Without Air (1995) from Tuna

Without Air (1995) is a small B&W indie slice-of-life film. 
Shay (singer and guitarist Lauri Crook) is a Memphis blues singer and junkie, living with a guitarist but unable to relate to him. She strips to pay the bills and support her habit. She, and all her friends, are trapped in a depressing life from which there seems to be escape. Her boyfriend is jealous and she is sick of the men at the strip club. 



DVD info from Amazon.

  • Widescreen letterbox, 1.85:1

  • no major features

We see Crook's breasts in the bathtub, and fellow stripper Leigh-Anne Potter shows breasts in a hotel room partying with a club patron. The most enjoyable aspect of this film is the music, but the utter despair of everyone in the film makes it hard to "enjoy." There is not much information available on line. I will give it a C, as a good genre film. Even though the production aspects are less than perfection, it is gritty and never dull.

The Critics Vote

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 7.3 
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C.

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