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Mar. 9th, 2006 | 02:13 am

A good movie released by Tempe? Go figure!

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Tempe, Tempe, Tempe.

I know you like to sell DVDs. I know you do; it's okay. But to use Quentin Tarantino and Bruce Campbell as a selling point when they only appear in the movie for BARELY a second is rather pathetic, don't you agree? I mean, I'm sure you don't, because, after all, you're the ones who put it there. But you have to admit, it's pretty fucking lame. Seriously. It's FUCKING LAME. But what do you expect from the company that brought you the Lexington-lensed waste-of-time Zombie Planet?

All better.

With that off my chest, I bring you Eddie Presley, which is probably one of the best films I've seen this year. And I've seen a lot of films this year. A LOT. It's really kind of embarassing how many movies I've watched. Seriously. After all, I am employed full-time and have a beautiful wife who demands much of my attention. When do I find the time, you ask? The answer: I don't sleep. Barely two hours at night, if that. It's weird, really; I haven't encountered too many people who share the same nocturnal quirk. Though I did read once that Richard D. James (Aphex Twin) is the same way. Seems like a stable enough person, right?

But, I digress.

Eddie Presley is smart, funny, and, surprisingly, genuinely heartfelt. I could relate to him, unfortunately, which sucked me in that much deeper. Duane Whitaker is astounding as Eddie, bringing him to life without making fun of him, which is always important in a film like this. He also avoids making you feel sorry for him, which is also a nice touch. Seeing as how the movie is based on his play, it's obvious that the project was very near and dear to him. Duane Whitaker IS Eddie Presley.

However, much praise must also be bestowed on director Jeff Burr. Yes, THAT Jeff Burr, the wizard behind such modern classics as Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III and Pumpkinhead II: Bloodwings. Granted, I am a proud owner of both, but let's not kid ourselves okay? As much as we may enjoy 'em, they are by no means good films. Amazing that Mr. Burr had talent once-upon-a-time, utilizing a shoestring budget in ways all low-budget filmmakers should make note of.

My only complaint is that the film MAY run a bit too long at 106 minutes. I hear there's an option to watch an extended 120+ version of the film included on the Special Edition DVD. No, thanks. In this case, I think less is more. I didn't always think this way, mind you. It wasn't until I started editing project myself that I realized how much impact pacing has on a film. Now I've developed this nasty little habit of paying too much attention to how a film is edited, now that it's part of what I do on a daily basis. Haven't decided if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I'll get back to you.

Maybe it's my frame of mind lately that made me identify so much with the title character. Or maybe it's just a really good movie. Scratch that. A FUCKING good movie. Of course, I'll watch it again when I don't feel the need to murder the world to see if it's still as strong as it was today. Don't know when that will be, of course, but hopefully it'll happen before I actually murder the world.

Kidding.

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doomboy5

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from: doomboy5
date: Mar. 15th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure your multi-national DVD distribution company does much much better.

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Oh, how your comment burns!

from: filmfiend
date: Mar. 15th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Tempe is nothing to be proud of. Considering the quality of their titles, I'd be more embarassed than anything, regardless of how "successful" they claim to be. Thanks for the comment, though! It's always nice to hear from readers, especially those who don't like what I have to say.

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