Picks and Pans Review: The 30-Minute Movie
updated 12/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST
Last August, Showtime introduced this anthology, which allows emerging filmmakers a chance to direct a featurette. The trilogy that makes up the second installment of the series proves again that the half-hour length is a snug setting in which to spin out a tale with panache.
In Little Feet, a lyrical memory play directed by Constance Grappo, Evan Richards is a college freshman in 1973 who gets a wheelchair-bound dwarf, Ed Gale, for a roommate. In The Heart of the Deal, directed by Yuri Neyman and Marina Levikova, an accountant (Ruben Blades) is approached by two strangers (James Karen and Vincent Spano) who make some persuasive arguments as to why he should sign over his wife (Blades's real-life bride, Lisa) as an immediate heart donor. In Robert Resnikoff's thinly scripted The Jogger, Tom Morga is a suburban runner who is relentlessly pursued by a balefully menacing Terry O'Quinn. It's a triple bill for people with short attention spans.