“The movie finally makes a reasonable amount of sense now” after 4Â years of work on it, writes producer Joseph Graham on the Indiegogo fundraising page for Nothing Really Happens, a new independentÂ feature filmÂ from local production companyÂ The Monster Closet.Â What is this filmed-in-Houston movie about? It’s not entirely clearÂ from theÂ trailer.Â If you blink a couple times in the middle of it though, you’ll miss a couple of images from a scene filmed at the Wind Chimes Shopping Center on Westheimer at Eldridge, where a vacant storefront was apparently dressed up as a locked-up mattress store for filming. A notice posted to the front of the shuttered shopÂ from aÂ Houston “Department of Health” flashes by too fast, but if you freeze-frameÂ it the words on the official-looking document may — or may not —Â help a little bitÂ to explain the movie’s plot (emphasis in the original):
Robocop may have moved on to the real Detroit, but Houston will always have Reality Bites. And today folks around the movie biz are celebrating the movie’s twentieth anniversary. The Winona Ryder-Ben Stiller-Janeane Garofalo-Ethan Hawke pic filmed here and there about Houston (with a few disguised-L.A. settings thrown in for good measure) was released on February 18, 1994. In and around the Gen X coming-of-age coming-out reality-TV disaffection storyline, the movie depicted the overgrown charms of Alden Place, the little North Montrose neighborhood of duplexes and 4-plexes that made living in the shadows of Downtown seem so easy and affordable back then. Twenty years on, how’s it doing?
On second thought, foreclosure is hell. That freaky-eyed lady asking for another extension on her mortgage payment? C’mon, go ahead and give it to her. You won’t feel bad about it. Plus those little in-house exorcisms have a weird way of chewing through the value of the underlying collateral.