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There's the surface appeal of "A Pyromaniac's Love Story," and there's the more interesting tale of William Baldwin, with the 1995 picture coming at a crucial time in his then-burgeoning career. He was positioned as a Hollywood heartthrob, successfully navigating a few roles, such as 1990's "Flatliners," and won a massive break as the lead in 1991's "Backdraft," where he did a fine job portraying a conflicted firefighter suddenly thrust into a role of familial and professional responsibility. He seemed poised to take off, but along came 1993's "Sliver," a botched (but not entirely uninteresting) erotic thriller that asked too much of him, caught on a sinking ship as the movie bombed, which didn't simply throttle his career, but cooled his heat in full. 1995's "A Pyromaniac's Love Story" delivers a different side of Baldwin, who tries to be a comedian in the romantic film, channeling Jim Carrey with a wild-eyed performance that's ambitious and completely out of his range. Baldwin's acting dream dimmed in 1995 (coupled with the disastrous "Fair Game"), and there's a good reason for that, finding his take on an unhinged fire-starter with a pronounced limp wholly unpleasant, making his turn the most unlikable addition to an already joyless and aggressively quirky creation. Read the rest at 


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