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Craig Brewer, Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci | Theatrical release: 2007 | Rating: R (MPAA)
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Director Craig Brewer follows up his unexpectedly well-received pimp drama, HUSTLE AND FLOW, with this stylish tale of the unlikely connections that are forged when a lost soul attempts to cure a young nymphomaniac of her wicked ways. Set deep down south in a small Tennessee town, the film is titled after and largely driven by the force of blues music. Pulsating with color and bold cinematography, the story forms a visual counterpart to a blues ballad. When divorced ex-musician Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson) finds Rae (Christina Ricci) badly beaten by the side of the road, he brings her to his house and chains her to his radiator. Rae has been a wreck since her boyfriend (Justin Timberlake) went off to war, and has spent her time getting into fights and being taken advantage of by just about every man in town. Rae appears to be afflicted with a physical need for sex that no one can cure. As Lazarus watches Rae twitching with pain on his couch, he sees that the young woman's only chance at redemption is in his hands.While the premise is outlandish, and the film opens itself up for much moral criticism, BLACK SNAKE MOAN has its merits. Deliciously colorful, the film aches with rhythm and dances visually with its subjects. Whether fetishizing Christina Ricci's emaciated body, or making Samuel L. Jackson look years older than he is in real life, the cameras do their job well. Both Ricci and Jackson offer strong performances that mark turning points in their careers. BLACK SNAKE MOAN seems less concerned with how it will be judged than with embodying the sexuality and passion of blues music. No matter how many viewers the film may offend, it succeeds in creating a world that vibrates with desire and raw energy.

Product Details
  • Edition: Widescreen
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 097363461944

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Genre:Dramas
Format:DVD
Display Format:Widescreen

eBay Product ID: EPID60106005

Editorial reviews

"[Ricci is] the white-hot focal point of Brewster's loud, brash, encompassing vision of the soul's dark night survived, peering into the dawn."
Film Comment - Nathan Lee (01/01/2007)

"The blues here plays the role of an elemental force that can summon our deepest fears and rankest desires....[A] provocative picture..."
Premiere - Glenn Kenny (03/01/2007)

"[I]t's a film filled with sly pleasures....It marks Brewer as a much more interesting filmmaker..."
Box Office - Ray Greene (03/01/2007)

3 stars out of 4 -- "The film is carried to significant degree by Samuel L. Jackson....The new lean/mean Ricci may remind you of Susan Sarandon."
USA Today - Mike Clark (06/29/2007)

4 stars out of 5 -- "Sweaty, dirty and grimy it may be, just like the music that powers it, but underlying BLACK SNAKE MOAN is a rather sweet story."
Ultimate DVD - James Mottram (06/01/2007)

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Created: 09/18/07

Sexual , Sympothtic and Surprising! A++

Review For: Black Snake Moan (DVD, 2007, Widescreen)

OK, This is one of those 'you love it' or 'hate it' movies. I believe it falls on the viewers own life as to how they take to the film. There will be more love than hate. This movie has an incredible cast and the story line which takes criticism in other reviews is a little on the simple side but really 'intensed' and 'juiced up'.

Samuel Jackson is 'Lazarus' who plays the blues; a time he got Bojo's Juke Joint shakin' back in the day. Now he lives them through memory. Bitter and broken from a cheating wife and a shattered marriage, Lazarus' soul is lost in spent dreams and betrayal's contempt--until Rae ('Christina Ricci'!!). Half naked and beaten unconscious, is left for dead on the side of the road when Lazarus discovers her. The God-fearing, middle-aged Lazarus quickly learns that the young white woman he's nursing back to health is none other than the town tramp from the small Tennessee town where they live.

Worse, she has a peculiar anxiety disorder. He realizes when the fever hits, Rae's affliction has more to do with love lost than any found. Abused as a child and abandoned by her mother, Rae is used by just about every man in the phone book. She tethers her only hope to Ronnie ('JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE' !!), but escape to a better life is short-lived when Ronnie ships off for boot camp. Desperation kicks in, as a drug-induced Rae reverts to surviving the only way she knows how, by giving any man what he wants to get what she needs--until Lazarus.

Refusing to know her in the biblical sense, Lazarus decides to cure Rae of her wicked ways--and vent some unresolved male vengeance of his own. He chains her to his radiator, justifying his unorthodox methods with quoted scripture. Preacher R.L. intervenes, but it is Lazarus and Rae who redeem themselves. Unleashing Rae emotionally, Lazarus unchains his heart, finding love again in Angela (a pharmacy worker). By saving Rae, he frees himself!

This was worth a trip to the MOVIE house for an $11.00 ticket and $10.00 for the soda and pop corn!! Now you can get it on Ebay for $5.00 and supply yourself the soda and popcorn at cheaper 'NON movie' prices! DON'T MISS THIS!! BUY IT OFF EBAY NOW!

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Created: 08/18/07

Black Snakes Moved In On Me!

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Black Snake Moan was not what I expected it was more. I expected, based largely on the picture on the front of the DVD, that it would be a raunchy soft bondage flick featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricca. It is but in a healing kind of way. Think of it as being chained to a radiator by a large man for your own good you little sexopath! Ok, sexopath probably isn't a word but I'm not sure that restless leg syndrome or even nympyomania will not properly describe Christina Ricci's character.

