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This is clever marketing. Not a lie but misleading. Roger Ebert says
"There is the Hitchcockian scene where the mother asks at the cleaners for an "astringent" to remove the "shoe polish" on her carpet."
OK, so a scene is Hitchockian, not the movie. I have noticed that critics are much easier on indie films and foreign films, I believe this is the case here.
Balderson is a hard worker, a smart businessman, very creative, and I like his directing. As a writer though? That's where I think this movie falls flat. I was into the movie for the first half hour or so, until Mike Patton died. Then, I fell asleep twice after that and was painfully bored.
Visually the movie has some great shots. The burning fire for the opening credits, the bright colors, great landscape shots, shots of the carnival, etc. But, without good dialogue and pacing it just doesn't make a good movie. Some of the acting is too B Movie-ish and I like B-Movies. If it wasn't for the presence of Karen Black this movie would be unwatchable.
I really wanted to like this movie and have been following it for years. I wouldn't have watched it if it didn't have Mike Patton in it. Mike Patton played a bigger role than I thought and it was interesting to see him act. This is a must see for Patton fans.
Balderson is quite young still and I think with a solid and exciting script he could really do something with it. I just hope he doesn't continue to direct only movies he writes. The "making of" documentary of this movie is quite egotistical and winded. That may be the main problem here. This movie to me played like a long student film project with a larger budget.Read more ›
As a big Mike Patton fan, I anxiously awaited the release of this movie. I maintained my smile to about the halfway point. At that point, I was unable to maintain the smile. I decided that watching a movie of me watching the movie would've been more entertaining. It reminded me of a movie done by a film student. A bad one. I think the class would've called it a worthy effort, but they would've given it an 'F'. They would've said that the acting was stilted, it was poorly cut, and it was confusing in a manner that you were sure that the director had not intended. Patton should probably stick to what he does better than anyone out there right now. Karen Black was good, but her performance wasn't exceptional. The rest were terrible. I normally don't enjoy seeing others slam any project that a person has cut blood over, but if I can save one Patton fan the disappointment of seeing him act I'll consider this a worthwhile post.
I will say that some of the visuals were artistic and looked beautiful, but Balderson's alternation between color and B&W seemed unnecessary and without reason. If I'm wrong, please correct me. Using both color and B&W can add to a movie if done with taste and style. It was excessive and annoying in this pretentious piece.
One of my biggest complaints is of the dialogue. I found myself in constant agitation at how terrible and pointless the characters were. Mike Patton did display quite a presence and could be a good actor with some practice, though I think he should probably just stick with music. His scenes were the only thing about any of the acting that I enjoyed.
It seemed like the movie was very rushed; like the film-makers were trying to save money on film by doing a single take for each scene. There were some camera shots with good angles and composition that could stand alone as art, but unfortunately that's not enough to save the film.
When it was finished I thought to myself that it seemed like the movie was written by an eighth grade cheerleader trying to be edgy and artsy. My advice is simply this: don't waste money even renting this movie. Stick with David Lynch if you want good art films.
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This is the MOST horrendous, horrible, incoherent, disgusting, and just plain BAD movie I have ever seen. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Kristy
If you do not like the artists in the film or films that take a bit of artistic license you may not like this. Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Jeffrey F. Howe
I had heard great things about is movie and I could not wait until it came out on DVD. I forgot about it for awhile. Then I noticed it on Amazon so I decided to buy it. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by James C Young
This small thriller/surreal comedy/drama was made waaaay off the grid, in Kansas, by a truly independent film maker named Steve Balderson, who has been making Kansas based films,... Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by K. Gordon
This is a rediculous movie. Terrible acting, combined with a poorly written screenplay makes for a long setting. Read morePublished on April 19, 2011 by jh2380
This is the first film I've ever felt compelled to review. It was so very terrible I just had to warn others.
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Firecrackers cinematography was extremely good for the budget though the transition scenes from black and white to color was annoying at times. Read morePublished on October 11, 2009 by David L. Saraj
Anyone calling this movie brilliant is either too obsessed with Patton or one of Balderson's paid employees. Read morePublished on September 9, 2008 by Piper