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Glass, Necktie (2001)



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Good Film, Not for the Immature
1 June 2006 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I just saw the film Glass, Necktie and was actually surprised by the overwritten, immature nature of the REVIEW I just read on this site that puts the film down. I think it's probably that one person whose soul mission in life is to put down other people's work with ridiculous exaggeration and not a hint of critical knowledge about film-making. Perhaps it's the same idiot you meet in chat rooms who can't stop using racist jargon as he misspells his moronic comments about gays.

Glass, Necktie is a good, solid film. Is it perfect? No. Show me an indie film made on a micro budget that is. The film does several things right that are difficult for any director to accomplish under the constraints of budget, time, and the attempt of a story to do more than simply entertain or deliver a smoking gun. This film is intelligent, well-paced, and tense throughout, managing to keep the line of dramatic tension taut and focused, even as the story arches and flows into secondary plots.

The acting was a mixed bag. The roles that required more commitment were executed diligently, competently, and sometimes masterfully. The smaller roles were certainly more of gamble but that is the mark of nearly every filmmaker's early efforts. You get who you can for no money and build the strength of the piece around your strengths. This filmmaker does this well and sometimes exquisitely.

Some of the shots in the film are intriguing and help build and carry tension. The director attempts to get us outside the box with different stylistic approaches. The spirit of indie film to me is to break from the cardboard cutout of every auteur attempting to be the next Tarantino and instead search for their own inner voice. We see the beginnings of this director's personal journey and find a voice that's fresh, different, dark, and at times innovative. I suppose most critics such as the one I read prior, value more highly the high production value of the same old, same old story that has nothing to say but says it with great polish. How sad for him.

If you are interested in a story that conceptually attempts something different, maintains tension throughout, is shot with intelligence and originality, and is a mixed bag ranging from raw to powerful, than check out this film. If you are looking for a mega budget film that does a high quality job at telling you nothing new and does it with great polish, then take the negative critic's review on this site to heart and go rent "Dude, Where's My Car!" I'm pretty sure that "dude" has it in his collection.

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