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Like the other reviewers, I saw the series at a seminal time, when I'd
just graduated from college, and was very influenced by it. However,
having just watched the European release of the pilot on DVD, what
struck me was the similarity to Easy Rider (SPOILER ALERT!) Remember
the early scene in which Fonda and Hopper stop at a rural adobe farm
house occupied by an old friend and his poor, but happy Hispanic
family? There's an extremely similar family in Bronson. One character
in Bronson is also philosophical artist, very similar to a few of the
zen hippies encountered in East Rider. Also, the ultimate destination
of both traveling teams is New Orleans. That's a minor similarity, but
still, I think, shows much of Easy Rider was inspired by Then Came
I rated the pilot an 8, but I give it a 10 if Bonnie's character had a reunion with Michael Parks' on PARENTHOOD and they rode off together on a Harley. (full-dresser trike at their age, of course)
Although it bogs down a little in the middle with close to cliché
action, the first and last thirds are prime - grade A - PULP! This is
the best use of 3D since AVATAR. Although it's very different, Drive
Angry has a touch of a theological theme. Forget about supernatural
sequels. The Angels and Demons here are much more interesting and
faceted than those in the usual "drive-in movie" parody.
Drive Angry is what MACHETE promised to be, but wasn't.
In the Middle Ages morality plays superficially provided instruction in religion, but eventually became extravagant comedy/dramas based on religious themes. Drive Angry, a 3D explosion of sex, violence and mythology is in the same tradition and that puts it centuries ahead of the typical thriller/horror movie in continual recycle today.
I think a several of America's baseball movies are among the best
movies ever made. When this movie was in production and heard it
described as a rugby movie. I'd read about the Highland team in the
newspapers, but didn't have high expectations for this film about a
sport that didn't interest me.
Last night I viewed it "on-demand" and loved it almost as much as my favorite baseball movies. Ryan Little and the cast and crew did an amazing job. Neil McDonough was especially convincing. As the "bad dad" he displayed fine range and a subtle, but moving character arc.
I also enjoyed the Pacific Islander actors. I've been fortunate to know many of these fine people and this film captures their wonderful spirit and culture. A flashback showing how the Islander culture became such a key element of Highland's team would have been a excellent addition to the film.
Some pretty tacky movies have been shot in Utah recently. It's good to see a quality film like this from the Beehive State.
I've known Clyde Lewis and been a fan since the birth of his Ground
Zero radio show in Salt Lake City. His skills as a broadcaster are
nationally known, as is his V.O. performance as Toxie. I even worked
with him on several episodes of a stillborn investigative television
show. I was still taken by surprise by this performance.
At first, I thought, "Ah, here's Clyde doing his usual stuff," but that's not it at all. I was an acting coach and theatrical director for many years and I was seriously impressed by the caliber of this short film and Clyde's performance.
Wordspeaker really would make a great double bill with Pontypool. Both feature powerful performances, by beaten-down talk show hosts who fall into the classic mold of the wounded, but not yet defeated anti-hero making a last stand. Great stuff.
Wordspeaker deserves much good word-of-mouth.
I saw this in 1990 in Park City. This was before Hollywood overran
Sundance and it was still a venue for very low budget independent
features. It was an early morning showing, with a small audience, and
only a few, including my buddy and I, but not our wives, really got
I later saw a somewhat similar audience response to a Raising Arizona preview. Those two films would make a great double bill.
There may be a particular style of "Western America Satire" that both these films capture. It's possible the Three Stooges foreshadowed this school of dumb-dude cowboy comedy. Or not. There's at least an interesting thesis there for some hapless film grad student somewhere.
The stars/filmmakers were in attendance at that Sundance showing and came out looking and acting a little apprehensive. I suspect they may have been skewered by some of the comments after previous showings. The first couple of audience comments I heard weren't kind.
However, my buddy and I were effusive in our praises of their comic achievement and that seemed to be appreciated.
