April 14, 2011

Movie Review: Bubble (2006): Murder in a Factory Town

Factory towns are the perfect location for a murder. Nothing ever happens. In a non-descript Midwestern town, people get up early, go to work, maybe go to a 2nd job, and then go home to sleep. The next day, they start over again. Like a hamster on a wheel, one could feel trapped. In this setting, all it would take is one moment where a seed of resentment ignites the resigned into acting on temporary passionate insanity.

A factory town in Anywhere, Ohio is the setting of our story in Bubble. The story is upfront and intimate. The actor's performances raw and unadorned.

Martha and Kyle work together at the doll factory. Martha picks up Kyle to drive him to work each day. They stop at the doughnut shop before work and eat lunch together at break. It is pretty clear that Martha has a crush on Kyle, even though she is much older than he is. Martha is a frumpy looking woman with red hair who takes care of her father, who is getting older. Her life seems pretty miserable. She doesn't have any romantic prospects or hope of escaping this life. She will probably live here until she dies.

 Kyle is a painfully shy guy. He lives with his mother in a double-wide trailer. He also doesn't show much hope for ever having more in life. He works two full-time jobs and comes home to smoke in his bedroom after work before starting another boring day.

Martha's attachment to Kyle isn't so much about him, but what he represents. She tells him, "I need a picture of you. You're my best friend." Into this boring but stable story enters a third party named Rose.

April 07, 2011

Movie Review: Angel-A: It's a Wonderful Life with Estrogen?



Angel-a gives movie viewers a chance to experience how Frank Capra's holiday film, It's a Wonderful Life, might have looked if pudgy angel Clarence was substituted by a tall leggy blonde female.

Unlike George Bailey, our main character Andre is not a good guy who has helped lots of people. Andre is a swindler. He lies about his heritage depending on who he is talking to. He borrows money and then loses it by gambling. Every time the bill collectors come by to collect, he has grand story of why he can't pay at the moment, but will soon. His only saving grace seems to be that he is somewhat charming and people enjoy hearing his excuses.

One evening, it seems his luck has run out and he is told to pay or be killed. He decides to end his life by jumping off a bridge. But just as he prepares to jump, he looks over and sees a gorgeous woman preparing to jump, also. She's over six feet tall with platinum blonde hair, long legs, and the perfect figure. Andre decides to save the goddess and can't understand why someone like her would want to kill herself. The woman's name is Angela.