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When Dorine Douglas' job as proofreader for Constant Consumer magazine is turned into an at-home position during a downsizing, she doesn't know how to cope. But after accidentally killing one of her co-workers, she discovers that murder can quench the loneliness of her home life, as a macabre office place forms in her basement, populated by dead co-workers.
Here we have the classic case of a person that goes bananas while living with - and taking care of her controlling and demanding mother. But our crazy serial killer doesn't just take out her co-workers one by one in a attempt to channel her anger against her mother, it also gets her really popular in the office she works in.
You sure see where it's supposed to take us, what it wants me to experience and feel. And this could have been something good if they actually succeeded in making it both funny and horrifying. But sadly, I'm of the opinion that it's failing in both cases. Definitely more horror than comedy though, with some quite gruesome bits.
So... I am truly a dullard when it comes to the modern capital-A art scene. The only place I know Cindy Sherman from is John Waters' Pecker. Where she has a great little moment of offering the family's youngest daughter, a vehement vegetable-hater going Jason Voorhees on her plate of fancy lettuce and something purple I don't recognize, a Valium to settle her rage. To which, the tyke naturally takes offense and screams at her. (It was the late 90's and kids were just smarter than us back then.)
Therefore this film is going to come as a greater surprise, or not, to people other than myself who might be able to tell you all her former predilections toward "The…
Carol Kane is adorable AND creepy in this late 1990s "slasher/comedy" also starring Molly Ringwald. Honestly, Carol Kane made this movie.
If OFFICE KILLER were as good as Carol Kane, it would be CITIZEN KANE (pun intended). But instead, it's just quite a lot of fun, as Kane plays mousy worker Dorine who snaps after she accidentally kills one of the assholes in her office. Not that Dorine was all that well adjusted before, having caused the crippling of her mother (Alice Drummond) and the death of her lecherous father (Eric Bogosian, oozing sleaze).
She proceeds to go after others in the office and her life and make life hell for Kim (Molly Ringwald), who is the only one that sees she's a bit of a maniac. Still, it's hard as OFFICE KILLER progresses to not like Dorine better. Kane is just that good, walking an eccentric line between kooky and menacing. Director Cindy Sherman has fun with the material, too (with dialogue by Todd Haynes!), giving into the gory, dark comedy of it all.
I'm a big fan of Cindy Sherman's photography, so I have been looking forward to seeing this for a while. I was not at all disappointed. Beautiful and weird and funny and disgusting.
Carol Kane is one of those actors that, for me, is pretty consistently a guarantee of quality. I love her comedy. I love her frizzy hair. I love her voice which is like no other voice on earth and instantly recognizable. And I love her in Office Killer. I went into this vaguely expecting some dark office-themed humor along the lines of Office Space but, you know… just with more killing. There is a glimmer of that at first but it quickly becomes clear that it is very much it’s own animal and not an easy shot at the general frustrations of office work everywhere.
Kane plays a twitchy human shrew named Dorine. Dorine is a piece of furniture at…
It may be a less than great movie, but at least you've got a weapon-wielding Carol Kane!
Qu'est-ce que c'est?
Muy muy peculiar trabajo. Es una sátira, claramente, aunque nunca tan graciosa como para ser explotada. Su horror, al igual, es algo frío para causar un impacto. Entiendo por que su recepción no haya sido entusiasta. Sin embargo, Office Killer es, sin duda, una película de Cindy Sherman. Como en sus fotografías, eleva la realidad hasta convertirla en objeto. Como en sus fotografías, sus personajes son antes una colección de referencias que un personaje. Como en sus fotografías, la colorimetría está perfectamente calibrada. La composición también, noten como inicia fragmentando el cuerpo de su protagonistas, sin mostrar su cara, y vamos reconociéndola poco a poco conforme va empoderandose a través de los asesinatos. Tal vez Office Killer no logra efecto de invocar una historia que sus fotografía consiguen con aparente facilidad, pero es pasito dentro de la exploración de una artista, y como tal, me parece interesante. Autorismo, pues.
Cindy Sherman makes fun of herself. At the same time, i felt while watching it hers stills finally in movement.
For years, I always had an interest in this, due to the stars and what seemed like a sense of humor. Finally watching it, there's not really much notable to be gained from it. It's terribly the same ol', and without much of the kooky factor you'd think was there going in. Carol Kane and the rest of the cast is quite good, and something about the look and feel of indie movies from the 90's will always appeal to me, but it ends up being a big shoulder shrug.
After reading that this was directed by a photographer in the New York art scene, and the script was co-written by Todd Haynes, a lot of things fell into place. It has a really compelling look while simultaneously looking like it cost about four bucks. Carol Kane's really good (her reaction to her mother's death is a highlight), but it's also clear that the actors are sort of on their own, direction-wise. There's a couple of attempts at scares, but Cindy Sherman doesn't have much interest in building tension so they fall flat, yet her skill behind the camera vividly renders gore in a way that's simultaneously beautiful and, well, gross. I still kinda liked it for what it was, but most people looking for a good slasher on Netflix might throw their remotes at the screen.
This film has been on my radar for quite some time - since I was doing my bachelor of art back around 2007-2009 - because Cindy Sherman, not surprisingly, is one of my all-time favourite photographers. But I never made an effort to track it down until now.
It's probably more interesting for Sherman fans than anyone else, to see how her still work, which was highly influenced by the visuals of cinema, translates back into moving images. I find that aspect of it really fascinating.
While I love Sherman's earlier, black and white work best, I still like her colour work that became more and more grotesque over the years. She draws on…
The obvious movie to measure this against would be Serial Mom: both are campy 90s movies about a female serial killer.
This doesn't consistently match the standard set by Serial Mom, but the performances and the gore sometimes briefly, wonderfully exceed it. That and the movie's amazing pedigree--Carol Kane, Molly Ringwald, Cindy Sherman (and additional dialogue by Todd Haynes!)--make this worth checking out despite the unevenness.
I really wish Cindy Sherman had continued to direct. Enough of this movie works that I feel like with more experience working with actors, she could probably make something really incredible.
Molly Ringwald is such a bitch in this movie that it's hot!
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