Jun 18, 2012
Oh that's too bad. The Susan Tyrrell memorial had me adding this to my mental "to see" list. Is it even worth watching?
It's definitely not in the same class as Fat City. It's a much more abstract work that doesn't really have a story to tie things together. I was really hoping to like it, and there were some elements to it that I found tolerable (like the Witch's Egg segment played at the memorial), but it's mostly an incoherent attempt to offend or weird you out. Some people really like it, but I'm not in that camp.
There is a segment from the film that frequently appears in Drafthouse pre-shows, and that starts with several people sitting around a table and an old man singing (including a horribly off-key rendition of "Beautiful Dreamer"), dancing, and doing something that can only be described as musical grunting. I've hated it every time I've seen it in the pre-show, and had I known it was from Forbidden Zone, I probably wouldn't have watched the movie in the first place. If you've seen it, then I'd recommend using your reaction to that segment as a guide to your opinion on the larger work.
The memorial was my first time seeing Fat City and it is now unquestionably my favorite Susan Tyrell performance. I'll admit that I haven't seen anywhere near all of her work, but I also loved her in Night Warning. And she doesn't have a big part in Angel, but it's a good one (as is the rest of the movie).
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