We had to come up with a name for the series where we watch a 'bad' movie and just laugh at it. We couldn't just say 'The Nerdomenon Watches:' because we watch many other things as well. We needed a name that expressed all the emotions that come with watching these types of films, joy, sadness, anger, frustration, pure ecstasy, etc. So we settled on 'The Nerdomenon Experiences:' because it is always really an experience.
The Roller Blade Seven. Wow. I've seen my share of hack cheese, but this one takes the cake by far. I'm linking to Scott Shaw's website where he talks about his style of filmmaking which he calls 'Zen Filmmaking' where you just go out and shoot with no script, no plan, and just see what happens. I can see where this might be great! A simple idea with smaller set pieces and a very small group of people, I'd wager you might actually create something very interesting. But this is ridiculous.. This is an entire 90 minute long feature film, with many locations, many actors, many different and conflicting plot points, it just doesn't work that way. I think for the adventurous at heart this is why 24/48 hour Film Festivals exist. They generally offer the same 'Zen' experience but even then you at least receive SOME structure.
Film tends to celebrate technical achievements and looks generally down upon things like continuity mistakes, poor story flow, and editing guffaws. Scott Shaw REVELS in those things. We watch film to marvel at the complicated set ups and breakdowns in the same way we might be mesmerized by a magician performing a trick we don't understand. We know there is something very complicated going on behind the scenes that we, the audience isn't privy to.
Scott Shaw says 'to hell with all that' and instead drives himself as far in the opposite direction as he can. I don't know how I feel about this man. On the one hand I applaud his 'actions speak louder than words' approach to film. On the other I don't know how someone who claims to love film can put out something as atrocious as 'RB7' and be able to sleep at night. And this is a TRILOGY! their are two more! I can't wait to see them.
In conclusion I'll say that I want to sincerely thank Scott Shaw for keeping me thoroughly entertained, and that I hope I get to see more of his work, and at the end of the day isn't that all really any artist can ask for?