In the Cut

By Adam Lippe

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It neither works as a trashy serial killer or as seamy character piece, but the off kilter visual style which features a lot of out of focus close-ups and intriguing uses of dark brown and gold overshadows the lack of logic and coherency in the plot, especially because the final twist, while wrapping things up, does not explain anything, providing no reason or motive for the killings, and seems rather perfunctory.

Kevin Bacon’s character is such an obvious red herring that he is little more than a distraction, but Meg Ryan’s is amusingly strong willed and foolish, and dealt with by Campion as a woman aware of her stupid choices, but would probably find her life uneventful if she didn’t make them. Mark Ruffalo, as the cop investigating the case which Ryan may or may not be witness too, is outacted by his mustache, which is the best acting by any sort of hair since Kyle Machlachlan in Showgirls.

One thing I didn’t get regarding the press. Much was made about this being Meg Ryan’s first nude scene and how this was a borderline porno movie. Well I remember Ryan got naked in The Doors, and according to my Bare Facts book, she was also naked in Flesh and Bone.

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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.