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The Color of Time (2012)

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A poetic road trip through Pulitzer prize-winning CK Williams' life.
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Credited cast:
James Franco ... C.K. Williams
Mila Kunis ... Catherine
Jessica Chastain ... Mrs. Williams
Zach Braff ... Albert
Henry Hopper ... C.K. Williams
Bruce Campbell ... Goody
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Demetrios Anastasiow Demetrios Anastasiow ... Party Stoner
Giavani Cairo ... Dan
Jamie DeKelaita Jamie DeKelaita ... Party Guest at Entrance
Kimberly Harsch ... Woman in window
Jann Hight Jann Hight ... Old Woman #2
Vince Jolivette ... Mr. Williams
Gabriel Kahaian Gabriel Kahaian ... Friend
Evan Kole ... Boy Croquet Player
Lauren Kole Lauren Kole ... Girl Croquet Player


The Color of Time is based on Pulitzer prize-winning poet CK Williams' collection of the same name. The film blends together adaptations of 11 of the poems to create a poetic road trip through CK William's life. The film takes us on a journey through several decades of American life from CK's childhood and adolescence in Detroit in the 1940s and 50s to the early 1980s: CK and his wife Catherine are married with their son Jed. CK prepares for a reading of 'Tar' in New York City, and spends his nights struggling to write new poems, haunted by memories of his past. As CK drives to his reading in New York City, he remembers central moments of his life: we come to experience and understand both his relationship to love and loss, and how he found his calling as a poet through the women in his life. The film takes us back and forth between past and present, punctuated by voice-over from CK Williams' poems, recreating the experience of memory and exploring how the fragments of one's man life ... Written by Anonymous

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A poetic look at author C.K. Williams' life over the course of 40 years.

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Rated R for some sexuality, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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It's the second time James Franco, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, Bruce Campbell and Mia Serafino play together in a movie. See more »

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Empty like our generation of creators, form will not substitute substance
29 April 2015 | by inf-536-128350See all my reviews

When i read the reviews (on rotten tomatoes also) i thought i didn't need to write my own, but i think that the audience had it all backwards. They kept on writing stuff like »came here because of Mila Kunis and was disappointed«. Don't you see that these actors are the very reason this film fails so badly? To be honest, what could you expect?

Mila and James (and even Jessica, damn it) are impersonating the hollow shells they are, so you can't even call this pretentious, it's honest to their characters, it's shallow, it's all for show. And the looks are not deceiving, the aesthetics of the movie are nice, but don't expect people to follow this for 90 minutes if you have no substance, no story, no narrative. Works for a video-clip, doesn't make for good feature length.

Poor film class students, just imagine what you could have achieved with such a high profile cast in the 70s. Mind you, they probably wouldn't have let you produce a mindless piece like this, back then.

If this film were about me i wouldn't be flattered. Or maybe i didn't get it: Was the author known to bore people to death? I don't know the poems of the writer as of yet, but a quick look on youtube tells me his ted speech is going to be more rewarding than this ordeal of a movie. So it had a positive outcome. It enticed me to research the author. I do hope he's better!

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Release Date:

9 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA


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