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Pulitzer Prize finalist and well known playwright Adam Rapp has just directed a film he didn’t write. While many people do this all the time, Rapp has always directed his own work, from Red Light Winter which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist to even Winter Passing and In Treatment.
Loitering With Intent, although directed by Rapp, is written by Ivan Martin (who previously worked with Rapp on Winter Passing) and Michael Godere, with both acting within the film as lead characters Raphael and Dominic respectively. In addition to the writing/acting duo, Marissa Tomei stars as Gigi, Dominic’s sister, with Sam Rockwell playing Wayne, Gigi’s boyfriend, and Gigi’s friend Ava is played by Isabelle McNally.
The plot centers on aspiring screenwriters Dominic and Raphael who have been given the chance of a lifetime to work with a film producer willing to give them a shot. They »
- Catherina Gioino
Whoever instructs aspiring screenwriters to “write what you know” really ought to accept some blame for the overabundance of movies about struggling artists in New York. “Loitering With Intent” is simply the latest in a string of pointless low-budget exercises in angsty Big Apple self-reflection. At least in this case, writers-producers-stars Michael Godere and Ivan Martin have a couple of talented pals — namely Marisa Tomei and Sam Rockwell — to help them out. Nevertheless, B.O. prospects for this 2014 Tribeca Film Festival premiere look extremely limited in a modest Jan. 16 release. Already available on VOD for a month prior, they pic won’t loiter in theaters for long.
Friends and frustrated actors Raphael (Martin) and Dominic (Godere) hear from a well-connected pal (Natasha Lyonne in a fleeting cameo) that a producer has some money to burn. That’s as good a reason as any for the pair to head out for »
- Geoff Berkshire
Budding screenwriters Ivan Martin and Michael Godere had more than a few challenges on their hands when they set out to collaborate on their first screenplay since 2010’s "Daylight." First, as it goes, they needed an idea. An idea that would grant them the opportunity not only to star in the film together, but to allot interesting roles for their friends. Furthermore, an idea that might make back some of the gas money they’d expend on preparatory California road trips with Marisa Tomei… a crucial component of any good movie’s pre-production stages. Ultimately, this harried writing process became the star of Martin and Godere’s dramatic comedy "Loitering with Intent" (read our review), which we got a chance to discuss with both writers and stars, supporting players Tomei and Sam Rockwell, and director Adam Rapp. Although the fivesome took up the long end of a sizeable conference table, »
- Michael Arbeiter
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Writing a movie might be a dramatic process for those in the middle of it, but it's not a terribly cinematic one for those of us watching it unfold. After all, how much emotional and visual oomph can a filmmaker expect to squeeze out of somebody typing into a keyboard (or scribbling in a notebook)? Thankfully, "Loitering With Intent," the very funny, ramshackle new comedy premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, does much to dispense with the actual mechanics of two dudes trying to write a screenplay, instead indulging in the messy familial dynamics that can derail any project, no matter how ambitious or well-planned it might be. The movie starts out with an incredibly succinct, wonderfully edited, and totally informative montage that establishes who the main characters are. Dominic (Michael Godere) and Raphael (Ivan Martin) are bartenders, »
- Drew Taylor
Taking place mostly at Gigi's country house, Loitering with Intent uses the "ensemble stuck in a house" genre to create a pressure cooker of drama. We know enough about the characters' intertwining backstories to anticipate a lot of emotions. Ivan Martin, Marisa Tomei, Sam Rockwell and Brian Geraghty are tasked with being the freewheeling comedic relief to Michael Godere's "straight man"; all the while, Isabelle McNally drifts peacefully around the house like a spirit, with the sole purpose of instilling a sense of serenity within the chaos. The naturalistic, self-referential performances of Godere and Martin -- who also co-wrote the screenplay -- hearken back to the American independent cinema of the early 1990s. Though their dialogue sometimes seems a bit too verbose to have not been heavily scripted, their chemistry solicits a conversational report that helps solidify their friendship. »
- Don Simpson
"Fast, funny, and incredibly heartfelt" are the words we wrote in our review of "Loitering With Intent," and that's just what you want to hear about any movie featuring the double talents of Sam Rockwell and Marisa Tomei. And with their indie dramedy coming around the corner, today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Directed by Adam Rapp, and featuring Natasha Lyonne, Brian Geraghty, Isabelle McNally, Michael Godere, and Ivan Martin, the story follows Raphael and Dominic, a couple out-of-work-actors who have 10 days to deliver a script that could be their last shot for a big break. They head to Dom's sister place in upstate New York, where they think they'll be able work in seclusion, but the arrival Gigi's boyfriend Wayne, and his younger brother Devon, creates unexpected chaos. In this clip, we see Wayne and Gigi cozying up around the campfire. "Loitering With Intent" is now »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Adam Rapp's Loitering With Intent — a lackadaisical hangout comedy that tries to be both a winking, self-reflexive look at screenwriting and a resonant study of relationships — suffers from a thrown-together vibe that is only rarely eclipsed by its overqualified supporting cast. Marisa Tomei, Sam Rockwell, and Brian Geraghty are among the distinguished players lending occasional weight to the movie; before their arrival, however, Rapp introduces Raphael (Ivan Martin) and Dominic (Michael Godere), fortyish actors "in an age void" who tend bar in Brooklyn to bankroll their struggling careers. The pair catches a break when a producer (Natasha Lyonne) expresses interest in their micro-budget, noir-tinged script — which doesn't actually exist, yet. »
Directed by Adam Rapp
Although the profession of the screenwriter has been highlighted on the big screen many times before (Adaptation, Barton Fink, and Get Shorty), Loitering With Intent makes a valiant effort to strip away bombastic plot devices in order to showcase the writing process itself. No, there aren’t any kidnappings, or murders, or high stakes with loan sharks and gangsters. Instead, the film portrays the rigors of writing just the way it is: frustrating, a bit all over the place, and somewhat boring. Whether or not the audience is up for a simple story in its mundane entirety is purely up to them. Yet what’s to gain is the pure insight into the struggles young and inexperienced writers typically endure. And does so with great performances by Tomei and Rockwell. Loitering With Intent tells the story »
- Christopher Clemente
8 items from 2015
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