Veteran of the great video store wars of the 2000s. Fitful filmmaker. Human of late capitalism.
A real dirtbag hesher classic.
I've long suspected this was an influence on Twin Peaks, like I suspect A Nightmare on Elm Street was an influence on Blue Velvet*. It's all a bit too depressing and nihilistic for me to give it a full five stars like eg. Over the Edge and Pump Up the Volume. File it with Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer as a glimpse at the festering rot below Reagan's America.
*read my Nightmare review for that theory
Mid budget, mid '90s, low key sleeper studio picture that is always a bit too slow and slack to pop and thus seemed destined for a weekday A.M. slot on HBO. Bogdanovich's direction isn't bad per se, but seems aggressively anonymous from plenty of other nondescript '90s pictures; nothing here would tip off this was the guy that made such stylish departures as The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon (maybe he's better in black & white?).
The quartet of great…