Title: Planet Diva

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Year: 2012

Genre: Short / Independent / Exploitation

Language: English

Runtime: 32 min

Director: John Hartman

Writer: John Hartman

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2290593/

In the near future, the world has gotten a new dominant sex. A chemical war changed the world as we know it, and the female sex is now in control with men as their slaves and servants. Except for a selected few of each sex - a group of people who want equality.

Our thoughts:
I guess there comes a time in every independent film reviewer's life where they have to sit through movies like "Planet Diva" and, I suspect, other titles by Reel Groovy Films. It's inevitable, and we can't really be picky when we want to spread the word on movies (though there are exceptions to that rule), so we try to watch and review much of what is brought our way. "Planet Diva" was obviously not gonna be much than what it is, it's all in the title, the posters, etc. I knew going in that it would be, excuse my language, quite crappy. Though it is hard to understand exactly what "Planet Diva" is until you have experienced it.

This 30-or-so minute long short shows us a world where the female sex is the dominant one. Apparently this happened after a chemical war - clearly dominance is often spread through chemical warfare. Yes, let's accept this lazily written plot for what it is and get on with it. The movie is very much in tradition of any ol' post-apocalyptic exploitation/low-budget/shlockfest out there. Women are in control, but a group of people want to bring equality back into the world (back? Was there ever equality? Oooooh, political!).

It took a minute for me to realize what I was getting into. It's shot on super-8 but with no weight put on cinematography, style or even caring what's visible. They don't care. That's not hard to accept - but then we have the dubbing, the editing, the props (like the guy who carries around a screen with him that talks for him, while he moves his eyebrows up and down) and essentially everything here is of lower quality than some German splatters, the worst of Troma and the home videos of anyone's neighbor. We're talking low-low-low quality stuff here. But we're living in the age of the internet, where even this stuff can bought and shared. It's glorious, isn't it? To an extent.

When you have digested parts of "Planet Diva", you can start to see some comedic value in it. It's outrageously poor and proud of it, so how can you not laugh? The fact that the filmmakers stand up for what they have made, and clearly LOVE doing it, makes it harder for me to give a bad review. Not that this review is positive, but had this been made by someone much more egocentric and thickheaded, I'd tear it a new bunghole. "Planet Diva" is 32 minutes of intentional junk - bite-sized silliness, dressed in dirty cloth and with a weird device attached to it.

Positive things:
- They seem to love making it.
- The ending wraps it up. Stupid, sweet...
Negative things:
- The quality of most things.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0.5/5
Story: 1/5
Effects: 0.5/5
Comedy: 1.5/5

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