The performances in this movie are terrific. Samuel L. Jackson is great as always. He plays an older character in this one that usual. Probably as a way to further distance himself from his youthful co-star Christina Ricci making their relationship even more absurd. Jackson does a couple of awesome blues songs in this movie. It is great to see an actor that can play an instrument and sing again. This seems to have been less and less important as the last decade has progressed as we place more and more importance in appearance and sex appeal. I will be buying the soundtrack to learn to play Black Snake Moan.

Christina Ricci has taken the concept of trailer trash vamp to a new level. Jaime Pressly has been trying hard to monopolize this kind of role for awhile but it is clear that she will have to step aside for new reigning queen. Ricci does the majority of the movie with badly done bleached blond hair wearing only a pair of tight white panties and a cut-off half-shirt with the US and rebel flags on it. Oh and a constant bruise on her face. This girl is so wild she literally has to be chained down.

Justin Timberlake serves as her usual scratching post and things only go terribly awry once he's forced to leave town to join the Armed Forces. Justin's character, just like his own performances on film, can't quite seem to pull the trigger. When the time comes he breaks down in to of all things a severe anxiety attack. This is particularly funny when Samuel L. Jackson confronts him while starring down the barrel of a gun Justin's character is holding.

In the end all the characters seem to get what is best for them and you get a great evening's entertainment.

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Created: 06/01/07

Timberlake Shines!!

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The Opening Scene breaks out with an intense Sexual Encounter between Timberlake and his Girl. As the movie progresses with Justin heading off to serve his Country, you quickly learn that his girl is a complete nympho to the Nth Degree. Within minutes it seems of his departure, she begins having Sexual Withdrawal Pains accompanied by mental anguish of wanting to keep her promise to be faithful. Predictably she plummets bouncing from one to the other until events lead her to being discovered by Samuel L. Jackson one Rainy night, unconscious and exposed at the side of the road. The next scene has our lovely Damsel in Distress waking and eventually discovering she has been chained as to prevent her escape. The Story progresses steadily with Samuel trying to force some Goodness into her all the while resisting the steady advances from the Nymph. The funniest part of the movie was while this girl was locked up and chained inside the cabin, a neighboring Young Boy approximately 13/14 comes kncoking on the door while Jackson is off in town. I will just say he gets a Greeting he will never forget!! So as a Genuine respect grows between the Girl and Jackson, the soldier returns for his girl only to find her missing with rumors of her infidelity to boot. He tracks her down to the cabin where a heated fight ensues between the Jealous knife-toting Timberlake and the cautious shotgunning Jackson. Timberlake shines in the closing scenes as he portrays some Believably Genuine Feelings!! All in all, it is a Good Movie (opening Scene). If you a Timberlake fan this movie is better to watch first before Alpha Dog (which is an Excellent) because he has a rather minor role...except for that Mildly Hot opening scene..LOL! Samuel Jackson fans will enjoy this one as he plays a different type of charecter than normal but yet maintains his typical stygma! Though there are some comical situations especially the one I mentioned, this tends to be more of a drama based on the struggles and desperation of an addict Nympho who crosses path with someone willing to go the extra distance to help someone in need against her will. My grade for this one would be a B-! Thanks for reading and Happy EBaying!

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Created: 01/05/09

Not what you think, though still frighteningly steamy

Review For: Black Snake Moan (DVD, 2007, Widescreen)

Great flick- be sure to watch the additional feature (not long) titled "Conflict" or similar --regarding all of the obvious potential of the movie to be controversial. It includes good stories about how the movie came together. Samuel Jackson was the one actor they knew they had to have and he loved the script. The shocker was who took the roles played by Ricci and the amazingly talented Justin Timberlake. (I used to think he was a flake, but this dude has serious range from comedy to drama to song and I guess dance...probablyy more dance than song...but I dont have his albums ---but I have stopped dissing them!!!! Watch out for Ricci who actually tried out for the part and won it. In the end, and without any doubt, they verified she was really the only one who could have pulled off this part. Though risque, the underlying themes revealed the reason for the intensity of the gripping and unavoidably hot and steamy series that opens the movie and carries through into the middle of the film, until Samuel lays down the blues with thunder and lightning (literally) confirming his earlier statement "You will suffer me!"

Superb. My wife cried at the end; and cried while she sang "my little voice" or somethin like that...so its ok for you ladies, as long as you can bare watching your man stare in wonder at Christina Ricci who I just cant NOT say is 1 (one)..... well.... very attractive female.

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Created: 06/26/10

A five-stars fantastic flick!

Review For: Black Snake Moan (DVD, 2007, Widescreen)

This is one of my favorite Christina Ricci movies. The title, a reference to a modernized version of a traditional deep-south Blues song, reflects the fact that the entire soundtrack of this film is dead-on powerful. The movie itself explores the nature of fear, anxiety, and unconditional love, but is as far from heavy-handed as it is from "Downerville." Ultimately optimistic, it still manages to sport a series of kick-in-the-head scenes that are as moving as they are memorable. For the faint of heart, here's fair warning of strong language, nudity, sexuality, violence, and some drug use--though none of it struck me as vicarious. Every word, every image in this flick furthers the movie and its meaning. Five stars.

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