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Sleeping Dogs Lie (2005)

Jeff Hannon (Wilk) from the forever away world of Cincinnati, Ohio has stumbled upon what he believes to be a 25 year old murder in a small Texas town. His ceaseless nightmares compel him to drive to the middle of nowhere town of Bueford, Texas to enlist the local authorities (Asner, Keenan) to help solve the murder mystery and forever put an end to the voices that haunt him. Hannon's own fate ... See full summary »

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Jeff Hannon (Wilk) from the forever away world of Cincinnatti, Ohio has stumbled upon what he believes to be a 25 year old murder in a small Texas town. His ceaseless nightmares compel him to drive to the middle of nowhere town of Bueford, Texas to enlist the local authorities (Asner, Keenan) to help solve the murder mystery and forever put an end to the voices that haunt him. Hannon's own fate soon becomes entwined with the dusty town's long forgotten history. Written by Anonymous

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Maynard James Keenan is also a musician, he sings in multiple bands including Tool and A Perfect Circle. See more »

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The Drifter
Written by Michael Kirkland
Performed by the New Evils
Courtesy of Soundco Records
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Pleasantly Surprised
28 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll admit, the only reason I had any interest in this film to begin with was because of Maynard James Keenan. Being an enormous Tool fan, I try to seek out anything and everything the man is involved in. So in one of my routine quests for MJK knowledge, I stumbled upon the site for Sleeping Dogs Lie. I watched the trailer, was immensely impressed, and I ordered the DVD.

I really didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. It had a quirky charm uncommon to many short films. The characters were actually interesting, and the plot was relatively original. And the direction was phenomenal. Each shot appeared expertly planned, yet effortlessly executed. First time director Stuart Lessner did a superb job of giving the film it's own voice and style.

All the performances were solid. Asner is the perfect good IL' boy small town sheriff, and Wilk did a good job in his role, especially considering it was his first gig. But of course Keenan stole the show. And I'm not just saying that because I'm biased. The few minutes he was on screen really were the best of the entire movie. I wish I could see him play this character in a feature length film someday, because it would be spectacular.

I won't spoil anything for those who haven't seen it (which is probably most of you reading this). But I'll just say that the plot goes in directions you won't expect, with an outcome you won't predict. It kept me glued to the screen for the entirety of its short running time. For around $20 shipped, this should be a no brainer purchase for anyone who is at all interested.


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