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Total Crap58.33%

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This World, Then The Fireworks
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by Chris Parry

"Cinema lesson #1 - leave us at least one character to not hate."
1 stars

Michael Oblowitz was a cinematographer on German documentaries in the mid 80’s. Then suddenly he wasn’t… until 1997 when he reappeared from the wilderness to direct this ridiculous attempt at film noir. Let’s be very clear from the outset, this is a terrible movie. Yes, it has copious amounts of nudity, some violence, even a little incest hinted at between Billy Zane and Gina Gershon, but if that sounds like the recipe for an Oscar winner to you, you’ve been watching too many Ron Jeremy movies.

Written for the screen by former McGyver writing hack, Larry Gross, from a Jim Thompson novella, This World, Then The Fireworks boasts perhaps the most ridiculous film title since Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood. While that may hurt the film, it also suffers from being a noir film shot in full color (huh?) and having a story that manages to leave not a single character being anything close to likeable. In fact, if the cast of this film were on fire, I wouldn’t pee on a single one of them.

No, scratch that. I would.

Marty (Billy Zane) is a hard-nosed journalist in Chicago, but when he begins to expose police corruption the law chases him outta town. With nowhere else to go, Marty ventures home to a small Californian town to meet up with his ill mother (Rue MCClanahan) and his bargain beaver sister (Gina Gershon) – a lass that used to give him much brotherly love back in the old days, if you know what I mean. What happens next? Seemingly anything the writer could think of to make you stop and say “ugh” every few minutes.

Gina Gershon plays a right box of assorted creams in this flick – I doubt she’s ever been dirtier. You know the type, if you managed to raise the five bucks to get her attention for an hour it’d be like throwing a kielbasa down a corridor. Also going the dirty, ugly route is Rue McClanahan as Marty’s mom, featuring a face chocked full of shotgun pellet scars. Marty’s wife suffers from Elephantitis (because everyone has to be foul in this thing for some reason) and their son has a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp. In fact, there’s not a lot pretty in this movie, but for the gratuitous nudity in the form of Sheryl Lee (Twin Peaks) and unknown actress Elis Imboden.

If long-winded bible-bashing monologues are your thing, perhaps you’ll dig part of this flick, but the OTT sex and violence may not accommodate you as nicely. Likewise, those who can dig the violence may falter at the film’s propensity to feel itself important.

Oh, to hell with it – if you want to see Gina Gershon’s jugs, go rent this flick. Alternately, rent just about any other flick Gershon has ever been in and save yourself the ugliness of this little episode.

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User Comments

4/17/06 Gina Fan Gina Gershon is always interesting! 2 stars
8/27/05 Rever_Bear-Trap Interest, intriguing, decent and overall... It's worth seeing Gina Gershon! 4 stars
6/04/05 Hack-SAW To be honest I havent seen it yet... BUT IT'D BE WORTH IT FOR Gina Gershon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
7/02/04 Aaron Willis A fine, sick, faithful adaptation of the Jim Thompson novella. Zane is hilarious and scary. 5 stars
3/30/04 Daniela It is not a good idea to pack too many deranged, ugly characters into a single movie. 1 stars
9/25/02 Buddha Failed noir. Failed everything. 2 stars
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  04-Jul-1997 (R)


  02-Feb-1997 (MA)

Directed by
  Michael Oblowitz

Written by
  Jim Thompson
  Larry Gross

  Billy Zane
  Gina Gershon
  Rue McClanahan
  Sheryl Lee
  Orson Oblowitz

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