EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|CRUDE OASIS, THE (director/writer: Alex Graves; cinematographer: Steven Quale; editor: Alex Graves; music: Steven Bramson; cast: Jennifer Taylor (Karen Webb), Robert Peterson (Jim Webb), Aaron Shields (Harley Underwood), Lynn Bieler (Stone), Mussef Sibay (The Lover), Roberta Eaton (Cheri); Runtime: 81; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Alex Graves; Miramax Films; 1995)|
a crude, bleak, slow-moving and pretentious picture of life in a dusty
oil producing town in Kansas."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Alex Graves ("Casualties"), in his directorial debut, directs,
writes, edits and produces this low-budget indie mood piece attempt at
neo-noir. It's a crude, bleak, slow-moving and pretentious picture of
life in a dusty oil producing town in Kansas. It was shot in the
director's hometown of El Dorado, Kansas, and took just two weeks to
shoot. It remains annoyingly ambiguous and too cold, austere and
distant to make us care about any of its depressing characters. It
never adds up to much of anything but a bleak mood piece.
I give it credit for being
unpredictable. But if it's trying to say something about lonely
housewives identifying themselves with their husbands and having no
life of their own, it could have been clearer in making that point, its
characters could have had more depth and it could have told a more
well-thought out story than one that carelessly veers between being a
mystery story and being a lonely hearts tale.
REVIEWED ON 6/2/2011 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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