Sunday, March 30, 2014

Maladies


James Franco has been known for a diverse amount of work, ranging from acting in film, acting in TV soap opera, directing, writing screenplays, writing novels, and attending multiple graduate schools.  And in general I'm a fan.  But he's also known to be fond of experimental art, and that can often be terribly painful to watch.  I had the displeasure of seeing his highly experimental film 'Francophrenia (or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is)' at the Tribeca Film Festival, a film composited of outtakes and off camera moments from his experience on General Hospital.  It was a glorified film school project, and certainly not something I should have had to pay to see.  And now we have 'Maladies'.  Don't be fooled by the quality of the cast including Catherine Keener and David Strathairn.  It's a boring, pretentious, unintelligible mess.

'Maladies' is now available on Video on Demand.

Grade: F

Who is this movie for?  No one.  Not even big time Francophiles will get their time or money's worth.

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