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in a movie that robert duvall wrote, directed, and starred in, he
spends a lot of time chuckling with a smile on his face. however, the
reason for duvall's giddiness seems to be more about a realization on
the lack of interesting dialogue his character has than because of a
with the exception of zach braff's "garden state," the big three combo is a kiss of death. there is no one in the film making process to check duvall's love for his own abilities. although the "apositle" worked for the most part, "tango" doesn't. the direction is pretentious--shots of a panther used for bad symbolism. the writing is basic and pointless. "what is tango? tango is life" everything is life. i could see the passion and beauty that was given off by a form of dance i am not familiar with and consequently could write some better things about the heat of tango.
i'll put it this way. i'm a guy that loves 99% of movies because i see them for what they are, not what they could be. however, it took me three days of on and off again viewing to finally complete this film, all the time with a grimace on my face. not to mention, it is one of those films where you just wish the protagonist is going to die and the end and are disappointed when he doesn't.
i viewed "alter egos" at a private screening with Laurence green present. the documentary, originally meant only to be a promotional tool for the animated documentary contained in entitled "Ryan," works as so much more. it is a credit to Laurence to have put together such an emotionally charged outlook on a fellow film maker, long-lost animator Ryan Larkin. Ryan went from Oscar contender to panhandler. the animated "Ryan" is shown in full at the end of "alter egos" as is Ryan larkin's reaction to it and conversation with its creator, Chris Landreth. it is one of the most insightful moments that i have seen in film. Laurence green has managed to create more than just a promotional tool--he has made a documentary every bit as creative and deep as the man and the film it is about.