10/30/01Blue Velvet,Kyle McLachlan,Isabella
Laura Dern,Dean Stockwell
Interesting that this would happen to be the next entry--because the last film(The Mexican)
could never have been made,had this one not gone before it.For that matter,neither
could have Pulp Fiction,Get Shorty,or a raft of others.....so much has been made of this film,
I feel silly trying to add anything to the 'criticism' extant...so-- the typical review will do,
for those who may have been on some other planet for the last 15 years or so....
This film either launched or jump-started the careers of virtually everyone involved,director
David Lynch included.What's it about? Draw your own conclusions.Who's in it?
Hmm,a psycho/drug dealer/pervert,the girl-next-door,the boy-next-door,
a closet lounge singer,assorted freaks......
This film set a new standard for gratuitous use of the F word,but also included one
of my all-time favorite closing movie lines..."Life is strange,isn't it?"
Dean Stockwell lip-sync-ing to Roy Orbison is NOT to be missed! For that reason alone,
I knew it was cool,before the critics........
11/02/01Hendrix,Wood Harris,Billy Zane
First,let me just get this out of the way.....as a MUSICIAN,I found this film to be trite and
disappointing--it told me nothing I didn't already know,and left out HUGE chunks of
fact that could have added to the story---but hey,it's not a documentary.I should point out,
however,that in Eddie Kramer's book on this subject/era,(and he should know)
Chas Chandler was a much darker player,not the sympathetic guy here.......and I
GUARANTEE there were no Peavey speakers at the Montery Pop Festival.......
(insert snobbish tone HERE......)
Having said THAT---as a film buff,I found it entertaining,and(I should know)
a pretty even-handed treatment of said subject/era.Jimi was a guy who just wanted play,
and became big business while doing it.The pressure that came with it killed the joy
(and indeed the spirituality)he obviously felt about music.Pushed/pulled/led/forced
in too many directions,he escaped into self-pursuit and hedonisim,and it killed him.
11/12/01 Dead Simple-Daniel Stern,Patricia Richardson,James Caan
I couldn't STOP laughing at this one!!!
The story of "...Frank.....Nobody! From Nowhere,Kansas!" Y' see......he's got a
little motel at the 'Geographical Center of the United States',but he really wants to
be a Country Singer...goes to amateur night every week,but it's hard to compete
with the Sheriff playin' the spoons,an' he ain't gettin' NO help from that bitch wife o'his,
but her twin sister did loan'em the money for the motel.......until a well-known
Country Singer comes to town with his drunk girlfriend,when Fate steps in
to remove an obstacle or two,and give ole Frank a nudge in the right direction.....
Hell,he might make it to Branson yet!!! Daniel Stern overcomes type-casting
(at least MY type-casting) to show us a dumb-but-believable character.....most likley
a product of the West Coast view of anything east of Las Vegas,and west of New York.
Shot in Calgary,which does LOOK like Kansas-with one quibble for you Hollywood
guys into 'continuity'.......it doesn't snow in tomato season,people.
Hey,it's all part of the fun....highly recommended.
11/15/01Gummo Hard to tell who the actors are.....
A slice-of-life in a Midwestern town--but it ain't Norman Rockwell,in fact,it's
downright SCARY. Mark Twain gone septic...with a soundtrack to match.
Example: after two boys repeatedly shoot BB's into a long-since-deceased cat,
another boy,wearing huge pink felt rabbit ears, carries it across a meadow,as
Roy Orbison sings 'Crying'.This has the feel of a documentary,in that you feel
as if you might know these people--every scene rings true.Especially the Mom holding
a toy pistol to her son's head,while wearing her dead husband's tap shoes...
like I said--SCARY.Worth the trip,if you can ignore the implication that Chinese
restaurants really DO serve cat.....or,just watch out for BB's.......