animals-attack romp, Tsunambee (first released in 2015, but rebooted in 2020 to streaming), he made his micro-budgeted streaming debut with this retro-zom feature starring Richard Grieco of 21 Jump Street fame (Lifepod, Art of the Dead). Sure, this movie is old. But you know the older stuff is our jam at B&S About Movies, especially when it evokes the Italian ’80s apoc’ers and zoms of yore. So, with the news of Milko’s newest flick, Phantom Patrol on the horizon, well, let’s get to reviewin’, padre!

However, before we get started: this review has Six Commandments of the Wasteland as told by Lord Humungus. Don’t trip over the burning V-8 carcass on your way to the petrol compound — and obey in fear of the wrath of the Wez:

  1. Thou shalt not speak of Neil Marshall’s walled-up frackslop that is Doomsday . . . besides, that came a year later.
  2. Thou shalt not speak of Luc Besson’s junkhole Lockout . . . besides, that’s not until 2012.
  3. If thou shalt EfNY-evoke, at least err to the side of the cooler, Xavier Declie-starrer, The Survivor, which came before.
  4. Thou always must refer to apoc-movie god Michael Sopkiw’s turn as Parsifal in 2019: After the Fall of New York.
  5. Thou is permitted to speak of Joe D’Amato’s Endgame and Lucio Fulci’s Warriors of the Year 2072.
  6. All ’80s Spanish-cum-Italian Eurasian George Romero undead knockoffs are permitted.

Okay. Now that you understand the B&S About Movies apoc-headspace . . . on with the show.

World War III, via a nuclear weapon spiked with a biochemical agent known as Agent 9-X, has rendered the Earth a wasteland — with humans reduced to battling the armies of the walking dead. The chemical agent’s side effect: the dead need to consumer human flesh to stop their decaying process. Since there’s no cure: an infected human turns over within a day. While there’s no way to kill the zombies, humans have been successful in quarantining the dead in a Liberty Island-styled perimeter.

The humans outside of the zomrimeters — thanks to Dr. Wells (a one-and-gone Elijah Murphy) and his lab assistant (an also one-and-done Amanda Scheutzow) — have synthesized a Paraquat-type destroying chemical spray to kill the zombies.

During a helicopter run to test the agent, the zombies were able to shoot down the copter via rock catapult (these zoms can also use crossbows and swing swords), leaving Wells and his team the prisoners of the zombified Colonel Crow. Crow, of course, must be stopped: he’s militarized the zombies (some have a nice, ’70s cloaked-skeletal Amando de Ossorio vibe) as an organized army planning an all-out offensive against the survivors.

To get them out, Dr. Lewis (a really hamming-it-for-the-hell-of-it Richard Grieco; caveat: he’s gone after the first 30-minutes) recruits our ersatz Snake Plissken (but we’d rather err to Micheal Sopkiw’s Persifal from, yes, 2019: After the Fall of New York*) in the form of war criminal Captain Dewey “Chopper” Crenshaw (played by Gary Sirchia; kudos for not resorting to the oft-apoc used “Stryker”) to lead a platoon into the quarantine zone. His mission: rescue the doctor and assassinate his ex-superior, Colonel Crow — who put Crenshaw behind bars in the first place. To get them through that wall (thank god for cinematic junk science): the loopy Lewis designed a techno-trinket that opens portals through solid matter.

As with Aliens before it: Crenshaw’s squad has their “Ripleys” in the form of Lieutenant Gena “Razor” Kane (director-in-her-own-right Zoe Quist) and Roxanne “Trigger” Trejo (Laurie Clemens Maier, in her debut; a dozen later, under-the-radar shorts and indies). Crenshaw, of course, has his own, close-to-the-vest plans for Wells and his assistant, Stephanie — as all of the we-love-’em post-apoc fights and Italian zom-peplum, ensues. Yeah, if you want a film with zombies cognizant enough to build catapults, fire cross-bows, and swing swords: this is your movie and a bag o’ chips.

