haven’t seen a more bilious movie since Lars and the Real Girl (2007).
When the film ended I said to the person sitting next to me, “How do
they get money to make things like this?” The reply was that they might
have made it for a tax loss. My response was that they knew what they
were doing because this looked like a real loser.
about two spookily weird people, Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, who are
working in a burned out forest to paint road lines. Set in 1988, I don’t
know how they painted road lines then, but now it’s all done by machine.
It would be hard for me to believe that as recently as 1988 they were
painted individually by people who camped out every night to do the
work, which is what Rudd and Hirsch do.
and directed by David Gordon Green, the entire film is about these two
guys and their conversations. After acquiring the rights to an Icelandic
film, Either Way, Green says, “As
much as I wanted to do a remake, I wanted it to feel unique, to have a
personal fingerprint. I began scribbling down ideas, and these
characters were really a dialogue between two versions of myself. The
way I argue with or play devil’s advocate with myself. So I wrote these
characters very intimately, from my own perspective.”
Frankly, this doesn’t say much for him because both of these guys are
strange, to give them the best of it. Watching these two psychologically
challenged people relate to one another is almost less entertaining than
Ryan Gosling having a full-fledged relationship with a blown-up doll in
Isolated as they are in the woods with little or no contact with
humanity, the cinematography (Tim Orr) is pretty good with many
beautiful shots of the backwoods.
a long way from director Louis Malle’s and writers Wallace Shawn and
Andre Gregory’s My Dinner with Andre (1981), which is the
definitive film about a dialogue between two men. The big
differences are that ‘Andre is interesting (captivating,
actually), and not the least bit boring.