American Mary (2012)

American Mary
Director: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
Writer: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
Cast: Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, David Lovgren, Paula Lindberg, Clay St. Thomas, John Emmet Tracy, Twan Holliday, Nelson Wong, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Russ Foxx
Seen on: 4.7.2021

Content Note: rape, whoremisia

Mary (Katharine Isabelle) is a promising medical student but she struggles to make her student loan payments. Hoping for some quick cash, she decides to apply for a job as a stripper in Billy’s (Antonio Cupo) club. Instead he asks her for an impromptu backroom surgery. At least the compensation is enough to keep Mary over water for a while. When Mary is contacted by Beatriss (Tristan Risk), one of Billy’s employees, for another kind of surgery, she isn’t willing to participate at first, but she can hardly afford to say no to the money Beatriss offers. Soon Mary is deeply involved in the body mod scene.

American Mary has been on my watchlist since about forever, and I finally got around to it, and I’m glad I did, even though I didn’t like everything about it.

The film poster showing Mary (Katharine Isabelle) surgery tools in hand, wearing a mask and an apron over a business outfit.


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To the Night (2018)

To the Night
Director: Peter Brunner
Writer: Peter Brunner
Cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Eleonore Hendricks, Abbey Lee, Jana McKinnon, Christos Haas, Russ Foxx
Seen on: 9.7.2019

Norman (Caleb Landry Jones) survived a fire when he was a child, but his parents didn’t. He is still traumatized by this, but tries to have a normal family life with his girlfriend Penelope (Eleonore Hendricks) and their little son. After he pulls his best friend Andi (Christos Haas) from a fire, Norman’s own childhood memories resurface and he finds himself drawn to fire.

To the Night is not an easy film, and I didn’t expect it to be. While it is a little exhausting to watch, there is something to it – though personally I got more caught up in a small aspect of it than the grand scheme of things.

The film poster showing Norman (Caleb Landry Jones) painted in blue colors with a red fire behind him.
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