I watched this with the hope that it might explain to me how on earth Steve Guttenberg ever became a huge star in the 80s. I still don't know. But the Simpsons do have an episode about the Illuminati that pretty much explains it, and everything else. I wish I understodd why Criterion singled this one out over say Who Framed Roger Rabbit or the very underrated Clean Slate. What gives Criterion?
If there is a sweet spot in between David Lynch and Disney's Davy Crockett Raoul Walsh certainly nails it. Just a weird blend of pathos and what feels like proto kitsch. For the first ten minutes, I kept expecting a giant octopus to rise out of the sea and swallow up the ship, then we get to Hawaii and the whole thing veers into social commentary. Does it matter that the ending is a bit of a letdown? I don't…
If you are like me and take great pleasure in sifting through the dross to find a raw diamond then you are in for a treat with Stark Fear. On the other hand, if you are someone who is turned off by confusing storylines, bizarre shifts in tone, a voice-over narrator who disappears, and multiple endings, well... you might want to skip this one.
I just want to say that I really loved this flick. As far as originality it's…
Gritty as all heck but beautiful as anything. This, set in Germany in 74, gave me flashbacks to Osaka in '76 a gritty urban metropolis with entire city blocks under construction, strip clubs and burned out buildings, banks and new cars. In Japan there was a lost generation of kids dancing for money on the sidewalks. I guess in Germany it wasn't much better. This has a picaresque feel to it, like Oliver Twist crossed with Midnight Cowboy. This and Deadlock might be the two best finds all year. Thanks Mubi.