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The Diary of Preston Plummer (2012)

On the day of his college graduation, Preston Plummer cannot think of a single thing he really loves. Adrift, Preston follows a beautiful but troubled young woman to a small island town ... See full summary »

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Kate Cather
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Preston Plummer
Helena de Crespo ...
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Dory
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John Percy
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Emily Cather
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Walter Cather
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Yolanda Raven ...
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Geoffrey King ...
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Rita Churchwell ...
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Charlie Horton ...
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On the day of his college graduation, Preston Plummer cannot think of a single thing he really loves. Adrift, Preston follows a beautiful but troubled young woman to a small island town where he begins to fall for her, but it all threatens to fall apart when he uncovers her family's dark past. Written by Anonymous

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John Percy: Emily... her mom died when she was really young. That kinda thing; it can hit people in all kinds of ways. When we see how fragile the world is, it can make it more beautiful. But for others, loss represents the world's betrayal of-of... decency. Her mother's death destroyed Emily. Made her fear the world. Made her hate it.
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Shot fairly well, but the rest is straight-up student-grade, in every way.
22 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Quotes from other reviewers like: "Wonderful movie shot on a $125,000 budget!" confuse me. What's good is good, and what is crappy and derivative is just that, no matter what the budget.

It's as if a massive percentage of the new crop of director/writer/producers legitimately don't have the ability to see their film/project from any angle other then the incredibly hyper-narrow view related to technical proficiency during production and post. That's it. Really. I ain't exaggerating kiddies. They can clearly tell if a shot is out of focus. If something is lit badly (funny enough, they often miss that too), or when audio is recorded poorly. But seemingly, that's all. While watching this, just remember that those actors… where chosen! And the scenes which were used… were chosen! And presumably, they thought they were great.

…talk about speaking volumes.

Sitting through painful amateurishly delivered line after line (despite those same actors being fairly decent in other films), you begin to realize that those in control honestly (and shockingly) could not see what viewers can see. The performances they allowed into the final cut met with their approval. Wow. How is it that a simple viewer can see what they cannot? Again, wow.

But then, isn't that true of much? Many times, in the realm of "indie" films, those who direct/write/produce the projects are simply those who were the most motivated to do so, and obviously not the most talented. Sure, I've said all this many times, but on this film I was again hoping I'd find one of the wonderful and rare exceptions. Nope. Another pretender, trying so very hard to do nothing aside from emulate what the Big-Boys do, and failing miserably at it. It looks like a moderately well executed student film. Some of the shots are OK, and at least they had the decency to shoot it on film. But that is literally all that I can say about this film which is positive. (How on earth did they get Robert Loggia?) "When will they learn", is often heard from critics of these horribly and pathetically derivative films. Well, never. How on earth do you expect them to "learn"? You only learn when there are consequences to mistakes.

I know quite a few of these directors, a few writers, and a few producers, and they'll often go on for hours about the specific alignment of foul circumstances which kept their brilliant indie gem from receiving the attention it deserved. Hours! Delusion is strong. Stronger then most universal forces.

Young film makers, learn from this. One of the greatest attributes you can ever, EVER have, is the ability to see your shortcomings. Period. Adapt, and learn. If you suck at something, then avoid it. Learn from, umm, pretty much every other successful person in every other walk of life, in every other culture, and in every other period in history….play to your strengths! DUH! Director/writers like these, bafflingly, construct monuments to their weaknesses. WTF? Counterproductive? Sure. But again, delusion is a true and unstoppable force of nature.

There are overflowing 55-gallon drums full of fairly inept directors out there doing very well. They simply understand what NOT to do. They know where their weaknesses are, and they avoid those areas like the plague, and are able to masquerade their suckage-camouflage as skill/talent. Good for them! That's a legit skill too.

People like this guy, and this team, pretty much sum up the "worst of the worst" as far as I'm concerned. It's lazy. It's dishonest. It' (as mentioned) bowel-shakingly derivative, and it's nothing more/less then a film which was made due to motivation alone, without all that tedious and boring skill/talent baggage. Geeze, who needs that, eh? So to the inept indie geniuses who'll literally rant for days about how great their films are, please put that same motivation into worthy future projects and/or a little entry-level introspection 101.

Those who are honestly great at their craft, find doors opening for them with little effort. The rest, will complain endlessly about how they cant find representation or real work outside of their little projects.

However, one thing they often do exceedingly well is that they'll foolishly and effortlessly adapt into perfect stereotypes, and believe the hype which their friends, family, and crew shower upon them. The fact that they are ignored by the industry does little to snap them out of it. Their talent is otherworldly, and their lack of success is due to factors far beyond their control.

In short, this film was painful to watch, highly insulting, but a great film to show to students if you happen to teach film theory/production…in regards to hopefully instilling a sense of honesty/principles/individuality into your students. This is 2012, and shaking the camera isn't a brilliant form of stylization.

As I've written before, just because you have the skills (and yes, they are legitimate skills, I will admit) and drive and tenacity to maneuver yourself into a position where you can mount a film project, doesn't make you a talented director.


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