THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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BANG BANG BABY (2014)

 

Any film billed as a “60s sci-fi musical” will always get my attention, which is how this Canadian film made it to my radar.  And it starts promisingly as Stepphy (Jane Levy) is trying to escape from her crappy small town of Lonely Arms by entering a singing contest and going off to New York.  But when she actually gets through the first round at the American Ingénue Talent Competition and is invited to NYC, her “sick” father (actually a drunk, well played by Peter Stormare) won’t let her go and throws the letter into the fireplace.  Stepphy is sad, depressed and a bit drunk at her high school prom when creepy Fabian takes her to a makeout point near the power plant he works.  And then it gets REALLY weird as Bobby Shore, the Elvis figure who we see on the TV earlier, is passing through when his car breaks down.  And he wants to STAY and build a casino!  An escape from smalltown drudgery?  A dream?  Or the effects of a deadly leak at that power plant which appears to be affecting everybody!  This is where Bang Bang Baby lets loose the sadness that is an undercurrent during the first half and it becomes depressarama in Act 2.  Levy is really good playing all of the moods of poor Stepphy and we really feel for her.  The songs, especially the one we hear over the titles and sung by Levy, are really good and if David Lynch at a young age decided to try an out-and-out musical, this might have been close to the result.  Think Eraserhead with songs and you have the second half of Bang Bang Baby.  Certainly unique, Jeffrey St. Jules’ debut feature isn’t perfect and has flaws, but pretty darn original and unique in my eyes.

 SHOULD TLA SEE THIS?  Well, she hated Eraserhead…

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