House it goin'?
That's what filmmaker Chris Smith asked half a dozen Americans living in unconventional abodes for the documentary "Home Movie." It's paired with "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" about a huge number of kids who urgently want you to know that Priest Rules!
By ROBIN EISGRAU
"Home Movie" is an engaging, non-judgmental documentary about several
people who live in unusual dwellings.
There's an alligator rancher who lives
in a remote houseboat on the Louisiana bayou, a former Japanese sitcom star
who lives in a Hawaiian treehouse with modern appointments, a man in
Illinois who has turned his home into a paradise of gadgets and electronic
gizmos, a couple in California who live with 15 cats and a family outside
of Topeka who live in a converted missile silo. Everyone's happy with their
surroundings for the most part and happy to let the filmmakers into
This film by "American Movie" maker Chris Smith seems to be part essay on unconventional living, and part profile as
you would see in a glossy home decor magazine. As each person tells his or
her story of how they came to be living in their unusual space, you really
feel as if you've gotten to know them. They're a colorful bunch of
characters as Linda Beech, the Hawaiiian treehouse dweller says a prayer in
Hawaiian to be let across the river to ther home and Bill Treagle, the
Louisiana houseboat guy catches some crabs for lunch and shows us his
alligator-bitten heel. If you're currently living with five roommates in a
cramped apartment or feeling the housing crunch particualrly acutely, this
film may make you want to build a treehouse or houseboat of your own.|
"Heavy Metal Parking Lot" is a brief documentary profile of the revelers in the parking lot of the D.C. area's Capitol Center in the hours leading up to that night's Judas Priest concert on a summer night in 1986. There's lots of big hair, a few mullets and metal posturing galore. Fans declare their devotion to the band and the heavy metal genre in general, making hand gestures and boozing it up. Viewed 16 years after its filming, the film is
humorously nostalgic. It's a snapshot of an era that's somewhat bygone,
although one thinks the scene in a parking lot before a Linkin Park or Limp
Bizkit show might be somewhat similar albeit with more piercings.|
|MAY 3, 2002|
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