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5.0 out of 5 stars Art is both beautiful and horrible..., July 17, 2006
This review is from: Firecracker (DVD)
I was bummed to see some of the negative reviews posted regarding Steve Balderson's FIRECRACKER and felt I should offer up my own view. I caught this film when it was giving a roadshow screening in San Francisco last year. It blew me away on so many levels. True, it is not flawless. Few films are. However, it is full of ideas, challenging concepts, stunning visuals and some very interesting performances from a cast that could have been lifted from a Fellini film. The story (aka plot) is simple and almost secondary to the ideas presented by the visuals. Balderson never allows the audience the benefit of knowing if we are watching a horror film or a very dark comedy about coming of age. In the end, I felt as if I had been led into an interesting homage to David Lynch by way of a painting come to life. Karen Black is amazing. The music is great and the visuals captivate.

This film will not satisfy the cineplex audience but it will offer entertainment for those of us who like to be challenged and who appreciate the opportunity to see the work of an emerging artist who has created something via much blood, sweat and tears.

Art is subjective and I appreciate that some will not like the vision that Steve Balderson has created but I hope folks who support the arts will take a chance and step into this dark and twisted world. I can't wait to see what this director comes up with next.
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