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The movie centers around John Vandermark, a strange, angry and rather dislikeable man who has an admitted weakness for very handsome struggling young male artists. Enter Sebastian St. Germaine, a gorgeous author who is currently taking advantage of Vandermark's "charity" by staying in Vandermark's house, eating his meals, and ignoring his thinly veiled sexual advances.
The movie takes off from there in an explosion of fury and extremely dark comedy, blood and hysteria. David Boreanaz plays Sebastian to perfection as a dark, angry man who is also rather abusive and egotistic, and his performance as the young man (who is eventually murdered in a scene of gruesome macabre that is too memorable to go into detail here; you'd have to see it to believe it) is one of his best to date.
However, Alan Cumming's performance as John Vandermark is really the one that will stick with you. It's like watching a lunatic running through a hallway of funhouse mirrors; constantly shifting in a dizzying whirl. He cries and whines, he screams and tortures, he laughs and breaks into hysterics. His performance is pitch-perfect and his directing is, while not groundbreaking, definitely something different to see.
This movie is incredibly artistic and feeling, probing into the darkness of obsession and the explosions of passion therein with devastating effect. There aren't really any light moments throughout the film; but that only makes the overall theme of loss and obsession easier to maintain.Read more ›
Cumming plays a sophisticated recluse who invites struggling young artists into his home to mentor their creative endeavors. He has other designs as well--it certainly isn't a coincidence that his projects are typically handsome men and a little rough around the edges at that. His latest is portrayed by David Boreanaz who takes advantage of Cumming mercilessly as he is supposedly working on a book. The dysfunctional duo push things too far and the film evolves into a macabre thriller. At one point, the campy confrontations took on the mania that recalled the loudest moments of the classic "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" When it is discovered that Boreanaz has, indeed, been writing a book--and it's based on Cumming (the title is one of the funniest punchlines), there's simply no going back. The battle is physical and it's bloody. In the aftermath, the film loses some of its fun but still reaches a satisfying conclusion.
The film boasts appearances by Anne Heche, Jane Lynch, Henry Thomas and Carrie Fisher but no one has much to do.Read more ›
WONDERFUL performances from Cummings and Boreanaz, who both really shine. What a departure for Boreanaz. I have to give kudos for the risk.
WOW, that bathroom scene is something vile and nasty. I liked it! Give me the look any day Sebastian!!! I'll bring the maple syrup. Plus, you will never look at women's underwear and Christmas lights the same way again!
I will admit, this film is not for everyone, but it is good, not so clean fun, in the vein of Rocky Horror.
Everything he creates is incredible: Macbeth, Cabaret, Any Day Now, The Anniversary Party, Happy Tears...this shows yet another aspect of his acting ability. Alan's projects usually seem to vary considerably from one thing to another. Karen Black makes a great appearance, and the torture scene is awesome with David Boreanaz.
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I love David B.....But this has got to be the worst movie ever - I didn't make it through even half! Even the cheap price is a waste!Published on July 17, 2013 by Dana Taylor
I can say it is an excellent film, because out of the conventional and is a reality soon accepted by the majority of the people. Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by Gualuca
This movie dwells on the darkness within us and how our actions have equal reactions. If you like dark stories, then this movie definitely fits that profile.Published on January 13, 2011 by Season
The movie took me by surprise. The story twist was kind of dark but in the end after i understood the concept i really enjoyed it!!!!!!!Published on December 8, 2010 by Wilhelmina Warren
Dread, paranoia and dire consequences are the ghostwriter's fate in this riveting Polanski film. A former British Prime Minister, Adam Lang, (Pierce Brosman) wants his memoirs... Read morePublished on April 6, 2010 by Loyd Eskildson