Underrated Films presents: Matinee

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Matinee 1993Charles S. Haas   Joe DanteJohn Goodman, Cathy Moriarty Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Matinee(1993)

“Matinee” is a fun Joe Dante movie that captures the magic of film during perilous times. Set and shot in Key West, Florida, "Matinee" follows Gene (Simon Felton) a teenager whose family is stationed the military base. Gene’s father is in a ship heading towards Cuba in 1962 in the mist of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Gene's constant moving has left him hesitant to make friends, the only company being his kid brother Dennis (Jesse Lee Soffer). But there is one refuge for which the young man can always count on, the wild, audacious films of maverick filmmaker Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman).

Woolsey, who is on the cusp of bankruptcy, takes his cinema on the road with his partner and main star Ruth (Cathy Moriarty). A constant optimist and innate gambler, Woolsey lands on the Southernmost point, and make his newest horror extravaganza "Mant" into the town's hottest ticket. As Woolsey rolls the dice with this latest movie, his best fan Gene has a transformative bond with the producer, and along the way discovers love and forges friendships.

"Matinee" was directed by Joe Dante, whose classics "Gremlins" and "The Howling" are direct progeny of 50's and 60's schlock. This movie is as much about Dante's youthful connection with b-movies as it is homage to an era of innocence in the face of a World War. Many of the horror films of this time were outrageously veiled stories of the potential disasters a nuclear missile war. "Matinee," takes place during the nerve-racking tension between USA and Soviet Union, and how this small town of good American folk experiences the panic. Ultimately, "Matinee" is a reminder of the power or escapism, one of the many wonderful attributes movies own.


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