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"The Blackout"

by David Sterritt

There are more wild cinematics in "The Blackout," by the predictably unpredictable Abel Ferrara, who here unfolds the reflexive tale of a filmmaker (Dennis Hopper) coping with an actor (Matthew Modine) whose drug-and-booze habit has gotten the better of him. The story is trite, and Hopper falls amusing apart during his *big scene* near the end; but Ferrara works almost as well with cinematographer Ken Kelsch as with the great Bojan Bazelli, and if Christopher Walken had snagged the lead instead of the capable but unexciting Modine, this engagingly eccentric filmmaker might have had a worthy successor to his great "King of New York" at last.

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