“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Dumpster Baby (2000)
How bad is it? It's a Troma film that tries to be a cult film and fails. Should you see it? Only if you want to play "spot the references."
This video takes forever to get started, with a preview of "Poultrygeist" and an introduction by Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman. The story is about a crackhead who has her friend toss her newborn in a dumpster and then the film follows the baby through the lives of others (sort of like "20 Bucks" - which as a treat for people who actually read this blog, was one of two films to have someone I once dated in it): a teased guy of diminished capacity, a shadowy figure in black, three teenage boys and a cannibal mechanic. The film keeps starting along an interesting plotline, then just veers and does something else and starts another interesting possibility; eventually, it just spins its wheels. The film is better than most Troma offerings, but not exactly something to recommend.