Seriously, I don't know if "Never Leave Nevada" has ever been shown on the Sundance Channel or IFC, but it should. Do see it if you get the chance. I promise you'll either love it or hate it and that's a good thing!
Like another reviewer, I'm glad I saw this on IFC instead of paying for
a ticket in a theater. Is the lead's name really John Doe? After seeing
this mess I thought it was a fake name he used to hide behind. He's not
a bad actor, it's the script that reeks -- if they had one. I suspect
most of the movie was improvised. The cameos by Arlo Guthrie and Tim
Leary are interesting, especially Arlo's rambling tale. He's a master
of that genre.
I sometimes enjoy a real "golden turkey," but Roadside Prophets wasn't quite bad enough for the achievement of "so bad it's good." It comes fairly close, but the cinematography and editing are competent enough to keep it out of the "Plan Nine from Outer Space" clan.
The title is excellent -- if only the roadside characters they meet had lived up to it. A more honest title might have been "Roadside Pseudo-philosophical Ramblings." It could have been billed as America's brain-damaged response to the film "Mindwalk".
I'm giving it four stars instead of the three I originally rated it because I was impressed with the huckster-style of the trailer. Together, the movie and the trailer prove anything can be made to sound good with the right sales pitch.
If you want to see a really good, bad movie shot in Nevada, check out "Never Leave Nevada". I saw it many years ago at Sundance and it's a gem from Bizzaro Nevada school of minimal budget strangeness.
I worked on several Sunn Classic productions in the late seventies and
early eighties and this one was the most elaborate I experienced with
them. I agree that Linda Purl is an under-appreciated actress. She also
was a generous and gracious person who was a pleasure to work with.
Oddly, although this movie was filmed entirely in the Salt Lake City area, it was never carried by the local station. I've often wondered why they did preempt its one showing when so many locals were had been waiting so long to see it.
Sunn Classic may not have made any real "classics" but this is the one that came closest.
I saw this at Sundance with a mixed bag of much slicker shorts. At
first the raw documentary style was a bit off-putting, but as the story
evolved, it's style grew on me. It was a pleasing contrast to its
Rebecca Thomas was effective as the druggie mother who may or may not have made the best choice for her baby. In the last shot the baby wears the rising sun headband of a Kamakazi pilot. Does this mean that she and the baby are one a path of self destruction or redemption. The answer is left up to the viewer.
The director and screenwriter created a cinematic image poem with opened-ended closure. Subtle acting made it a moving, fifteen-minute "haiku" portrait of a touching dilemma.
I've been an extra on over a dozen movies and this is the one I'm most
proud to have participated in. Although it is a bit predictable, that
doesn't lessen its emotional impact and touching story.
Lisa Pepper gives a subtle and effective performance. This is the first Michael Landon, Jr. film I've seen and he's an even better director than his father.
Elliot Gould gives a fresh spin to what could have been a cliché -- the hard-bitten news editor. His gentle humor makes the role more than it would have been in lesser hands.
The kids manage to be cute, while avoiding diabetes inducing sweetness.
If you are looking for a family film with unusual depth and feeling -- this one of the best.
I also highly recommend the DVD for it's interesting and insightful features.
I finally got to see the final cut of this film and although I still
think it's a good horror film, with a few fairly intense sex scenes,
it's a bit less effective than I expected.
It is much better than the IMDb rating indicates. Only the cartoonish digital "animals"(imagine Scooby Doo's angry ghost) weaken what could have been a well-above-average film. I find it interesting that Reno is listed first in order on locations. Nearly all of this was shot in Utah. But I know there was some controversy about the close to "soft porn" sex and the Utah Film Commission. Just filling in the long pause at the end of the first sex scene with talk I heard on set, I suspect that long cut leaves out a lot to be desired.
I worked four days on this film as Bart Johnson's banker buddy, mostly in the bar scene. I loved watching the director working. Animals had a strong cast and crew and the editing and "most" of the effects are fine.
It's certainly worth the price of rental from Redbox!
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