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Stuart Bliss Review


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A little indie paranoia, done fairly well. This flick gives us C-list actor Michael Zelniker as Stuart Bliss, a catalog promo writer who becomes obsessed with the idea of the apocalypse after he starts to see signs of it -- literal and figurative -- on the way. Meanwhile, his wife abruptly leaves him, his job turns bizarre, and things get progressively stranger. Excellent score (why do indies never think about this!?) helps loads, with film editor Neil Grieve making an interesting impact with his first and, to date, only feature film.

Freaked Review


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Most stars spend the millions (or hundreds of thousands) they make on big budget films buying up real estate, new cars, fancy trophy spouses, designer luggage, and small, rodent-like dogs that don't really qualify as dogs but sadly think they do. (There is some innate "wolf-like" attitude in even the slightest of Chihuahuas, it's the glint of their teeth extended over tiny lips, the snarl; little dogs still have that "wild hunt" bred deep within them. This all seems very tangential but so is Freaked. I'm making a point here.) Alex Winter, hot off the success of the Bill and Ted films, decided to take his money and invest it in an off-the-wall comedy about circus freaks and hideous mutants. Makes sense, right?

Thing is, Winter had a great intuition unfortunately neither Hollywood nor the public was in a like mind. Freaked floundered and sank and now, after years of rumors, the gimp is back out of the trunk. And it's a groovy thing.

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