Thursday, May 17, 2012
Exhibitionism nonpareil! Matt D'Elia's AMERICAN ANIMAL gets limited release
Trust-Movies isn't certain of the answer, since all performing is a kind of exhibitionism, with any line of demarcation so constantly crossed that it becomes less a line than a large smudge. Still, as someone once said regarding pornog-raphy -- "I know it when I see it" -- and Matt D'Elia's new film AMERICAN ANIMAL comes about as close to the definition as I've seen in a long while. (The definition of exhibitionism, that is, not pornography.) Mr. D'Elia, pictured below, is the writer, director, co-star (he's the star, really, as he gets a lot more screen time than co-actor Brendan Fletcher), co-producer and co-editor of the film.
Mircea Monroe, above) and Not Blond Angela (Angela Sarafyan, below). Ah-hah. Do we see a metaphor forming? Could James and Jimmy be two sides of the same coin: Jimmy the exhausting rebel and James more the conformist type? And the women, their ministering angels? (Well, they would have to be to put up with these two guys.) Even if this interpretation is valid, so what? "Give my world a chance!" begs Jimmy at one point in the film. "I'm not even charging admission." No, dear, at this point it's we who should be charging you.
Village East Cinema. More playdates may follow around the country if enough of an audience turns out here in New York City.