A quirky, out-of-of place worker at a crucifix factory in the Bible Belt invents a device he claims can show pictures of Heaven. Discouraged and confused by the inability of those around ... See full summary »

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A quirky, out-of-of place worker at a crucifix factory in the Bible Belt invents a device he claims can show pictures of Heaven. Discouraged and confused by the inability of those around him to see anything but a screenful of static, he charismatically hijacks a bus of friendly elderly people in order to get media attention for his invention. Written by Keith Tyler <romulus@shore.net>

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STATIC... it's on a different wavelength.

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Mark Romanek has disowned the film, despite it launching him to a film career. 17 years later after making music videos, Romanek made One Hour Photo (2002), which he calls the movie his true directorial debut. See more »

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Blue Christmas
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Performed by Elvis Presley
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an overlooked film that's worth finding
9 June 1999 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

Static is an ideal film for all fans of American independent cinema. The film is quirky, funny, moving, very human, is about the frustrations of life, how our idea of life is shaped by our ideas of death, its about how we get through it. The film has some fantastic dialogue, memorable scenes and details, a very zeitgeist soundtrack, and Amanda Plummer. Admittedly it is a little overlong in places, but never without reason. The film seems, certainly in the UK, almost impossible to get hold of. I managed to buy a copy through an online video company, after having seen it a couple of times on Channel 4. The film is very very important to me, and thankfully a stark contrast to "My Chauffeur" which features in the trailers on my copy. If you get the chance to, see it. It's obscure, but it's everything cinema should be.


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