In this scathing and subversive social comedy, life in post riot Los Angeles is dissected under the sardonic eye of John Boyz, an unemployed thirty nothing flounderer on Venice Beach who is... See full summary »
Loosely based on the actual WWI Christmas cease fire between German and English troops. The two sides met halfway across the battlefield and sang silent night and played soccer. Each year the two countries re-enact the game in tribute.
Follows tour guide, historian and flâneur Timothy 'Speed' Levitch as he visits the monumentally ignored monuments of America's cities, from the shoe gardens of San Francisco to the luckiest subway grate in New York City.
Timothy 'Speed' Levitch,
John C. McDonnell,
A high-octane procedural about a team of five experts associated with the CIA led by Eric Shaw who are deployed when a CIA operation goes bad to extract the ones involved before it's too ... See full summary »
This 21-minute, 29-second black & white short included on the Ethan Hawke written/directed/starring/novelized flick THE HOTTEST STATE d.v.d. precedes the similarly-themed feature by about 12 years in real time. If you are curious to see a Hawke project talk love to death WITHOUT Julie Delpy (BEFORE SUNRISE & BEFORE SUNSET), but don't have 117 minutes to waste on THE HOTTEST STATE, just watch this short. Sure, it's a tad clumsier, but it has the same percentage of female nudity and features two Bob Dylan dirges. The couple in the short--just-married Jim & Leslie Green--seem precursors of THE HOTTEST STATE protagonist William's parents (Vince & Jesse), though they have different names and are played by different actors. Leslie seems as dumb as a post, thinking a pregnancy test will work a couple hours or days (time is nebulous here) after intercourse, with Jim coming off as equally clueless. The devolution of their feelings for each other is not particularly novel or interesting, but hey--some people LIKED Before Sunrise.
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