The question about the difference between the artist and the art remains. Gallo's analysis of dysfunctional masculinity is so close to the bone that there is a blurred boundary between his on-screen persona and Gallo himself. As a film exclusive from the context of reality, this is a profound piece. If Gallo can break through the regressive elements of his character, (cue: film's final sequence) it may vindicate him.
I loved how Anjelica Huston tells Vincent Gallo that it's all his fault how she missed the Buffalo Bills only Superbowl because he was born that day. Gallo later commented that "Christina Ricci is a fat pig who was constantly stuffing her face with pizza". He always has something nice to say about his co-stars. Ben Gazzara is brilliant, too, as is Kevin Corrigan.
Astounding. One of the best films I've seen in a very long time. I loved the way the film could be stylistically playful, without it overshadowing the fantastic story. The dialogue was brilliant and the moments of comedy were very funny indeed. However what I liked most about this film was how emotionally involved I became in Billy, who is such a great character. It's a very sweet, innocent film at heart.
Like La Belle Noiseuse, an extended dramatisation of the relationship between 'actor/model' and 'director/artist', with Gallo leading Ricci's performance throughout, dictating her actions, defining her personality, posing and prodding until finally, he gets what he wants. It's also an exploration of Gallo's personality: brash, caustic, volatile... yet punctuated by a desperate vulnerability and a need to be loved.
I really enjoyed watching this movie. The editing was unique and the cinematography was great. But the best part of this movie is Vincent Gallo as Billy Brown. His interactions with all of the people in his life are hilariously bleak and the writing for the character, perhaps off the top of Gallo's head, is ridiculously good.
Awkward, bizarre and hysterical humor mixed with beautifully unconventional visuals, and clear influences from David Lynch, John Cassavettes and Mike Leigh. Great take on romantic comedy, even though Gallo is a total jackass otherwise.