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"Blotter" (2006)
5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Blotter came first, 16 July 2010
7/10

Actually Jeff, Blotter was made first, finished and in the can the year before Reno 911 debuted. If anything, Reno was as imitation of Blotter.

Blotter was not created as a series per se, but was commissioned by TBS as a bunch of short vignettes that might be used to fill time during rain delays in Braves games. Unfortunately the adult humour in the show was found to be objectionable by the families that had tuned in to watch baseball, so Blotter got relegated to filling in time slots after late-night movies.

Although clearly made on a limited budget, Blotter had many good characters and plot lines (many appropriated later by the Comedy Central series).

The biggest weakness of the show was in leaning a little too hard on the redneck humour. A little of that goes a long way.

Some of the best moments were the improvised bits like when one of the officers tries to train a police dog or another examines the strange contents of the police station vending machine.

22 out of 35 people found the following review useful:
Teacher, a gimmick ate my movie!, 10 October 2005
4/10

The first-person perspective could be viewed as a brave experiment or a case-study of why nobody EVER makes movies this way. Three points:

1) In a movie, we like to see the main character reacting.

2) Actors look self-conscious when endlessly talking to a camera.

3) The lack of edits makes many scenes tedious.

Still, you can admire how hard all this was to stage and shoot, in a age when cameras weighed a ton, made too much noise and nobody owned a Steadicam. Reminds me of the kind of crazy gimmicks Hitchcock sometimes tried but Hitch would have never let the train go this far off the tracks.

Trust Beam (2005)
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
A great, funny 48-hour film, 27 September 2005
9/10

An excellent short comedy about a marriage counselor who obsesses over his only teaching aid: a pine two-by-four. It also focuses on two of his patients who turn out to be hired killers with a troubled partnership.

This was created originally for the Atlanta 2005 48-Hour Film Project and won the Audience Award for it's group. Great performances and lots of dynamic camera movement make it look like they had a month to shoot it.

Ted Huckabee and Chris Burns stand out, but the whole cast is solid and they seem to be having a good time.

OK I'm out of things to say but I have to put in the required number of lines. If you ever get a chance, see this movie. It rocks.

Stylish but flawed, 14 April 2003
7/10

This is such a stylish, smart, fun ride that the implausibility of the conclusion and the Rube Goldberg machinations that were supposedly behind all the action can almost be forgiven.

Mamet never condescends to his audience with a lot of expository material -- you have to figure it out as you go (like the hero in the film) and that's a lot of fun.

The ending is a real Deus ex Machina mess, a quick explanation that explains nothing. If you try to imagine the Justice Department staff meeting where this plot within a plot within a plot was proposed and accepted you just laugh out loud.

But even that feeling is almost cured by the final, odd exchange between two of the central characters as one is loaded into a police van. Once again David Mamet's strength for fascinating characterization asserts itself.