Wow. The critics and streamers of the digital divide are rough on this script by prolific sfx make-up artist Michael Ezell (Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell; most recently for 2021’s Malignant). Look, it was Milko Davis’s first film — and probably made for less-than-under lower-five digits (maybe even less than the mid-four digits). It’s a low-budget zombie movie set in the post-apoc milieu . . . so why are you streaming it expecting The Walking Dead for the sake of the sweet baby of the Nazarene? When you know it’s low-budget: expect the worst-to-the-cheesy and just enjoy the heart and soul put into the work, okay?

Look, Richard Grieco is a righteous thespian in my book; I should be so lucky, as once an actor, myself, to have risen to the levels to be in Grieco’s shoes: a traveling thespian troubadour assisting indie filmmakers. Grieco, as does Eric Roberts these days (and lately, Bruce Willis and Nicolas Cage; see Precious Cargo and Arsenal for examples), lent a helping hand to a new-on-the-scene Milko Davis to get his debut film on the shelves. In the distribution realms: it’s all about that recognizable name on the box and Grieco got Davis started . . . and now the Mik is eight films into the insanity. That’s rad in my book . . . even if the Mik is wondering what the frack has he gotten himself into . . . and he should have went into haberdashery at Nigel Tuffnel’s House of Suits and Colanders, when it was offered to him.

Yeah, I think the zoms, here, look pretty decent and the proceedings far exceed a Bruno Mattei* or Shaun Costello or Jean Rollin or Andrea Bianchi’s zom-joint. And if you’ve seen Hell of the Living Dead, Gamma 639, Zombie Lake, or Burial Ground, with their guacamole-face paint zoms, you know what me mean. (Okay, maybe not Burial Ground. Why do I love that film so much?). I dig the whole John Carpenter Escape from New York-cum-Assault on Precinct13-evoking of it all.

Yes. I’d rather a Milko post-apoc zom joint . . . than that way-too-long, CGI’d McDonald’s zom-fast food disaster that is Zack Synder’s Army of the Dead. So, yes, Milko’s practical, in-camera effects for the win for his reminds of my beloved Bruno Mattei joints! So, uh, hellah yes: Richard Grieco for the win over Dave Bautista. Why else do you think we’ve also reviewed the Rickster in After Midnight, Clinton Road, The Journey: Absolution, and Impact Event — while reviewing no Dave Bautista’s flicks (no, Sly Stallone is our raison de revoir for Escape Plan 2: Hades and Escape Plan: The Extractors; no, Spectre was a “Bond Week” entry).

I am guilty — as was Sam Panico, the Overdog of B&S About Movies (know your obscure apoc villains), in his review of Plankton (1994) — of probably making this sound way better than it is? Well, I’ve now watched this twice (thanks Walmart cut out bins) and I love it even more because you can see there is a glisten of a rough diamond the frames. So, I was right, right? Milko is on to his sixth film with Phantom Patrol, after all. He also keeps improving his game with each of his subsequent films Tsunambee, Jurassic Thunder and Jurassic Dead.

Okay, that’s enough with the critical prattling. Let’s watch this fan-uploaded trailer — and excuse the low-rez of it all; it’s the upload, not film itself.

You can get used-to-new DVDs of Raiders of the Damned on Ebay (through multiple sellers, natch) and stream it on Amazon (again, I got mine from a Walmart Electronics cut-out barrel o’ fun; I’ve seen ’em at Best Buy, well, back when they carried movies). Eh, sorry, no freebie streams via You Tube or Tubi. Yeah, we need a free-with-ads stream!

Do you want to be a part of a Milko flick?

In November 2021, Team Milko launched a Kickstarter campaign for the production and release of his next film, Phantom Patrol. You can also learn more at the official Facebook page for Armageddon Films and Milko’s IMDb page. (Update: The current campaign has end; however, keep checking back as a new campaign will launch in the coming months to support the production.)

