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The movie is about an app called Somebody, if you sent a message through somebody it goes not to your friend but a user nearer to your friend and they deliver your message verbally for you ... See full summary »
With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.
A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles.
As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.
Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.
Jennifer Jason Leigh,
Stephen Adly Guirgis
A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of an eccentric local.
A man with a clipboard asks passersby a survey question: "Are you the favorite person of anybody?" He has a scale, from "very certain" on down. His manner is open. He offers oranges to one ... See full summary »
'Me and You and Everyone We Know' is a poetic and penetrating observation of how people struggle to connect with one another in an isolating and contemporary world. Christine Jesperson is a lonely artist and "Eldercab" driver who uses her fantastical artistic visions to draw her aspirations and objects of desire closer to her. Richard Swersey, a newly single shoe salesman and father of two boys, is prepared for amazing things to happen. But when he meets the captivating Christine, he panics. Life is not so oblique for Richard's six-year-old Robby, who is having a risqué Internet romance with a stranger, and his fourteen-year-old brother Peter who becomes the guinea pig for neighborhood girls -- practicing for their future of romance and marriage. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
The performance piece that Christine Jesperson submits to the museum, in which she admits her failings to a cheering crowd, was also one of several vignettes in a sound-based art project by Miranda July. This project was played on a loop in the elevators of the Whitney Museum of American Art, as part of the museum's 2000 biennial exhibition. See more »
When the two girls come into Peter and Robby's dad's house, Peter gives Robby a sandwich and tells him to go eat it outside. Robby insists he needs his coat, and goes to get it. When he comes back into the room to go outside, he no longer has the sandwich. See more »
In some cultures, when you burn yourself, it's a ceremony. It's called self-immolation! My uncle used to do it all the time. It was a great trick! He'd put the stuff on it, light it, and it would just go out when he went like this.
[moves bandaged hand back and forth]
After I lit it, I suddenly remembered: It's alcohol that burns, but doesn't burn up. Lighter fluid just burns... and then I thought, "It's okay. It's better this way."
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Any Way That You Want Me
Written by Chip Taylor
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc (BMI)
Performed by Spiritualized
Courtesy of BMG UK & Ireland Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Licensing See more »
More proof that film critics live in a fantasy film world and not reality
Let me first comment that I'm a film school graduate, so I've had extensive training in film theory and I've been exposed to a wide range of films. On the other hand, I also love a good brainless "popcorn movie". That said, here's my review...
My girlfriend and I just rented this movie last night, based strictly on all the awards and Top 10 lists it's been given. We were left completely baffled and confused that anyone could have found this movie to be even marginally entertaining.
Now, I love off-beat, "oddball" films just as much as anyone who appreciates film as art. But there's a line to be drawn. No matter how "avante garde" you want to be as a filmmaker, you have to remember two critical points: you must ENTERTAIN your audience, and there must be a POINT to the story you're telling.
Anyone can dream up a bunch of oddball situations and characters and throw them together for 90 minutes. If that was all it took to make movies then we wouldn't need film schools or screen writing classes, because filmmakers could just film whatever random thoughts crossed their mind, regardless of their context or relation to one another. The trick is to do it while simultaneously entertaining your audience, and then delivering a payload at the end of your story, whether that reward be a message, a warning, or simply an emotional reward of some kind. This film has NONE of those qualities.
This movie falls into the same trap of movies like "Garden State" (which I saw for the first time just last week on DVD). At least Garden State had a thread of a plot line weaving through it (albeit an extremely thin one, which is its fatal flaw). This film doesn't really ever "gel", so you keep waiting for it to "click in", for the moment when you go "Aha!" and have an epiphany, finally understanding what the filmmaker has been building towards the whole time. But there is no such feeling or moment in this film for the viewer, rendering it a pointless waste of time. It's like eating unflavored cotton candy -- it's not unpleasant while you're eating it, but when you're done you don't even feel like you've eaten anything.
I won't rehash the storyline here. Suffice it to say that any critic who put this film on their Top 10 list is no longer a critic whose opinions I can take seriously. The problem is that critics see so many movies that they become jaded, because they've seen the same stories told in every imaginable way. It thus becomes very difficult to impress them.
So when a film like this comes along, critics are excited by its unconventionality. The error is that they confuse this originality with actual skill or artistic qualities. I'm sorry to inform them that nothing could be further from the truth. Just because a film defies normal film-making or storytelling conventions does NOT make it a good film! It still must meet the criteria of being entertaining and leaving the audience feeling rewarded and not empty or cheated.
If you're looking for an exercise in meandering pointlessness, the kind where at the end you think to yourself "Huh?", then this movie is for you. But if you're looking for something that will satisfy you, or intrigue you, or change your point of view, or have ANY kind of impact on you at all, stay away. Trust me on this one.
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