Tag Archive | Prostitution

Jarv’s Favourite Books. Number 3: Adios Muchachos by Daniel Chavarria

That’s enough of the highbrow novel reviews for a while. Anyone that sees the bookshelf at Casa Del Jarv can easily spot a vast contradiction. On one hand there are works such as The Incredible Lightness of Being, or Kafka, and then bang next to it is some gloriously seedy piece of trash like Eric Van Lustbader’s Ninja. I read pretty omnivorously, and as such there’s no real genre that I stick to. With that minor apology, it’s time to review one of the most gleefully trashy novels that I’ve ever read: Adios Muchachos.

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The Underrated: Hardcore

Looking for images from this film has made me despair of humanity. Seriously. I knew it was going to happen, and it is asking for trouble, but you just try typing “hardcore” into google and see what you get. Eventually, on page 900, buried beneath a quite impressive selection of gay porn (and weirdly the odd photo of Darth Vader) you will eventually locate Paul Schrader’s 1979 classic. Read More…

The Underrated: Angel

This is a review that’s been a long time coming. I’ve really struggled with it, as this is not the easiest film that I’ve ever written about. As with Vice Squad, which was a thriller with a hefty dollop of street-level grit, Angel is also ostensibly a thriller mired in the sleaze of prostitution. Unfortunately, unlike with Vice Squad, the thriller sections of the film aren’t actually that successful. Sure, they’re watchable enough, but they pale in comparison to the other facets of the movie. Read More…

Jarv’s Best of 2000-2009. Number 4: Requiem for a Dream

Any of these top 4 could have been number 1. In fact, this was (until I rewatched it a few  nights ago) pencilled in as number 1, but on reflection it’s just too damned miserable to take the top spot. Read More…