Running Time

By Adam Lippe

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An attempt by producer/star Bruce Campbell and director Josh Becker to outdo Rope, this sparse but tense action film, is striking not just because it appears to be all in one shot, but because the movie manages to entertain apart from the gimmick. All of the cuts are hidden, unlike Rope, and Hitchcock did it all on one set, while Becker moves from location to location, and throws in a shootout and a sex scene amidst the technical trickery. The movie runs but 70 minutes, which is useful, because it’s about the point you start to grow tired of the concept.

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Roadracers

By Adam Lippe

Whenever there’s a genre parody or ode to a specific era of films, such as Black Dynamite’s mocking of Blaxploitation films or Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, the second half of Grindhouse, the danger is that the film might fall into the trap of either being condescending without any particular insight, or so faithful that it becomes the very flawed thing it is emulating.

Black Dynamite has nothing new to say about Blaxploitation films, it just does a decent job of copying what an inept [...]


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On Cold Fish:

Though the 16 year old me described the 1994 weepie Angie, starring Geena Davis as a Brooklyn mother raising her new baby alone, as “maudlin and melodramatic,” Roger Ebert, during his TV review, referring to the multitude of soap-operaish problems piling up on the titular character, suggested that it was only in Hollywood where Angie would get a happy ending. “If they made this movie in France, Angie would have shot herself.”

Well Cold Fish was made in Japan, where Angie would have shot herself and that would have been the happy ending.