House (1998) is one of several releases of unknown indies from a
distribution company called The Asylum. It is the first with
identified exposure, and is the best one so far. They are affordable,
and you are not likely to have seen them elsewhere, but none of them
will end up on anyone's top 250 list.
|Art House is a send-up of
the indie scene. Our hero, Joe Baker, is a wannabe
producer/director/screenwriter. He pays the bills by working an
espresso bar, where much of the action takes place. He joins forces
with a "cool" friend who makes several big moves, like
getting them agents that won't promote them, but will accept their 10%
if the two happen to sell something. Joe moves in with porn star Tony
when his girlfriend throws him out.
|Erin Ramirez comes out of
Tony's bedroom to get a bottle of champagne and some
strawberries wearing only a pair of panties
||I wouldn't say this was a laugh a
minute. The transfer was grainy, which makes me suspect super16 film
was used for filming, then enlarged to 35. IMDB readers say 6.1/10,
which is a little higher than I expected. Nobody else has heard of it.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 6.1. surprisingly high.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics - or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C-.
the Movie House home page