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Charley Murphy <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 28 Aug 1994 13:04:29 EDT
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Start your engines. it seems to me like one of the love it/hate it kind of
things. [2 women in line turning to their male company say " i don't even
want to say the title"]. i was a "love it" person.
draws on alot of source material [at least in my fantasy] that connects with
me -- demonic parodying of old tv--[mary hartman?]/and current tv ==
"serious" crime re-enactment shows/japanese monster movies/ horror movies in
general -- esp. night of the living dead & some chainsaw massacre/and the
more "dreamlike" movies -- apocalypse now and stone's own work [doors]/ and
some david lynch....
does it succeed in making a statement about violence [violently?]/ i think
yes... far from the graphic "realistic" violence of say henry portrait of a
serial killer [ which made me nauseous and that's hard to do]/ the role of
the media is well-skewered though almost too much of a caricature
i particularly liked the constant flashbacks to the "inner child" of the
killers -- the twisted childhoods that they carried so close to the surface
[bunnies with fangs and all]
i suppose if one is not an mtv fan alot of the non-narrative anything-goes
sort of cinematography is going to be new, different and maybe difficult. for
me it was refreshing, i am so bored of hollywood talking down to me, looking
for that demographic common demoninator [ "in one eye, out the other"]...
tired of being so disappointed  [ true lies, speed, ok most of the summer
fare with the exception of red rock west]
ok enough for starters
what did YOU think?