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The Apostle (1997)
Wonderful acting by Duvall, but a bit Disjointed.
The Apostle was a showcase for Robert Duvall, in interviews he stated that he had been waiting for 12 years to make this film, and finally decided to finance it out of his own pocket. Unfortunately when you are lead actor, director and editor, you have a tendency to use your shots over others. This was the case with the Apostle. After reading the original script, I was astounded to see all the really good scenes that were apparently cut to allow Duvall more camera time. Almost every scene that was cut, cut out another actor other than Duvall. There were many layers of the story that would have made it much more complete. I liked the film much more before I found out how good it could have been. After reading the wonderful scrpt, it turns into a self serving acting reel for Duvall.
Dinner and Driving (1997)
Wonderful Little Film, A good example of Indy Film making.
This was a delightful example of the under $500k Indy Film. Shot in rented houses, and relatives backyards, this film had acting and flow that was superior to many big studio films. Joey Slotnick was good as the pained lead character, but Sam Robards stole the scenes as his lecherous brother. It was a good turn for party of 5 star Paula Devic, and another place to see the a short clip of Indy film standard L. Christian Mixon. All in all it is a good watch, and a fine date flick.