November 25, 2004

Trees Lounge

Rockets Redglare is in this movie. Investigation and web searches reveal that he's been a crony of Steve Buscemi's for a long time. I didn't really know anything about Rockets before. I just had noticed his name several times in several places because it is rather distinctive.

The synchronicity here is that, as it turns out, RR used to be a body guard for the Sex Pistols, and Sid Viscious after their breakup. And I just wrote about them a couple of days ago. Rockets died in 2001. Buscemi has produced a documentary about him, that I may try to find.

Redglare's role here is minor though he does have a few lines.

Drunks in dank and smoky bars. Steve Buscemi's screenplay for a flick which he also directed, and starred in, uses the classic Bukowski premise. If I remember right, in the first scene Steve wakes up in a booth in the Trees as the barmaid is trying to close down. And immediately demands a shot.

This pretty much sets the tone for the story.

As is required of indie arthouse weird flicks that are written by directed and star the same semi-obscure actor (this was done in 1996. Buscemi was still at least semi-obscure, if not all the way obscure.) the story is a little hard to put your finger on. These films also require a list of actors who are a little closer to A list, who appear apparently as a favor to their almost famous buddy with whom they acted in a couple of other indie arthouse weird flicks that were written by, directed and starred some other semi-obscure actor who they both know.

Trees Lounge is no exception.

We see Samuel L. Jackson, Daniel Baldwin, Anthony LaPaglia, Chloe Sevigny, Michael Imperioli, plus Steve gave work to his brother, who plays his brother, and his son, who doesn't play his son.

Steve plays Tommy who has lost his girlfriend, who is now pregnant, to his boss who fired him for borrowing $1500 and not putting it back. Tommy is still unemployed, and to add to his tragedy, is a mechanic who can't keep his car running. This may be the only real reason he drinks.

There are more drunks in this story, and more to the story of these drunks. There's a death, a funeral, a too young hottie, an ice cream truck, a fight scene, numerous shots of Wild Turkey, and several cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

How could you go wrong with this? Check it out.

I've always wondered how in the hell someone can star in a movie they direct. How do you direct yourself? For that matter how do you direct other actors when you are acting in the scene? I guess I don't know enough about it.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Wayne at November 25, 2004 12:32 AM
Comments

Thanks for bringing this film to my attention. I never heard of it before, but I'll take your advice and check it out. I saw Steve Buscemi in a recent indie film, Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes". It was kind of a hit-or-miss affair with different brief vignettes related to (of course) coffee and cigarettes.

I'd like to see that Rockets Redglare documentary if it's available on video. I never heard of him before, but he sounds like an interesting character.

Posted by: Ken Dix at November 29, 2004 07:11 PM

Coffee & Cigarettes is one I've been wanting to see, just because of the array of actors. Trees Lounge will remind you of a Jarmusch film. It has an aimless quality to it.

Posted by: Wayne at November 29, 2004 09:40 PM

Mike Broder of undecided films and small planet pictures continues to exploit the film Rockets Redglare! while refusing to honor his contract with the producers. this guy Mike Broder is an absolute scumbag and has also ripped off the producers of Gypsy 83 and Way Off Broadway (two other films on his "roster". He is financed in part by Palisades Pictures. Filmmakers beware. this guys is a liar and a thief. He refuses to pay for the films he exploits.

Posted by: Rockets Redglare at May 19, 2005 06:44 PM
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