Wild Eye Releasing provides an especially savory treat regarding the recent DVD review of the equal parts horror and comedy film "Model Hunger." This take on the toll of going from "It" Girl to "Sh*t" Girl in the modeling world takes the classic sickness of "Misery" to a whole new level.
"Hunger" is notable as well as the directorial debut of legendary horror actress Debbie Rochon; the expert toying with potential victims and the reverse boob job are two of many examples that Rochon has been paying attention while making more than 300 films. The scads o' accolades for this inaugural outing include the Audience Choice Award at the Macarbe Faire Film Festival and the Best Feature Film Award at FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego.
Wild Eye aptly describes this tale of deranged titular former cover girl Ginny as "an unsettling, dark-humored critique of the entertainment business." Now living in an otherwise quiet residential neighborhood, Ginny gleefully plays judge, jury, and executioner to the accompaniment of her own warped thoughts.
The first Hansel and Gretel to visit the abode of the witch are two cheerleaders who are being coerced into participating in a door-to-door fundraising effort. The fatal mistake of these two broke girls is accepting an invitation for a cup of tea and a viewing of an awesomely perverse television program featuring a John Waters style trashy obese drag queen.
Ginny also takes it on herself to save a naive young woman who is hitchhiking to New York to pursue her dream of stardom. This time, it is very personal.
New neighbor Debbie, who arrives with plenty of baggage, quickly assumes a Gladys Kravitz role on moving into the 'hood with husband Sal. Debbie knows that Ginny is engaged in nefarious doings but cannot get Sal or anyone else to take her seriously even after the search for the missing cheerleaders focuses on the street.
The Debbie/Sal angle further sets the stage for a memorable moment in "Hunger." Suffice it to say that Debbie makes Sal eat his words when she brings the new couple a special treat.
"Hunger" itself is memorable for adequately keeping the gore in check and making Ginny so out there to appeal audience members who come more for the edgy dark humor while still having enough inventive torture and bloodletting to bring purists to the party.
The plethora of extras include a hard-corish music video, a short featuring the model persona of Debbie, and deleted scenes.
The Film Movement July 5, 2016 DVD release of the documentary "Imber's Left Hand" takes an aptly creative approach to the life story of 21st century Boston-area artist Jon Imber. One of may elements that sets this story apart from other biodocs of painters is that Imber developing progressively disabling ALS requires switching from painting with his right hand to using the titular appendage.
The numerous accolades for this film about a mensch whose likability matches (if not exceeds) his talent include Audience Awards at several Jewish film festivals.
The following YouTube clip of the extended trailer for "Imber's" nicely includes scenes from each portion of this true profile in courage (and humor).
The disturbing opening images of friends propping up an essentially limp Imber soon transition to images of a much healthier Imber 14 months earlier. He knows that he has ALS but is determined to live life to the fullest for as long as possible.
Filmmaker Richard Kane also illustrates the progression of the ALS through a montage of still images of paintings that show the deterioration of the motor skills of Imber. Ongoing interviews with Imber additionally document the course of the disease.
The most uplifting portion of "Imber" focuses on the final summer that he and longtime companion/fellow artist Jill Hoy spend in the artist community in Deer Island, Maine. They are much loved among their friends there, and the summer-long trip provides Imber a chance to continue his practice of showing his love for those near and dear to him by painting their portrait in his unique style. Imber also showing his earlier works includes a hilarious moment regarding great expectations for his (now very charming college student) son.
The most insightful look at the creative process relates to watching Imber paint with his left hand during what seems to be an early stage of his disease and decide that he prefers a landscape, rather than a portrait, orientation of the piece. In doing so, he displays the same humor that makes one mourn losing any chance of sitting down for a cup of coffee with him.
The comprehensive scope of "Imber's" further include the artistic and other memorable element of the childhood of this subject, discussion of his mentor, and the story of his adorable and sweet courtship of Hoy. For her part, Hoy is whom you would want by your side during any hardship.
The DVD extra consists of an uncut interview with Imber.