Burning Palms Reviews
Not bad yet not great either. This film has many stories which could may be real in real life but totally messed up too. I think the cast was decently good and the director almost achieved his his goal but failed in alot other ways.
Five tales of madness set in L.A. In "Green-Eyed Monster," a foul-mouthed 15-year-old comes home from private school to meet Dedra, the woman her dad plans to marry. Father-daughter antics creep Dedra out. In "Little Piggy," a woman can't get the stink off a finger she's used to stimulate her boyfriend during sex. "Buyer's Remorse" presents Tom and Gerry, a West Hollywood couple, who buy a child on the black market; she takes weeks to say her first word. In "Kangaroo Court," a nasty kid torments a maid in his household by stealing the placenta of her dead baby. In "Man Eater," a woman tracks down a rapist who has left his wallet at her house. When she finds him, what will she do?
A subversive tale that interlaces five stories set in Los Angeles, where no taboo is left unexplored as each character careens toward a dark and often comic fate.
If you have a dark humor, and speak cynicism fluently - this movie is definitely worth your time. Usually when a movie depicts a couple of different stories with a common denominator, shown one following the other, not interlacing, it is used in order to show "a bigger picture", which brings me to one of the two only issues with this film (in my opinion): there is no bigger picture. If you're looking for a final scene that will connect all the dots together, you should know there isn't any. It's just not this kind of movie, nothing to be disappointed about.
The other thing that might bother you, is the lack of "tightness" in the plots. This becomes very apparent in the different endings - as if the writer had an excellent idea for five sketches, but not a movie. A film that isn't going to be everyone's tea, with some of the set-ups leading to some very outrageous, absurdist scenarios but worth watching only once.
It's about a
* guy who has a weird relationship with his daughter and his fiance flips out (this one was the most disturbing, a little more because of what the fiance does to cope).
* A gay couple who adopts a black African hunter kid (pretty funny)
* Some really shitty spoiled rich kids with a hippie mom who doesn't really care
* A rape victim who confronts her rapist.
(2010) Burning Palms
Five short seperate stories in the same realm as "Creepshow" except that these stories center on extremely odd strange people doing peculiar circumstances.
First story called "The Green-Eyed Monster" starring Dedra Davenport (Rosamund Pike) meeting the 15 year old daughter Chloe Marx (Emily Meade) of her fiance Dennis Marx(Dylan McDermott) for the very first time. However, she is soon disturbed by how unhealthy and bordering on incestuous the relationship between the two is. (synopsis copied and paste from Wikipedia)
The problem with this one is that the story seemed to be restrained for theirs a lack of communication between Dedra and nor is their a lack of critisism from all else.
"The Green Eyed Monster" gets 2 out of 4 stars
The second story called "This Little Piggy" starring Ginny Bai (Jamie Chung) agrees to participate in an unconventional sex act with her boyfriend Chad Bower (Robert Hoffman). Soon after she begins to slowly lose her mind when she cannot seem to get rid of an odd smell from her finger. (synopsis copied and paste from wikipedia)
The problem with this one is of course the same problem I had with the first story which is the lack of communication, Ginny with the stinky finger doesn't even see a doctor about this making viewers curious about why she can't get rid of that smell off her finger.
"This Little Piggy" gets 2 out of 4 stars
Third story called "Buyer's Remorse" where a rich and well recognized West Hollywood gay couple (Peter Macdissi and Anson Mount) decide to adopt a 7 year old African girl (Tiara McKinney). They prove to be mentally unprepared for the challenges and risks involved in parenthood, especially so, as their adopted daughter is a decided mute who refuses to speak to them.
Again, like the first two stories, viewers are oblivious about the little girl's past which is kind of ludicrous since the two gay couple are spending money on her but may have done it from illegal channels but it never tells.
"Buyer's Remorse" gets 2 out of 4 stars
Fourth story is called "Kangaroo Court" where it showcases
a nanny (Lake Bell) for a group of neglected children comes to find some dangerous secrets about the live- in staff at their mansion home. (Synopsis copied and paste from wikipedia)
The children show a lack of consequences nor any responsibilities, nor do viewers ever get to know how and where they get their money from.
"Kangaroo Court" gets 1 star out of 4
The fifth and last one is called "Maneater" that has unidentified man (Nick Stahl) breaks into the apartment of meek woman Sarah Cotton (Zoe Saldana), whom he proceeds to rape. Sometime later she finds the man's wallet and is able to track him down and approach her attacker with an unusual request.(synopsis copied and paste from wikipedia.)
Probably the best one to watch out of all 5 of stories, which is a remincent of a small Takashi Miike movie.
"Maneater" gets 2.5 out of 4 stars
And one final point I want to make here is that all of the stories have considerable acting but the story experience is awkward.
2 out of 4 statrs
Pappy's Pedestrian Opinion: I didn't like it.