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I saw MEN IN SCORING POSITION in Chicago at the Alt.film festival, and
thought it was the Best of the Fest.
I will not go into detail about the technical beauty of this film, except to say that for a true Indie, as I'm told this one is (not like current Altman releases called "Indies", etc.) it looks and sounds great. Post production sound editing, and scene structure and pacing should be looked upon by all as classic perfection.
The acting was simply right on, to say the least, and wonderfully touching, active, poignant and absolutely believable, unlike many other indie projects I've seen, to say a little more.
The script, is where this movie, and any good movie, begins its greatness, and the movie making execution thereof is where it succeeds for all to see. MISP is a modern tragedy in the classic sense as MACBETH or GONE WITH THE WIND, and takes the witness on a journey with one possible outcome, failure, while he roots to the last moment for a happy ending. That's where the film's strength is undeniable.
Congrats to writer/producer/director Tim Rhys for a job magnificently done, to actors Eric Liddell and Alan Gelfant for realizing his vision, and bringing their own voices to it, they're both great actors and will do much more, I am sure, and to the rest of the cast and crew for coming together to make a truly great movie.
Check this one out, seek it out, and see it. You will not be disappointed, in fact you will be glad you saw it. Very glad!
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I just watched this movie with friends after many years since its DVD
release. We all enjoyed it , and I would say the best thing about it
again is that it's interesting and relatable, especially to anyone
trying to stay on the right , path, purpose, etc.
Mitch is like someone with a less than perfect life, i.e. almost anyone, but he is keeping his die-hard dreams alive. In fact the only possible downside of the film is that it is too real. Maybe it needs gratuitous violence and sex leading to an explosive
climax , in which our hero gets literally shot down or taught his lesson but life goes on. And therein lies the quandary with a good
Indie flick: does it appeal to the numb masses or is it an honest and believable portrayal? Men in Scoring Position is the latter, and worth watching just for the story. But if you enjoy movies for more than high-budget crap , the quality acting and production in this movie stimulate from start to finish.
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