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Watching Movies - The Queen of Hollywood Blvd

Posted in Watching Movies by HeadlessCritic at 17:27, Mar 27 2018

Exposing Horror in the BUFF
Review of “The Queen of Hollywood Blvd”
by The Headless Critic

The Queen of Hollywood Blvd – 2017

Production by: Concrete Images, Nero-Films

As a young woman Mary (Rosemary Hochschild) came to Hollywood with dreams of making it big and stars in her eyes. On the eve of her sixtieth birthday the reality of stripper turned strip club owner has her entire empire threatened by a face from the past. For the self-imagined “Queen” of Hollywood Blvd it’s payoff time for the old debt built to attain her crown. The low-end mob is moving in on the Queen’s empire and the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles is about to be overturned. There’s something about Queen Mary they don’t know. On a downward spiraling drug fueled night of revenge wrought with violence and mayhem, they’re going to find out what this Queen is all about.

The Queen of Hollywood Blvd is, “A Nightmare in the City of Dreams” tale about the seedy side of Hollywood. Orson Oblowitz’s debut feature is a character study of one hell of a character. Most movies wouldn’t see past the stripper’s tits to the retired Queen standing behind them. Oblowitz puts the spotlight on Mary and she shines like a diamond in the crown jewels. Rosemary Hochschild delivers in a riveting performance in a character you hate to love but can’t help to fall in love with. She conveys the toughness you’d expect to find in a woman who fought her way from the stripper pole to running her own club. Supporting roles by Mary’s innocent counterpart Grace (Ana Mulvoy Ten) is played as perfect as her baby-faced good looks. The recently deceased Michael Parks also has a small part, delivering as impressively in one of his final roles as he did in his “prime”.

This movie is as gritty as the boulevard it’s set on. It’s also just as intriguing as the street that’s spawned so many Hollywood films. Take note, when making a movie on a budget, this is how it’s done. Oblowitz writes a character driven feature, casts an actress that can pull the role off, develops his own version of a throwback noir style of filmmaking and most importantly, it entertains. This Queen retains her throne.

Exposing Horror in the BUFF

4 out of 5 Headless Critics

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