The film follows fictional movie star Gray Evans through the disintegration of his marriage, his gradual mental breakdown, and his increasing obsession with a young film student who reminds...
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The film follows fictional movie star Gray Evans through the disintegration of his marriage, his gradual mental breakdown, and his increasing obsession with a young film student who reminds Gray of his own life before becoming famous. A dark psychological drama, this movie explores the pressures of fame and the difference between getting what you want and wanting what you get.
After Grey (Giovani Ribisi) and Mia (Franka Potente) have a fight in front of a reporter and photographer from a tabloid, The National Probe, Mia lifts her shirt revealing her breasts. The film clearly shows Mia standing in front of the photographer and lifting her shirt, and the camera not being used. When Grey sees the front page of the edition later, the split second of Mia's nudity is on the front cover. How is that possible? Also on the front page is the tag-line for The National Probe, More Exclusive Stories Than Any Other Tabliod!
They misspelled the word Tabloid. Maybe for people that stop the film to read the cover of the magazine or to look at the picture and figure out how it got there. See more »
I was hooked into this movie after watching it for 5 minutes. Goldberg captures the movie- obsessed college kid existence very well (or at least, the whimsical movie-inspired lives that film students aspire to) with respect to Gray's past. Ribisi gives a gripping performance here, he's riveting as the insulated film star with artistic aspirations who slowly looses his grip on reality. What surprised me is Goldberg's talent as a director. He's really really good, got a great visual sense, but the overall structure of this movie reminded me of Mulholland Drive, similar to that movie, I left this one a bit confused. (though less so than MD, and with much more good will). Goldberg sends up the 400 blows, and a Jaques Demy musical, as well as self-conscious arty films, in the film within a film within a hallucination structure. Jason Lee is great & and creepy performance as a stalker. Franka Potente is funny, and it's great seeing her in a bigger role again. Elvis Costello has a hilarious cameo. I'd strongly recommend this, but you may want to see it a couple of times. It's a cool experiment, and I liked all the smoking, decor, and camera product placement.
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