TIFF 2019: Our Review of ‘The Last Porno Show’

TIFF 2019: Our Review of ‘The Last Porno Show’

Wayne (Nathanael Chadwick) is both a struggling actor and a desk jockey and isn’t good at juggling both. He’s about to get another job because of the death of his estranged father (Christian Aldo), a porn theater proprietor. The smart thing to do is to sell the damn place, especially because of his acting commitments. But the latest acting job he gets has him working in an experimental film with hard core sex. For some reason, he thinks that his sleazy dead father can help him with the role. So he keeps and runs the theater, while expressing his father’s transgression behavior towards the actors around him. His biggest victim is his co-star, Ashley (Victoria Dunsmore), whose enthusiasm at work decreases as time passes by.

The Last Porno Show is probably the worst introduction to the work of Kire Paputts, who has darkly comic tendencies. He tries to find emotional resonance with Wayne has his other characters but other elements need dire attention. Some of these details include the way he handles all the duties that Wayne decides to take on. Wayne’s treatment of Ashley feel inappropriate in the current climate where the rights of everyone should matter more. There’s also a shift in alliances that make no sense if we contextualize everything that happens beforehand. This festival has a lot of movies, which includes this one, with unsympathetic male protagonists. This film is just a bad example of that, and I just want films to get sex right.

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While Paolo Kagaoan is not taking long walks in shrubbed areas, he occasionally watch movies and write about them. His credentials are as follows: he has a double major in English and Art History. This means that, for example, he will gush at the art direction in the Amityville house and will want to live there, which is a terrible idea because that house has ghosts. Follow him @paolokagaoan on Instagram but not while you're working.
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