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The 100




Evil Ed
(1995)
Reviewed by Justin Kosch
Rating: 2.5 Beans

ell, I'm well on my crusade to watch ALL of the films on AFI's top 100 movies of all time list. I started out at the video store with 4 films(2 of which were on the list)-Citizen Kane, Bullets Over Broadway, From Here To Eternity, and (for irony, I guess) Evil Ed. Of course, I was already getting lectures by the guy at the register about it.
"Look at this! You have THREE classic films, and you HAD to put Evil Ed in here! Why did you have to lower the quality average of the other films?" was what he said to me.
I should have told him that I got it because it was foreign. Maybe he would have shut up that way(We talked for 10 mintues. He's actually pretty cool for a video store employee). After all, I AM telling the truth. It's from Sweden(Home of ABBA and Ace Of Base).
When I watched it, I noticed it was in some weird widescreen ratio. I would guess it was 1.5:1 or something. The bars at the top and bottom of the screen were rather small.
Anyway, to the movie. It starts out with a shy film editor who is assigned to re-edit a slasher series, entitled Loose Limbs. He has to re-edit them because the MPAA for their country won't let them be released until even more violence and nudity is cut out.
Ed hates those kinds of films. I don't remember if it was because they gross him out, or if they scare him. But soon, he becomes too involved in his work. And after an hour, he starts to kill.
This film works on one level: Dark Comedy. It is often funny, but I felt so disappointed by the ending. I feel that if he hadn't killed anybody in the film, and if the film kept its slick pace, it would have been a very good picture.
But it soon bogs down, and it stops working in some scenes. I still recommend it, But if you want a classic, rent From Here To Eternity instead.
'Them Bones, Them Bones, Them Dry Bones.....'






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