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Warts and All: The Films of Danny Plotnick - drama/thriller DVD review
Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 3 1/2 stars
Actors: Danny Plotnick
Director: Danny Plotnick   Studio: Microcinema DVD
DVD release: 26 February 2008   Runtime: 100 minutes (1 disc)
Format: Color, DVD-Video, HiFi Sound, NTSC
DVD Features: Audio Tracks (English), Photo and poster gallery, Technical specs, Audio Yakety Yak, Dumkoff from Dusseldorf, Other titles, Contact

It's amazing what a guy with a punk attitude and a Super-8 camera can do. The short films of Danny Plotnick are fun, irreverent, and foul. Some are amusing but forgettable like Skate Witches; others stick with you and make you smile later in the day, like "Swingers' Serenade," which suggests that 1950's film magazines encouraged marital infidelities. Excellent on a number of levels, the least of which is murder mystery.

Plotnick's "Death Sled II: Steel Belted Romeos" takes a traffic misunderstanding and blows it up to epic proportions. It leaves me wondering what would have happened if the nice driver had hit the lead-footed Guido's car (a line that is repeated in about 50 interesting ways!).

"Pipsqueak Pfollies" illustrates the path of a milquetoast prone to being taken (yea, even beaten) by children. His path is shown with different choices after a series of interviews with children who have a beef with adults.

I can see that Plotnick's work has paved the way for other filmmakers like Tom Stern and Alex Winter. Great stuff and it leaves me wanting more.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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