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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Indie Pick O' The Day: Me and You and Everyone We Know

Me and You and Everyone We Know
Directed By Miranda July

I have one word to say about this movie: WEIRD. But it's good. It's basically an off-beat, bizarre, comedy with bits and pieces of romance and obsession. Quirky, yet cute in alot of ways, but its certainly an indie film that is unconventional beyond its means and definitely worth seein!

It's pretty cool that one of the stars of the film Miranda July who plays Christine, is also the film's writer and director. She was actually rated by Filmmaker Magazine as #1 in the Top 25 New Faces of Indie Film in 2004. Christine is a cab driver and artist who lives a solitary life. Richard, played by John Hawkes (remember him as the liquor store clerk in From Dusk Till Dawn?) he is a recently divorced father and shoe salesman who's waiting for great things to happen in his life. When his path crosses from Christine's, he's both mesmerized and scared.

There's a pretty intense scene at the beginning in this scene where we see Richard's hand get burned by fire. It looks so real that I cringed and wondered how they made that look like it actually happened! Damn I know a stunt guy didn't do that. There is also an amazing performance by little Brandon Ratcliff who plays Richard's son Robby. When I saw Will Smith's son in Pursuit of Happyness, I thought of this actor, because they look and almost act alike. the movie takes an odd turn when the little six year old Robby meets a stranger over the Internet who has a close tie with Christine...yea, things start gettin a lil freaky.

Overall even though this movie is strange, its worth seeing because the writing and performances are flawless. Even the wardrobe and costumes worn by the character's are off. It speaks magnitudes to the type of film we are about to see. It's good to see films sometime that don't necessarily have a formula. It's good to catch the avant garde "experimental" plot lines that gives a film a type of substance that sparks some curiosity or intrigue. Sometimes the rules of story structure can be thrown out of the window and you can still have a timeless classic.

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