TROMEO AND JULIET A film review by Holiday Bob Copyright 1996 Holiday Bob
I was lucky enough to be able to go to the premiere of "Tromeo and Juliet" last night at the UCLA Film Archives. They had a junk-food reception beforehand, and a lot of the people involved with the film were there.
The movie is amazing! It is definitely the best "extreme" film I ve ever seen, and I think it will be an all-time cult classic. The weird thing for me is how much better this is than other Troma movies, twice as good as anything coming out of that company, including "The Toxic Avenger," which is the only one of their films I sort of like as an actual film. I met three or four people from the movie, including one of the leads, and was telling them this. They said the reason it s so good is because the credited director, Lloyd Kaufman, isn t the actual director. The actual director is James Gunn, who only gets co-screenwriting credit, and whatever an "associate director" is supposed to be. If you ve ever been to Troma s web site, you know this guy because his name s plastered all over it.
Whatever the case, "Tromeo and Juliet" really shows that it was directed by someone besides the person who directed "Sgt. Kabukiman." And Gunn obviously has a thousand times more talent than Kaufman. The movie s coming out Thanksgiving into theaters here in L.A., and I guess I think it would be sort of a sin for anyone who says that they re into extreme movies not to check it out.
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