Set in 1969, a twelve-year-old grows up in Key West with his mother, who is paying the bills by stripping at the local topless bar. The boy finds out about her activities and tries to ... See full summary »
A brother and sister, sitting in a coffee bar, bicker mildly about whose idea it was to come to Memphis and which kind of cigarette is fresher. Danny, their waiter, comes by offering ... See full summary »
Norman Oppenheimer is a small time operator who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life. Three years later, when the politician becomes an influential world leader, Norman's life dramatically changes for better and worse.
I was lucky enough to catch "What Happened to Pete?" when it aired on Bravo a few years back. It remains one of my favorite short films to this day. If you've seen "Tree's Lounge," you know Steve Buscemi is a phenomenal director. "What Happened to Pete?" plays like a sketch version of the bar scenes in "Tree's Lounge." Its a deceivingly simple little film, with a brilliant comedic performance by Buscemi. (Mark Boone Junior and Seymour Cassel are wonderfully understated.) I adore Buscemi's choice of music- Brenda Lee's "Emotion" and George Jones's "When the Grass Grows Over Me" underscore the movie's tone perfectly. The film culminates with a truly surprising twist, (a rarity for shorts.) What I admire most about "What Happened to Pete?" is the way it manages to capture, (in a few short minutes), the dank grain and subdued despair of life in your average bar.
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