So, I sure don't know much about
reviewing a movie, but I can tell you this much:
WATCH THIS MOVIE!
It sums up a place...and a time. It gives people a chance to see and reconnect with a time from way back when."
It lets people in on "our little secret".
Evidently, and according to my notes, THE X-RAY CAFE had some balls. It would take such a stunning visionary and
(locally) renowned filmmaker to make such a movie. Somebody who had the guts and the know-how to tackle such an
important account of the times. A person with first-hand experience, an amazing array of friends, and unlimited
resources, to pursue and finish this Americana-docudrama-rock-and-roll-feel-good-slice-of-life-flick! I'll tell
you this: This is a DAMN GOOD MOVIE.
Benjamin Arthur Ellis, making his third major movie (after Lookin' and The Wall As Performed by The Kurtz Project)
has struck gold! It's all there!
The car crashes! The
mayonaisse eating! Big Daddy Meatstraw! Alkis! Beardsley! Helpful
Young Tom! The riot!
...and the rest!
For people who went there and knew THE X-RAY CAFE, you'll be able to revisit an important time and a place in your
life. For the uninitiated, it will satisfy your curiosity. And for those looking for a way to blow 95 minutes,
you could do a lot worse. I think it was a heck of a lot better than Magnolia, but then again, what the heck do
I know about reviewing movies?! I truly believe this could be The Decline of Western Civilization Pt. III. I think
Mr. Ellis has put in context a place in the early 1990s that was "in the right place at the right time"
and the "it" place to be. God knows why.
After viewing this, I realized again how proud I am to have known and witnessed such interesting people growing
up and figuring it all out. It's so fantastic that now we have a tangible thing to gaze upon and think back about
how it used to be.
Ben, thank you. I hope that other people like X-RAY VISIONS as much as I did.
I GIVE IT THREE STARS!
- Tres (co-owner of the X-RAY CAFE and good friend of Ben), October
(You might think, "Yeah, of course he's going to say that!" but really, the movie's great! )