Described as a modern-day Hollywood version of Day for Night, director Steven Soderbergh’s first digital video production was also shot employing a modified version of the frills-free Dogme 95 rules set forth by Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg.
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I thought this was fun and often excellent. The New Wave influence is unmistakable. Critics should try re-evaluating this, fifteen years out. Hollywood on Hollywood with a stunner cast and dark humor. Makes me wish I lived in their world.
Soderbergh disappoints with this attempt at intertwined and interconnected stories. Each character is poorly developed and uninteresting making a film in which characters are the focal point, virtually unwatchable. Voice overs make the already confusing structure of this film, even more difficult to pay attention to. Unfortunately, the thing I cared most about was the whether or not the dog would live.
Full Frontal is a mockumentary that includes a film within the film featuring a star-studded cast. The movie follows a bunch of Los Angelites, whose lives are linked together in a Gary Marshall movie fashion. The film is shot in a grainy fashion, giving it a campy feel while still sporting leading lads and ladies such as David Duchovny and Julia Roberts (who has incidentally been in quite a few Gary Marshall films).
This was an extremely interesting movie, but hard to follow at times. The changes in cinematography helped differentiate between the storylines, and I thought it was a really smart way to do so. The characters created for this movie seemed perfect for the overall picture, and the actors did a great job depicting them. I enjoyed this movie and would watch it again, no doubt.
This film has an interesting narrative structure and the visual style serves to separate its layers. The movie within the movie and the movie within that movie were filmed in higher resolution than the "real" frame story or rather stories, since there are several that intertwine. There are lots of interesting characters and good performances. Lots of humor and drama. I love it.
There are some truly funny and bizarre moments throughout this that remind me of Soderbergh's Schizopolis. Unfortunately, while I can appreciate his experimentation, especially with the Dogme 95 rules, this multi-meta film just did not work out well. Ebert nailed it when he said it felt more like the bonus materials on a DVD than an actual film.