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Brief Encounter (1974) Review


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About half an hour into Brief Encounter, I began to wonder why it was acclaimed as a great film. Then I did a little research and discovered I was watching the wrong Brief Encounter. The 1946 version, directed by David Lean, that's the good one. This one, despite a promising cast of Richard Burton and Sophia Loren is made-for-TV crap. Based on Noel Coward's play (aka Still Life), we find Loren falling for a guy who picks some grit out of her eye at a train station. Will they shrug off society and hook up?

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Sex: The Annabel Chong Story Review


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The funny dilemma about Sex: The Annabel Chong Story is this: Annabel Chong (aka Grace Quek) has one of the more interesting porn star bios around. Born in Singapore, raised in London, and studying at USC, she decided almost on a whim to go into adult movies, culminating in the starring role of The World's Biggest Gangbang, wherein she had sex with 251 men in 10 hours. Getting inside this head would be fascinating... but documentarian Gough Lewis does such a bad job of it we leave the theater more confused than anything else.

Annabel's story is an atypical one as porn starlet studies go. She's got a real head on her shoulders, she's a rabid spokesperson for feminist rights, she seems really nice in person, spends time with her family, and has some of the worst teeth in show biz. But the strangest part is that Annabel doesn't seem to be in it for the money. In fact, she still doesn't have the 10 grand for her "performance" in Gangbang, which she continually expresses nothing but nostalgia over, saying it was a glorious "moment" she experienced between the men and herself.

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