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Cold Dog Soup
Randy Quaid as the taxi driver drives Zen parables (Is time money - Is time the root of all evil?) into his passenger/protegee in a high-speed, idiosyncratic tour of their city's ethnic coteries. All the boy wants is to dispose of his date's dead dog Jasper and get back to the babe who's so hot she mutters darkly about being a Pressure Cooker: his conventional efforts are continually thwarted. Quaid is respected by the peculiar groups he interests in the dog's corpse and effects, and our one-gloved heroine is much keener on him than on her rather lackluster date.
Frank Whaley was terrific in Swimming With Sharks and Career Opportunities, so why did his career never work out?
I'm actually curious. He was a decent enough actor, he had charisma and he was obviously talented.
This film just didn't do it for me. I was already losing interest by the half an hour mark. I'm not a huge fan of 80's films. I find most to be tiresome. Randy Quaid was great though, as he is in most things.
I wanted to like this, i really did. But it was just ridiculous and not always in a good way either.
Cold Dog Soup is a cult-film minus a cult; a film that should have a legion of devoted fans behind it, justifying its quirkiness and affirming its quality - even if in a "so bad, it's good" manner. Instead, the film has fallen so deeply under the radar that it doesn't even register a ping on the comedy or comedy noir scale. It is a strange, understandably forgotten film bearing some of the damnedest characters and string of events I have seen portrayed on film for quite sometime.
The film stars Frank Whaley, Christine Harnos, and Randy Quaid, three actors bearing completely different reputations and acting styles that only further make the film diverse and unique. Whaley stars as Michael,…