* Hey, we had one hell of an apoc blow out with our two-part “The Atomic Dust Bin: 10 Post-Apocalyptic Films You Never Heard Of” featurette. Join us for the radioactive fun for 20 films — and more! We had Raiders of the Damned on the long-list for it and it got lost in the digital shuffle. Too many films to write about! Hey, it took us a while to get to Future-Kill and Robot Jox, as well. But they all get done, eventually.

** Come . . . explore the works with our “Exploring: Bruno Mattei” featurette, if you dare. You know you want to. Click it, you celluloid masochist of Italian crap.

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SLASHER MONTH: Spider Woman (2007)

I’ve added a lot of YouTube subscriptions and one keeps posting weird off brand slashers with covers that have nothing to do with the actual films and they get me every time, so let me share my pleasure and pain with you.

IMDB tells me that director C. Rattapol made this one and only movie. I guess that’s probably a good thing, as this looks like the end period Mattei shot on video movies with none of the lunatic zeal or willingness to outright steal scenes from big budget movies.

I’ve seen this also called Spider Woman: Death Web. Anyways, it’s all about a witch who gets burned on the stake, but then she gets possessed by a giant spider just in time for the torch carrying villagers to destroy her and then we go into modern times and a bunch of teens on vacation come up against Thailand CGI circa 2007, so just imagine.

I really need to get out of my basement.

You can watch this on YouTube.

Viva (2007)

If the films of the 70s — well, let’s say the excesses of Russ Meyer and the drug and biker movies that I love so much — prove to me that there’s no way I would have survived the excesses of the decade.

There’s another truism — the movies of that era have people and imagery that look like no one and nothing else. Yet Anna Biller — who created this and The Love Witch — is the rare filmmaker that is able to recapture that past without merely creating a pastiche that has no heart and soul of its own.

VIVA may take its look and feel from the classic exploitation cinema and vintage Playboy magazines of the early 70s, with the gaudiest apartments outside of a Sergio Martino movie and colors that practically bathe your eyes in a soft and lush bath of joy. Yet on the inside of this taffeta-wrapped box lies hints that 1972 wasn’t always what was seen on drive-in screens.

There aren’t many films that are inspired by both the works of Hugh Hefner and Luis Buñuel — I would say that this is the only one — and for that, the world is a much worse place.

Biller wrote, directed, edited, designed the costume and stars in this film, which is the most self-aware movie I’ve seen that features unself-aware characters, which is some kind of meta backflip trickery when you get right down to it.

Barbi (Biller) starts the film happily married to the workaholic Rick, all while dealing with harassment at every turn, from her boss to her friends Mark and Sheila. Yet when her husband continually chooses work over her, she decides that she’s a single woman. And with Sheila also now single, the two ladies decide to go into the oldest of all professions, like something out of a Barry Mahon film.

Can a movie based on films and magazines that pretty much defined the male gaze break through and become a strong piece of feminist art? When it’s as well made as this film, the answer is yes. That said, this is a film that definitely feels like it will work better for an audience who understands camp and has a beyond working knowledge of the material that inspired it.

As I watched a scene where Barbi got ready for her man to come home, I was struck by one of the first women I ever dated that cared about make up. I felt horrible that she was spending so much time putting on a frustrating pair of false eyelashes and said, “You don’t have to do that. I think you look just fine without them.” And she replied, “Maybe I’m not wearing them for you.”

I’m glad that I learned that lesson. And glad that I watched this film.

You can get the new blu ray of VIVA from Kino Lorber, about whom Biller said, ““I am thrilled to work with Kino Lorber, who releases the best classic and contemporary films, and to see VIVA discovered by a whole new group of fans. VIVA is important to me both as a piece of cinema and as a response to the excesses of the sexual revolution, and I’m excited to see the types of conversations it will generate in the era of #Metoo.”

Want to learn more about Anna Biller? Here’s her official website.