American Hustle – Good News for Bad Movies
The dingy theaters have all but disappeared. The number of drive-in theaters in America is of a number to which an above average 5 year-old could count. Small, quick and bad films no longer fill enough screens to find a worthwhile quantity of ticket buyers. But ingenuity is the mother of money-making, and creativity is her bastard child clinging to her unwashed skirt. Anyone can come to America and find a loophole through which to suck pennies, lots and lots of pennies.
Here specifically I'm talking about George Anton, who came here from Romania and discovered a loophole in copyright law. No one can copyright a title. To this he created Anton Pictures, which produces films with the same title as popular releases and distributes them on YouTube.
As scamy scam at that may sound, the result has been a series of exploitation style films that, if there's any justice in the world, will be the classics of the future. They've got the fun, the bad acting, and the boobs. The writing isn't awful either.
American Hustle is the latest film from Anton Pictures, released on December 21, 2013. It's the story of a woman who has been held captive for most of her life, and the man that she herself keeps tied to a bed throughout the film. In describing her own ordeal of captivity to her victim she says, standing naked over him, "I died and I was happy. Then I woke and you were here . . . maybe a knight could come save me, see the beauty still inside me."
It's that kind of movie.
This is that kind of country.
American Hustle - Anton Pictures