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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
Interesting footage of city ruined by filmmaker's agenda, 12 September 2008

Where do people get the idea that movies are supposed to represent some kind of objective truth? That seems to be Andersen's main bug. He faults Hollywood for fictionalizing Los Angeles history. He says that rich white people can't make films about L.A. because they only know the rich white part of the city, and because they might offend their rich white friends. It seems in his view that only people who walk the streets and ride the buses are qualified to depict life in this city, but the clips he shows from a few "neo-realist" films don't feature the city very much, except for a long shot of a guy driving past a closed tire factory.

But all movies (even documentaries and those by poor black filmmakers) are constructs. By their nature (meaning meddling by cinematographers, editors, directors, etc.) they can only present a subjective view of the city. So why not embrace that? Things like "creative geography" are inherent to the art form, so why discount them? Ultimately, Andersen has a bug up his hinder about what he considers to be proper film-making, and it flies in the face of a hundred years of cinema history. And this guy is a professor of film studies!

Loaf (1991)
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Strange followup to Night of the Living Bread, 4 August 2008

I'm a big fan of Night of the Living Bread; it's my favorite student film. It's elegantly streamlined, inventive, and entertaining all the way though. Loaf, however, goes off in another direction, hitching its wagon to its "famous" big brother and saving everything for one big joke at the very end. Taken on its own (and looking at the ratings here on IMDb), Loaf would seem to be a failure.

Fortunately, most people who have seen Loaf have seen it under very specific conditions: at a horror movie marathon. O'Brien's peculiar oeuvre was a staple at a few of these throughout the 90s -- the Drexel in Columbus, OH, and the Case Western in Cleveland. I have seen these crowds chanting "Loaf! Loaf! Loaf!" in anticipation, and heard their cheers afterward. It's silly fun.

Ultimately, this film was designed as a punchline to another movie -- and in that regard, seen under the right circumstances, it works. Taken on its own, it's a strange creature. So if you should happen to have the opportunity to see Loaf, do yourself a favor and see Night of the Living Bread first. And remember to lighten up!

2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
In response to Penncare, 6 April 2008

It is entirely unlikely that any member of the band U2 saw this production's request to use their song, "One." It was probably handled by their managers, who have been very hard- headed in the past. The band Negativland parodied "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and got hit with a great big lawsuit. When magazine Mondo 2000 was scheduled to do an interview with Dave "the Edge" Evans, the publisher arranged for Evans to be interviewed by members of Negativland. They questioned him extensively about the band's use of found sound and video for their Zoo TV tour, then revealed their true identities. At that time he stated that U2 had been very uncomfortable with the record label's lawsuit, and that much of "the legal wrangling took place without U2's knowledge" --this from the Wikipedia page on Negativland.

Regarding Young@Heart, this is a wonderful documentary.

3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
entertaining parody, 20 June 1999

"Bread" very sharply skewers the conventions of horror movies in general and "Night of the Living Dead" in specific and is constantly inventive. The production values are a little rough at times (it's a student film, after all), but it never loses sight of its goal to entertain. Hey -- George Romero liked it enough to include it on the remastered "Dead" video tape, laserdisc and DVD... that should tell you something.