Thursday, August 23, 2012

TROUBLE IN MIND (1985) - Alan Rudolph


Alan Rudolph's dreamy noir mash-up Trouble in Mind may not be the best potboiler out there, but it certainly possesses the coolest, cultiest pedigree. Soundtrack by Marianne Faithful. A cast list that includes Kris Kristofferson, Joe Morton, Genevieve Bujold, Keith Carradine and Divine (sans drag). And just take a gander at this haircut...


Never has noir looked so florescent, so thoroughly '80s. Flock of Seagulls and fat laces meets black fedoras and femme fatales. Though the movie takes place in a "fictional" town and in a semi-futuristic time (funny looking guns, some nonsense about Phillip K. Dick style government militias, etc.), Trouble in Mind's raggedy heart is in the '40s, even if its art direction is trapped in the go-go '80s. Basically, a bunch of screwed-up romantics bump into one another over and over again in a cafe, getting into more and more trouble each time.

Me? I've had numerous run-ins with Trouble in Mind over the years. I had a friend's VHS copy on my shelf for nearly a decade before returning it without watching it. Then I had a version in my Hulu queue (chock full of commercials) which also expired unviewed. Mercifully, the local library had the 25th Anniversary DVD (commericial-free), so I can finally cross it off my to-see list twenty years after the fact. Was it worth all the trouble? Absolutely. Probably...

No comments: