"Crazy Love", a documentary that showed at
the 2007 Sundance Film Festival (but, I didn't see it there), really
is a testament to a film with a title that is completely in line
with what happens in the movie--two completely crazy people fell in
love, fell out of it, then inexplicably fell back into it...mainly,
because they are both crazy!
Dan Klores' chatty documentary follows just
two characters--Burt Pugach and Linda Riss. Back in 1959,
nerdy playboy Burt was a lover of the ladies, if you will...and
then, one day, he met Linda, and he was more than just head over
heels about her...he was CRAZY about her, and began making advances
to make her his girl for life. About a year into their dating,
Linda had had enough, even though she thought that Burt was a great
guy; he was too obsessive about her, so she decided to call it
quits. Bad move--Burt was so upset about the breakup that one
day, he went over to Linda's apartment and literally threw acid into
Linda's eyes, blinding her for life.
Burt's action sent him to jail for about 15
years, and what happens during this time and just after he gets out
of jail is the stuff of New York City legend; many of the news
stories and interviews that were done about the couple after the
acid attack are included in "Crazy Love" and you will find yourself
shaking your head about how ridiculous all of this is all the way to
the finish line. The film is basically brief snippets of those
news bits interspersed with LOTS of talking by our two leads, each
giving their opinion of the random topics at hand that relate to
their relationship. The film was actually a bit too chatty for
me, but there's not much movie here without it; this is one of the
few docs where I was actually hoping for more third-party
interviews, because what little we get from the surviving friends of
these two lead characters isn't that great.
Besides that, I thought that "Crazy Love"
would probably make a better "60 Minutes" story than a full-length
documentary feature; you could tell this story the same way in a
more streamlined format and still get the point across. But,
you can't argue with this much--this is one hell of a wacky couple,
and directory Klores does a great job of capturing that onscreen.
Rating: $9.50 Show
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exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
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Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
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indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
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