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This strange collaboration of Zalman King, Alan Rudolph, and Meat Loaf stands as one of cinema's big, cult oddities -- giving us the Loaf as a Texas beer trucker (hauling Shiner, by the way) who becomes a roadie in order to impress a groupie he encounters. Never mind that she's 16 years old. Te film approximates a road trip en route to an Alice Cooper show, but the plot is safely skippable. If only there were more musical bits (check the cast list!) -- and the lead actors didn't jabber constantly over them.

Blessed Art Thou (A Question Of Faith) Review


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I'm usually a sucker for a Disney movie. Blessed Art Thou, screened at the Boston Film Festival, is a Disney movie of sorts, but this ain't no Little Mermaid. The only Disney involved here is Tim Disney, writer/director of this tale of theology, faith, and the sexes. The plot alone could make his great uncle Walt thaw out, and this live-action film as a whole is appealing, gentle, and hopeful, despite its weaknesses.

At a quiet monastery on a vineyard, Brother Anselm (M.E. Hackett) claims to have witnessed a true miracle. He purports to have seen the angel Gabriel himself descend to Earth and initiate a sort of "connection" with Anselm, one that Disney smartly keeps vague. There's further confusion in that Disney actually shows us the encounter, a strangely homoerotic visual that might have worked well in a dream sequence in the Village People's Can't Stop the Music. Toss in the Brother's androgynous look, and Blessed Art Thou is an exciting little mystery right from act one.

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