A clever film about multiple idiosyncratic creatives dueling their internal states and outward posturing with each other and the creative process - a loaded topic handled with just enough sincerity. The film's commenting on itself through film method adds to the theme and doesn't distract. I do think the film cuts deeper if you've ever been here (because you've probably already committed seppoku).
An indie tribute to Truffaut’s ‘Day For Night’ where everything goes insanely wrong and the filmmaking process is revealed as an almost impossibly complex sausage making nightmare. The excellent cast proves that in the end inspiration and happenstance triumph. Keener and Buscemi are delightful..
(Saw a while back) What I remember is the energy of the film and the performances. It was the first time I saw Catherine Keener, Steve Buscemi and Peter Dinklage. I'm wondering how well it has aged because I remember the characters being pretty broadly written. I think films making fun of people making art (even if you think its bad art) tend to punch down (a la Waiting for Guffman) or pat-themselves on the back.
Tom Dicillo captures the real obstacles that a filmmaker faces on a day-to-day basis. In Living in Oblivion, viewers have the opportunity to see the struggles that have to be over come in the production industry in order to produce a film. It becomes prevalent that it is no all glitz and glamours like Hollywood tends to make people believe. But one thing that I will say is it has a very slow start.
For a time I was a set PA, then a grip, a set painter, an office PA, and on one short a key grip, and this film … nails it!! Oh my God, the details! My sides split, watching take after take ruined … and yes, I've met many boom operators who are just like that. All it needed was someone calling clothespins "C47s" and the verisimilitude would've been perfect. A can't-miss if you love the process as much as the product.
Many unnecessary shots--impressive how poorly the dream sequence was written. Dreams don't have such a clear and linear narrative--very poorly executed. You'd think DiCillo never saw 8 1/2 or Midnight Cowboy. Try to make it through the first 10 minutes. Watch either Fellini option instead. Either Fellini trailer is better than this whole movie. For a much better film on 'making movies': And God Spoke.
The behind the scenes look that this movie gives into the making of a low-budget film truly feels very genuine. Each of the three acts of the movie give glimpses into issues that anyone not in the business wouldn't know about. From the crew getting out of sync to actors who steal the scene, this film could have only been made by someone who has experienced it first-hand. Highly recommend.
Ever want to be cured of dreams of being a filmmaker. Look no further. Hilarious and cringe-inducing, this meta dive into independent filmmaking is fun as hell. DiCillo brings to life his nightmares with amusing clarity. Man, it's really good. Steve Buscemi is fantastic as is Catherine Keener. They do some really solid work in this crazy flick. Pretty cool to see both of these actors working against type a bit.