diary of a sickly kid
marie windsor is a dead ringer for illiana douglas here and a real firecracker, great example of why people like rooting for the bad guys. there's literally nothing else doing in this movie, the man in the love triangle and the detective are two slices of wet beef off the same slab to the point i confused them at several points. this movie is just about seventy minutes but it goes to show that doesn't matter when your movie just stops halfway for a bunch of whitebread tightasses. great title tho
some of my least favorite films are late 90's prestige edgy ensemble dramas. i always like these because of the smaller actors, in this case chris cooper and thora birch. this movie cops a major 'tude but the more i watch older movies, it seems like they have a much greater thematic range when trying to twist the nips of the american dream, despite being self-censored.
never liked this one because it centered on the insufferably smug spacey character, playing possibly the ultimate great american novel protagonist, some middle aged dipshit pining for a 17 year old girl.
there's something about alex garland's writing that i don't like that assumes you've never even heard of scifi before. exposition has a big place in genre film and shouldn't be excised entirely, but part of what makes weird fiction work is leaving some work to the imagination and above all, trusting your audience. an extended, mostly wordless sequence in the third act breaks free for a short, abstract little jog, too bad so much of the film is characters telling you their backstory.
BIG props to buff gina rodriguez in the vasquez from aliens role.