Sunday, March 30, 2014
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.
Who is this movie for? No one. Not even big time Francophiles will get their time or money's worth.