Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind

DVD - 2010
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In a down-and-out brick corner of Rain City, set in the vague future/past, hapless denizens are drawn to Wanda's cafe like moths to a flame. At the center of the film is a romantic triangle between ex-cop/con Hawk, young mother Georgia, and her husband Coop.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Shout Factory, 2010.
Edition: Widescreen, 25 anniversary special edition.
ISBN: 9781603993722
Branch Call Number: TRO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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Quite simply one of the most appallingly bad films of all time. There's not any camp or kitsch redemption here. Just one of the most awful scripts ever and the acting looks like the actors are just trying to figure out what the director wants out of them. It's like Rudolph couldn't get Darrell Hannah so he just told Lori Singer to do her best Hannah imitation (which is laughably caricaturist, btw). No character development at all. Awkward and annoying scene transitions/editing. And plot? Well, never mind. Oh, wait, there is one redeeming value of watching the film which is seeing Divine in a 'straight' role. He's not in it a lot, though.

As previously commented the only redeeming value here is for long-time Seattle residents who can take a nostalgic trip back to the mid-80's when the city still had traces of it's own identity before Starbucks/Grunge/Internet/CA immigration helped wipe that away. So if you're one of those/us, this 'film' makes it easy to just ignore the acting/plot/directing by turning the sound off and focusing on guessing/seeing the sites of the city when it was a little grittier but by all means a more genuine place to live.

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akirakato
Jan 22, 2016

This is a 1985 neo-noir written and directed by Alan Rudolph.
Although shot in Seattle, the city is a fictional city called "Rain City," where returns an ex-cop just released from jail after serving time for a murder sentence.
The story starts off with the world-weary 1920s blues standard "Trouble in Mind" and ends with a song of love and reassurance, both performed by Marianne Faithfull.
The opening line is "I wouldn't say no to a woman or a job".
The movie flips between reality and unreality in a variety of ways, with the time, language and setting unclear.
In a nutshell, it is a boring mediocre story of gangland.
It would be much more fun if the director delved into the murder the ex-cop had committed.

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JackPurcell
Oct 25, 2015

A longish movie, a bit surreal, with Kristofferson who was a lot better singer songwriter than actor. However, interesting and weird enough so's in an hour and 47 minutes I was not tempted to abandon it.

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Shoegazer
Mar 26, 2015

One of Alan Rudolph’s best. Well written and directed. Set in a smaller Seattle it showcases a wealth of talent set in a smaller Seattle. Fine example of independent film making before it was chic.

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darcerama
Nov 27, 2011

I'm a big fan of Alan Rudolph, but he can be hit or miss. Sadly this is a miss. It's a very dated attempt at being futuristic, 'poetic' and nouveau noir which just ends up being silly and unintelligible. However, since it was filmed in Seattle in 1985, residents will appreciate the film sites that are now gone. The Kingdome being a good example.

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