Suddenly this story has the potential to run in a hundred different directions all at once. It's obvious that this isn't going to end well, as Pollard finds himself subconsciously stroking himself during a midterm only twenty minutes in, but where we're going to end up is wildly open. Bill comes to suspect that normal college student Marissa Weaver may lead a secret private life as Dani Darling. He is a calm and stable husband and father, and teaches biology at Thatherton Community College. Perhaps the script revolves too much around him, but a hilarious blackmail scene highlights how this really isn't a traditional thriller, erotic or not, and more of a portrait of a man who has completely lost his way and isn't even sure if he should struggle to find his way back. Not saying I could do any better never really tried , but if I couldn't do better than that, I wouldn't waste my time. So, my apologies to Chris for taking so long to review and my recommendation to you all that you go to this event to see for yourselves what I'm talking about here.
Bill comes to suspect that normal college student Marissa Weaver may lead a secret private life as Dani Darling. It's hilarious in the context of this story and it's even more hilarious when considered more widely. Yet there's clearly substance here that's creeping into the mundane setting and subtly waiting for us to notice. One day, new student Marissa Weaver transfers into Bill's Monday-Wednesday biology class. The opening credits show us why, as they're backed by a succession of scantily clad shots of Dani, seductively posing for a camera that swoops in, out and around as a surrogate for our eyes and imagination.
I do wonder how much Figueroa could have become in this story, just as I wonder how much all the other characters could have become, beyond being merely what they mean to Pollard. Hopefully distributors will do the same! This is what a mid-life crisis must feel like, a growing disconnection with everything except a wish fulfilment fantasy that might just have manifested itself in an omnipresent inviting little package. He wasn't the focus in either: was about his wife's search for closure, while Biology 101 is about Pollard's mid-life crisis. Yet, having set us up to think about sex, the film promptly places us into his bedroom where that's the last thing that's going to happen. There's something very familiar about her.
These folk have both the bug and a vision and my thinking is that Second Feature Productions will improve with each film they make. Bill Pollard is the very image of a mild-mannered suburbanite. Maybe We Three, a more overt comedy feature about a threesome that goes wrong, will find Second Feature Productions a distribution deal and this one will seem like a gimme after that. The editing merges mundane reality with sexy fantasy, a heady mixture whether that fantasy is webcam memories or Pollard's imagination running wild in the moment. More than anything, the odd little touches here and there with the camera, editing or writing make this one stand out from the crowd.
He plays Pollard's boss here, Mr Duke, but he doesn't get much to do, mostly just serve as a prop for Welborn and Brown to bounce off. Bill comes to suspect that normal college student Marissa Weaver may lead a secret private life as Dani Darling. There's another recognisable face here too, namely David Alan Graf, a prolific actor who's racked up over 170 films in under a decade and a half. It's telling that I wanted to see more of Brown in both and Biology 101, but realise that his part in each film was as substantial as it needed to be for the stories at hand. Brown is a character actor to seek out and Graf is always reliable, but Noelle DuBois makes herself very known here and Emily Bicks does a solid job as Hannah. Now, before we get into the nitty-gritty of how you can watch 'Biology 101' right now, here are some finer points about the thriller flick. It all comes to a head, pun not intended, during the midterm, where his imagination runs wild and takes over for a few superbly constructed minutes of trainwreck.
I should open this review up with apologies, recommendations and disclaimers. Of course, a middle aged man ruining his marriage through a porn obsession wouldn't make a thriller all on its own, so this one is quickly escalated. The professionality I saw when I played an extra on the last day of the We Three shoot merely underlined that. With a couple of decent cameras, and a little extra money, I guess anyone can make a movie. He is also hopelessly addicted to internet pornography. I hope that Biology 101 gets an opportunity to find an audience.
To him, it's literally a dream come true, but a nervous one with every potential to go horribly wrong and turn into a nightmare. Bill Pollard is the very image of a mild-mannered suburbanite. One day, new student Marissa Weaver transfers into Bill's Monday-Wednesday biology class. He is also hopelessly addicted to internet pornography. She's certainly easy on the eyes, but perhaps not to the degree that we follow in Pollard's footsteps by falling in lust with her on the basis of some sultry still shots and some topless webcam gyration.
He spends his nights secretly entranced by her scintillating images, keeping his illicit fantasies hidden from his wife and family. Initially the low budget kept our expectations similarly low. Brown appears here too, as a chipper colleague of Pollard's at Thatherton who has a thing for microscopes. Their romantic spark has almost gone out, not because of exhaustion but because Dani Darling is Bill's new online substitute, neatly highlighted by her caressing him through the reflected glow of the screen against his face. He is a calm and stable husband and father, and teaches biology at Thatherton Community College.
There's something very familiar about her. His pathological desire to find the truth leads him down a destructive spiral of perverse sexual obsession. It certainly deserves one, not just in the local Phoenix area but on a much wider scale. His pathological desire to find the truth leads him down a destructive spiral of perverse sexual obsession. Mostly we notice during this midterm scene, as Pollard's mind believably blurs fantasy and reality, struggling to come to terms with a strange situation. Well chosen camera angles build a neat claustrophobic tension as we wait for the inevitable moment when someone finally notices what he's doing and raises the stakes of the story. Curious to know what the movie's about? Bill Pollard teaches biology as the head of science at Thatherton Community College, where he tries to impart anatomy to students who clearly don't care.