A real thumb-twiddler but the performances are solid (especially Scott) and the ending is pure Lester.
More or less Goodnight Stepmommy, but whereas that one infuriated me by dragging on and on for more than an hour like its twist wasn't obvious from the get go, The Lodge infuriated me not in how it handles its reveal (which is rather effective) but in how Franz and Fiala have to rely on their characters to do idiotic, nonsensical things in an already utterly preposterous central conceit just to get there, eliciting many feelings of “well…what’d you expect…
I went into Smithereens knowing nothing about it except that it was an 80's indie with Richard Hell in it. I figured it would be in the vein of Times Square or Ladies & Gentlemen...The Fabulous Stains.
But Smithereens is a little different, and really got to me. This is a hard-hitting, uncompromising character study of a wannabe punk princess who doesn't end up getting what she wants. It shows the struggling side of the 80s NY art/music world you rarely…
To any 80's horror fan just discovering this film:
Read that synopsis.
You may think, "Wow. A movie that gets all those elements right would have to be one of the best films ever made. Could it really be as fantastic as it sounds? I mean is such an achievement in cinematic perfection possible?"
The answer to that is,