"After hitting the paddle ball out of the park with his first starring role in 1979’s The Jerk, Steve Martin stretched himself by demonstrating his dramatic chops and dancing skills in Herbert Ross’s big-screen adaptation of Dennis Potter’s Pennies from Heaven in 1981. Audiences didn’t stretch with him, however, so for his next feature Martin reunited with director Carl Reiner to collaborate (along with screenwriter George Gipe) on the film noir pastiche Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, appropriate Noirvember viewing…
"Picture this scenario: It’s the midterms. There is a contentious Senate race in the state of Pennsylvania. On one side is a politician with years of public service behind him and an unabashed progressive agenda. On the other, a rabble-rousing media figure who espouses strong conservative values. One is even struck with a crippling medical condition a short time before voters go to the polls. This sounds like the contest between Democrat John Fetterman, the Keystone State’s lieutenant governor, and…
"Did I just save you, or have I stolen you?"
Arresting imagery, minimal plotting, just one incident after another. Funny how the self-righteous animal rights activists who "liberate" EO from the circus where it was a trained performer only serve to remove him from the one human being who truly cared for and about him.
"No matter how bad the shoot's going, you're kind of going, 'Okay, this is all worth it.' You know, these surreal images that come out every now and then." --Tim Burton, telling it like it is
Naturally, Burton has a great deal of praise for all of the actors and technicians who worked on this film, but I'm especially glad he singles out Christopher Walken, who does wonderfully subtle work throughout.
This "film" has a running time of about 79 minutes. Here's how that breaks down:
5.5% - Kirk Cameron's smug, hot chocolate-obsessed introduction
3% - A seemingly unmotivated cutaway to what looks like a much more interesting movie but is, in fact, not (Bonus: We get to see this footage again in its entirety when it's placed in the proper context)
2.5% - Cheaply animated opening credits set to a ska cover of "Silent Night"
7.5% - Kirk's "brother-in-law" --…