The most controversial film you will see this year.
A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions vary.
A barebones drama, directed by Tim Hunter, is centered around a group of mostly burnout friends in rural Oregon who come to find that one of them(Daniel Roebuck) has killed another of their group. The knowledge of the crime has a different effect on everyone as they keep the information to themselves. When one of them finally tells the cops, it pushes things even further towards the edge.
Well shot and quite beautiful, it is highlighted with strong performances by Keanu Reeves(I really said that), Dennis Hopper(as an on-the-lam fella who killed his girl), Roebuck and Ione Skye. The score is quite dodgy at times and ultimately your enjoyment of the film will hinge on how you accept Crispin Glover's…
"You didn't have to call me a stupid bitch."
"You were driving right past us, we had to yell something."
"I got a name you know. You're lucky I didn't just drive right home."
"Okay, okay, okay. I'm sorry, Clarissa, but you've got to understand that in a time like this where every fucking second counts, a man can't waste his time choosing words."
Crispin Glover in this film is pretty much a drinking game waiting to happen. I want his "gahddaaahmnaaht" as a ringtone, I broke into giggles several times during the film. Luckily, I read this excellent article on the California Shift in American pop punk recently, and I don't know if that's what's happening in Glover's accent,…
Another film, like my review of A.I., where I feel that the rating does not capture how enthusiastically I would recommend this. The lows are so low (the awful score, Crispin Glover's acting) that I can't rate it higher, but it ranks up there with Clueless as one of my favorite depictions of teenagers that I've ever seen.
And while Clueless represents the light side of teenagers, their goofiness, their romantic notions, their optimism, River's Edge perfectly captures their dark and dirty side. How someone might not know how to react to a murder, even a person they knew. How someone might turn that situation into sex and sort of move on from the dead body that they saw just…
An '80s antecedent to wasted-youth films like Larry Clark's KIDS and BULLY, RIVER'S EDGE is based on a true story about a group of metalhead teen "burnouts" who attempt to cover it up when one of their own strangles his girlfriend and leaves her body to rot on a riverbank. It's not perfect (largely thanks to the score, which too often sounds like a horror film instead of the drama that it is), but it's powerful and well-acted, despite moments of corniness.
It's also got lots of cult appeal, thanks to Dennis Hopper's supporting role as a melancholy, spaced-out drug dealer with a disturbing attachment to a blow-up doll, and to one of the most gloriously strange performances that Crispin…
The strongest feature of this is its ability to match tone, lighting, and character. The cold mixture of malaise, disconnection, and, for lack of a better term, psychopathy is matched by the pale cold riverside setting and its attendant chilled lighting in a way that somehow makes the characters' various muted reactions to the corpse of their friend seem fitting. As their humanity reasserts slowly but surely, the film's cold tone adds to the deepening discomfort of their situation, shifting from defining to contrasting, Deepening the discomfort after practically starting with a linger shot of a naked, choked corpse is no mean feat.
That shot is possibly a bit too long, a bit too sexualized, and there's an theme lurking…
If I had to compare River's Edge to any two movies, they would probably be My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Stand by Me (1986). The comparison with the latter is obvious; a group of young people and a dead body, only in River's Edge we actually see the body, and so do the characters. The comparison with My Own Private Idaho is a little harder to pin down; it's not because of Keanu Reeves' presence in the film -- although his performance here anticipates his much stronger work in Private Idaho -- but because of the film's focus on aimless, dispassionate youths.
The narrative of River's Edge, inspired by an actual event, is simple enough. A high school student…
I give up this mother bullshit, it's not worth it! You're all a mistake anyway!
Personagens caricatos e algumas das piores frases de efeito que já vi. Um porre.
bless crispin's little heart
crispin glover is ethereal
Pretty fecked up!
Crispin Glover turns in one of the most bizarre performances I've ever seen. No small feat considering the same film contains a Dennis Hopper performance in which he personifies an inflatable sex doll.
One of the most unintentionally hilarious movies I've seen in a while. The plot revolves around the aftermath of a high school brute strangling his girlfriend and then telling his friends about it. Some of the actors are okay (Ione Skye) but Chrispin Glover gives a performance so theatrical that it might even surpass Nicolas Cage level insanity. I realize most movies about teenagers are written by adults, but this one really feels like it. Some of the dialogue is so bad you'd swear this was supposed to be an after school special. In fact the whole movie feels that way sometimes. A scene in which a teacher lambastes his classroom for their reaction to the crime feels like a…
April 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #1: The most underseen film you can get your hands on.
Format: Streaming (Online SD)
The Goonies + Stand By Me + Dazed and Confused = River's Edge.
I must admit, I had never heard of RIVER'S EDGE prior to this challenge. I googled "underseen films" and this is the film that I stumbled across. I aren't sure if this film is a cult classic or is simply just largely 'unseen', but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The film has a very Linklater-esque quality to it, akin to DAZED AND CONFUSED and STAND BY ME, but in a much more darker and grim manner. The plot revolves around John, who has killed his…
I liked this film. The performances are pretty great across the board and I found myself very interested in the story. Not everyone will like this though, as the teenagers depicted in the film are some of the dumbest and most infuriating ever. Still, I was quite captivated with the mood and setting.
Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…