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Diminuendo (2018)

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A film director whose life crumbles after the suicide of his Hollywood starlet girlfriend becomes obsessed with a lifelike robot that appears to be her exact duplicate.

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Adrian Stewart
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Hatch ... Haskell Edwards
Chloe Dykstra ... Cello Shea / Number 8
John Champion John Champion ... Stuart
Xine Zanillo Xine Zanillo ... Susan
Thurston Hill III ... Drake (as Alex Hill)
Kiki Salcido ... Lance
Olivia Dunkley ... Valerie
Walter Koenig ... Milton Green
Gigi Edgley ... Lauren
Claire Hudgens Claire Hudgens ... Receptionist
Peter James Smith ... David White
Bridget Garwood ... Jonell Firth
Robert Gonzalez ... Anders Schiff
Nikita Yan Guo Nikita Yan Guo ... Ye Song
Rebecca Gray ... Alice
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Once a renowned director, Haskell Edwards has wallowed in a self-inflicted haze of drug and alcohol abuse for nine years. This has been his life since witnessing the suicide of his one true love, Cello Shea, an iconic young film star. When a cutting edge tech-company approaches Haskell to direct a film about Cello's life, he is stunned to meet the actress who will portray her - an incredibly life-like robot. Horrified and fascinated at the same time, he can't turn down the opportunity to honor his lost love's memory and repair her suicide-tarnished legacy. Recruiting his old friends, and even some enemies, in the production, Haskell has to relive his relationship with the Hollywood sex symbol. Ultimately, he's forced to address the differences between his love for Cello, and his growing obsession with a machine that... is nothing more than a programmed doppelgänger. Written by Jason Curtis

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She is Not Real See more »

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Romance | Sci-Fi

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At the time of filming, Chloe Dykstra was dating actor Robert Kazinsky. He appears briefly in a montage as Michael, the actor Cello sleeps with in London. Kazinsky is credited as Chuck Hansen, his character in Pacific Rim (2013). See more »

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Haskell Edwards: It's a show for idiots, Milt. A Rhesus monkey could direct it and never stop jacking himself.
Milton Green: So what does it say that you keep fucking it up?
Haskell Edwards: That I'm a fuck up? Big shock.
Milton Green: You've gotten pretty good at feeling sorry for yourself.
Haskell Edwards: Well, the position was open so I took it.
Milton Green: Cello wouldn't have like it. And it's Bonobos, by the way.
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Filmed Under Duress on RED Digital Cinema Cameras (because we couldn't afford Alexa) See more »

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Came Saw Conquered
Written by Dan Cruz
Performed by D.CrazE the Destroyer
Courtesy of Project Specter Productions
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Can't decide if this is terrible or not
25 October 2019 | by Gretchen_XSee all my reviews

Diminuendo, as it turns out, is unpronouncable to the massess, and so is this film. As with a clumsy portmanteau, it seeks to be more than the sum of its parts. At times a soap opera with a B-list cast, at others a sci-fi thriller with supernatural notes, and finally touching on horror, it's rather bewildering, and as a result seems much longer than an hour and a half. It reminded me 'F/X Murder By Illusion', but without the pace. And there are moments from Richard Attenborough's 'Magic' - from the doll.

On the plus side, it's original. But many of these new ideas make no sense, and fall flat. It feels like it's too ambitious, like it casts aside plot development and characterisation in the pursuit of the dramatic punchline. The central premise of the film, Cello's death, makes the least sense, as we are given no background nor cause except the briefest, badly handled scripted exposition. "Oh, right, OK then", we are meant to say. I could provide a long list of plot situations which will make you shout or lol. The first-meeting sex scene, for example, is a huge stretch (pun intended).

There are a couple of good performances, but the better actors struggle with a clunky and often cliche-ridden script, and the central character's weathered and real world appearance condemns the rest of the cast to skin-deep superficiality. Some of them are more plastic than the robot. On the other hand, I was occasionally tempted to think it doesn't take itself all that seriously, and that there is some kind of buried social commentary about the movie business. Let's hope so.

It won't be the best film you'll ever see, but it might give some food for thought about future possibilities. Unfortunately the future possibilities at the start of this film were never realised.


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1 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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