Also watch the scene between the two hitmen (who are hysterical) comparing cellphones and TELL me if Hal Hartley wasn't taking notes for his adaptation of AMERICAN PSYCHO, released 6 years later. Docked one star because the DVD I got looked like it was dubbed off a second-generation VHS tape left out in the sun in an old VIDEO PLAYLAND store, and it weren't widescreen at all. In fact, I have the original VHS tape and it looks BETTER. Someone REALLY needs to clean this up and give it a proper DVD release - it's an incredibly overlooked film. And it's better than TALADEGA NIGHTS: THE STORY OF RICKY BOBBY!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
1994'S AMATEUR is a brilliant little dark comedy that has some of the funniest writing this side of an (older) Coen Brothers flick. Yeah, the writing and acting is mannered, but it's supposed to be. AMATEUR is 10,000 times funnier than your average Will Ferrell movie because all the actors and actresses play it deadpan straight, which makes their lines even funnier. Someone should teach Jim Carrey about that. Watch for cameos by Parker Posey and Michael Imperioli (Christophuh from the Sopranos) - Parker in particular is hysterical and definitely gets the tone of the film. Isabelle Huppert is wonderfully detached (if only ex-nuns were half as hot), Elina Lowensohn makes great eye candy (if only ex-porn stars were half as hot), and "Martin Donovan" is probably an indiefilm pseudonym used by Andrew McCarthy (they look identical).