Experimental animated film by Ronnie Cramer
Experiment in Words
Back Street Jane
Mike Gunderloy of Factsheet Five says of this movie, '...one of the best independent films we've been sent to review here,' and '...this is a film worth chasing down.' WOW! What an endorsement!
So here's the second opinion on Back Street Jane:
You ever see that old movie from back in the 60s somewhere called I Saw What You Did and I Know Who You Are? Well, Back Street Jane is kinda sorta the 1989 version. It's even in black and white like ISWYDAIKWYA. It's the same premise, just done in a much different way. Hey, we got nudity, gratuitous drug abuse, violence, profanity and sexual situations here. Know what I mean? This is a real honest to goodness standard movie here! Producer/Writer/Director/Music Composer Ronnie Cramer uses high-fashion model girls and guys in their late 20s to play the low-life slime scum dums who care more about a quarter full baggie of cocaine than (no, not their mothers) but other low-life slime scum dums.
Two hard-body bimbos, Jane (Marlene Shapiro) and Diane (Monica McFarland), two lookers we're supposed to believe are low-life scum even though they're both dressed in sexy outfits and are wearing perfectly applied make-up, know the murderers of a coke dealer.
They track the killers, Nicole (Sheila Ivy Traister, who does an awesome job of playing a psycho bitch from hell - her best scenes are during a coke party at Mike's house and the morning after), and her pal Francis (Michael Ford), to an apartment and call them up and say in not so many words, 'We know who you are and we know what you did and if you don't hand over the coke we're gonna call the cops and the party's over.'
This is where my review stops. To go further would give away the upcoming plot twists. Let's just say there's a lot of mayhem to be had and Nicole (um-hmm) is the igniter.
To copy Joe Bob Briggs, The Movie Channel Host, Drive-In Movie Critic and Editor/Publisher of We Are the Weird newsletter, this movie has got: Two breasts. Four dead bodies. Lesbian Fu. Blow Fu. Coors Fu. Lead Pipe Fu. Heavy panting Fu. Arsenic Fu. Frying Pan Fu. Chevy Fu. Bathtub Fu. Paint Thinner Fu. Good-looking chicks Fu. Alarming Trends Fu.
Howie says three stars. Check it out. Did I do good, Joe Bob? - Robert Howington
Back Street Jane D: Ronnie Cramer
A pair of down-on-their-luck tough chicks plan to rob a coke dealer in order to bet on a 'sure thing' but instead get involved in murder, blackmail and various other sleazy matters in this 'modern film noir' from Denver independent filmmaker Cramer. Shot in gritty black and white, the film features an excellent music score by Alarming Trends and good performances by leads Monica McFarland and Marlene Shapiro. An air of stifled desperation pervades the film, and if Cramer really intended to make a contemporary 'serie noire' then he has certainly succeeded. - Joseph F. Parda
The Making of Back Street Jane by Ronnie Cramer
Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend
Feature film directed by Ronnie Cramer.
Starring Andren Scott, Monica McFarland, Karen Pombo, Sheila Traister, Karen Zakzkowski, Christie Cass, Jean Wolf and Sarah Young.
Music by Alarming Trends