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Critics reviews
Hellaware
Michael M. Bilandic United States, 2013
The New York gallery scene has been lampooned many times already, in films as disparate as Roger Corman’s A Bucket of Blood (1959) and Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture (2010), yet writer-director Michael M. Bilandic brings to this ultra-low-budget comedy (2013) a sharp observation of contemporary trends—the obsession with nostalgia, the aversion to enthusiasm.
October 29, 2014
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Poulson’s performance appears to have been conceived with the intent of pumping the greatest degree of over-privilege, pretension and ignorance into every moment. Sure, in the most rudimentary sense the film is a comedy, a genre that often makes room for overstatement and even caricature—but the best comedy performances find human warmth in sheer lunacy. Poulson’s Nate, meanwhile… merely functions as the walking emblem of lethal hipsterism.
September 26, 2014
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Hellaware" feels like a throwback, with scenes bringing to mind John Waters’s “Pecker” or the sensitive actor at a party who asks Annie Hallto touch his heart with her foot. But the old story of art as a refuge for scoundrels and callow youth is amusing and updated with assorted details (low-key banter, ultracasual cocaine snorts). As Nate is shown to be just as typical as his quarry, the tale wraps up with abrupt but consistent logic.
September 25, 2014
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Bilandic deftly captures the arrogance and despair of New York artists in their efforts to succeed in a decadent world that forces them to produce inherently epigonic work… Bilandic’s complex satire reaches its apotheosis in the final scene, where he asks what makes certain works of contemporary art so much more profitable than others. His response is bitterly sardonic and utterly convincing.
September 22, 2014
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Getting ahead is a dirty business: What’s fair manipulation? What’s free usage? What are you asking-for when you throw to YouTube? Do you own your image? — own your own image? Are you in charge of your gallery? What’s appropriate appropriation? Bilandic poses all these questions in his Moebius-strip of a movie.
August 16, 2014
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