5 items from 2016
Heavily inspired by the ’80s-’90s works from Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Altman and Quentin Tarantino, it’s one of those imitation films that always runs the risk of jeopardizing its own potential by basking in the shadows of its predecessors. And it is, indeed, perhaps just a little too reminiscent of those films — from Jackie Brown to Boogie Nights to Goodfellas — to really stand out on its own, or to become more than an elusive, moody wannabe at times.
But shot and projected entirely in 35mm film, and in a series of five single-shot acts, it’s nevertheless a beauty to behold. Impressive, if quite showy, in its presentation and bleeding with pulp, suave and sophistication, it’s a copycat for sure, but a damn good one — a crisp neo-noir »
- Will Ashton
“Too Late” is structured around a striking gimmick: Its Los Angeles-set neo-noir tale is told in five non-chronologically ordered segments, each consisting of one continuous shot running a single Techniscope-format 35mm reel (approximately 22 minutes) in length. The sense that one is watching an elaborate formal stunt is underlined by the studiedly flamboyant dialogue and artificial situations in writer-director Dennis Hauck’s first feature, a supremely self-conscious genre exercise in which character and emotional depth don’t seem to be on the very meta menu. Rolling out theatrically in 35mm-only exhibition (which expands after single-screen March 18 and April 1 openings in Los Angeles and New York, respectively) the pic will get variable critical support. Such stylistic bravado will surely accrue some cultish admiration there and in home-format release.
- Dennis Harvey
A movie about a missing woman... and a lost man. This looks quite good. Vanishing Angle has debuted an official trailer for Dennis Hauck's indie drama Too Late, starring John Hawkes as a private investigator searching for a missing woman. This crime noir follows him around various seedy parts of Los Angeles, encountering many interesting people. The full cast includes Crystal Reed, Dash Mihok, Rider Strong, Vail Bloom, Jeff Fahey, Robert Forster, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Dichen Lachman, Sally Jaye, Natalie Zea, and Joanna Cassidy. The film will be released exclusively on 35mm in theaters across North America in Spring 2016, according to the website. If you're curious, definitely check out the trailer below. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Dennis Hauck's Too Late, found via The Film Stage: Private investigator Mel Sampson (Academy Award nominee John Hawkes) is tasked with tracking down the whereabouts of a missing woman from his own past. »
- Alex Billington
The debut feature film from Dennis Hauck, "Too Late," brings with it an interesting concept: The filmmaker shot the movie on 35mm in a series of single Steadicam takes that last right up until the reel runs out. It adds an interesting element to the throwback-'90s crime flick that will arrive in limited release this spring at a theater near you in 35mm. Read More: Laff Review: Crime Drama 'Too Late' Starring John Hawkes, Robert Forster, Crystal Reed, And Natalie Zea Starring John Hawkes, Vail Bloom, Joanna Cassidy, Jeff Fahey, Robert Forster, Brett Jacobsen, Dichen Lachman, Dash Mihok, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Crystal Reed, Rider Strong, and Natalie Zea, the non-linear story, with shades of "Pulp Fiction," follows a private detective tasked with finding a missing woman. Here's the synopsis: From desolate, overgrown Radio Hill to the ritzy penthouse of The Beverly Hilton, Too Late offers remarkable views »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A stand-out in virtually every project he’s part of, we’re always ready for another performance from John Hawkes. His latest film, Too Late, finds him as a private investigator in Los Angeles hunting down a missing woman. However, it likely won’t be the story that gets talked about most (at least initially) when it comes to Dennis Hauck’s feature, but rather the structure and exhibition. It’s composed of five acts, each a single, uncut 20-minute-plus shot (roughly the length of an entire projected film reel), and it’s being released in the now-rare, 35mm-exclusive format starting next month.
We said in our review, “A bit reminiscent of John Herzfeld’s Two Days in the Valley, the tale is woven from several different perspectives of an ensemble cast that all come nicely together at the end to complete a compelling puzzle. While there is a definite fetishization of Tarantino-style dialogue, »
- Jordan Raup
5 items from 2016
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