Archives for June, 2007
Directed By Craig Brewer
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci
Those of you who read this site regularly know that I’m a big fan of exploitation cinema and 70′s cult cinema. Lately there’s be a resurgence of interest in this sub genre of film and I couldn’t be happier.
Black Snake Moan is a fantasy film that seems as though it could have been a part of a double feature on a Saturday night at a drive-in from the 1970′s. Christina Ricci plays Rae, a young white trash woman who has a problem with sex, or well a problem with not having it anyway. Her boyfriend Ronnie, played by Justin Timberlake is headed off for a tour in the military so he can save enough money to get himself and her out of the town they live in, hopefully to Knoxville. Now that’s a real improvement!
Rae has apparently been cheating on him the whole time they’ve been together and when he leaves, she kicks into overdrive having sex with a local drug dealer, a random guy at a party, and almost with one of her boyfriend’s buddies. When she insults him he beats her up and throws her out of his truck into the street. The next day Lazarus, an old bluesman turned farmer played by Samuel L. Jackson finds her lying in the street and takes her back to his house to try and fix her up. She’s recovering from a beating and a heavy night of drug use, and also a bad cold. He cleans her face, gets her some meds, and takes care of her for a few days while she comes in and out of consciousness. In town he learns from everybody that his new patient has slept her way back and forth across town since she was in high school. He realizes that this girl isn’t just a slut but that she has a disease and he is the man to cure her. It’s sort of a project for him since he himself is just starting to find himself again after his long term marriage had just come to an end. …continue reading