Control Nathan Rabin 4.0
a column where I give patrons a chance to choose a movie for me to see and write about for a one time one hundred dollar pledge
One of you generous weirdoes paid me one hundred dollars to write about the movie that got WWE Films and Blumhouse into the mediocre, painfully bland, mega-church-pimping Christian movie business.
Our ongoing, patron-funded exploration of the films of Sam Peckinpah reaches Bloody Sam’s problematic and deeply troubling 1971 provocation Straw Dogs.
One of you generous weirdoes paid me to revisit Julien Temple’s fascinatingly muddled 1986 musical flop Absolute Beginners, an exceedingly white, straight look at racial tensions and the exhilarating freedoms of life in late 1950s London.
One of you kind weirdoes paid me to watch and write about 1998’s Babe: Pig in the City, Fury Road director George Miller’s darkest, most fucked up masterpiece. With Mickey Rooney as the ghoulish embodiment of all of your childhood nightmares!
One of you kind sadists paid me one hundred dollars to see 1993’s Time Indefinite, Sherman’s March director/star Ross McElwee’s deeply sad meditation on aging, parenthood and letting go.
One of you kind sadists paid me one hundred dollars to see the direct-to-video sequel to Waiting… that filled bit player Justin Long with soul-consuming shame for being a part of.
It’s not great! #Quitepoor
One of you kind souls paid me to revisit the famously disastrous 1994 feature film adaptation of Street Fighter, which pitted a coked out of his gourd Jean-Claude Van Damme against a dying, gaunt, awesomely over-the-top Raul Julia.
One of you generous weirdoes paid me to see Director’s Cut, Penn Jillette and cult auteur Adam Rifkin’s inspired, wildly meta crowd-funded exploration of crowd-funding, Hollywood and madness.
Steve McQueen is quietly magnificent as a fading champion of the rodeo in Sam Peckinpah’s gentlest movie.
One of y’all generous weirdoes paid me one hundred dollars to see one of several films that failed to elevate Dana Carvey to cinematic superstardom as a romantic leading man.