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Tweeked Review


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For the uninitiated, "tweekers" are speed freaks, methamphetamine users who go nuts when they're dosing. Here we have a little film about two tweekers, Carrie (Darling Narita) and Michelle (Ali Raymer), best friends who dumpster dive for used clothes they can sell at the local thrift shop -- and then use the cash for drugs.

After a semi-accidental shooting, the girls hit the road, afraid that a vengeful dealer is after them. What follows -- and as drivers, they just aren't very good, as Carrie and Michelle never seem to get out of Los Angeles -- is a kind of random, drugged-out tour through southern L.A., from the beaches to the barrio and back to the beaches. Michelle hallucinates to the point of psychosis, and Carrie becomes justifiably sick of her.

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Fast Sofa Review


Weak
I found Fast Sofa, the novel, in the discount bin in early 1994, intrigued that it came with a 45-rpm vinyl soundtrack attached right into the binding. The story, about an L.A.-livin', heavy metal obsessive named Rick who takes an odd (and pretty short) road trip, most notably visiting his favorite porn star, Ginger, in Palm Springs.

Amusing enough, and a quick read. And Fast Sofa, the movie, keeps the guts of this road trip intact -- enough to realize that our pal Rick is on a real road to nowhere. Jake Busey makes for a creepy and considerably miscast hero, though Jennifer Tilly's wanton Ginger is enough fun for the both of them. Stealing the show, however, is Crispin Glover, as a shut-in sophisticate named Julian who tags along on the latter half of Rick's abortive journey. His outfit alone is reason enough to rent the tape.

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