I'd never heard of this movie but I recognized some of the actor's names so I watched.What a pleasant surprise!. Lovely vignettes of relationships surgically opened to us @ the precise moment people come together, then, go their separate ways. I thoroughly enjoyed watching each of these fine actors work their craft, mesmerizing slipping into these private intimate places. Outstanding cast! the whole thing looked beautiful, playing with textures & space, light & dark, NYC beautifully stylized & the stream of people, traffic, music that carry us to the next story. Seamless. The bike sequence was a revelation, I never understood why anyone would want to ride a bike in NYC. Oh...and the music....brilliant...well...bottom line: this movie is a gem! I think it's hard for films like this to compete with the block buster mentality that dominates the box office. Many of the actors in this film have been successful in the block buster genre too. But only actors with serious chops can pull...
OK three stars is kind because they made such a poor choice to not spend any money on a decent camera and lens for this movie. It takes away any validity, and just makes a million dollar movie look like a $350 student film, it was shocking how they overlooked something that important. I don't know if this was a director misstep, the director or producer probably was very misguided in thinking they could spend all the budget on actors and locations, and they probably spent $1000 top to rent that DSLR or whatever they shot this on. My Panasonic LUMIX DSLR can shoot better quality, it was lit competently so it's not that the DP didn't know what they were doing, it's that they didn't give him any budget at all for a camera. Very odd, cause it's hard to take seriously, it looks like a film school job. If they were going for grainy, there's a way to get grainy without looking just cheap in a bad way, which is what resulted here.
The movie did not interest me, I just rented it to see Lee Pace, which was only about 15 minutes. His part was great.
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