27 January 2014

45 R.P.M.

45 R.P.M. 2008
  • Director:  Dave Schultz
  • Based on book: no
  • Cast: Jordan Gavaris, Michael Madsen, Kim Coates, August Schellenberg, MacKenzie Porter, Justine Bansky, Amanda Plummer
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Michael Madsen  Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill 1 & 2, Donnie Brasco, Mulholland Falls, The Doors, Racing with the Moon, Thelma and Louise
    • August Schellenberg – Geronimo
    •  Amanda Plummer – Hunger Games Catching Fire, My Life Without Me, Pulp Fiction, Fisher King, Joe and the Volcano, The World According to Garp
  • Why? It’s about 60’s pop music. It was cheap.
  • Seen: January 27, 2014
       A film about music from the early 60’s has to be good, right?  But this is really an odd little film with really odd characters.  The teen-age main character Parry is being raised by an old Indian man after his mother committed suicide because he started looking too much like his father who had raped her.  Parry is kind of screwed about over that. He and his friend, Luke, who is actually a girl though we don’t figure that out for awhile, have been friends since they were babies, but now she’s in love with him. But he’s falling in love with a new girl from the States – oh yeah, they live in Goose Lake in the literal middle-of-nowhere Canada, where radio reception is iffy – but they decide to take part in a contest on a NY radio station. Thirty songs in thirty seconds, name them.
       A USAF plane crashes in the woods and is hushed up.  A teenage pregnancy is caused by the slutty mom’s boyfriend. A sadistic sheriff is a would-be dad. It’s just a really strange movie that instead of evoking sympathy for the characters just evokes a big, “Wha’?”
       It’s the kind of film I usually like but sadly this one leaves me a bit cold.
       But because I too had to jiggle my radio dial to get reception where I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s in the middle of Canadian-border-nowhere, because I too was afraid of the Russians invading and using the bomb on us, because I too longed to escape my own Goose Lake, because they try to deal with serious issues and because they play Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven” I’ll give it
2 ½ * of 5


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