“That’s what’s so great about old movies: you get to enter the land of the dead.”
A death-obsessed aspiring writer (Ken Lerner) goes out on the town with his buddy (Ray Sharkey) and has a series of odd adventures across Los Angeles.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Death and Dying
- Los Angeles
Writer-director Martin Brest’s feature debut is, unfortunately, little more than a slightly-higher-budget b&w student film. There is nothing at all inherently interesting about the protagonist, who fantasizes about his great-aunt’s death to a morbid degree:
… hangs out watching Laurel and Hardy films with a clueless friend (Sharkey):
… gets to know tiresome strangers — including a sullen, drunken dwarf (Hervé Villechaize) — at a night club:
… visits a morgue just for kicks (and free coffee):
… and obsesses over the elderly women he sees around him.
This one will strictly be of interest to hardcore devotees of Brest.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- The unexpectedly creative closing sequence
Nope; you can definitely skip this one. Listed as a Sleeper and a Personal Recommendation in the back of Peary’s book.