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TABER CORN
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Linden Reko

Starring:
Blake Ryan
Ben Fruend
Tony Capps

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What's it about
A young documentary filmmaker follows a “legendary” on-line film critic around to tell his story. He uncovers rivalries and just what goes on behind the computer keyboard… well, sort of.
Is it good movie?

Taber Corn. A strange title for what is not so strange of a movie. A mockumentary that explores the trials and tribulations of an on-line movie critic. Made in Australia, it explores an average, everyday mate named Buddha Wilson (Blake Ryan) who lives in his mother’s garage and gets drunk often. But he also happens to run a website called Fulci Metal Jacket. It is an extremely popular site that specializes in horror and exploitation films. Wow… who’d a thunk that one? He is exactly the image that many might stereotype as a fellow who runs a genre oriented website. He sleeps too much, stays up too late and has a few issues with other on-line bloggers in his community. While I’m sure that there are several of our brethren that fit this cliché to a T, I don’t think it is as common as one would think. But here he is, and there it is. Taber Corn follows a young man named J.D. (Ben Fruend) who is making a documentary about this world wide web horror legend.

I guess my biggest problem with Taber Corn is that it really isn’t very funny. The humor is dry and doesn’t offer any real laughs or wit. On occasion, something will come up that sparks a smile, especially when one character talks about the brilliant work done recently by Eddie Murphy… you know, The Haunted Mansion, The Nutty Professor and a couple of others that stood out (yes, this is a joke). And occasionally, that knowing humor worked, especially when tackling the sometimes self important work of the on-line film community. But as I was watching, I wondered if the filmmaker was laughing with it or at it. After all, Buddha is kind of a miserable schlep who really isn’t all that smart and seems to kind of wallow in his own lack of life experience. You can watch a million movies, but if you don’t leave the house, you really don’t have much. But even with this, there is something really likeable about Blake Ryan (who also co-wrote the script with director, Linden Reko). In one sequence, while he is working a day job, I really took pity on him as his boss just constantly degraded his work and his intelligence. I really felt bad for the guy.

So maybe, deep down, this isn’t supposed to be all that funny. Since the entire film is shot as a documentary with a few “film clips” spread out, it should have opened the audience up to Buddha. And yeah, in some ways it did, but not necessarily in an entertaining way. Early on, it is stated that they were originally going to make a short film. Now whether this is true or not I have no idea (although I think that it is just part of the script), but it might have been more interesting in that format. After awhile, I didn’t really care about what was going on with Buddha or his arch nemesis, friends and family. I did however find that if they had focused more on what the story was really supposed to be about, it could have made for a smarter and wittier exploration. For the most part, it all seemed a little too redundant and therefore, not all that interesting. Thank the good whatever you call it though that the music by The Holy Soul kept popping up… easily, the best part of this feature. Great band!
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Taber Corn is poking a little fun at the on-line film community. And occasionally, they hit the nail on the head with some of the attitudes and conversations that happen throughout the film. But in the end, I really didn’t find any of it all that funny, merely redundant. And as the “hero” in this mockumentary, Blake Ryan, I found him to be slightly sympathetic. Well, at least enough to generate some interest, yet they really make him out to be far too much of a loser. Maybe this would have been a witty and entertaining short film, but as a feature, the jokes and whatever it is trying to say just kind of feels repetitive. For all the constant dialogue poured into it, this is a merely an intriguing attempt that just falls short of really saying anything at all.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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