An aimless former student of forensic science eager to embrace a quiet life in Portland discovers a mystery that shakes him out of his slumber in this comedy-cum-thriller from a key practitioner of low-budget indie filmmaking.
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I mean, out of respect for the many fine critics who lauded Cold Weather upon its release, to watch this again, but on first viewing the best I can say about it is that it sports a perfectly lovely chamber-indie soundtrack, and that a number of its scenes place Katz' characters' photogenic bafflement in a sort of amusing relief against the majestic surroundings. Otherwise, it embodies bankruptcy all too convincingly.
A college drop out who studied forensic science finds himself embroiled in a mystery after moving to Seattle in this amusing little mumblecore drama. Still has some of the same rambling tendencies as other mumblecore films, but here it seems to reflect its characters' aimlessness, as they drift through searching for meaning that may or may not be there.
Billed as a 'hipster' flick this one is more in line with the slacker films of the 90's. Smart kids working meaningless jobs, inane conversation & pop cultural references. Cold Weather becomes a very slow mystery. Unfortunately there was very little in the way of compelling viewing here, save for a couple of great scenes with extras such as the motel attendant and the pipe seller. 2 stars.
I hated Katz's first two features. I found them to be anemic nonsense and navel gazing. No one really discovers anything or feels beyond a certain range of emotions. That said, Cold Weather is excellent. It's probably the best film I've seen so far this year. It does the brilliant thing of using genre as a way of moving the characters along and developing them. If you are expecting a traditional thriller, avoid this!
I thought this movie was so awful. I couldn't believe how boring the story was (with obnoxious characters reeking of privilege) and I didn't laugh once, though people around me were chuckling at various awkward points. I cannot understand how multiple people are calling this the best film of the year!