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11 Ratings

Actor Martinez

Directed by Mike Ott, Nathan Silver
United States, 2016


Dreaming of fame and fortune, a local Denver performer hires two indie filmmakers to come to town and make a film with him as the star.

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Actor Martinez Directed by Mike Ott, Nathan Silver
Spanning the longest 75 minutes you’ve ever yawned through, Actor Martinez is a meta-documentary in the spirit of last year’s infinitely more engrossing Kate Plays Christine… In both outings, the scrutinizing presence of the filmmakers ultimately provokes the actor into fits of anxiety and rage, but what’s left deliberately unclear is whether these onscreen blow-ups are scripted or actually happening: Are we watching voyeurism, or a twisted study on voyeurism?
March 15, 2017
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The characters of “Mike Ott” and “Nathan Silver”… think that they are probing Arthur’s psyche for his own good… The film becomes what it’s critiquing, because as soon as Burdge starts accusing the directors of making the movie about themselves, the viewer’s attention can’t help but turn from working out Arthur’s motivations to working out theirs. It’s a clever but self-defeating exercise: a meta-fictional cautionary tale about itself.
March 08, 2017
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It’s a presumed blend of fiction and documentary, one of those films in which we’re deliberately not supposed to know what’s what, like, say, Robert Greene’s Kate Plays Christine. That film was earnest in its inquiries while Ott and Silver exhibit a playfully nasty streak of impudence, rendering themselves unsympathetic, riffing on the parasitic nature of art, pointedly refusing to caricature themselves as a way of letting us off the hook via editorial orientation.
March 06, 2017
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