Three filmmakers talk through their new film over dinner at a restaurant. What doesn't come as a surprise to the head writer is that the other two wants to make yet another cheap slasher with too many showers, moronic events and a clichéed story.
It was nice to put in a movie called "Not Another B Movie", where you expected it to be a really crappy exactly-another-b-movie, and it turned out to be more of a light-hearted story of a writer with bigger ambitions than his films. I expected it to have a Lloyd Kaufman-feel to it, and be more about the off-camera on-set stuff, rather than have it played out at a restaurant in a conversation between three people making a film. Every time they mention an idea or an actress, though, we get a scene from that film or a scene with that actress. It works.
The problem with this movie is that it's a comedy, but not at all funny. Oddly enough it could've worked as a light-hearted drama. But clearly then it would've needed to lose all the film-within-the-film scenes, or at least have them seem like serious films gone wrong, for them to really fit in. I think most of the conversations between the three work except for when they go for stupid jokes that just fall flat. I actually enjoyed Byron Thames as the writer Byron who just didn't want to write this kind of cheesy horror anymore. He eventually talks to a little girl that loves movies and she asks him why he writes bad movies, and ultimately this is what changes his mind. Silly idea, but it works because it doesn't fish for laughs. Fuck it, I guess a drama wouldn't work without changing everything, but at least change the type of comedy!
I can't comment much more on the film. It's not a film I would specifically tell you to buy, but if you stumble upon it really cheap or see a friend that owns it, it could be worth your time. At least if you enjoy films about filmmaking, which I do! Just a shame that the comedy isn't funny. Byron Thames makes it a tolerable ride.