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By Alan Ng | December 18, 2019

Philip Brocklehurst’s Excitement is an experimental arthouse movie, and in all honesty, I’m not the biggest fan of experimental films. It’s not that I don’t like them. I just don’t always understand them. Personally, I like to go into a film not knowing anything about it and allow the film to speak for itself. In the case of Excitement, that’s didn’t quite work, so here’s the synopsis:

Excitement is an experimental arthouse movie, which blends drama, erotica, and even slight comedy into one film. It’s an homage to the surreal films of Jean-Luc Godard. It’s about the difference yet similarity between genders and how they co-exist together like the yin and yang that they are of our existence. There is also the subtext that technology is coming between people and preventing human interaction in person.

“…a solitary man…sitting on his couch watching erotica on television.”

I’m not sure I got all of that, but certainly most of it. Excitement opens with a solitary man, Monty (Jonathan Skye O’Brien), sitting on his couch watching erotica on television. The first fifteen minutes cuts back and forth between a video of a topless girl dancing as her hand ultimately slips down under her panties to pleasures herself. The reverse view of Monty is of him watching seemingly unaffected by the girl or disinterested.

The same thing happens three more times as Monty watches another dancer in a leather bustier, whose breasts slowly slip out of her outfit. Again, Monty is bored. To add variety, we cut at one point to a hooded man describing the pleasures he gets from humiliating a sex slave.

So, what I personally missed in the “art” was the differences and similarities of genders and Monty questioning his sexuality, which may be indicative of his disinterest in the girls.

Excitement (2019)

Directed: Philip Brocklehurst

Written: Jonathan Skye O'Brien, Philip Brocklehurst, Yenni Rocha

Starring: Jonathan Skye O'Brien, Philip Brocklehurst, Yenni Rocha, Tommy Anthony Williams, P.M. Thomas, etc.

Movie score: 3/10

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"…The girls were lovely. Yes, some were topless..."

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