Mike Zaleski

Mike Zaleski

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Philadelphian. Capsule reviews.

Favorite films

  • Emanuelle in America
  • Harold and Maude
  • Don't Deliver Us from Evil
  • Out 1

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  • The Prostitutes of Lyon Speak

    ★★★★

  • Night Eyes 4: Fatal Passion

    ★★

  • The Empty Man

    ★★★½

  • The Locked Door

    ★★★

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  • The Prostitutes of Lyon Speak

    The Prostitutes of Lyon Speak

    ★★★★

    In the spring of 1975, approximately 200 sex workers occupied the church of Saint-Nizier in Lyon, France, in the hopes of bringing public attention to issues related to the criminalization of sex work. This verite documentary features in-depth interviews with some of these women in which they address all aspects of sex work. A special emphasis is placed on the "pimping" done by the government when they take their cut in the form of fines, arrests, shame, etc. Most of the issues addressed are still as relevant today as they were in 1975.

  • Night Eyes 4: Fatal Passion

    Night Eyes 4: Fatal Passion

    ★★

    As weak as part 2, this final film in the Night Eyes series is mostly a slog but milks fairly consistent entertainment value from star Jeff Trachta's unintentionally goofy performance. Trachta is incredibly hard to buy as a seductive security guard, though he clearly learned the tricks of the trade from Andrew Stevens because he doesn't know how to do his job. Stevens' role in this installment is reduced to bookend cameos and Paula Barbieri's comically uneven performance further exhibits the director's…

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  • Hawai

    Hawai

    Terrible, lazy, 2-minute short film uses someone's wedding video footage to say nothing. Somewhat baffled as to how this ended up on the Criterion Channel. Money and connections?

  • Wildwood, NJ

    Wildwood, NJ

    ★★★★★

    What I thought would be a fun, cursory look at Wildwood in the summer of 1994 a la 'Heavy Metal Parking Lot' turned out to be much more. 'Wildwood, NJ' is a rich, moving portrait of the women of Wildwood at that particular time. Though mostly on the younger side, women and girls from different generations and backgrounds talk about their connection to Wildwood and speak very deeply about themselves at the same time. I imagine the candid, personal nature…