The Party’s Over

By Adam Lippe

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Phil Hoffman does the narration and also the interviewing. He is admittedly clueless and looks like a retarded child with down syndrome gawking up at everyone. He is in awe of everything. In the first five minutes, they criticize MTV for the style and fashion and of course, the movie, co-directed by Donovan Leitch (yes, the guy you’re thinking of), is exactly like an MTV doc, speedcutting, lots of music, and endless sound bites. I’m not sure whether this is better than Cutting Class. In a wonderfully ironic Behind the Music moment, Scott Weiland is interviewed (in 2000, when this movie was made), talking about how drugs are out of his life forever, and how cleaning up has changed everything.

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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.

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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.