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  •  REVIEW: HOME MOVIE / HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT

      Home Movie / Heavy Metal Parking Lot
    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
    Offoffoff.com


    "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 their homes.

    HOME MOVIE / HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT
    Directed by: Chris Smith.
    Produced by: Barbara Joy Laffey, Susanne Preissler.
    Featuring: Bill Tregle, Ben Skora, Darlene Satrinano, Ed Peden, Diana Peden, Bob Walker, Francis Mooney, Linda Beech.
    .

    Heavy Metal Parking Lot
    Directed by: Jeff Krulik.


    Related links: Official site | Heavy Metal Parking Lot official site | Jeff Krulin official site
      
    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.

      Home Movie / Heavy Metal Parking Lot
    "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
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


    Reader comments on Home Movie / Heavy Metal Parking Lot:

  • Ben Skora   from Thomas A. Doyle, Mar 23, 2004
  • how can I buy Heavy Metal and Home Movie?   from Whitney, Dec 15, 2004
  • Bill Tregle   from Patricia Martinez, Jun 30, 2005

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