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Firecracker (2005)

Karen Black , Mike Patton , Steve Balderson  |  NR |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Karen Black, Mike Patton, Susan Traylor, Kathleen Wilhoite, Jak Kendall
  • Directors: Steve Balderson
  • Writers: Steve Balderson, Clark Balderson
  • Producers: Steve Balderson, Clark Balderson, Dan Holmgren, Jennifer Dreiling, Jerry P. Magana
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 7 Arts
  • DVD Release Date: July 4, 2006
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E0LLG8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,684 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Firecracker" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Dark, indie film works as a modern day detective film noir, starring Mike Patton (Faith No More), Karen Black, and Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go's). Good advance buzz on this release - consider picking up a few copies as Patton's fans are sure to seek it out.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcockian? July 6, 2006
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On the front of the DVD cover you will notice "Hitchcockian - Roger Ebert"

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Bad April 14, 2009
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Bill Cosby once had a line about the birth of his first son. He said that he was excited and anxious in the hospital, until he saw his son for the first time. He said he managed to maintain the smile of an expectant father, but he said he was horrified at what he saw emerge from his wife's womb. He said he wanted to turn to the intern who handed his son to him and say: "Maybe we should put him back in and let him cook a little longer."
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing... June 13, 2007
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I was hoping to really like this movie, but just couldn't. Having Patton and Black take on dual roles was an interesting idea, metaphorically speaking... but in both cases, the need to keep the characters "different" led to one persona being shallow and over-acted compared to the other. The mixing of black-and-white and color is a bit of a cliche, and I felt that it, and the soundtrack, were /sometimes/ used as a replacement for building genuine emotional scenes. There were some truly gripping scenes throughout the film, but the lack of character development hurts the film greatly -- only one character shows /any/ growth throughout the story, and she isn't even the protagonist. The "deus ex machina as a metaphor for... well, what do you want it to be a metaphor for? That? Oh yeah, that's what I wrote it to be. Honest." nature-girl and the ending she brings to the movie cap the entire production with a disappointing ending as well.

2 stars. Not a bad movie, but not a particularly engaging one, either. A few standout scenes, all of which deserve better company than that which surrounds them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Two hours of my life stolen June 7, 2010
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This is the first film I've ever felt compelled to review. It was so very terrible I just had to warn others.

Where to begin -- let's see . . .

Well, for starters, the actors' performances were so awful you'd think you were watching a high school play. Particularly bad was Mike Patton. I was delighted to see his character, David, killed off early in the story as I thought it would mean I no longer had to see the dreadful acting continue. But no -- I'd failed to realize Patton was also playing the role of Frank (and doing an even lousier job with that one).

Aside from the bad acting, there was the meaningless, distracting switch-off between color and black-and-white scenes every few minutes. It just leaves you wondering, "What the hell was that about?"

For a story presumably set in the mid 1960s, the anachronisms abound: a smoke detector is clearly visible in one scene, another scene shows 1980s-era exterior lighting on the side of the tire garage, a 21st-century synthesized-voice weather radio playing in the background as Ed makes her search of the house. Those are silly things that should have been easy to catch during production.

And speaking of silly - the story itself was just silly and predictable. And the whole film, itself was pretentious and boring.

Gosh what a horrible film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond HORRID
This is the MOST horrendous, horrible, incoherent, disgusting, and just plain BAD movie I have ever seen. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kristy
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie for those who love Patton or the genre.
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 more
Published 13 months ago by Jeffrey F. Howe
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the wait to make it to DVD.
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 more
Published 18 months ago by James C Young
1.0 out of 5 stars what the......?
This is a rediculous movie. Terrible acting, combined with a poorly written screenplay makes for a long setting. Read more
Published on April 19, 2011 by jh2380
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and Bad
Firecrackers cinematography was extremely good for the budget though the transition scenes from black and white to color was annoying at times. Read more
Published on October 11, 2009 by David L. Saraj
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad acting kills great potential.
Anyone calling this movie brilliant is either too obsessed with Patton or one of Balderson's paid employees. Read more
Published on September 9, 2008 by Piper
5.0 out of 5 stars ahead of it's time
like everything mike patton associates himself with this movie is a few years ahead of its time. most people won't get it. most people will be confused. Read more
Published on July 27, 2007 by M. Baur
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Pulp Reality
A very intense film that seems to have some Lynch ideas, but more akin to Hitchcock to real film fan. Read more
Published on May 14, 2007 by C. Kirby
1.0 out of 5 stars ZRODN
man totally dysfunctional i left seeing this film wanting to pass out firearms registration cards, golds gyms memberships, and counseling assistance grants. Read more
Published on May 4, 2007 by Zrodn
1.0 out of 5 stars I had such high hopes.
I was very exited about this movie. I waited and waited for it to come out on DVD so I could see it. Read more
Published on December 17, 2006 by Greth
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