Watching this deeply metafictional & unnerving film about filmmaking, I think Joe Swanberg want to become R. W. Fassbinder in American indie world. Maybe less compelling & powerful than him, but Swanberg also has skill to depict an essence of twisted love & its devastating aftermath. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND KATE LYN SHEIL IS ALWAYS SUPERB.
Will write a review once I see it again as this is an intensely complex and multi-textured work, certainly the most manifold film I've seen by Swanberg. I will go ahead and state here though that I've not seen improvisation executed this beautifully in a long time.
Joe Swanberg is amazing at creating tension. Silver Bullets has moments of brilliance and moments that just don't need to be there. It could have done with 20 less minutes to tighten the story up a touch. It did feel like a student film, but a student film that you go, holy crap, this guy is going to do great things. All in all, worth seeing.
I have mixed feelings about l'oeuvre de Swanberg, but this is definitely one of his more interesting efforts, with some on-point self-interrogation and a very fine performance by Kate Lyn Sheil. Even the DFW interpolation at the beginning somehow isn't embarrassing. But I don't really care for Swanberg himself as an actor, and care even less for him when he's bathed in red light doing a Kubrick stare.